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The OpenHelix BlogFri Jul 21 11:30:39 EDT 2017

Friday SNPpets
This week I’m taking a different tack. There was something bothering me about misuse of genomics, and I’m going to rant on that. Recently a friend pointed me to something that I hadn’t seen before: cranks are misusing 23andMe-type of data to “diagnose” kids as being likely to suffer “vaccine injury”. As you might recognize from […]

Video Tip of the Week: Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing and Genetic Counselling
At OpenHelix, we remember the days when people didn’t even barely have documentation with their software when they put it out (yah, I know, it still varies). But outreach really is getting better. There are journals now that are also enforcing more reader-friendly ways to describe the research, with non-jargon summaries and some terrific visual […]

Friday SNPpets
This week, quite a range. From crops in silico, to antique tumor samples to assess cancer genomes. Even older: assessing ancentral variants to battle todays viruses. That’s right–we are standing on the past and in the future. Deadly tropical snails. At NCBI–the end of BLink. And other useful things. Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: […]

Video Tip of the Week: On The Turing Completeness of PowerPoint
This week’s video tip is…well…atypical. It’s not about a software tool, per se. Or, is it…?

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Scientific AmericanFri Jul 28 11:31:39 EDT 2017

First Human Embryos Edited in the U.S., Scientists Say
Reports suggest researchers have altered DNA and made few errors 

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Brain's Stem Cells Slow Ageing in Mice
Transplanted cells offer middle-aged rodents an increased lifespan

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Biologics: The Pricey Drugs Transforming Medicine
Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work

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What Do We Know about the Brain Cancer Plaguing Sen. John McCain?
An oncology expert discusses treatment options for aggressive glioblastoma

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5 Things to Know about the Experimental Therapy for Charlie Gard
The British baby has a rare, lethal disease

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Novel Gene Therapy for Leukemia Clears FDA Panel
The experimental treatment will now face review by the agency

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Robotic Knee Surgery Competition Heats Up
Proponents say the systems’ precise techniques may help speed patient recovery

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Genomic Vaccines Fight Disease in Ways Not Possible Before
Vaccines composed of DNA or RNA, instead of protein, could enable rapid development of preventives for infectious diseases

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Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies
Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017
Which 10 disruptive solutions are now poised to change the world?

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The Human Genome Was Never Completely Sequenced
The effort completed in 2003 used the best technology available but now scientists could do more

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Detecting Radiation Exposure with a Blood Test
An RNA-based assay recently shown to work in monkeys could help triage victims of nuclear disasters 

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Designing Antiviral Proteins Via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic
If we want to be prepared for the worst, Bill Gates says, we have to build an arsenal of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. Some scientists are now using computers to do just that

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Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better
The computational immunologist Purvesh Khatri embraces messy data as a way to capture the messiness of disease. As a result, he’s making elusive genomic discoveries

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The Beauty of "Mini Brains"
Lab-grown bundles of brain cells may be the future of drug testing 

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Bacterially Boosted Mosquitoes Could Vex Viruses
Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria are unable to transmit viruses to humans—and could curb the spread of viral disease. Karen Hopkin reports.

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New Approach to Amputation Could Reduce Phantom Pain
The technique, tested in rodents, could yield better sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

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Resurrected: A Controversial Trial to Bring the Dead Back to Life
Scientists remain skeptical about an experimental approach to reverse brain death

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Trials of Embryonic Stem Cells to Launch in China
Studies to treat vision loss and Parkinson's disease are the first to proceed under new regulations

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Fitness Bands Fail on Calorie Counts
Activity trackers accurately reckon heart rate—but they're way off in estimates of energy expenditure. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location
Diseases with these traits occur throughout the body

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Menstrual Cycle "on a Chip" Offers a New Window into Female Physiology
Researchers have completed the first laboratory model of the human female reproductive cycle 

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Lab-Grown Blood Stem Cells Produced at Last
Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people

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Scientists Dismayed as Texas Leans into Unproved Stem Cell Treatments
Three bills under consideration in the state would make it easier to try unapproved therapies

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Scientists Gather for Genome Writing Conference, but Funding Is Scarce
More than 250 attendees are meeting in New York City to discuss synthesizing genomes from scratch

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