Genetics

Crispr Offers a Leap Forward for Diagnosing Disease

Scientists are hoping it can detect deadly ailments faster, cheaper and more accurately than current tests<p>By<p>Amy Dockser Marcus<p>Amy Dockser Marcus<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Amy.Marcus@wsj.com<p>When it comes to treating deadly diseases, scientists are always looking for a method of diagnosis that …

CRISPR

You Can Get Your Whole Genome Sequenced. But Should You?

There are 3 billion ways for something to go wrong with your DNA. But diseases caused by an error to a single gene—what geneticists call "big ticket" …

DNA

Night shift work may stop body repairing daily damage to DNA and trigger cancer, study suggests

Night shift work may stop the body repairing daily damage to DNA and raise the risk of mutations which lead to cancer, a new study suggests.<p>The link between working at night and poor health has been known for several years, with those who work after dark more likely to suffer diabetes, obesity, …

Wellness

Your DNA-Based Diet Plan? He's Got an App for That

Imagine using your DNA sequence to plan your life. Before you hit the gym, your phone buzzes with a personalized workout routine based on an analysis …

Biology

Fast, Precise Cancer Care Is Coming to a Hospital Near You

Of all the cancers in the world, lung cancer is the deadliest. This year, the National Cancer Institute estimates it will kill 150,000 people, …

Personalized Medicine

New test can diagnose mysterious infections

Researchers have created a brain test that can discover the source "of virtually any neurological infection," according to Scientific American.<p>For …

DNA

10 Amazing Things Scientists Just Did with CRISPR

1 of 12<p>CRISPR technology<p>It's like someone has pressed fast-forward on the gene-editing field: A simple tool that scientists can wield to snip and …

Biology

How CRISPR Yanked Jennifer Doudna Out of the Ivory Tower

The pioneer biochemist feels a responsibility to weigh in on ethical debates about gene editing.<p>Jennifer Doudna remembers a moment when she realized how important CRIPSR—the gene-editing technique that she co-discovered—was going to be. It was in 2014, and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur had …

Life Sciences

CRISPR: Emerging applications for genome editing technology

<b>New gene editing tools transform disease models and future therapies</b><p>CRISPR gene editing is taking biomedical research by storm. Providing the …

CRISPR

These Animals Figured Out How To Change Their Own DNA

If you’ve heard about octopuses cleverly escaping their tanks, stealing cameras, and opening jars — <i>from the inside</i> — then you’ve also probably had …

Biology

A New Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Forever Change Life on Earth

CRISPR<p>The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, from Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, …

Biology

Why are some people more susceptible to mosquito bites?

Smelly socks may hold the answer...<p>Mosquitos are one of the worst things about summer, with the ability to turn an idyllic evening in the great …

Health

The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.

It was the sort of bad news every patient fears. Merlin Erickson, a 69-year-old retired engineer in Abingdon, Md., was told last year that a biopsy of his prostate was positive for cancer.<p>Mr. Erickson, worried, began investigating the options: whether to have his prostate removed, or perhaps to …

Cancer

Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

Advances in technology have made it much easier, faster and less expensive to do whole genome sequencing — to spell out all three billion letters in a person's genetic code. Falling costs have given rise to speculation that it could soon become a routine part of medical care, perhaps as routine as …

DNA

Understanding the Genetics Revolution

<i>Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our</i> …

CRISPR

Contrary to popular belief, the human genome has yet to be fully figured out

The feat made headlines around the world: “Scientists Say Human Genome is Complete,” the New York Times announced in 2003. “The Human Genome,” the …

DNA

For The First Time: Scientists Capture DNA Replication On Video

Almost all life on Earth is based on DNA being copied, or replicated. Now for the first time scientists have been able to watch the replication of a …

Biology

The FDA Has Never Approved a Drug Like This in Its 111-Year History

This cancer drug produced data so incredible that the FDA approved it immediately for a specific genetic mutation, regardless of cancer location.<p>The …

Mutations

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State University. Attendees were the first to hear …

CRISPR

Biomimetic Molecular Signaling using DNA Walkers on Microparticles.

2017 Jun 22;7(1):4081. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04316-1.<p>1University of Idaho, Dept. of Chemistry, 001 Renfrew Hall, 875 Perimeter Dr, Moscow, ID, …

DNA

This is How Seedless Watermelons are Made

When I think about the summers of my childhood, I think about days spent by a pool or playground, with fresh fruit nearby. My favorite fruit to have …

Chromosomes

'Little Frankenstein,' conceived to save sister, is now a happy teen

Adam Nash was conceived via in vitro fertilization — specifically so doctors at the University of Minnesota could collect stem cells from his …

Minneapolis

IBM-powered DNA sequencing could find bacteria in raw milk

Babies love milk. Adults love milk-based products. You know what else loves milk? Good <i>and</i> bad bacteria. It's the ideal medium for bacteria growth and could cause various food-borne illnesses, especially if consumed in raw, unpasteurized form. Researchers typically just test the milk supply in the …

DNA sequencing

Heart disease genes also key for having kids

New findings indicate the genes that lead to heart disease are vital to life—even though they're also tied to the world's leading cause of death.

Genes

When you get your DNA scanned is your genetic privacy safe?

23andme is just one of a number of groups that in recent years have been selling a new kind of service — genome scanning. They sequence some — maybe …

DNA

Biofilm-Busting Enzymes May Rout Hospital-Acquired Infections | GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Biotech from Bench to Business | GEN

Click Image To Enlarge +<p>Glycoside hydrolases derived from fungi and bacteria have shown antibiofilm activity, pointing to the possibility of new …

Genetic Engineering

Brainstorm Health Daily: June 23, 2017

Senate Republicans finally revealed their super-secret healthcare bill yesterday. And while it’s too early to count votes, I’m guessing that it won’t …

Gene Therapy

Early Data for bluebird bio Gene-Therapy Candidate Show Some Promise | GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Biotech from Bench to Business | GEN

bluebird bio today disclosed its first data, including some promising results, from a pair of clinical studies assessing its LentiGlobin™ gene …

Genetic Engineering

Gene-Editing Algae Doubles Biofuel Output Potential

Another leap forward for sustainable biofuels.<p>Scientists have created a strain of algae that produces twice as much lipid as its wild parent, a …

Biology

FDA Clears Thermo Fisher NGS Companion Diagnostic for Three NSCLC Treatments | GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - Biotech from Bench to Business | GEN

FDA approved Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Oncomine™ Dx Target Test as the first next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based companion diagnostic that …

Genetic Engineering