News

Gene That Promotes Natural Short Sleep Identified

3 September 2019

The gene that controls how much sleep a person needs to feel fully rested has been identified by researchers. Back in 2009 the researchers led by Ying-Hui Fu, PhD, discovered that those with the a mutation in their DEC2 gene averaged 6.25 hours sleep per night, compared to 8.06 hours in those without the mutation. […]

3 September 2019

Data-Driven Drug Development – Early Bird for D4 Europe Expires This Week

The early bird rate for our next event D4 (Data-Driven Drug Development) Europe expires this Friday, the only event where attendees will receive data, evidence and case studies from the world’s leading minds in pharma. This meeting is designed specifically to cater for senior people in pharma, combining strategic insights of value to IT/R&D leaders, […]

3 September 2019

Advances in Improving HDR Efficiency for CRISPR Experiments

Despite vast progress in leveraging the CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome manipulation, bottlenecks still remain. Overcoming these bottlenecks is critical to ensure the efficacy of this technology in a clinical context. Several engineering approaches involve inducing a double -stranded break (DSB) to introduce new mutations, which are then repaired by the endogenous cellular machinery. The two […]

2 September 2019

Further 3 Countries in Europe Lose Measles Free Status

Following the loss of the UK’s measles free status, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stripped another 3 European countries of their eradication status. Albania, the Czech Republic and Greece have joined the UK in no longer being considered measles free. Kate O’Brien of the WHO’s Immunization Department said that the 4 countries were stripped […]

29 August 2019

E-Cigarettes Trigger Same Harmful Lung Changes Seen in Smokers

Although vaping is assumed to be safer than smoking cigarettes, new research has revealed that it triggers the same molecular changes that cause emphysema in cigarette smokers. Vaping has been thought to be less dangerous than smoking because it does not contain many of the carcinogenic chemicals found in cigarette tobacco. However, new evidence suggests […]

28 August 2019

Brown Fat May Help Protect Against Obesity and Diabetes

Having sufficient brown fat could help protect against obesity and diabetes, new research shows. Brown fat acts as an energy store in the body, but easily releases the energy to generate heat when exposed to cool temperatures. Recent research has revealed that brown fat can also remove branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) from the blood. […]

26 August 2019

New Technique to Store Information in DNA

A new technique that can store information in DNA, known as DOMINO, has been successfully developed by researchers at MIT.  The future of biotechnology and biodata requires an effective method to store information in DNA. Just like a hard drive, the information should be readable, writable and able to be edited. Writable DNA information can […]

23 August 2019

First CRISPR Law Prevents DIY Gene Therapy

The first law to regulate the use of genome editing technology has been passed in California.  Senator Ling Ling Chang authored the bill that requires sellers of gene therapy kits to include a label, and a notice prior to sale, stating that the CRISPR kits are not intended for self-administration. The bill is targeting ‘DIY […]

22 August 2019

Environmental Pollution Linked to Psychiatric Disorders

Higher levels of environmental pollution correlate with higher incidences of a range of mental disorders, a new study has identified. The researchers looked at populations in both the US and Denmark. In the US study, the levels of environmental pollution were determined from air, water and land quality measurements, in addition to population density and […]

22 August 2019

Telomere Gene Holds Key to Pluripotency

A gene that codes for a telomere protein is the key to regulating stem cell pluripotency, new research shows. Pluripotent stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of specialised cell in the body. They hold huge potential for a range of regenerative medical treatments. Scientists have previously struggled to understand the genetic […]

21 August 2019

Alzheimer’s Drug Reverses Harmful Effects of Teenage Drinking in Rats

An Alzheimer’s drug that is used to slow cognitive decline can reverse the brain damage caused by teenage drinking, shows a new rat-based study. Adolescent brains are more susceptible to alcohol damage than adult brains. Excessive teenage drinking reduces the formation of neurons in the hippocampus which impairs learning and memory. The damage can also […]

21 August 2019

WHO Strips UK of Measles Free Status

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stripped the United Kingdom of its measles free status following an increase in disease cases and falling vaccination rates. The UK recorded 913 cases of measles between 1 January and 31 October 2018, compared to 259 cases in 2017. This is despite measles being an entirely preventable disease. Measles […]

20 August 2019

Sticky DNA Traps Cause Gallstone Formation

Sticky DNA traps produced by immune cells enable gallstones to stick together and grow, new research has revealed. Gallstones are stones that form in the gall bladder when the fats and minerals found in bile harden into a crystalline structure. Gallstones can cause inflammation and infections, depending on their size. Researchers investigated gallstones in patients […]

19 August 2019

Digital DNA: Genetic Counselling – An Interview with Jill Davies

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. We talked to Jill Davies, CEO of GeneMatters. The company provides genetic counselling to patients through a telehealth platform […]