Genetics

Festival of Genomics 2019: The Survival Guide

With just under two weeks till the festival, it’s time to start thinking logistics. The more scatter-brained of our readers needn’t worry, however: we’ve got everything you need covered in this handy guide, whether it’s things to remember before you arrive at the festival, the best things to do once there and the last couple of things to remember when it’s all done.

Genetics Unzipped: A New Science Podcast Exploring the World of Genes, Genomes and DNA

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.

Injectable RNA Treatment Helps Cure LCA Blindness

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 […]

Hepatitis Drug Could Help Delay Progress of ALS

Telbivudine, a drug currently in use for treating patients with hepatitis, could be of use in significantly slowing the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists from the University of Alberta have announced.

International Study Finds 11 New Epilepsy Genes

Eleven new genes associated with epilepsy have been discovered by an international team of scientists, advancing knowledge of the underlying causes of the condition and potentially helping in the development of new treatments.

Reprogrammed Skin Cells Shrink Mouse Tumours

Personalised tumour-detecting cells from adult skin cells have been used to shrink brain tumours in mice by up to 5%, scientists have revealed. While the strategy has not yet been fully tested in people, it could in the future give doctors the ability to develop a custom treatment for certain cancer types.

Amgen and Entera Collaborate on Serious Illness Treatment Program

Amgen and Entera Bio are partnering up to develop new treatments for inflammatory disease and certain other serious illnesses using the Entera drug discovery program. The platform will be used to develop oral formulations for one preclinical large molecule program which Amgen has selected. Entera’s CEO said the collaboration would be an important validation test of the platform technology.

Genetic Heart Test Used to Identify Risk of Severe Cardiomyopathy

Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have created a test using gene-editing tools such as CRISPR to identify a gene variant responsible for severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (SHC). SHC is an often-familial disease which thickens heart walls and is linked to a variant in the TNNT2 gene.