A study into zebrafish has helped identify the cause of an unknown genetic disorder affecting a boy and two of his uncles. Although no cure is imminent, the study could pave the way to alternative approaches for dealing with rare genetic diseases.
Recently the Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium presented genetic evidence to suggest schizophrenia is not one but “a group of heritable disorders.” This has been challenged by other scientists.
Of all the neurodenerative diseases known to mankind, Huntington's Disease is certainly the most relentless. No cure or treatment is available, however, if Isis Pharmaceuticals has its way, that may be history.
Botanists have discovered a wheat gene that can be used as a vehicle to transfer key genes from other plants to wheat. The discovery will allow farmers to develop new robust wheat varieties without having to resort to GMO crops.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?
A new approach to preventing malaria by knocking out parasite's genes has been proposed. Biological engineers have demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent.
The blood disorder β-thalassemia is caused by a mutation in the HBB gene, which results in a severe hemoglobin deficiency. Researchers have successfully corrected the mutation in human induced stem cells.
A new study suggests that people tend to choose friends who share their genes. The inference is that humans tend to associate with other people who are very similar to themselves. Not all biologists agree.
A science group has proposed that introducing genetic engineering to eliminate the population of female mosquitoes is key to fighting malaria. Other scientists have expressed concerns about the ethics of species elimination.
At The University of Toronto this Saturday; families, leading researchers, clinicians, and members of patient advocacy groups will come together to share new knowledge about neurodevelopmental disorders.
Scientists have detected a mysterious gene that influences cardiovascular health. After five years, researchers now know how one genetic variant works and how it contributes to the development of heart.
Two new comprehensive, multidisciplinary centers to study Huntington's Disease have opened. The centers focus on care, education and research. Digital Journal has found out more about the project.
Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir.