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BGI publishs genome study based on over 140,000 Chinese

About 78 percent of all studies about the relationship of gene and diseases are based on European individuals. Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), one of the most prolific global DNA sequencing institutions located in Shenzhen, has now published a study on the genomes of 141,431 Chinese women generated for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), mostly Han Chinese from China’s East coast. Features include that six genes display significant differences of Chinese people across latitudes, and people from the southern part of China have developed stronger immunity against malaria than those in the north, but a gene related to fatty acid metabolism has a much higher frequency in most of the northern provinces. In addition, people in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, a key area of the Silk Road, share more similar genes with Europeans.

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2018.08.016

BGI publishs genome study based on over 140,000 Chinese

About 78 percent of all studies about the relationship of gene and diseases are based on European individuals. Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), one of the most prolific global DNA sequencing institutions located in Shenzhen, has now published a study on the genomes...

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New sensing material detects mercury pollution in real time

A team around YANG Jintao from Zhejiang University of Technology and colleagues from the AS Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering have developed a hydrophilic fluorescent hydrogel‐coated flexible paper/textile film chemosensor which displays a...

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China boosts science literacy by science museums

The China Association for S&T (CAST) held a World Conference on Science Literacy in Beijing which was attended by over 1,000 scientists and representatives from 38 countries and regions, as well as 23 international scientific organizations and 58 national scientific...

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China plans for juvenile health improvement using big data

Beijing recently held a symposium on child nutrition and health, and experts agreed that nutritional deficiencies still exist, and the obesity rate continues to rise. Nationwide data are now covered in a public database which include information on average height,...

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