Research

Cancer “Kill Code” Could be Naturally Embedded in Every Cell

Every single cell in the human body could contain a cancer “kill code” set to destroy cells which become cancerous, a new study reported in Nature Communications. The study, conducted by Northwestern University in the US, found that cancer cannot become resistant to this code, making it a potentially incredibly effective treatment.

Maize genome complexity traversed with Oxford Nanopore technology

  Maize is one of the most economically important crops globally and much effort has been spent generating the high quality B73 reference genome. However, the 10 chromosome, 2.3 gigabase (Gb) B73 reference genome was a substantial challenge due to the fact it is comprised of 85% transposable elements, 75% of which are long terminal […]

Scientists Uncover Why Some Cancers Affect Only Young Women

Cells settling in an organ other than the correct one during embryogenesis are often the cause of rare ovarian and pancreatic cancers which affect only young women, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) have found.

102 Genes Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers undertaking the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ever have identified 102 genes associated with the disorder, as opposed to the previous 65 in 2015, a move which they say will help greatly in differentiating ASD-related genes from those associated with intellectual disability and development delay.

Immature human eggs created from blood cells

Japanese scientists have created an immature human egg using stem cells created from blood cells, as reported in the Science journal. Although such eggs have been created in a lab before, this is the first time human blood has been used to do it.

Scientists Denied Access to Symposium Raise UK Immigration Concerns

The scientific community has raised concerns about the state of UK immigration after a number of academics attending the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research were denied access to the country recently. At least 10 of the 200 attendees were affected by the policy, with arguments raised that such policies could impact academic co-operation.

Sequencing Buyers’ Guide

The development of the first automated DNA sequencers completely revolutionized the field of DNA sequencing and, eventually, made it possible to publish the first draft sequences of the human genome. Since then, a whole host of companies have developed their own approaches to DNA sequencing, resulting in a market that is filled with different possibilities […]