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The OpenHelix BlogFri May 26 09:20:57 EDT 2017

Friday SNPpets
This week includes one of those stories that reminds me of the power of databases. See that diagnostic odyssey of a family with a child with mystery symptoms and the doctor who sleuthed out some information–then connected with other families awaiting answers (Hudson Alpha tweet). But then there’s also the looming issues of misuse of […]

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…?

Friday SNPpets
This week, DNA was indicted and decades later led to a conviction. Genomes of birch trees and shape-shifting butterflies. And the most interesting stuff to me is non-human, but dbSNP will stop accepting non-human species info. Sigh. Well, I do think alternative splicing is interesting too, and we have some of that this week. Human […]

Video Tip of the Week: UCSC Genome Browser in the Cloud (GBIC)
For all the years we’ve been out doing training on the UCSC Genome Browser tools, we could watch the evolution of the needs of the researchers and the corresponding features of the UCSC Genome Browser site. At first, people just needed access to the public data. But then they needed ways to add their own […]

Friday SNPpets
This week was includes quite a range of species–from maize to mammoths to microbiome samples around the world. Also time travel–genome assembly in ancient samples. There’s also helpful stuff on the role of genetic counselors, and a guide on when researchers should enjoy chocolate (which may be relevant to some of you this Easter weekend). […]

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Scientific AmericanFri May 26 16:46:25 EDT 2017

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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Can Zapping the Vagus Nerve Jump-Start Immunity?
An experimental procedure is exposing links between nervous and immune systems  

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"Mini-Me" Brains Mimic Disease, Raise Hope for Eventual Therapies
These lab creations may provides hunts about autism or other disorders

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Brave New Wool? Artificial Womb Sustains Premature Lambs for Weeks
The technology may someday help babies born in their second trimester survive

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Disabled Hands Successfully Replaced with Bionic Prosthetics
If they can brave a voluntary amputation, people with a disabled, nerve-damaged hand can now have it surgically replaced

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Fountain of Youth? Young Blood Infusions "Rejuvenate" Old Mice
Elderly rodents that received human umbilical cord blood improved significantly in memory tests

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Unnatural Responsibilities
Synthetic biology offers unusual rewards and risks

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Japanese Automakers Look to Robots to Aid the Elderly
As car sales fall companies are looking to expand into the handicap assistance market

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Microbes with Rewired DNA Turn into Patient-Saving Drugs
By reprogramming DNA inside harmful microbes, biologists are turning them into patient-saving drugs

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Too Much Information? FDA Clears 23AndMe to Sell Home Genetic Tests for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
The controversial step will significantly expand direct-to-consumer testing—but what if the news is bad?

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Clot-Grabbing Devices Offer Better Stroke Outcomes
Insights from patient follow up may fuel changes in care

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Seeking Pig Organs for Human Transplants
Researchers want to employ CRISPR to solve a huge health care problem

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Cancer Researchers Worry about Potential Downsides of Immunotherapy
The treatments may hasten growth of tumors in some patients

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Genetic Details of Controversial "3-Parent Baby" Revealed
The child's parents have decided to forgo long-term monitoring by researchers

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Japanese Man Is First to Receive "Reprogrammed" Stem Cells from Another Person
World-first transplant to treat macular degeneration could augur rise of iPS cell banks

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At-Home Male Fertility Test App Takes Sperm Selfies
A device that interfaces with a smartphone can accurately measure sperm concentration and movement

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Can Science Rob Snakes of Their Deadliest Weapon?
Biotech companies are on the prowl for newer, better antivenoms

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For the First Time, U.K. Allows Clinic to Proceed with "3-Parent" Baby Procedure
A British child created with this technique could be born this year

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Trump Budget Would Slash Biomedical and Science Research Dollars
The $1.1-trillion proposal includes a $6-billion chop to the NIH

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Waiting to Reprogram Your Cells? Don't Hold Your Breath
In a rethink of personalized medicine, researchers turn to banks of donor-derived stem cells

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