Healthcare

Genomics will change what patients expect from their provider, as well as change how physicians treat them. Before this happens, education on both sides is needed. This month we look at some of the big talking points.

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 […]

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 […]

Gene Discovery Explains Failure of Alzheimer’s Drugs

A gene discovery has explained why current Alzheimer’s drugs don’t work for lots of patients, and why so many new drugs fail in clinical trials. The acetylcholine receptor α7nAChR has long been a target of interest for Alzheimer’s drugs. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is involved in memory and learning processes. Despite acetylcholine being linked to the […]

Genetic Similarities of Rare Bone Cancer Between Children and Dogs

A rare and difficult to cure bone cancer in children has been found to have significant genetic similarities with the same type of cancer in dogs. This insight could improve understanding of the disease and lead the development of more effective treatments. Osteosarcoma (OS) is a rare bone cancer in children, but relatively common in […]

UK Government Announces Genomics Policies

As it is announced that Boris Johnson will be the next UK Prime Minister, the UK government has released their genomic policies for the 2020s. The policies aim to ‘build on [the Uk’s] position as a world leader in genomics.’ From 2023-2034 the NHS aims to analyse five million genomes and fully sequence one million […]

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Asia

A genomics study has revealed that a strain of malaria resistant to both drugs used for treatment has spread rapidly across Asia.  Malaria causes approximately a million deaths worldwide in each year and is a serious public health issue, particularly in Asia. The widely used anti-malarial drugs dihydroartemisinin and piperaquine have been relatively effective treatments […]

New Approaches to the Old Hunt for NASH Therapies – Webinar Summary

Front Line Genomics brought together thought leaders from around the world to discuss New Approaches to the Old Hunt for NASH Therapies, available to watch on-demand. The conversation was moderated by Donna Cryer, the President and CEO of the Global Liver Institute. The panel discussed why there has been limited progress in therapies for nonalcoholic […]

Genetic Study Identifies Diabetes Gene in African Populations

The largest scale genomic study in Africa has identified a new gene that is linked to the onset of diabetes in African populations. Interestingly, the gene has not been found to be linked to diabetes in European populations.   In type 2 diabetes the body is able to produce insulin but the body’s cells do […]

False Genetic Testing Results Condemned by Doctors

The inaccuracy of a genetic test that gave false positives to patients has resulted in doctors calling for a crackdown on genetic testing. If a woman’s BCRA gene is faulty,  her risk of breast and ovarian cancer is much higher than average. People with a family history of these cancers are often tested to identify […]

Digital DNA: Hacking DNA Databases – An Interview with Peter Ney

The Digital DNA series will explore 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. In the first of our Digital DNA series, we talked to Dr. Peter Ney, a researcher in the […]

Anti-Starvation Mechanism Behind Obesity Epidemic

An evolutionary survival mechanism that helped early humans avoid starvation could be behind the obesity epidemic in society today. Starvation puts considerable stress on cells. The body responds with a mechanism that blocks fat from burning when the body is starving, injured or cold. This enables energy to be conserved so people can survive longer, […]

First AI-Designed Vaccine Created

Researchers have revealed the first vaccine purely designed by artificial intelligence (AI). This has the potential to revolutionise the drug discovery process by making it quicker, cheaper and producing more effective drugs. From target discovery to market, the drug discovery process takes on average nine years and millions of dollars. The majority of this time […]

Biobank 2019 — An Interview with Professor Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The UK Biobank’s 2019 scientific conference concluded this month, showcasing fantastic speakers on topics ranging from use of the UK Biobank, to using genomics to understand individual risk. Among them was Professor Josh Denny, Vanderbilt University. FLG spoke to him about his talk on phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS): a research technique used to understand what disease associations can be made with a given gene.