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Tags results for 'genetics'

Alzheimer's insight from DNA study

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2013 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A clearer picture of what causes Alzheimer's disease is emerging after the largest ever analysis of patients' DNA.

Why are apes more genetically diverse than we are?

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2013 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
New research points the finger at molecular parasites called transposons.

Scientists discover why wounds heal quicker for young people

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2013 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Hopes rise for new drugs and treatments to speed healing process for the elderly.

700,000-Year-Old Horse Found in Yukon Permafrost Yields Oldest DNA Ever Decoded

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2013 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The frozen remains of a horse more than half a million years old have given up their secrets, providing the oldest DNA ever sequenced.

First use of retrograde gene therapy on a human heart

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2013 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Procedure delivers stem cells to the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries.

This anti-aging brain trust is the most interesting startup in Silicon Valley

Posted in Medicine on 8th Dec, 2013 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Calico has continued to generate intense excitement among geneticists and biotech experts.

Stress gene linked to heart attacks

Posted in Medicine on 20th Dec, 2013 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease.

Startup Hopes One Drop of Blood Could Diagnose All Types of Cancer

Posted in Medicine on 27th Dec, 2013 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
A silver bullet test to diagnose all cancers.

Genomic Studies Sift Centenarian DNA For Genes Protecting Against Age Related Diseases

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2013 02:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Though diet and exercise influence health and longevity, they’re only part of the story.

Science enters $1,000 genome era

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2014 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The ability to sequence a human genome for just $1,000 has arrived, a US genetic technology company has announced.

Gene therapy 'could be used to treat blindness'

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jan, 2014 01:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

DNA Studies Topple the Ladder of Complexity

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists saw signs of increasing complexity in evolution, but new DNA studies are ruining that idea. Amoebas have big genomes; evolution stumbles forward like a drunk.

How Nutrition In One Generation Can Change The Genetics Of The Next

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A Cambodian case study finds that people developing diabetes today have parents who went hungry in the 1970s.

Genetically modified T cells induced complete remissions in advanced leukemia patients

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
88 percent achieved complete remissions after being treated with genetically modified versions of their own immune cells.

Genetics Startup Wants To Prolong Life, 'Make 100 Years Old The Next 60'

Posted in Medicine on 4th Mar, 2014 11:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Brought to you by entrepreneur J. Craig Venter

Healthspan and Lifespan Extension can Finally Make it's Long Overdue Peace With the Media

Posted in Reviews on 6th Mar, 2014 03:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The more I read about him the more I am convinced: Craig Venter is an absolute beast of a scientist and a genius public relations mediator.

Microbes and Metabolites Fuel an Ambitious Aging Project

Posted in Medicine on 15th Mar, 2014 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Craig Venter’s new company wants to improve human longevity by creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of genetic and physiological information.

Bacteria brews biofuel with potential to replace high-energy rocket fuel

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
An engineered a bacterium that could yield a new source of high-energy hydrocarbon fuel for rocketry and other aerospace uses.

How a Single Act of Evolution Nearly Wiped Out All Life on Earth

Posted in Science on 5th Apr, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
The transfer of two genes from one type of bacteria to one type of archaea, nearly wiped out all life on this planet.

Are GMO Trees Good for the Environment?

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2014 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have genetically engineered poplar trees that they claim will clean up the notoriously messy paper industry.

Path to Growing Organs from Stem Cells by Proving Control of Embryonic Development in Fish

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2014 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
A step toward being able to grow organs and tissues from stem cells.

Living organ regeneration 'first' by gene manipulation

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
An elderly organ in a living animal has been regenerated into a youthful state for the first time, UK researchers say.

Turning off a Fat Accumulation Gene to Reduce Obesity proven in Mice

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
A genetic “switch” that can accelerate a person’s basal metabolic rate; leading to a dramatic reduction in the risk for obesity and diabetes.

Google scoops up another high-profile scientist for anti-aging project

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2014 05:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Google’s secretive Project Calico is aimed at defeating death itself, or at least staving it off far longer than ever before.

