Genetics

"Mind-blowing results" from gene therapy trial point to a cure for haemophilia

The results from the first human trials for a gene therapy to treat patients with haemophilia A have just been published, and they are truly …

Medicine

10 medical advances that raised our hopes in 2017

Organs from genetically altered pigs, gene therapy, gene editing and do-it-yourself home genetic testing.<p>If there’s a theme for the most exciting medical advances of 2017, it’s that genetic science took new steps into or towards the real world – even as questions of cost, safety, efficacy and …

Medicine

Science is on a mission to map all 37 trillion cells in your body

The human body contains more than 37 trillion cells - and Sarah Teichmann wants to map them all. She's the pioneer behind the Human Cell Atlas, an …

Biology

Hemophilia: Could Meghan Markle's Children Have This 'Royal' Disease?

Hemophilia may be a rare disease, but it’s certainly not an unknown one—primarily, it could be argued, because of the disease’s long history with …

Meghan Markle

Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology

A dump of emails reveals Canadian PR firm recruiting scientists to partcipate in an online forum<p>It sounds like the plot of a science fiction novel: …

Philanthropy

Better Buy: Illumina, Inc. vs. Thermo Fisher Scientific

Which stock wins in a head-to-head match-up between these two gene-sequencing leaders?<p>It's been a really good year for <b>Thermo Fisher Scientific</b> …

Stocks

Rare Genetic Mutation Raises Pain Tolerance To Superhuman Levels

Scientists have found a genetic mutation that cranks up someone’s pain tolerance to the superhuman level.<p>New research describes an Italian family …

Pain

Obesity could reprogram our muscle stem cells

Obesity is associated with reduced muscle mass and impaired metabolism.The post Obesity could reprogram our muscle stem cells appeared first on …

Molecular Biology

Gene Editing With CRISPR-Cas9: The Next Step In Human Evolution Will Be Worth $25 Billion By 2030

CRISPR-Cas9 tools have recently created a buzz in the global healthcare industry, with the development of numerous applications-focused solutions—and intensifying patenting disputes. The invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tools is one of the greatest scientific revolutions of this generation. …

In just a few minutes, this software can verify your identity from a bit of DNA

Your DNA says a lot about you, but before it can divulge your deepest genetic secrets, it has to be analyzed. And that can be a pretty costly process.<p>…

DNA

Welcome to the future, a place where everyone knows your genetic code

People all over the world are starting to learn the secrets encoded in their DNA. They want to learn about what diseases they might some day have or …

DNA

Harvard Study Identifies Genetic ‘Switches’ That Affect Height

The network of factors behind height is becoming clearer, thanks to the work of Harvard scientists. Led by Associate Professor of Human Evolutionary …

DNA

Ginkgo Bioworks raises $275 million to bring its lab-made DNA to more industries

Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston-based biotech company that designs custom microbes for clients across multiple industries, has raised $275 million in a series D round of funding from Viking Global, Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment, and General Atlantic.<p>Founded in 2008, …

Business

The Latest "Unicorn" Genetically Engineers Everything From Perfume To Food

Biotech startup Ginkgo Bioworks thinks the future of making stuff lies in genetic engineering.<p>Ginkgo Bioworks, the biotech startup that’s genetically engineering microbes to make everything from fragrances to food, is ramping up production with a round of capital that values it at more than $1 …

Molecular Biology

Who Qualifies For Donating An Egg

Advances in medical science have provided the hope of fertility to many infertile couples. An increasing number of infertile couples have started …

Molecular Biology

A family in Italy doesn’t feel pain because of a gene mutation

An Italian family that is barely able to sense pain has had the genetic root of their shared disorder uncovered. Understanding this gene may lead to …

Italy

What is haemophilia and how is it treated?

Haemophilia is a rare blood disorder that means the blood fails to clot properly, resulting in minor injuries like a bruise or a small cut becoming …

Medicine

Designer proteins that package genetic material could help deliver gene therapy

Using a repurposed virus to deliver a custom genetic payload is a bit like using a repurposed box to deliver a new iPhone. It can work, but it may …

Biology

Bill Martin finds out the results of his DNA ancestry test – for real this time

CLEVELAND - The evening anchors at Fox 8 are finding out their DNA ancestry!<p>Earlier this year, our morning anchors learned where their ancestors …

Cleveland

IP Group: Playing The DIY Valuation Game

Oxford Nanopore is IP Group’s biggest holding but is grossly over-valued and is fast running out of money. It could be forced into a downward spiral …

Business

STAT Plus: Precision medicine is rapidly advancing. Precision public health could be next

Rapid advances in personalized medicine have sparked interest in another new idea: precision public health.Essentially, it’s the thought that if …

Medicine

BioMarin, Spark, And Insertional Oncogenesis

Four original articles and three editorials on gene therapy in New England Journal of Medicine, December 7-10, 2017.<p>Also on December 7, FDA …

Business

Immunotherapy, gene editing advances extend to Type 1 Diabetes

Advances in engineering T cells to treat cancer are paving the way for new immunotherapies targeted at autoimmune diseases, including type 1 …

Diabetes

Genetic sequencing is the future of medicine

<i>Craig Venter, a genetic scientist, led the team that first mapped the human genome. He is founder and CEO of the nonprofit J. Craig Venter Institute on genetic research; co-founder and CEO of Human Longevity Inc.; and founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc.</i><p>LA JOLLA, Calif. — Recent leaps in the …

DNA

CRISPR gene editing moved into humans in 2017

Scientists reported selectively altering genes in viable human embryos for the first time this year. For nearly five years, researchers have been …

Biology

This Startup Has a New CRISPR Enzyme -- And Says It Will Give It Away For Free

A startup says it has discovered a new CRISPR enzyme for editing DNA, one of the hottest areas in biotech. Naturally, it is going to give it away for free.<p>Wait, what?<p>“This is a true gift we’re giving to the community because I truly believe this technology is so important that holding it or …

Biology

A San Francisco Jurassic Park, made possible with CRISPR, might include dire wolves, giant sloths

Herds of mammoths and mastodons grazed where the Presidio now stands. Sharp-toothed dire wolves and prides of massive lions stalked the coastline in search of prey. And the 13-foot-long, 2,000-pound short-faced bear — a creature that would make today's mountain lions look like lapdogs — ruled over …

San Francisco

Why genome completeness and contamination estimates are more complicated than you think

Genome-resolved metagenomics is the process of recovering <i>de novo</i> genomes belonging to individual organisms present in a community using DNA extracted …

Built Environment

​Everything You Need To Know About DNA Test Kits—And The Best One For You

​The right option depends on what you’re hoping to find out.<p>The Human Genome Project—a global, multibillion-dollar effort to map our shared human DNA—was completed back in the year 2000. Since then, expert knowledge of humans’ genetic makeup and the specific gene variations that can affect a …

DNA

If CRISPR is so amazing, why can't we edit human genes yet? - Science News - ABC News

Few techniques have shaken science quite like CRISPR.<p>The quick, easy and cheap gene editing tool was hailed as the "breakthrough of 2015" by Science …

Molecular Biology