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AstraZeneca to sequence 2 million genomes

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is to embark on an ambitious project that will see the drugs giant sequence 2 million genomes in the quest for new candidate drug products.

Is CRISPR technology set to change biological science?

Gene editing technology is seemingly the most important scientific method to emerge in recent years. The primary method is called CRISPR and it is transforming the field of biology.

Essential Science: Semi-synthetic bacterium created

Scientists have created a semi-synthetic, functioning bacterium in the lab that has fewer than 500 genes. The importance of "500" is that no bacterium in nature has less than 500 genes.

New study draws genetic & inflammatory disease connection

A new study has revealed that hundreds of genes are linked to five key inflammatory diseases. The diseases are: ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Newly discovered genetic error may stop heart attacks

Heart attacks can be caused by lifestyle, diet and genetics. With genes, some people are at a greater risk than others. A new study has revealed a new genetic clue.

Animal diversity urgently needed for the future

London - According to a new United Nations report, animal biodiversity is needed to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet.

Researchers claim to have reversed autism

Neuroscientists think it may be possible to reverse the symptoms of one type of genetic associated autism. This is based on pinpointing a missing gene needed for brain development.

The food we eat influences our genes

A new study suggests human genes are influenced by the food that is eaten. This is based on a microbiological study, examining genetics and metabolism.

New techniques can identify spiders from their webs

Advancements in genetic techniques have led to researchers being able to identify black widow spiders from their webs. The method allows researchers not only to identify the spider, but also its prey.

What you need to know about gene editing success in U.S.

New York - Scientists have successfully used gene editing techniques to treat mice with the genetic condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Genetically modified mice see rise in intelligence

Leeds - Researchers have succeeded in genetically engineering mice to produce rodents of greater intelligence and less anxiety. The research could one day help those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mistletoe is genetically different to other plants

Mistletoe has been found to be made-up in a slightly different way to other plants or animals: it is missing several key genes needed for energy production in cells.

Computer solves 120-year-old mystery of worms in three days

A computer has solved a mystery that has been puzzling scientists for over 120 years in just three days. Using complex predictive simulation software, the system managed to explain how sliced-up worms turn into independent organisms.

What you need to know when volunteering for a genetic study

Would you volunteer for a genetic study? If so would you want to know if you had a rare disease? It seems that, for most people, the answer is "yes."

Remote tribespeople carry antibiotic resistant genes

Washington D.c. - Researchers have discovered antibiotic resistance genes in the bacteria of a South American tribe never exposed to antibiotic drugs. This suggests some bacteria have always been antibiotic resistant.

Should human germline modification be halted? Special

Following recent reports about experiments on embryos, the Center for Genetics and Society is calling for a halt to experiments aimed at the creation of genetically modified human beings.

Are eating disorders genetic?

Mice lacking a gene implicated in human anorexia and bulimia weigh less than other mice. Such animals also display a variety of behavioral disorders. This points to a genetic basis for eating disorders.

How many recessive lethal mutations do we carry?

Scientists report an estimate of the average number of recessive lethal mutations people carry. The figures are quite surprising.

Ancestry.com adds genetics service

Want to know who you are related to? A genealogy company is now advertising a DNA test that can reportedly connect users to their ancestors going back to the 1700s.

Sexual offending is genetic, according to new study

Are people who commit sexual offences born that way or do they develop sexual aggression through environmental influence? A new study suggests that the cause is genetic.

Icelandic population genetically mapped

Reykjav - Scientists have performed whole-genome sequencing on roughly 1 percent of the Icelandic population. This is one of the largest studies ever performed of a distinct nation.

Genetically engineering TB-resistant cows

Shaan - Scientists have created a tuberculosis resistant cow. This was by adding a gene from a mouse to the cow. The aim was to ward off bovine tuberculosis

Gene discovered that makes finches distinctive

New research into the full genomes of Galápagos finches has revealed an important gene for the beak shape of the birds. The research has also revealed three previously overlooked species.

Studying the human genome for mortality

Edinburgh - A new study has discovered a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span. If such technology is possible, would you want to know?

Three-Parent IVF agreed in the U.K.

London - The British parliament has voted to allow techniques that could help couples produce babies with a reduced chance of passing on heritable mitochondrial diseases.

Obesity due to genes, environment and time

Framingham - New research indicates that a common genetic variant increases the risk of obesity only in people born after 1942. This means genes, environment and time are key factors.

Op-Ed: Should a genetics company plan to create new creatures?

San Francisco - A San Francisco-based biotech wants to see its technology applied for inventing new organisms. This has raised concerns about so-called “Frankenstein science.”

New business venture to make rare disease drugs

A new company called Vtesse is to work with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to advance treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease and other similar disorders.

Scientists reveal the genetic history of corn

A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize has revealed the crop’s complex domestication history. It began as a Mexican wild grass and developed into the plant capable of being used to produce corn porridge and tortillas.

Review: Trials and Triumphs of Huntington Disease Special

Toronto - Meghan Andrews has linked together two of her interests: photography and raising awareness about Huntington disease in a new photo book that captures the journeys of Canadian families affected by Huntington disease.
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