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Genetic modification/engineering

The alteration of an organism's or a cell's genetic material using biotechnology techniques.



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Radio Review: The Inquiry - Is Gene Editing Out of Control?

31 July 2017 - by Cara Foley

The broadcast by BBC World Service is split into four parts, each with an assigned 'expert witness'. The first chapter tackles 'The Language of Life', aiming to elucidate exactly what DNA, genes and genome editing are... [Read More]

US lab may have edited human embryos for first time

31 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists in the US may have successfully used genome editing in human embryos to correct disease mutations, according to a report by MIT Technology Review... [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]

Gene in brain's 'reward circuit' linked to depression

10 July 2017 - by Cara Foley

A gene that could play a key role in depression has been identified... [Read More]

Video Review: What is genome editing and how does it work?

19 June 2017 - by Kess Rowe

Genome editing is currently a hot topic. This is partly because of its promise in potentially treating genetic diseases and improving farmed crops; but also because it raises many ethical debates regarding safety and moral responses to this advancement... [Read More]

Gene therapy hope for allergies and asthma

12 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

Life-threatening allergies and asthma could one day be treated by a single injection, say researchers who have successfully treated mice using gene therapy... [Read More]

Two blood cancers treated successfully with immunotherapy

12 June 2017 - by Ebtehal Moussa

Two trials of a new gene therapy have successfully treated blood cancers in patients who were unresponsive to standard treatment... [Read More]

Blood stem cells produced in the lab for the first time

22 May 2017 - by Paul Waldron

In two different studies, US scientists have succeeded in creating the stem cells which produce blood... [Read More]

Resistance to severe malaria identified in gene variants

22 May 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A gene variant which gives protection against the most dangerous form of malaria has been identified... [Read More]

Gene for sound sleep identified

10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A gene has been linked to quality of sleep... [Read More]

Podcast Review: CRISPR Updated

27 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock

Radiolab explores the science, the uses and the ethics of CRISPR in this podcast that was two years in the making... [Read More]

Remission in one-third of terminal lymphoma patients after gene therapy

06 March 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A trial gene therapy has reversed terminal blood cancer in a third of patients... [Read More]

First human trial of gene therapy for Fabry disease

17 February 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A Canadian man with Fabry disease – a rare, inherited enzyme deficiency – is the first person to be given gene therapy for the condition... [Read More]

Deaf mice able to hear 'whispers' after gene therapy

13 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

An improved gene-therapy technique using a synthetic virus has restored the hearing of deaf mice up to the level of a whisper... [Read More]

Mouse pancreas grown in rat reverses diabetes

30 January 2017 - by Arit Udoh

Insulin-producing cells from pancreases grown in rats can cure diabetes when transplanted into mice, according to a study... [Read More]

Stable bacteria created using synthetic DNA

30 January 2017 - by Dr James Heather

Scientists have developed bacteria which can live and grow with DNA containing extra 'letters'... [Read More]

Genome editing successfully treats leukaemia

25 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Doctors at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital have used genome editing to successfully treat two children with leukaemia... [Read More]

Stem cells reprogrammed to resemble fertilised eggs

23 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have successfully turned stem cells into 'totipotent' cells, with characteristics resembling those of fertilised eggs... [Read More]

23 new genes linked to cancer spread

16 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have identified 23 genes that are linked to metastasis – the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body... [Read More]

Gene therapy 'reverses ageing' in mice

19 December 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Gene therapy can reverse the effects of ageing in mice, researchers claim... [Read More]

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A Stroke of Genius
05 August 2009 2.40pm-3.40pm Jack Dome, Pleasance Dome, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL, UK
A play inspired by the the true story of the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for Nobel Prize winners...


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