The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) is an organisation which firmly believes in expanding genetics knowledge even further afield and increase awareness of the benefits and societal implications of personal genetics. We spoke to them about their goals, their concerns, and some of their biggest successes to date.
Efficiently translating genomic research into the clinic is one of the most important steps in the development of the field. The clinic is where we will see things come to fruition.
Genomics England has announced the appointment of Jonathan Symonds CBE as its new Chair to replace Sir John Chisholm, who leaves the organisation on 29 January 2019. Genomics England’s CEO, Professor John Mattick, is also stepping down to be temporarily replaced by Genomic England’s current Chief Scientist, Professor Mark Caulfield.
A new study published in Cell magazine and co-authored by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna has suggested a potential solution to the unwanted side-effects of using CRISPR in the body. The study details using a “switch” mechanism which could keep the Cas9 enzyme turned off until it reaches its target site.
We know it’s hard to believe, but right now there are still some people who haven’t made up their minds to come to the 2019 Festival. Lucky for them we plan for every eventuality, and have prepared the five main reasons everyone should be registering their place at the event right now.
Genetics Unzipped, a new fortnightly podcast from the UK Genetics Society, has launched ahead of the society’s centenary celebrations throughout 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former Naked Genetics/Naked Scientists podcast host Kat Arney and produced by First Create The Media, Genetics Unzipped will bring you a wide range of stories from the world of genetics, genomics and DNA.
A Boston biotechnology company has built a neural network which examines the overall elements of the human face and compiles a list of the ten genetic syndromes that person potentially has, possibly helping medical professionals narrow down the diagnosis for that individual.
The first results of the BabySeq Project, a study to determine whether deep dives into infant DNA could uncover more diseases, and whether making this procedure routine after childbirth would be worth it, have been published.
A new AI program can predict the symptoms of a patient’s cancer and their severity of the course of treatment.
A new high-throughput sequencing technique created by scientists at the University of Chicago will uncover how naturally occurring microbiomes respond to real-world conditions and diets. The technique, outlined in Nature Communications, directly analyses transfer RNA (tRNA) to give a clear picture of microbial communities’ reactions to environment changes including temperature variations and nutrient availability.
Data has shown the success of a new therapy to combat Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), one of the leading causes of blindness in children, in LCA patients with CEP290 mutations. CEP290 acts as a barrier between two compartments of photoreceptor cells in the eye which convert light into signals, creating vision. Blindnesses caused by CEP290 […]
A modified version of CRISPR has been used to reverse genetic obesity in two different mouse models without editing any genes. The technique uses the guidance system in CRISPR to target certain genetic sequences and amplifies existing gene activity to ramp up protein production.
The first findings from a comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain have been unveiled, potentially uncovering a good deal about the inherited component of diseases such as schizophrenia and autism.