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April 23, 2015

Researchers gene-edit mouse egg cells, suggest potential use in humans for preventing mitochondrial disease

Scientists have suggested a potential alternative to controversial mitochondrial replacement, so called ‘3-person IVF’, for preventing inherited genetic disorders by using genome-editing technology to prevent specific mitochondrial DNA from being passed from mothers to offspring in mice. The study also reported the technique was used to correct human mitochondrial DNA inserted into mouse egg cells. Continue reading

April 23, 2015

Fewer cancer deaths for women with BRCA1 mutation who had ovaries removed

Removal of ovaries in women after breast cancer diagnosis with a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, a known risk factor for developing breast cancer, was associated with a significant reduction in cancer deaths in a study in JAMA Oncology. Continue reading

April 21, 2015

What do we know about the bird flu infecting US farms?

Bird flu has been infecting poultry farms in the West and Midwest. With large scale chicken farms affected and increasing numbers of birds being destroyed to contain the spread, GENeS has reached out to experts to find out what we know about current strains of the virus. Continue reading

April 21, 2015

Encouraging results in search for prevention to type 1 diabetes in children

The results of a small pilot study may hold promise in the search for a prevention to type 1 diabetes. Children with a high genetic risk displayed an immune response to high doses of oral insulin, which might potentially be used to pre-empt the autoimmune response underlying type 1 diabetes. Continue reading

April 10, 2015

European group says neonicotinoid use can’t be sustainable

A European expert group looked at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the benefits that ecosystems provide for agriculture, broadening their focus beyond honeybees. Continue reading

April 9, 2015

Do genes impact eating disorders? Mutation creates anorexia-like behavior in mice

A study sheds some light on the question of what role genes might play in eating disorders by reporting that mice bred to lack a specific gene displayed behavioral abnormalities similar to those seen in people with anorexia nervosa. Continue reading