Hay Fever Risk Genes Overlap with Autoimmune DiseaseNews
In a large international study involving almost 900,000 participants, researchers from the University of Copenhagen and COPSAC have found new risk genes for hay fever. It is the largest genetic study so far on this type of allergy, which affects millions of people around the world.Read more
DNA ‘Shield’ Discovered with Crucial Roles in Normal Cell Division, the Immune System & CancerNews
Scientists have made a major discovery about how cells repair broken strands of DNA that could have huge implications for the treatment of cancer.Read more
Synthetic Material That Detects Enzymatic ActivityNews
Scientists integrate protein and polymer building blocks to create stimulus-responsive systemsRead more
Bioethics Council Rules Heritable Genome Editing "Ethically Acceptable" In Certain CircumstancesNews
A leading UK bioethics advisory body has weighed in on the debate around human genetic modification, concluding that heritable genome editing – modifying the DNA of an egg, sperm or embryo with changes that will be passed on to future generations – could be ‘morally permissible’ in humans, provided key ethical tests are met.
Biosafety and the Agents of DoomArticle
To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.
Forensic Analysis Reveals Links Between Sources of Illicit CannabisArticle
Genetic variations have been used to link cannabis samples to geographical areas of origin, providing insight into the plant's history and possible distribution.Read more