genetics

CRISPR gene-editing tested in space for first time in DNA damage study

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

The gene-editing worked, making it the first such demonstration of the technology in space. The team says that this could be the first steps towards developing a way to repair the DNA of astronauts while in space, to keep them healthier as we spend increasing amounts of time away from Earth.

New drug class could treat range of cancers with faulty BRCA genes

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and the pharmaceutical company Artios, explored the potential of using POLQ inhibitors in treating cancer cells with defects in the BRCA genes.

Lung cancer patients should be screened for MET oncogene amplification, research suggests

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

"Our study suggests that patients with a MET oncogene amplification will not respond to immunotherapy alone and will require treatment with a combination of a MET inhibitor together with immunotherapy,"

A New Gene Editing Tool Could Rival CRISPR, and Makes Millions of Edits at Once

Posted in Medicine on 5th Jun, 2021
by Alex Muller

This month, a team led by the famed synthetic biologist Dr. George Church at Harvard University hijacked another strange piece of bacteria biology. The result is a powerful tool that can, in theory, simultaneously edit millions of DNA sequences, with a “bar code” to keep track of changes.

Scientists develop new resources to combat cancer, advance cutting-edge genomics research

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2021
by Alex Muller

The UVA team also built the BART Cancer database to advance research into 15 different types of cancer, including breast, lung, colorectal and prostate cancer.