Scientists Find Connection Between Gene Mutation and Key Symptoms of Autism

Posted in Medicine on 27th Apr, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have known that abnormal brain growth is associated with autism spectrum disorder, but the relationship has not been well understood.

Genome regions once mislabeled 'junk' linked to heart failure

Posted in Medicine on 28th Apr, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
So-called junk DNA was long thought to have no important role in heredity or disease because it doesn’t code for proteins.

A new 'off' switch for neurons

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2014 09:12 PM
by AlexMuller
"This will greatly enhance work in large-brained organisms like rats and primates."

Anti-aging gene also enhances cognition

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A variant of the gene KLOTHO is known for its anti-aging effects in people fortunate enough to carry one copy. Now researchers find that it also benefits brain function.

Genetic test for heart disease risk rolled out in UK

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
A test for a preventable form of heart disease is being rolled out in the UK.

Can MedGenome use genetics to predict cancer?

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Indian cancer genetic research company MedGenome says it has taken $4 million in new funding to further develop and market its genetic sequencing research.

Bad sleep dramatically alters body health

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.

A shot against heart attacks?

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jun, 2014 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Harvard researchers say simple 'genome editing' may dramatically lower risk of such crises in future.

A gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jun, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Discovery could provide new strategy for treating neurodegenerative disease and memory loss.

Genetically Altered Bacteria Prevent Mice From Getting Fat

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jun, 2014 03:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The microbes appear to live in the gut and prevent obesity for up to four weeks.

Tibetan altitude gene inherited 'from extinct species'

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A gene that allows present-day people to cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.

A genetic link to autism has been found, known as CHD8 mutation

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jul, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism.

Modified Bacteria Enable Weight Loss In Mice

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jul, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Mice given genetically-tweaked E. coli in their water gained less weight than controls when placed on a high-fat diet for 8 weeks.

Better at reading than maths? Don’t blame it all on your genes

Posted in Science on 17th Jul, 2014 02:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists showed that around half of the genes that affect how well 12-year-olds in the UK perform in maths also affect how good they are at reading.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in the lab

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jul, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

New gene discovered that stops spread of deadly cancer:

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jul, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists identify gene that fights metastasis of a common lung cancer.

Newly identified genetic variants could delay Alzheimer's onset by four years

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jul, 2014 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have made some inroads in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, but as yet no definitive cure has been found.

Human Longevity Inc will try to defeat all of the diseases of aging to make 100 the new 60

Posted in Business on 21st Jul, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The new company doesn’t aim to extend human life so much as to help keep people healthy as they get older.

Google takes on the human body in a new project to find out what a healthy person looks like

Posted in Business on 26th Jul, 2014 04:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The new project out of Google X, called Baseline Study, will collect genetic and molecular data from 175 anonymous people.

Cancer blood test moves closer after promising results

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2014 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
A British team of researchers has developed what might be a simple blood test that can detect all cancers.

Human Longevity Company hires Google Chief Data Scientist to help enable life extension

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2014 02:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Venter's team will sequence tens of thousands of genomes every year.

DNA project 'to make UK world genetic research leader'

Posted in Medicine on 1st Aug, 2014 02:59 AM
by AlexMuller
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

Cancer experts predict the end of chemotherapy in 20 years

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2014 04:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have declared that more effective cancer treatments will soon replace chemotherapy thanks to a world-first project to find the genes responsible for cancers.

New drug reverses effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The compound, TC-2153, inhibits the negative effects of a protein called STEP on learning and memory. These cognitive functions are impaired in Alzheimer’s.

Stress may be passed down through generations, studies suggest

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Small epigenetic DNA modifications predict brain’s threat response.

We may be one step closer to a cure for jet lag

Posted in Medicine on 17th Aug, 2014 02:43 AM
by AlexMuller
A drug that would tamper with the master sleep cycle gene to help haggard fliers quickly adjust to time differences.

