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Cell

Cells are the building blocks of all living things. A human body is made up of around 100 million, million cells.



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Gene conferring long-life identified in US Amish community

20 November 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

A rare genetic mutation leading to longer and healthier lives has been discovered in the US Amish community... [Read More]

Real-time film shows CRISPR in action

20 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

For the first time ever, researchers have been able to film, in real-time, the activity of the CRISPR technique on a strand of DNA... [Read More]

Study uses genome editing inside patient for first time

20 November 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A new clinical trial in California marks the first time that genome editing has been used inside the body, rather than on cells such as blood or skin which can be extracted, edited outside the body, and then replaced... [Read More]

Number of mutations needed to cause cancer calculated

19 October 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

Between one and 10 mutations are required for a healthy cell to turn cancerous... [Read More]

Gene linked to schizophrenia is key in early brain development

02 October 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

A gene associated with schizophrenia influences a critical stage of early brain development in mice... [Read More]

Stem cells restore neurons in monkey model of Parkinson's disease

04 September 2017 - by Caroline Casey

Neurons derived from human stem cells have successfully been used to treat and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease in a primate animal model... [Read More]

EPO awards CRISPR patent to European biotech

14 August 2017 - by Ryan Ross

German-based company MilliporeSigma has announced that the European Patent Office intends to approve its CRISPR patent for use in eukaryotic cells... [Read More]

Faster diagnosis hope for mitochondrial disease

14 August 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

A new approach to genetic analysis may lead to a faster way to diagnose mitochondrial disease... [Read More]

Scientists use RNAi to create gene map of 'cancer dependencies'

31 July 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A comprehensive map of genes crucial to tumour cell survival has been created by researchers... [Read More]

Pig breeding study may help human IVF success

24 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

US scientists have dramatically improved the in vitro maturation of pig egg cells, offering the possibility that similar successes could be achieved in humans... [Read More]

CRISPR used to record a film in bacteria

17 July 2017 - by Lea Goetz

Scientists have used the CRISPR/Cas system to encode a film in the genomes of living bacteria... [Read More]

Gene therapy for leukaemia set for FDA go-ahead

17 July 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

A drug for leukaemia that genetically alters patients' own cells to fight cancer, has cleared a critical hurdle in gaining commercial approval... [Read More]

First personalised vaccines shows promise for skin cancer

10 July 2017 - by Meetal Solanki

A revolutionary vaccine uses the patient’s own immune response to target tumour cells and could be the first step in bespoke, precision medicine. 

Preeclampsia risk linked to DNA of baby, not mother

26 June 2017 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Preeclampsia – a dangerous rise in blood pressure in pregnant women – has been linked to a genetic variant found in the baby, instead of the mother... [Read More]

Three mutations could make bird flu more infectious to humans

19 June 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have identified three potential genetic mutations that could allow a dangerous strain of avian influenza to spread between humans... [Read More]

Vitamin C and antibiotic combination offers new approach to cancer

19 June 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

Cancer stem cells, thought to be the root cause of tumour recurrence, could be eradicated using vitamin C and antibiotics, suggests a new study... [Read More]

Cancer-causing effect of common chemical pinpointed

05 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

A common chemical found in household products could increase the risk of cancer by blocking the ability of cells to fix genetic flaws which lead to the disease... [Read More]

If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?

22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]

First scans from baby brain project released

15 May 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

The first batch of baby brain scans was released last week by a landmark UK project to map how the human brain develops in unprecedented detail... [Read More]

CRISPR gene-editing eliminates HIV in mice

08 May 2017 - by Emma Laycock

US scientists have used CRISPR gene-editing to remove HIV DNA from the genomes of living animals, eliminating further infection.

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Events using this Glossary Item

Functional Genomics and Systems Biology
30 November 2009  Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK
An event addressing post-genomic science in humans and other organisms...
Engineering Principles in Biological Systems
14 October 2009  Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK
The 3rd Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory/Wellcome Trust event on Engineering Principles in Biological Systems...
Running for Answers
16 September 2009  Club Med Athenia, Marathon 19007, Attica, Greece
The 7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology...
Physics of Cells: From the Edge to the Heart
06 September 2009  Congress Centre, Hotel Zora, Raduća BB, Primošten 22202, Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia
The 1st European Molecular Biology Organisation conference on Cell Biophysics...
From Imprinting to the Epigenome in 25 years
04 September 2009  Lecture Theatre, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1RD; Kings College, University of Cambridge, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST, UK
An event celebrating the discovery of imprinting in mammals 25 years ago...
System Biology Tools and Preclinical Models for Translational Research in Endometriosis and Adhesion Formation: Lessons from Cancer and Inflammation Biology
04 September 2009  Auditorium GA1, Campus Onderwijs en Navorsing, Gasthuisberg Herestraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
A course addressing state-of-the-art research methodology in systems biology...
Life's Molecular Interactions
04 July 2009  Prague Congress Centre, 5 Května 65, 140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic
The 34th Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies...


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