It’s been postulated that the mechanism of RNAi developed in cells as a means to fight off viral invaders and transposable elements. Essentially, this makes it a kind of cellular immune system, according to the authors of a paper published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But this hypothesis, while reasonable, raises the question of how the RNAi system is able to deal with the equivalent of an autoimmune disorder, a system error where silencing is directed to a cell’s own genes.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.

Mar
08
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Swift Biosciences

This webinar will discuss an optimized protocol for methyl-CpG binding domain sequencing (MBD-seq), which enables comprehensive, adequately powered, and cost-effective large-scale methylome-wide association studies (MWAS) of almost all 28 million CpG sites in the genome.

Apr
03
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Proximity ligation technology generates multi-dimensional next-generation sequencing data that is proving to solve unmet needs in genomic research. 

Apr
05
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Labcyte

This webinar will discuss how acoustic liquid handling can reduce the time and costs for labs performing carrier screening with next-generation sequencing.