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Alzheimer’s Could have Metabolic Cause

21 October 2019

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease characterized by the build-up of amyloid protein plaques in the brain. There are two conflicting theories for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease – the first being that the build up of the amyloid plaques directly causes the disease, and the second being that metabolic defects initiate the build-up of protein. […]

21 October 2019

Damping Down Brain Activity Could Extend Lifespan

Reducing brain activity could extend human lifespan, new research shows. Although it is known that gene expression changes as people age, the mechanisms that extend human lifespan are not well understood. However, new research has revealed that differences in brain activity could be the reason some people live longer than others. Extended longevity in humans […]

18 October 2019

Second Gene Mutation that Lets People Survive on Less Sleep

A new gene that enables people to survive on much less sleep has been identified. Most people require at least eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation can lead to multiple negative health impacts, including heart diseases and depression. However, some people have genetic variants which allow them to feel fully rested after only […]

18 October 2019

Ancestry DNA Begins Genetic Health Testing

The consumer genetic testing platform AncestryDNA will now offer customers genetic testing to understand their risks for a number of health conditions. From Family History to Healthcare Previously, Ancestry has exclusively focused on helping people trace their family history and understand inheritable traits. However, possibly in a bid to keep up with many of their […]

17 October 2019

The Genetics of Suicidal Behaviour

Suicide is UK’s leading, and silent, cause of death for young people aged 20-34 years. Rona Strawbridge, UKRI Innovation, has used the population genomic data from the UK Biobank in an effort to find the genetic association of psychological condition phenotypes such as depression.  She will be discussing her work at the upcoming Festival of Genomics. […]

17 October 2019

ATCC Genome Portal Provides Access to Reference-quality Genomes

Manassas, VA – October 1, 2019 – ATCC launched its new ATCC Genome Portal, a publicly available database of reference-quality genome sequences matched to authenticated ATCC biological materials that will help researchers interpret and reproduce their results with confidence. The portal, which launched with an initial 250 genome sequences of widely used bacterial strains, delivers […]

16 October 2019

AI for Drug Repurposing- An Interview with Ian Roberts, Healx

The Digital DNA series explores the role of large-scale genetic testing in science, industry and society. We aim to understand both the benefits and risks of this emerging technology and see what the future may hold. In the finale of our Digital DNA series we talked to Dr Ian Roberts, the Chief Technology Officer of […]

16 October 2019

How Mucus Glycans Put a Stop to Bacterial Infection

Glycans found in mucus can stop bacteria communicating, developing resistance and forming infectious biofilms. We produce 1.5 litres of mucus per day and it lines over 200 square metres of our bodies, including the digestive tract, lungs and urinary tract. However, new research has revealed that the mucus is a lot more than just a […]

15 October 2019

New Technique to Help Immune System Find Hidden Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are prone to disguising themselves from the immune system to avoid detection. However, a new system can pinpoint cancer cells to allow the immune system to eliminate the tumour. Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that harnesses the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Although immunotherapies have completely transformed the cancer treatment landscape, […]

15 October 2019

New Technique to Identify Genes Causing Rare Diseases

A new data analysis technique has shown success in identifying the faulty genes that cause rare genetic diseases. A Struggle for Diagnosis Despite advances in sequencing technologies, rare disease patients still struggle to receive a diagnosis. Only 30% of patients receive a diagnosis after whole genome sequencing, which is often used as a last resort […]

14 October 2019

Just One Mutation in Dark DNA Could Drive Cancers

Just one mutation in the ‘Dark DNA’ of the genome could drive the progression of a range of cancers. Dark DNA is the 98% of the genome that does not code for any proteins. Laxmi Parida, a Dark DNA researcher, describes it as ‘the part of the DNA that we – the scientific community – […]

14 October 2019

Viagra Could Transform Bone Marrow Transplants

A combination of Viagra and Plerixafor, both clinically approved drugs, could improve the efficacy of bone marrow stem cell transplants. Haemopoietic Stem cell transplants are life-saving treatments for a range of blood cancers, including lymphoma and leukaemia. The cells can differentiate into all types of blood cells to replace the abnormal cancer cells and restore […]

11 October 2019

Targeting Immune Cells Could Offer Potential Alzheimer’s Therapy

Targeting the immune cells in the brain could slow down the onset of Altzheimer’s, a new study has shown. The build-up of tau protein in the brain can be indicative many neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s. Once the tau starts to clump together, tissue damage begins to become visible. However, until recently the link between protein […]

11 October 2019

A Genetic Cause for SIDS is Identified

A genetic cause has been found for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) SIDS causes 3,000 deaths a year, due to a number of causes, some environmental and some genetic. However, this is the first time a specific genetic variant has been linked to the onset of SIDS. Newborns with the genetic variant have a defect […]

10 October 2019

Cell Death Blocker Could Aid Regenerative Medicine

A new drug molecule that can block cell death could hold the potential for a range of regenerative treatments. Apoptosis is a form of controlled cell death that is essential for normal development and body function. The BLC-2 family of proteins control the process, with some protein molecules promoting cell survival and others promoting cell […]