In November 2019, the United Kingdom’s health secretary announced a plan to sequence the genome of every baby born in an NHS hospital starting with 20,000 children. Hancock promised that the whole genome sequencing will ensure that every child receives predictive, preventive and personalised healthcare. Needless to say, if this were to be rolled out nationally, it would be an ethical minefield!
The advancement of sequencing technology has had the singe biggest effect on genomics research. As it develops further, so does the scope of genomic research and applications.
If predictions could be made, it might be able to protect thousands of lives before a vaccine is available.
Recent analysis of the genetic sequence of the coronavirus has indicated that the infection may have spread further than we realised.
Researchers hope that the effort will be able to validate liquid biopsy (LB) diagnostic methods for childhood lymphomas that are endemic in the region
York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced legislation to launch a consortium of public and private research groups to investigate the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year initiative, called the SUNY Curing Alzheimer’s Health Consortium, will analyse the genetics of 1 million people who suffer from or are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease over 5 years.
Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute have just released the first high-quality Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) genome in partnership with the Cardiff University Otter project, aiming to support the study of their biology and support conservation efforts.
With the falling cost of genome sequencing, it comes as no surprise that there is a growing interest in expanding the availability and accessibility of genomics via consumer testing. Now, Nebula Genomics has entered the market by launching a comprehensive at-home test that analyses the whole genome for just $299.
In early December, an outbreak of respiratory illness was reported in Wuhan, China. Scientists quickly determined the sickness was caused by a new virus from the coronavirus family. In an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, China has reacted with transportation lockdowns and public health advisories.
The biomolecular code of the deadly Wuhan pneumonia virus, the coronavirus, is now available to view on the UCSC Genome Browser. With nearly 41,000 cases and 910 deaths to date, the deadly virus has forced more than 50 million people to be quarantined by the Chinese government in an aim to stop the spread of the virus.
New research has identified mutations that could lead to the lengthening of telomeres, a hallmark of cancer cells and an important focus in developing targeted treatments. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center looked at cancer cells to find the ways some of them achieve immortality in a study as part of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG).
New research from institutions in Singapore and China has identified genetic differences that occur between lung adenocarcinomas in East Asians and Europeans. Published in Nature Genetics, the researchers found that lung adenocarcinomas had more stable genomes in East Asians than in Europeans, and a stronger difference in smokers compared to non-smokers.
Gene variants that could play a role in the incongruence transgender individuals experience may have been found in the genes for oestrogen receptor pathways. Published in Nature, this study identified some of the first biological evidence that linked 21 gene variants in 19 genes with a possible role in sex-specific development during birth in an […]
The study of four children – two of whom were buried approximately 8,000 years ago and two 3,000 years ago – from Shum Laka, Cameroon has revealed new insights into how Africa was populated.
Karen Lighting Jones, Head of Future Place at Roche. Back in 2016, Dame Sally Davies concluded her Chief Medical Officer annual report by saying “Genomics is not tomorrow, it’s here today. I believe genomic services should be available to more patients, whilst being a cost-effective service in the NHS”.
The largest study on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to date has identified 102 genes involved in the disorder, including 37 new genes that had not been recognised before. Published in Cell, the findings help researchers better understand the causes of the disorder, and could possible help in developing new drug therapies for children with severe impairments.