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Lack of Diversity Harms Schizophrenia Studies

19 November 2019

Schizophrenia is one of the most common serious mental health conditions, with a 1% global lifetime risk. By gathering data from a non-European population, a study published in Nature Genetics has discovered that there are differences in genetic associations with schizophrenia that differ across ancestries.

18 November 2019

The New Way to Age Your Dog (and People)

Scientists are looking for models of ageing to help determine the causes of many age-related diseases. By using Labradors, the researchers from the University of California have demonstrated a new model for ageing that can be applied to other mammalian species and provide insights into our own genome.

15 November 2019

Research Suggests New Approach to Combat Antimicrobial Resistant Malaria

The rise of antimicrobial resistant malaria, especially across Asia, has caused great concern and a hunt for new drugs and treatment. A collaborative group across Europe have systematically deleted genes from Plasmodium berghei and uncovered 7 metabolic pathways crucial for the life cycle of the parasite.

15 November 2019

Jennifer Doudna Comments on CRISPRs Unwanted Anniversary

One year on from the birth of world’s first CRISPR-edited babies in China, Jennifer Doudna, writes in Science what this and the ensuing controversy has meant for the field and society’s perception of the technology, as well as to outline what should be done next.

14 November 2019

Concern over New Cases of Pneumonic Plague in China

Two confirmed cases this week of Pneumonic plague in China have local and international health agencies on high alert. A middle-aged couple are being treated in Beijing for the most severe form of the infection that has afflicted humanity since the Bronze Age.  The bacterium Yersinia pestis can cause three distinct disease manifestations dependent on the […]

11 November 2019

New CRISPR-Cas9 Protein can Increase Gene Editing Efficiency

A new version of the CRISPR-Cas9 protein has been developed that can increase the targeting efficiency of the gene editing process. Currently the CRISPR Cas-9 system is the most widely used gene editing technique. However, concerns about CRISPR editing genes other than the ones it is targeted to have hindered its introduction into gene-therapy treatments […]

8 November 2019

Oxygen Starved Cancer Cells have Survival Advantage

Primary tumour cells that have been starved of oxygen have been shown to have a survival advantage when spreading to different parts of the body to form new tumours. Over 90% of solid tumours are oxygen deprived. Known as hypoxia, this is associated with poorer prognosis for patients. This was thought to be due to […]

8 November 2019

Suicidal Mitochondria Could be the Cause of Multiple Neurogenerative Diseases

Self-destructing mitochondria could be the initiation step for a range of neurogenerative diseases, new research shows. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been observed in the early stages of ALS, a neurogenerative disease that affects voluntary muscle movement. The symptoms of ALS are caused by the disintegration of the upper motor neurons of the brain, which is often […]

7 November 2019

Vitamin D Makes Melanoma Cells Less Aggressive

Vitamin D has been shown to make melanoma cells less aggressive by interfering in a key signaling pathway that promotes cancer cell growth. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer which can be initiated by genetic damage from sun exposure. Melanoma patients are therefore encouraged to reduce their sun exposure to mitigate any further damage. […]

7 November 2019

Protein that Promotes Brian Metastasis Identified

A protein that promotes the metastasis to the brain of breast, lung and other cancers has been identified. When cancer cells break off from their initial tumour they can spread throughout the body and invade other organs to form new tumours, in a process known as metastasis. Although metastatic tumours cause 90% of deaths in […]

6 November 2019

Research Highlights from the Genomics England Conference

We earlier highlighted the most important takeaways from the Genomics England Research Conference, including how the UK will work to build on its status as a world leader in genomics. We also wanted to put a spotlight on the exciting research that is using the data from the 100,000 Genomes Project. Here are Front Line […]