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.
To test or not to test? Navigating the changing landscape of tests for infectious diseases made easier with new guideREAD MORE
Scientists report that cold temperatures, like cold storage for transport, suppress the activity of proteins that play a key role in the formation of the banana’s distinct aromas. This discovery could lead to enhancements of the fruit’s fragrance and flavor.READ MORE
Diagnostics facility opens at the University of Michigan to provide advanced clinical and anatomic pathology testingREAD MORE
Bioprinted 3D cardiac patch created by a biotech company in Houston, BIOLIFE4DREAD MORE
Antibiotic resistance is an ancient feature of gut microbial communities and sharing habitat with humans has had an important impact on the structure and function of gut microbiota of non-human primates, according to a study involving wild and captive baboons. The study, published in the journal mSystems, is one of the first to provide a glimpse of the pre-antibiotic resistome of primates.READ MORE
New collaborative project in Wisconsin makes breathtaking light sheet imagery more accessibleREAD MORE
In the developing face, how do stem cells know whether to become cartilage, bones or teeth? To begin to answer this question, scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump tested the role of a key family of genes, called “Forkhead-domain transcription factors,” or Fox.READ MORE
Conservation efforts have brought the Mexican wolf back from near extinction. However, the selective breeding of a small population has raised concerns that the wolf may have crossbred with domestic dogs whilst its population was dwindling. New genomic technologies have provided an answer.READ MORE