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  • Novel histone mutations cause developmental syndrome Sep 20, 2017

    Three children born with a congenital developmental syndrome were found to be carriers for mutations on a remarkable gene, namely a gene coding for a histone protein. Histones can be compared to spools around which the DNA fiber is wrapped to be stored in the cellular nucleus.

  • Genetically modified organoids reveal cause of hereditary cancer Sep 15, 2017

    Researchers at Hubrecht Institute, UMC Utrecht and Princess Máxima Center have developed a method, based on CRISPR-Cas9 technology in organoids, to study the genetic cause of hereditary forms of cancer. This method can be of great significance for the diagnosis and treatment of multiple forms of cancer.

  • Language choice in higher education demands custom approach Jul 11, 2017

    The decision to provide instruction in either Dutch or English in higher education requires great care. The choice must be made for each study programme separately, based on arguments relating to the programme’s subject matter and learning objectives.

  • Insomnia genes found Jun 12, 2017

    Nature Genetics reports how an international team of scientists identified 7 risk genes for insomnia. Because of this finding, scientist have taken an important step in unravelling the biological mechanisms that cause sleeplessness. The discovery also shows that insomnia is not purely a psychological disorder, which is often claimed.

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