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Scottish Genetic Population Analysis Reflects Medieval Kingdoms

17 September 2019

A genetic population study across Scotland has been found to reflect the boundaries of the medieval kingdoms. Population studies can give a window into human history as migrations, invasions and hardships all leave a genetic signature. For example, Britain was first invaded by the Vikings in AD 793. Interbreeding between the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons […]

16 September 2019

Webinar: Advances in Improving HDR Efficiency for CRISPR Experiments

Front Line Genomics hosted the webinar Improved Methods for CRISPR Homology-Directed Repair Using Alt-R HDR Enhancer and ssDNA Donors with Optimized Design, which you can watch on demand for free here. The webinar described how to overcome some of the bottlenecks to using the CRISPR-Cas9 for genome manipulation and ensure its efficacy in a clinical […]

16 September 2019

Cell Hijack allows Breast Cancer Cells to Spread to Brain

Breast Cancer Metastasis Metastasis, where cancer cells break off from the primary tumour and form a new tumour elsewhere in the body, is particularly deadly for breast cancer patients. Breast cancer is prone to metastasising in the brain, which is challenging to treat. However, new research that demonstrates breast cancer cells can use exosomes to […]

13 September 2019

Cannabis Usage in Fathers Can Cause Inheritable Genetic Changes

Changing Attitudes to Cannabis Cannabis is now legalised for recreational use in 11 US states and attitudes around its risk are changing rapidly. Between 2002 and 2014, the percentage of adults in the US who perceived cannabis use as risky declined from 50% to 33%. However, as cannabis usage becomes more widespread the health risks […]

12 September 2019

Run Up to Festival of Genomics: Angelman Syndrome – Michelle Krishnan

Dr Michelle Krishnan, Translational Medicine Leader in Rare Diseases at Roche, will by speaking at our upcoming Festival of Genomics. Her talk Clinical Development in Rare Diseases: Angelman Syndrome, From Disease Biology Insights to Genomic Medicine, will explain how to leverage disease biology insights to drive development of genomic medicines and discuss the cutting-edge clinical trial […]

12 September 2019

HDRUK to Launch Seven New Data Research Hubs

Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) is launching pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients  Seven new data hubs to be rolled out across the UK to speed up research for new medicines, treatments, and technologies that support quicker diagnoses and save lives  The hubs will use the latest […]

12 September 2019

Bacteria Can Become Resistant Even Without Antibiotic Use

Governments around the world are trying to heavily restrict antibiotic use in the hope that this will prevent the development of resistance which renders many medical treatments useless. However, new research demonstrates that bacterial resistance can spread regardless. Darwin’s theory of evolution tells us that if the selection pressure of antibiotics is applied to a […]

11 September 2019

UK Government Launches World’s Largest Genetics Project to Tackle Deadly Diseases

A new ground-breaking project in the fight against life-threatening illnesses has launched today. The £200 million whole genome sequencing project is being created, forming a partnership of pharmaceutical firms and health experts which will examine and sequence the genetic code of 500,000 volunteers at the UK Biobank, based in Stockport. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: […]

11 September 2019

Insulin Delivery Drug Could Treat Deadly Brain Cancer

An existing drug used to improve insulin delivery could also be used to treat an aggressive and deadly brain tumour, known as glioblastoma. Glioblastoma (GBM) is a fast-growing tumour that spreads in a web like fashion to infiltrate multiple areas of the brain. As it is not a compact tumour, it is extremely difficult to […]

11 September 2019

Sticky Protein Key to Breast Cancer Metastasis

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 cancer patients, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. However, a new study revealed that the expression of […]

10 September 2019

Outbreak Proximity Sways Anti-Vaxxers

There has been a recent rise in measles outbreaks worldwide, despite it being an entirely preventable disease with an effective vaccination. Countries including the UK and Greece were recently stripped of their measles free status by the World Health Organisation for their failure to contain the outbreaks. The growing suspicion around the safety of vaccines […]

10 September 2019

Shareable Science: The Genetics of the Impossible Burger

We are delighted to introduce our new guest contributor Dr Neil Lamb, who’s Shareable Science blog will be a fortnightly feature on the website. Neil is the Vice President for Educational Outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Shareable Science will explore how genetics is relevant to people in their everyday lives.  The Impossible […]

9 September 2019

Genetic Basis for Being Left Handed Identified

Being left-handed could be down to differences in brain architecture, a new study has shown. Only 10% of the population are left-handed, as has been the case for thousands of years, but previous studies have struggled to identify the reasons behind this. Using data from the UK Biobank, the genomes of 400,000 people, including 38,332 […]

9 September 2019

Has a DNA Study Solved the Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster?

Mysterious sightings of a giant creature in the lake have fascinated Loch Ness visitors for years. The fabled Lock Ness monster, or ‘Nessie’, has been speculated to be a prehistoric marine reptile, called a plesiosaurus, or a shark. However, a recent DNA study could shed some light on one of Scotland’s longest running legends. Scientists […]