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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter



Proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions that take place in living things.

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Obesity linked to genetic variation in carbohydrate digestion

07 April 2014 - by James Brooks

Obesity might not simply be a matter of overeating or heightened appetite but at least partially down to how we metabolise food, a study says... [Read More]

Gene test could minimise low-IQ thyroid risk for thousands

31 March 2014 - by Linda Wijlaars

Children with a common gene variant and lower thyroid hormone levels are four times more likely to have a low IQ, researchers have discovered... [Read More]

BRCA1 cancer study suggests alternative to major surgery

31 March 2014 - by Dr Sarah Spain

BRCA1 mutations put carriers at high risk of cancer by failing to protect cells against the effects of high levels of oestrogen hormone found in breast and ovary tissue, researchers have established... [Read More]

Event Review: Bio-Revolution

17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy

At the Science Museum's 'drinking and thinking' event, visitors extracted DNA from strawberries and discussed genome sequencing in the NHS... [Read More]

Teenager uncovers genetics behind her own rare cancer

03 March 2014 - by Rhys Baker

A recovering teenage cancer patient is a lead author of a study into the rare form of liver cancer she contracted. The research, published in Science, identified a key mutation that may explain the uncontrolled growth of the tumour... [Read More]

Gene therapy promising in Parkinson's patients

10 January 2014 - by Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

Patients in a clinical trial to treat Parkinson's disease with a form of gene therapy have showed signs of significant improvements in their motor-function, according to a report published in the Lancet... [Read More]

Gene links stress to heart attacks

06 January 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

The same genetic variant that makes some people more prone to stress has been shown to increase the risk of having and dying from a heart attack... [Read More]

'Father of genomics' Fred Sanger dies aged 95

25 November 2013 - by James Heather

Fred Sanger, renowned biochemist, has died aged 95. Having pioneered seminal techniques for the understanding of both proteins and DNA, Dr Sanger is widely hailed as one of the most influential scientists of recent years... [Read More]

Event Review: End to End - Telomeres and Ageing

25 November 2013 - by Jamie Rickman

The 2013 Schrödinger Lecture at Imperial College London was delivered by Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, an Australian-American biologist based in California... [Read More]

Accurate editing of human DNA now possible, say scientists

11 November 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

A molecular technique that enables any part of the human genome to be altered with extreme precision has been hailed by scientists as a breakthrough in genetics... [Read More]

Trial for rare 'black bone disease' wins funding

07 October 2013 - by Shanya Sivakumaran

The Alkaptonuria Society, a UK charity and patient organisation for the rare disease of the same name, has won a £5million grant from the European Commission to help finance clinical trials of a treatment for the condition... [Read More]

Anorexia linked to genetic mutation

16 September 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

The eating disorder anorexia nervosa has been linked, somewhat unexpectedly, to variants in a gene involved in cholesterol regulation... [Read More]

Gene variant explains statin side effects for some

02 September 2013 - by Victoria Burchell

A variant of a gene involved in energy storage in muscles may be linked to problems experienced by some users of the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins... [Read More]

Genetic mapping reveals origins of cancer

19 August 2013 - by Dr Sarah Spain

A team of researchers has comprehensively charted the genetic 'signatures' of processes that drive tumour development for the first time... [Read More]

The sun still hasn't set on gene patents

01 July 2013 - by Dr Michael Hopkins and Dr Stuart Hogarth

Last week saw the conclusion of the long-running gene patent lawsuit known as AMP v. Myriad Genetics. At stake was the patentability of isolated DNA sequences... [Read More]

Paralympic cyclist's rare condition diagnosed with gene sequencing

17 June 2013 - by Purvi Shah

The genetic mutation behind a UK paracyclist's mystery condition has been identified by an international team of scientists... [Read More]

A logical step: biocomputing pushes forward

08 April 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

One of the essential components of a computer, the transistor, has been created in a living biological system for the first time... [Read More]

A break is not the end: pluripotent stem cell research gives insight on DNA damage disorder

24 September 2012 - by James Brooks

The biological basis of a rare congenital disorder has been clarified, thanks to stem cell technology. The researchers say their work shows how advances in stem cell science can provide insights into genetic conditions... [Read More]

Genetic tests that improve drug effectiveness are going neglected, warns expert

17 September 2012 - by James Brooks

Genetic tests that could greatly improve the effectiveness of drug therapy for a wide variety of conditions are being underused or ignored, a leading expert says... [Read More]

Gene therapy nears approval as European regulator makes recommendation

30 July 2012 - by Dr Rosie Morley

The European Medicines Agency has recommended European Union market approval for a gene therapy, Glybera, to treat patients with severe cases of a rare genetic condition called lipoprotein lipase deficiency... [Read More]

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Techniques and Applications of Molecular Biology
13 July 2009  Department of Biological Sciences, Gibbet Hill Campus, Gibbet Hill Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
A course for those who wish to develop their understanding of genetic engineering techniques... [Read More]

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