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DNA (genetic) sequencing

Determining the order of bases in a DNA molecule.



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Mutation that stops people feeling pain found in Italian family

18 December 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A newly identified genetic mutation causes members of an Italian family to be unable to feel pain and could lead to the development of new painkillers, research suggests... [Read More]

Real-time film shows CRISPR in action

20 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

For the first time ever, researchers have been able to film, in real-time, the activity of the CRISPR technique on a strand of DNA... [Read More]

RNA editing tools could create new disease therapies

30 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A new molecular tool to change individual letters in an RNA sequence may open up new possibilities for gene therapy... [Read More]

Book Review: How to Code a Human

18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett

Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [Read More]

Craig Venter says genome sequencing can predict faces

11 September 2017 - by Ruth Retassie

It is possible to predict someone's face using DNA sequencing and machine learning, according to Dr Craig Venter... [Read More]

75 percent of human genome is junk DNA

24 July 2017 - by Ipsita Herlekar

Almost 75 percent of the human genome is 'junk DNA', suggests a new study... [Read More]

South Asian social systems give insight into genetics

24 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Genome-wide analysis in South Asian populations may provide insight into rare genetic diseases, suggests research... [Read More]

CRISPR used to record a film in bacteria

17 July 2017 - by Lea Goetz

Scientists have used the CRISPR/Cas system to encode a film in the genomes of living bacteria... [Read More]

How new 'molecular scissors' may give crisper CRISPR

10 July 2017 - by Rikita Patel

Researchers have revealed the structure and action of a new type of 'molecular scissors' known as Cpf1, which may improve CRISPR genome editing.

Large study finds first genes linked to Tourette's syndrome

26 June 2017 - by Cara Foley

The first genes linked Tourette's syndrome have been identified in the biggest study of the disorder to date... [Read More]

DNA blood test could lead to early cancer detection

12 June 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A highly-sensitive DNA blood test could help detect cancer years before tumours are detected... [Read More]

Genetic disorders: empowering patients and families through information

12 June 2017 - by Arti Patel

'I've got the diagnosis, now what?' is one of the first questions families ask when they contact us at Unique, the UK-based organisation for rare chromosome and genomic disorders... [Read More]

Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

30 May 2017 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Mouse sperm stored aboard the International Space Station for nine months has been used to produce healthy pups back on Earth... [Read More]

Ancestry owns genetic information of customers and their relatives

22 May 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

Customers of Ancestry's consumer DNA tests may be unaware of what they have signed away, a US lawyer has suggested... [Read More]

If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?

22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]

Cancer fusion genes targeted with CRISPR

08 May 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Aggressive human prostate and liver tumours have been shrunk in mice by targeting a ‘fused’ gene mutation using CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry

08 May 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Human Genome Project, completed in April 2003, greatly improved our ability to study human health and disease. It also provided a deeper insight into our history and evolution as a species. Yet a recent episode of the 'Science Friction' radio show, presented by Natasha Mitchell on Australia’s ABC Radio, delved further into these fascinating topics through the lens of the new and emerging field of epigenetics.

The CRISPR patent dispute - Europe and the US

02 May 2017 - by Brian Nolan

The European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office have been thrust into a dispute pitting the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Vienna against the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. Scientists and inventors have been watching the decisions of the EPO and USPTO because these decisions may leave one of these entities with a patent portfolio worth billions of dollars... [Read More]

Existing drugs could benefit one in five breast cancer patients

20 March 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A genetic study of breast cancer patients suggests that existing drugs for treating rare breast and ovarian cancers may help more patients than previously thought... [Read More]

'Enigma code' of common-cold virus may be deciphered

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Scientists have identified a 'hidden code' of key DNA sequences in a virus from the same family as the common cold... [Read More]

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Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD
13 September 2016 6pm (registration), 6.30pm-8.30pm (discussion) Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
The Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event about testing and screening human embryos is taking place TOMORROW EVENING - book NOW. The event will be chaired by Dr Sue Avery, with speakers including Dr Tony Gordon, Dr Christine Patch, James Lawford Davies and Professor Michael Parker...


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