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Smartphone Used to Manipulate Brain Cells in Mice

7 August 2019

Scientists have developed minimally invasive brain probes that can selectively deliver drugs in-vivo and stimulate cells with light. The probes can be wirelessly controlled from a smartphone. It is hoped that the probes will advance understanding of neurodegenerative disease by allowing the manipulation of brain circuits. Delivering drug infusions into the brain has previously been […]

6 August 2019

Hiring and Beyond: How to Resource Data Scientists in your Business

In any field, data science is an emerging area where roles can be hard to define or quantify by hiring managers. For those looking to employ data scientists within their business, this role can lead to a wealth of unanswered questions. This chapter from our Data Solutions for Drug Development Report, sets out key tips […]

6 August 2019

Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria Found Throughout London

Bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotic drugs have been found throughout London, including on the underground and in hospitals, new research shows. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a serious public health issue, which make the treatment of many infections difficult. Bacteria can acquire resistance either through the selection pressure of antibiotics, or from genetic transfer between cells. […]

5 August 2019

Results of Melanoma Genetic Testing Motivate Positive Lifestyle Changes

Explaining to people that they have a high genetic risk for melanoma makes them choose positive lifestyle changes to reduce their risk, a new study has shown. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer to which certain people are predisposed to through genetic factors. These include having a family history of the disease and carrying […]

5 August 2019

CRISPR Activation Technique Improves Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms in Mice

A CRISPR activation technique has been shown to improve the symptoms of muscular dystrophy disease in mice. Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition characterised by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. A specific type of muscular dystrophy is caused by mutations in the gene Lama2, which codes for the protein laminin. Mutations in the […]

2 August 2019

Digital DNA: How DNA Testing is Being Used to Cheat the System

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. When Ralph Taylor registered his new business, he attempted to declare it as a disadvantaged business enterprise. Businesses headed […]

1 August 2019

Damaged Neural Connections Repaired with Nanoparticles

A protein produced by specific cells in the brain has been shown to repair damaged brain networks. This discovery could allow a genetically engineered treatment for neurogenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. A key hallmark of neurogenerative diseases is the decay of the connections between neurons in the brain. If these connections could be restored it […]

1 August 2019

Genes that Allow Fish to Re-grow Limbs also Present in Humans

The genes that enable a fish to re-grow limbs have been found to be present in humans, new research has found. This insight could help develop regenerative treatments in humans. Many species can regenerate limbs after amputation including fish, salamanders and geckos. This can be used as a mechanism to escape predators and heal from […]

1 August 2019

WHO Releases Statement Condemning Further Germline Genome Editing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a statement calling for a stop to germline editing in humans. This is in light of recent controversial experiments in the field which emphasized patient safety concerns. Germline editing refers to the genome editing of reproductive cells. These changes are inheritable, and the technology has the potential to […]

31 July 2019

Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA Superbug More Resistant to Antibiotics

Cigarette smoke has been found to make MRSA bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The MRSA bacteria, s. aureus, can cause severe infections in humans. These are difficult to treat as MRSA is resistant to most commonly used antibiotics. MRSA poses a major problem in hospitals due to the high numbers of patients with open wounds […]

31 July 2019

Contributory Cause of Cell Ageing Discovered

Cells discontinuing nucleotide synthesis could be a key factor in ageing, new research has revealed. Understanding this process could enable treatments that ensure healthier ageing. The process by which cells become unable to replicate after a certain number of divisions is known as senescence. As cell division is essential the body’s repair processes, senescence can […]

31 July 2019

CRISPR Used to Find Genes that Protect Cells from Zika

A CRISPR technique has been used to identify genes in cells that enable them to survive infection of the Zika Virus. It is hoped that this development will lead to future treatments for Zika. Currently there is no vaccine or treatment specific to the Zika virus. If pregnant women contract the disease their unborn children […]

26 July 2019

Message from Front Line Genomics CEO: We Need to Talk about Metastatic Cancer

It’s estimated that 90% of cancer patients that die from their disease die from cancer metathesis. Despite this, there are currently no therapies in the market that tackle the mechanisms of metastasis and less than 5% of cancer funds go towards tackling metastatic cancer. That’s a dire situation for cancer patients and their families, and […]

26 July 2019

Chris Wigley Appointed CEO of Genomics England

Genomics England has today announced the appointment of Chris Wigley as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 October. Chris joins Genomics England from QuantumBlack, a world leader in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Machine learning is critical in the analysis of the vast amounts of data involved in genomics, so Chris’ expertise in this […]