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


RNA (ribonucleic acid)

RNA (ribonucleic acid) is a chemical similar to DNA. Like DNA, RNA contains the chemical bases adenine (A), cytosine (C) and guanine (G), but instead of thymine (T), RNA contains uracil (U).

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Fetal brain gene blueprint scoured for autism clues

07 April 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja

A map showing where different genes are turned on and off in the fetal human brain has been published in the hope it will give important clues about the origins of disorders... [Read More]

Gene-blocking injection halts breast cancer progression in mice

06 January 2014 - by Rachel Brown

An injection to prevent breast cancer by silencing a cancer-causing gene has shown early promise in mouse studies... [Read More]

Genome engineering company launches with $43 million investments

02 December 2013 - by Rachel Brown

A biotech start-up that will develop genome-editing therapies has received US $43 million investment from three venture capital firms... [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]

Nanoscale construction project on time and on budget

18 November 2013 - by Dr Naqash Raja

A system that allows researchers to control a tiny cellular transport network has been developed by researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick... [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]

DNA sequencing gives insight into deadly MERS virus

23 September 2013 - by Lanay Tierney

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a potentially lethal respiratory virus first identified last year in Saudi Arabia, may be transmitted by jumping repeatedly from animals to humans, DNA sequencing suggests... [Read More]

Down's syndrome chromosome 'can be silenced'

22 July 2013 - by Dr Lucy Freem

A method that 'switches off' entire chromosomes has been used in isolated cells to target the genetic defect behind Down's syndrome... [Read More]

Prostate cancer blood test that 'reads genetic changes like a barcode' trialled successfully

15 July 2013 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists have developed a 'barcode' blood test that reads genetic changes to pick out the most aggressive prostate cancers... [Read More]

Drug found effective in 'silencing' disease gene

15 July 2013 - by Matthew Thomas

A drug has been found to suppress the gene underlying a rare but fatal disease, according to results from an early-stage clinical trial... [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]

Gene defect 'switched off' in human tissue

01 July 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

Scientists have for the first time been able to switch on and off the effects of a genetic disease, myotonic dystrophy, in human muscle tissue... [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]

Patentability of isolated DNA in the Australian context: Cancer Voices Australia vs Myriad Genetics Inc

18 March 2013 - by Naomi Hawkins

Patents on human genes continue to cause controversy in the academic and popular press. A recent decision in Australia has reaffirmed the patentability of isolated human DNA in that jurisdiction... [Read More]

Lack of sleep leaves genes a bit squiffy

04 March 2013 - by Shanya Sivakumaran

Inadequate sleep alters the activity of over 700 genes, scientists report. In the research, sleeping less than six hours per night for just one week impacted genes related to metabolism, inflammation and immunity... [Read More]

Scientists discover why regular sex prior to conception reduces pregnancy complications

03 December 2012 - by Chris Baldacci

A man may contribute more than just sperm to the process of conception, research suggests... [Read More]

Gene variant leads to six-fold increase in risk for certain brain tumours

10 September 2012 - by Matthew Young

A single-letter change in one gene may considerably increase a person's risk of developing particular forms of brain cancer, say researchers... [Read More]

Book Review: The Epigenetics Revolution - How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance

10 September 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

In her new book, 'The Epigenetics Revolution', Nessa Carey argues that we are in the midst of the next great upheaval in biological thinking... [Read More]

Anti-cancer drug could be used in treatment for HIV

30 July 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

Scientists have discovered that an anti-cancer drug can revive dormant HIV thereby allowing therapies to act upon the low level inactive virus particles that hide in patients' immune cells and have, until now, been unsusceptible to treatment... [Read More]

An eggsample of why it is hard to prove a negative

30 July 2012 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Earlier this year, a paper claimed to have found cells, called ovarian stem cells, in the adult ovaries of both mice and humans. These cells could apparently be grown in large numbers in the lab and could retain the ability to give rise to eggs. A new study finds no evidence for the existence of germline progenitors able to produce eggs in postnatal ovaries. Is a lack of evidence sufficient to win the argument?... [Read More]

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