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of a link between Alzheimer's disease and changes in several genes associated with inflammation opens a new frontier for investigation into the cause of the disease.

Researchers Say They've Discovered how to Detect Half of All Cancers

Posted in Medicine on 26th Aug, 2014 02:16 AM
by AlexMuller
An effective way to detect cancer which may expose half of all cancers at an early stage when it can be more easily treated.

Longevity gene in fruit flies hints at coming genetic discoveries to slow aging

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
With the increasing incidence of age-related diseases, like Alzheimer’s and cancer, it’s not just about prolonging life, but prolonging health too.

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 08:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.

Breast cancer test 'Angelina Jolie effect' found

Posted in Medicine on 20th Sep, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie announced she had had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.

Telomerase can be turned off with a genetic switch which could be an antiaging breakthrough

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Sep, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging.

New lead for potential Parkinson’s treatment: Effects of high-risk Parkinson’s mutation are reversible

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2014 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence on how to target and reverse the effects caused by one of the most common genetic causes of Parkinson’s.

Google Wants to Store Your Genome

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.

First Europeans 'weathered Ice Age'

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2014 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the ferocious Ice Age that took hold after the continent was initially settled by modern people.

Why I'd Let Google Put My Genome in the Cloud

Posted in Medicine on 10th Nov, 2014 01:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Google Genomics could one day have millions of genomes on its servers, available at a click of a button to researchers. Are there legitimate privacy concerns here? Definitely.

Scientists develop thought-controlled gene switch

Posted in Medicine on 11th Nov, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Genes can be switched on using the power of thought, a study reports.

Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published

Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2014 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers unable to find genes significantly associated with extreme longevity.

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer.

Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger, say US researchers.

Gene therapy boosts mice survival from heart attacks

Posted in Medicine on 19th Dec, 2014 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The enzyme telomerase repairs cells damaged by aging, and has been used successfully in therapies to lengthen the life of mice. It could be used to cure aging related illnesses.

Machine learning reveals genetic roots of cancers and autism

Posted in Software on 20th Dec, 2014 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from engineering, biology and medicine teach computers to read the human genome and rate likelihood of mutations causing disease, opening vast new possibilities.

New NHS centres to bring in era of DNA-medicine

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The NHS is setting up 11 centres to unlock the secrets of DNA and develop tests and drugs to target cancer and genetic disease. DNA project 'to make UK the world leader'

Scientists race to save 'books' in the burning 'library of life'

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a cost-effective way to save a wide range of threatened species, including rare old ones that may be costly too protect.

23 And Me to sell customer's data to a Biotech company for drug development

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Genentech intends to use this data to develop drugs for Parkinson's Disease.

Small Molecule Successfully Targets Telomerase to Destroy Cancer Cells

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jan, 2015 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Treatment with 6-thio-dG resulted in rapid cell death for the vast majority of the cancer cell lines tested.

Telomere extension turns back some aspects of aging in cultured human cells

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jan, 2015 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
A procedure can efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on chromosomes that are linked to aging.

Modelling a suspects' face using DNA from crime scenes

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 06:24 PM
by AlexMuller
But can it work well enough to generate a reliable lead?

Bioengineers Have Developed a Tool for Reprogramming Genetic Code

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2015 06:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a way to program DNA in such a way that genes can be turned on or off in living cells.

Software analyzes human genome in as little as 90 minutes

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2015 04:57 PM
by AlexMuller
New software can take raw sequence data on a person's genome and search it for disease-causing variations in a matter of hours.

Doctors store 1,600 digital hearts for big data study

Posted in Software on 15th Feb, 2015 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Never before has so much information been collected and storied on so many human hearts.

Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2015 05:57 PM
by AlexMuller
A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth. But what happened next?

DNA screening kit given the go-ahead by US regulator

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The FDA, said the 23andMe product would provide people with information about possible mutations in their genes that could be passed on to their children.

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 01:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region.

Autism is largely down to genes, twin study suggests

Posted in Medicine on 4th Mar, 2015 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74 to 98 percent of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.

