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Gene-Based Blood Test Can Show Skin Cancer Treatment Process 💉🦠🧬
Researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Perlmutter Cancer Center developed a gene-based blood test to detect levels of freely circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) within patients who are receiving a drug treatment for metastatic melanoma. Researchers also noted a BRAF gene mutation linked with the cancer allowed some individuals to live twice as long without any cancer growth.
MIT uses Natural Language Processing to Analyze Viral Mutations 💻🦠💉
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper on using algorithms to predict viral mutations to better develop treatments or vaccines. They used natural language processing (NLP) to model viral escape using machine-learning and hopefully predict how a virus can mutate in the immune system before it actually does.
CRISPR-Based Genetic Screen Identifies KAT7 as a Gene that Drives Aging 🧬🔬👵🏼
Cellular senescence is known to promote aging, however, many of the mechanisms controlling this process remain poorly understood. Researchers conducted a genome-wide CRISPR-based screen to identify genes that could affect cellular senescence, where they identified the gene KAT7. Switching this gene off extended the lifespan in mice aging normally and in mice with diseases known to cause premature aging.