Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality. Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology.…

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GW Cancer Center expands clinical trial offerings for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2020) — The Cutaneous Oncology Program at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center was selected as the first global site for a clinical trial for patients with high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. This designation highlights the GW Cancer Center’s growing regional and global reputation for treating patients with advanced squamous cell…

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Wuhan Coronavirus: C.D.C. Identifies First U.S. Case in Washington State

A man in his 30s in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday. Federal officials also announced expanded…

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All the Best Looks from Spring 2020 Couture

The spring-summer couture season is upon is, and Paris is burning with feathered eye masks at Giambattista Vallii, space-age Mesozoic gowns courtesy of Iris Van Herpen’s signature aesthetic, and Bella Hadid in a ’50s prom dress thanks to Alexandre Vauthier. Plus, it’s not couture season without a few wedding dresses, and Chanel’s version veers more…

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This Company Says It Will Fix Your Smile. It May Shush You if It Doesn’t.

To fix some crowding in her teeth, Taylor Weakley, an environmental scientist in Denver, ordered teeth aligners two years ago from SmileDirectClub, a start-up she had seen advertised on social media. At $1,850, the products were cheaper than braces, and she did not have to visit an orthodontist to get them. But when the aligners…

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A Gluten-Free Greenmarket Baker Finds a Permanent Home

When Deborah Brenner wanted to open a brick-and-mortar outlet for her pastry company, Las Delicias Patisserie, a Greenmarket regular for 10 years, she had to get permission from the people who run the Greenmarkets. (Most Greenmarket vendors are not shopkeepers.) Approval came through, and now she sells her regular and gluten-free pastries, like rugelach, babkas,…

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Rare Culinary Editions on View

This is Bibliography Week in New York, an annual showcase for the Bibliographical Society of America and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (A.B.A.A.), with exhibits, book sales and events in many locations. Vintage culinary volumes are on display and for sale from several merchants, including Ben Kinmont of Sebastopol, Calif., whose specialty is books…

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Swiss Wines Make a Move

Swiss winemakers are eyeing the New York market. Several from the Canton of Vaud in western Switzerland, encompassing the city of Lausanne, are seeing to it that wine shops and restaurants are selling their wines. Among the notable bottles to look for are whites made with chasselas grapes, sometimes called fendant. The grape is native…

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Sleek and Subtle Chocolates

A notable characteristic of Goodnow Farms Chocolate bars is their sleek subtlety. New flavor combinations, like a dark chocolate spiced apple cider bar, are about nuance, not boldness. Each of the single-origin bars, with chocolate from farms in Central and South America, has its own character. The family-owned company, on a 225-year-old farm in Sudbury,…

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Brisket for Brünnhilde

Trade the magic Tarnhelm for a Stetson. On Site Opera, a company that interprets operas in nontraditional venues, takes “The Ring” to Texas as a country-and-western tale, complete with Siegfried, the Rhinestone cowboy, in “Das Barbecü.” The production, with music by Scott Warrender riffing on Richard Wagner’s themes, lyrics by Jim Luigs and a cast…

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