Autism risk genes also linked to higher intelligence

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found new evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who do not have the condition.

Genetics firm plans research unit to find disease cures

Posted in Medicine on 13th Mar, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Personal genetics firm 23andMe is planning to use its database of health information to research possible cures for a range of diseases.

Biotech company working on a cure for Colorblindness

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Injectable genes may make life in full color possible.

Genetics breakthrough is a game changer for type 1 diabetes research

Posted in Medicine on 30th Mar, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Knowing the causative genes is a crucial development in predicting who might develop Type 1 diabetes and how to prevent it.

Personal cancer vaccine research 'exciting' say experts

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Tailor-made cancer vaccines that target unique genetic errors in a patient's tumour have been developed in the US.

Cas9 molecule points the way to viral delivery of CRISPR genome editing

Posted in Medicine on 4th Apr, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Companies are working overtime to apply the recently discovered CRISPR genome editing technology to treating diseases.

First human clinical trial starting for drug that can turn off the gene that causes Huntington’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 8th Apr, 2015 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A groundbreaking new drug in the treatment for Huntington's disease.

New Sickle Cell Gene Therapy Approaches

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
As a patient prepares to become the first in history to receive his own genetically engineered stem cells for sickle cell disease, scientists are already improving the approach.

Gene study may explain why some remain quick thinkers

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic differences could explain why some people are quicker thinkers in middle age and later life, a study of data from 30,000 people suggests.

CRISPR Patent Fight Now a Winner-Take-All Match

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Lab notebooks could determine who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology.

Mitochondria editing tried in mice

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015 11:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases, a study in mice shows.

Scientists discover a key driver of human aging:

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
This discovery may lead to slowing or reversing the aging process.

Gene therapy's 'temporary benefits' for retina disease

Posted in Medicine on 4th May, 2015 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Two trials of gene therapy on an inherited form of blindness in children have shown some patients' eyesight can be improved, but only temporarily.

Alzheimer's origins tied to rise of human intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 24th May, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Factors that drove the evolution of intellectual capacity are also implicated in the memory disorder.

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells

Posted in Medicine on 25th May, 2015 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere extending protein to human cells. Cell proliferation was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers.

Evolution is unpredictable and irreversible, biologists show

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The study focuses exclusively on the type of evolution known as purifying selection, which favors mutations that have no or only a small effect in a fixed environment.

New sleep genes found

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jun, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well, but some people seem to need a lot less sleep. The difference is largely due to genetic variability.

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA believes that it's on the way to creating organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth.

Some updates in the quest for a cure for aging

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Google isn't the only company putting millions of dollars into ending the effects of aging.

Evolutionary adaptations in organisms can be reversed, but rarely

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 01:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have showed that some species of insects have gained, lost and regained wings over millions of years.

Rates of bioloical ageing vary widely, says study

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jul, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.

Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A prefrontal-limbic-midbrain circuit is responsible for the genetic transfer of an anxious temperament.

Google-Backed Calico Partners With Ancestry to Beat the Specter of Aging

Posted in Business on 27th Jul, 2015 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.

Harnessing the survival powers of cancer cells could wipe out heart disease

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jul, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Genes that cancers use to proliferate could be repurposed. Researchers believe this could lead to a new treatment for people with heart disease.

Gene Therapy Makes Near-Blind Patients See by Strengthening Neural Connections

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2015 02:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Gene therapy restored vision to blind patients by strengthening visual pathways from the retina to the brain’s visual cortex.

Gene Editing Startup Raises $120 Million to Apply CRISPR to Medicine

Posted in Business on 10th Aug, 2015 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Editas Medicine has raised $120 million to create treatments with CRISPR, including ones for cancers, retinal disease, and sickle cell anemia.

Scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution

Posted in Software on 14th Aug, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have unveiled a new pathway that controls human metabolism by prompting our adipocytes, or fat cells, to store fat or burn it away.

Why we're smarter than chickens

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet, scientists report.

