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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.

New tRNA Sequencing Method Uncovers Microbiome Activity

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.

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.

Most Orphan Drugs Performing Poorly, Report Finds

The latest annual report from Trinity Partners has found that orphan disease drugs often perform poorly at launch and continue to underachieve after three years of sales. At the other end of the spectrum, the most successful drugs on the market were for non-orphan diseases such as cancer and HIV.

No-Incision CRISPR Reduces Genetic Obesity in Mice

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.