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Sequencing of a tumor and its metastases

In an article just published in Genome Biology, Steven Jones and colleagues at the British Columbia Cancer Agency have used next generation sequencing to monitor the development of a tumor as it metastasized and used the genomic information to inform treatment. Cancers are known to accumulate mutations as they progress, and there are several mutations characteristic of metastases. However, even […]

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Can bovine tuberculosis be eradicated from Ireland, and could this be achieved by 2030?

A program to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from the Irish cattle population has now been in place for many decades. While progress is being made and there has been a steady fall in the number of infected animals detected each year, eradication remains elusive. Given this background, the recent announcement by the Irish government of a […]

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Why Saharan Ants Are Not Afraid of Heat?

The Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina) is one of the most heat-resistant species of living creatures. When the midday sun of the Sahara desert forces the enemies of these ants to sit in the shade, the ants make short forays from their nests in search of food – those who are less resistant to heat […]

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