Low vitamin-D genes linked to multiple sclerosis

Posted in Medicine on 26th Aug, 2015 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The findings, based on the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of people of European descent, add weight to the theory that the sunshine vitamin plays a role in MS.

Gene Leads to Nearsightedness When Kids Read

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Vision researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia, but only in people who spend a lot of time in childhood reading or doing other 'nearwork'.

Researchers map a protein 'tree of life' for species across the animal kingdom

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Roughly 20,000 unique proteins are synthesized by our genes, and work together in combination to execute complex processes.

Controlling brain cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Sonogenetics may be able to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle, and other cells using ultrasonic waves, similar to optogenetics.

Scientists uncover potential biomarker and drug target for autism

Posted in Medicine on 24th Sep, 2015 06:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Improving our understanding of what causes autism could lead to drugs to treat it, and more precise methods of diagnosis.

'Deep learning' reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders

Posted in Software on 27th Sep, 2015 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Since the genome was sequenced, scientists have struggled to answer the question: Which DNA mutations cause disease?

The Genomics Revolution:

Posted in Medicine on 1st Oct, 2015 04:33 AM
by AlexMuller
From evolution by natural selection to evolution by intelligent direction.

DuPont Predicts CRISPR Plants on Dinner Plates in Five Years

Posted in Science on 11th Oct, 2015 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Powerful and possibly unregulated, gene editing starts new boom in GMOs.

23andMe raises $115M to grow its DNA health test technology globally

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The company offers customers a report with information about your health and ancestry, covering 254 diseases and conditions.

CEO of Bioviva claims to be testing antiaging gene therapy on herself

Posted in Medicine on 16th Oct, 2015 06:30 AM
by AlexMuller
An American biotech CEO claims she is the first to undergo gene therapy to reverse aging. Judge for yourself.

A CRISPR variation that wont introduce new DNA to plants

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have altered CRISPR so that it can knock out genes without introducing new ones. The modifications might not even qualify as genetically modified foods.

Editas will test CRISPR gene editing in humans in 2017

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Editas CEO Katrine Bosley said the company hopes to start a clinical trial in 2017 to treat a rare form of blindness using CRISPR, a groundbreaking gene-editing technology.

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary technique that switches brain circuits on and off has taken neuroscience by storm and is now undergoing a new round of innovation.

Allen Institute researchers decode patterns that make our brains human

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a set of just 32 gene-expression patterns for all 20,000 genes across 132 functionally distinct brain regions.

Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
When Twist launches its beta program in 2016, it will offer gene synthesis at 10 cents per letter with a guaranteed turnaround time of 10 days.

A safer way to do gene editing

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate, vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.

Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with CRISPR

Posted in Medicine on 5th Dec, 2015 01:00 PM
by AlexMuller
To the people actually facing a devastating inherited genetic disease, engineering humanity sounds like a really good thing.

Human gene editing treatment to tackle hemophilia

Posted in Medicine on 6th Dec, 2015 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The controversial medical method could prevent people with hemophilia from bleeding to death internally.

Stanford researcher scans his own brain for a year and a half, the most studied in the world

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2015 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologist experiments on himself, documenting his neural, metabolic, and genetic changes over 18 months.

Scientists say they may be able to control the parts of the brain which determine intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers said that a clusters of genes found in brain controlled human cognitive functions from memory to attention and reasoning.

Improved version of CRISPR gene editing tool eliminates errors

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
These precise enzymes hope to expedite genetic engineering so that CRISPR’s possible applications can become realities.

Gene therapy seems able to convert severe hemophilia into mild hemophilia

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jan, 2016 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Hemophilia impairs the body's ability to control blood clotting, which is used to stop bleeding.

Company Bets on catching cancer early on with a 'Liquid Biopsy'

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jan, 2016 02:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Gene sequencing company Illumina is betting it can diagnose cancer in people long before they have any symptoms at all with a blood test called a liquid biopsy.

