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25 March 2015

A shape-shifting protein called alpha-synuclein is a major component of protein clumps called Lewy bodies, a pathological hallmark found in the brains of those suffering from Parkinson's disease. A recent study sheds light on how alpha-synuclein mutations play a key role in causing Parkinson's.  

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Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

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