Long noncoding RNAs play a key role in regulating gene expression in embryonic stem cells, researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Isis Pharmaceuticals report in Genome Research. The researchers turned to high-depth poly(A)+ RNA sequencing of mouse embryonic stem and neural progenitor cells to uncover differentially regulated lncRNA.

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

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