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New comprehensive view of the mouse genome finds many similarities and striking differences with human genome

Read moreBethesda, Md., Wed., Nov. 19, 2014 - An international group of researchers has found powerful clues to why certain processes and systems in the mouse are so different from those in people. Building on years of mouse and gene regulation studies, they have developed a resource that can help scientists better understand how similarities and differences between mice and humans are written in their genomes. Their findings ­are reported by the mouse ENCODE Consortium online Nov. 19, 2014 (and in print Nov. 20) in four papers in Nature and in several other publications. Read more

Media Availability: Researchers uncover new evidence revealing molecular paths to autism

Read moreBethesda, Md., Wed., Oct. 29, 2014 - In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have used DNA sequencing to uncover dozens of genes that heighten the risk for autism. The findings, reported online October 29, 2014, in Nature, provide a better understanding of some of the genetic and cellular changes in pathways and processes thought to be involved in ASD, and eventually may help lead to potential therapies. Read more


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Genome Advance of the Month

Exploring harmful interactions between artificial sweeteners and gut microbiota

A mug, spoon and various artifical sweetenersSix types of non-caloric artificial sweeteners are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These sugar substitutes are popular due to their minimal calorie content and low cost. But data on the benefits and risks of artificial sweeteners have been controversial. September's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on the potential risks of artificial sweeteners through a mechanism not yet deeply explored: the alteration of gut microbiota. Read more

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Last Updated: November 19, 2014