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EXTRA EXTRA  An extra chromosome can help suppress the effects of cancer mutations, new research suggests. The findings may help explain why people with Down syndrome, who have an extra copy of chromosome 21 in their cells, have low cancer rates.

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BATTERY SWAP A technique to suck a chromosome-containing structure called the spindle (white, in needle) out of a mother’s egg and place it in a donor egg emptied of its chromosomes but with healthy mitochondria can help prevent mitochondrial diseases.

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KEEP AN EYE OUT  In a new game, citizen scientists help Alzheimer’s researchers find stalls (black segment) in brain blood vessels (outlined) in mice.

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