Amanda Higman

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How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines.<p>Technician Mike Lattari prepares a flow cell slide for loading …

Clone a Mammoth? Genetics Could Aid Species, But Not in a Sci-Fi Way

Scientists say we're on track to lose species at a mass-extinction pace, due to climate change and other rapid environmental shifts — so can we just clone them back into existence?<p>That's what some Russian and South Korean researchers are hoping to do: They're trying to recover genetic material from …

To Get Rid Of Mitochondrial Diseases, Just Edit Them Out Of DNA

A possible alternative to controversial three-parent babies<p>While mitochondrial DNA transfers, or “three-parent babies,” are now legal in the United Kingdom, the debate (largely an ethical one) is still ongoing in the United States. According to a study published today in <i>Cell</i>, researchers at the …

Hopes raised for new genetic therapy to prevent inherited diseases

Scientists able to ‘re-write’ errors in mitochondrial DNA in mice, increasing the possibility of a similar treatment to prevent disease in humans<p>Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their …

Genetics