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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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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.

Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.

Apr
21
Sponsored by
Mission Bio

This webinar, the first in a “Meet the Authors” series sponsored by Mission Bio, will discuss the application of single-cell analysis to decipher clonal evolution across several stages of disease development in myeloid malignancies. 

Apr
23
Sponsored by
Isoplexis

Recent advances in single-cell technologies have provided unprecedented -omic-level insights into cellular heterogeneity and function.