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Agreement Reached in Lab Fire Case

by Jef Akst
A University of California, Los Angeles chemist facing criminal charges after a lab accident that killed his research assistant in 2009 avoids a public trial and jail time.

Scientists Develop New Approach to Study How Genetic Variants Affect Gene Expression

by University of California - Los Angeles
FINDINGS: Each individual carries a unique version of the human genome. Genetic differences can influence traits such as height, weight and vulnerability to disease, but precisely what these genetic variants are and how they exercise their impact is mostly unknown. UCLA researchers have now developed a novel approach to study the ways in which these individual differences affect how strongly certain genes are "expressed" — that is, how they are translated into the proteins that do the actual work in cells.