Human Longevity Unveils Oncology Genomics Program

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2016 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The analysis is intended to offer insight into the tumor mutations that can guide treatment decisions including immunotherapy, and targeted molecular therapies.

CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:48 AM
by AlexMuller
The CRISPR/Cas9 technique is a massive discovery, that may already be on its way to being outdated and replaced with something even better.

Gene editing: the next generation of personalised cancer treatment

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The early success of gene editing treatments could lead to them becoming mainstream options in the clinic in the not-to-distant future.

Researchers find a genomic signature shared by 5 types of cancer

Posted in Medicine on 6th Feb, 2016 08:48 PM
by AlexMuller
"These findings could be an important step in developing a blood test to identify early cancers."

New blood test to detect inherited heart conditions

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2016 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found that by looking at a specific group of genes they were able to reliably detect underlying problems.

Algae DNA could help the blind see in upcoming trials

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists will inject gene-spliced viruses directly into patients eyes.

Mutated gene safeguards against heart attacks

Posted in Science on 8th Mar, 2016 11:34 AM
by AlexMuller
If this gene were switched off with medications it could reduce the risk of coronary disease significantly.

Whole-genome sequencing test for under $1,000

Posted in Science on 8th Mar, 2016 01:20 PM
by AlexMuller
For $999, Veritas Genetics Will Put Your Genome on a Smartphone App. If the claim is true, it would shatter a long-held barrier in genetic medicine.

CRISPR enhancements: improving the ability to delete genes

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2016 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found a way to improve the efficiency of the gene editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9.

No evidence that genetic tests change people’s behavior

Posted in Medicine on 16th Mar, 2016 01:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic tests that provide an estimate of an individual’s risk of developing diseases do not appear to motivate a change in behavior to reduce the risk.

Blind Woman Is the First Person to Undergo Optogenetic Therapy

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2016 01:28 PM
by AlexMuller
If successful, the therapy will create light-sensing cells in one of her eyes and enable her to see again.

Human Longevity, Inc. Completes $220 Million Series B Financing

Posted in Business on 5th Apr, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Human Longevity is the genomics-based life extension company creating the world’s largest database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data.

First happiness genes have been located

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic overlap between happiness, depression discovered.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting

Posted in Medicine on 29th Apr, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A genetic therapy has improved the vision of patients who would otherwise have gone blind. The improvement is long-lasting so the therapy is suitable as a treatment.

Bipolar disorder has genetic links to autism, a new study shows

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests there may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism.

Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block some effects of aging

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2016 12:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'Finding a way to reactivate this pathway may have profound implications for health and aging.'

This year, we'll sequence DNA in space for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Kate Rubins, a virologist turned astronaut, heads to the ISS this month to monitor more than 250 experiments, including genetic sequencing.

Scientists discover how to convert skin cells into red blood cells

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2016 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified the four genetic keys that unlock the genetic code of skin cells and reprogram them to start producing red blood cells.

Human aging reversal trials in a year or two, George Church discusses rejuvenating the body

Posted in Medicine on 16th Jun, 2016 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Church: 'I think it can happen very quickly. I think we'll be seeing the first human trials in a year or two.'

Powerful New Gene-Editing Tool May Finally Be Used on Humans

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 02:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Using CRISPR, researchers would genetically modify the T cells so that when they’re put back into the patient, they go after myeloma, melanoma, and sarcoma tumour cells.

Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a warmer Earth

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2016 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Early life forms on Earth are likely to have mutated and evolved at much higher rates than they do today.

Blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor, a mutation from 6,000-10,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2016 06:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6,000-10,000 years ago and is the cause of all blue-eyed humans.

Neurons grown from stem cells in a dish reveal clues about autism

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2016 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Neurons grown from stem cells in a dish reveal clues about autism.

Chinese Scientists Will Use CRISPR Gene Editing on Humans for the First Time

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jul, 2016 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The trial could pave the way for more CRISPR-based treatments in the future, potentially revolutionizing the way we treat diseases.

