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Glossary

Genetic modification/engineering

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



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Gene therapy effective for treatment-resistant leukaemia

27 November 2017 - by Sam Sherratt

A new gene therapy for leukaemia is effective for a majority of patients who showed resistance to previous therapies... [Read More]

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]

FDA approves second gene therapy for cancer

19 October 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

The US Food and Drug Administration have approved the world’s second gene therapy to target blood cancer... [Read More]

FDA advisors back gene therapy for rare inherited blindness

16 October 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The US Food Drug and Administration advisory committee has backed the use of gene therapy to treat a hereditary disease for the first time... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - Exposing the Contents of Your Genes

09 October 2017 - by Cara Foley

'Would you donate your genome?' Straight to the point, the introduction immediately grabbed my attention. Genome donation wasn't something I had even considered before listening to this podcast, so I was very curious to learn more... [Read More]

How should we discuss genome editing in public?

02 October 2017 - by Sandy Starr

What do patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications? What are the best ways for experts and others to discuss genome editing in public, so as to improve public understanding and avoid confusion? The Progress Educational Trust has set out to answer these questions, with its 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project.... [Read More]

Brain has 'genetic calendar' for ageing

18 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A 'genetic lifespan calendar' of lifelong gene expression changes has been discovered in human and mouse brains... [Read More]

Gene therapy for cancer halted after patient death

11 September 2017 - by Ebtehal Moussa

Two trials assessing gene therapy for blood cancer have been put on hold by the US Food and Drug Administration, following a patient fatality... [Read More]

First gene therapy for leukaemia approved

04 September 2017 - by Meetal Solanki

The world's first cancer treatment which uses a patient's own genetically modified immune cells has been approved... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement therapies in Mexico and the USA - and the FDA

29 August 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González

Almost a year after the first live birth of a baby following a mitochondrial replacement technique procedure, the US Food and Drug Administration has sent a very strongly-worded letter to the scientist and team responsible for the event... [Read More]

Female is not 'default sex' of embryos

21 August 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A protein that controls removal of male reproductive tissue in female mice embryos has been discovered... 

Vitamin C slows leukaemia in mice by tweaking key gene

21 August 2017 - by Emma Laycock

High doses of vitamin C may help fight certain leukaemias by boosting the activity of a particular gene, suggests a new study... [Read More]

We need to talk about... CRISPR

21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere

Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]

Gene therapy skin grafts for obesity and diabetes

07 August 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A proof-of-concept study in mice has demonstrated how skin grafts could deliver gene therapy for obesity and diabetes... [Read More]

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]

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Events using this Glossary Item

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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CROSSING FRONTIERS

Public Conference
London
8 December 2017

Speakers include

Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

Sandy Starr


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