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.
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
ExPecto Patronum! Magical Machine Learning Tool Summons DNA Dark Matter DataNews
A new machine learning framework, dubbed ExPecto, can predict the effects of mutations in the so-called “dark matter” regions of the human genome. ExPecto pinpoints how mutations can disrupt the way genes turn on and off throughout your body.
CRISPR Causes More Genome Damage Than First ThoughtNews
Researchers have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. These results create safety implications for gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 in the future as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.
The effectiveness of antibiotics can be altered by combining them with each other, non-antibiotic drugs or even with food additives. Depending on the bacterial species, some combinations stop antibiotics from working to their full potential whilst others begin to defeat antibiotic resistance.READ MORE
A new Tel Aviv University study suggests there is hope of treating certain inborn congenital metabolic diseases -- a hope found in green tea and in red wine.READ MORE
A mother’s diet during pregnancy may have an effect on the composition of her baby’s gut microbiome – the community of bacteria living in the gut – and the effect may vary by delivery mode.READ MORE
A mother’s diet during pregnancy may alter the microbiome of her baby’s gut, suggests a new observational study which noted that this effect also seems to vary depending on whether the baby was delivered vaginally or via caesarean section.READ MORE
Rise in blood biomarkers associated with prolonged inflammation may help with earlier sepsis detectionREAD MORE
A biological switch that reliably turns protein expression on at will has been invented by University of Bath and Cardiff University scientists. The switch enables control of genome editing tools that might one day regulate cascades of desired genetic changes through entire populations.
Only some of us have satellite TV in our homes, but all of us have satellite DNA in cells in our bodies. Working copies of satellite DNA (called satellite RNAs) are high in certain types of cancer, such as breast and ovarian. But whether they cause cancer or merely coincide with it has been unclear.
Researchers have discovered a new metabolic vulnerability in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) that can be targeted by existing drug therapies.READ MORE
New review provides useful insights into the creation of pluripotent stem cellsREAD MORE