Study finds genes linked to depression

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2016 09:20 AM
by AlexMuller
One study, over a dozen genes that can affect risk.

PTN interviews João Pedro de Magalhães on his insights into cryonics and aging

Posted in Interviews on 24th Aug, 2016 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
João Pedro de Magalhães is a Senior Lecturer in aging at the University of Liverpool. He also has a strong interest in state-of-the art cryonics.

Face shape can be determined from the genes

Posted in Medicine on 30th Aug, 2016 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Many of the characteristics that make up a person's face, such as nose size and face width, stem from specific genetic variations, reports a team of scientists.

By 2017, Gene Therapy Could Allow Us to Reverse Blindness

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2016 12:36 PM
by AlexMuller
A gene therapy that may be able to reverse blindness caused by genetics is in its final stage of FDA approval.

Stanford Scientist: We'll Have A Century of Medical Advances in the Next Decade

Posted in Medicine on 30th Oct, 2016 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
With tech giants tackling medical science ventures, focus has shifted from treatment to the total eradication of disease.

Inability to store fat safely increases diabetes risk

Posted in Medicine on 15th Nov, 2016 12:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Being unable to store excess fat safely in the body increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, Cambridge University research suggests.

CRISPR gene editing will be used in living humans to counter aggressive lung cancer

Posted in Medicine on 20th Nov, 2016 01:11 PM
by AlexMuller
It represents the first human trials of the technology with the United States expected to conduct its own cancer fighting trials next year.

FDA approves home genetic tests for Alzheimer's and other diseases

Posted in Medicine on 7th Apr, 2017 11:57 AM
by Alex Muller
After being blocked in 2013, the FDA has finally approved the 23andMe home genetic testing kit for 10 specific diseases.

'Holy Grail' of Gene Editing Partially Restores Vision

Posted in Medicine on 9th Apr, 2017 10:13 AM
by Alex Muller
With this new development we are finally able to use CRISPR to edit regular adult cells, giving hope to treat formally incurable diseases.

China Is Racing Ahead in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR

Posted in Medicine on 29th Apr, 2017 01:07 PM
by Alex Muller
Chinese scientists used CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time, injecting a cancer patient with modified human genes in hopes of vanquishing the disease.

In 'Enormous Success,' Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

Posted in Science on 24th May, 2017 03:12 PM
by Alex Muller
Scientists announced on Monday that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people.

Study Predicts What People Look Like From Their DNA

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2017 05:59 PM
by Alex Muller
The predictive performance of this kind of approach is only likely to improve with larger sample sizes.

Gene therapy infused into persons blood to correct liver enzymes

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2017 01:59 PM
by Alex Muller
When the enzyme is defective or missing, the sugars build up and can cause developmental delays, organ problems, brain damage, and early death.

Genes in Space-3 Successfully Identifies Unknown Microbes in Space

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2017 03:18 PM
by Alex Muller
To identify microbes aboard the ISS would be revolutionary for the world of microbiology and space exploration.

A CRISPR edit for heart disease

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2018 01:05 AM
by Alex Muller
According to World Health Organization statistics published in 2015, ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide.

Stem cell transplant cures first adult sickle-cell patient in Canada

Posted in Medicine on 5th Apr, 2018 11:07 AM
by Alex Muller
The first adult in Canada to have been cured of sickle cell anaemia did so with the help of stem cells donated by her sister.

Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2018 02:56 AM
by Alex Muller
Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs.

Genome Sequencing of Apes Provide Insights into Evolution

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2018 12:39 AM
by Alex Muller
Researchers have reported on improved orangutan and chimpanzee genomes, built from scratch using long-read PacBio sequencing and long-range mapping technology.

CRISPR Babies: Mankind's Next Giant Leap?

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2018 11:56 PM
by Alex Muller
CRISPR modified babies have been made in small Chinese clinical trial.

Support for Human Gene Editing to Fix Diseases in Latest Poll

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2018 12:24 AM
by Alex Muller
There is about 70% support among Americans to use human gene editing to cure or correct diseases.

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