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The removal of introns from the messenger RNA copy of a gene, so that only the gene exons are present in the final version.

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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]

Stem cell scientist's appeal against misconduct verdict rejected

12 May 2014 - by Purvi Shah

Japan's RIKEN Center has announced that an appeal by stem-cell scientist, Dr Haruko Obokata, found guilty of research misconduct in relation to her claims of converting blood cells to stem cells using an 'acid bath', has been rejected... [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]

Two RNA studies give clues to neurodegeneration

23 January 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud

Two independent studies have suggested new targets for treating neurodegenerative diseases... [Read More]

Genetic flaw leaves no trace – mutation causing a lack of fingerprints identified

08 August 2011 - by Suzanne Elvidge

Imagine getting to immigration and struggling to get into a country, not because you don't have a passport or legal status, but because you have no fingerprints. People with adermatoglyphia, also known as 'immigration delay disease', have missing fingerprints from birth, and have reduced levels of sweat glands in their skin. Researchers now think they have isolated the genetic mutation behind this rare disorder.... [Read More]

New genetic screening test for rare diseases to be launched in US

21 February 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman

A new genetic test screening for almost 450 rare childhood genetic diseases could be available in the US this year, reports the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF).... [Read More]

Film Review: Splice

09 August 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

From watching the trailers for Splice, I thought the film centred on a genetic engineering experiment gone awry - mutants taking over the world and so on. Sadly not. At least if it had, it would be based on a storyline which - although tiresome - is proven to work. Not only that, but this horror of a horror film was far from scary... [Read More]

Genetically modified mice produce human milk protein

08 June 2009 - by Dr Charlotte Maden

Scientists in Russia have genetically modified mice to successfully produce a human milk protein. The achievement raises hopes that the proteins could be commercially produced to use in healthier baby formula. Currently, synthetic baby formula contains proteins mainly from soybeans or cow's milk. Some experts dispute that it provides babies with as many health benefits as natural human breast milk.... [Read More]

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