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June 15, 2016

WHO cancer agency: ‘Very hot beverages’ can probably cause cancer in humans

Very hot beverages consumed at more than 65°C can probably cause cancer of the esophagus, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The classification only evaluates the potential of a substance to cause cancer and does not indicate the level of risk to people’s health, according to the agency. Continue reading

June 8, 2016

Mitochondrial replacement in human embryos edges towards treatment for genetic disease

The first results from mitochondrial replacement, which some refer to as ‘3-person IVF’, in normally fertilized human embryos has been reported in Nature. The researchers improved their technique to reduce mutant DNA to levels at which a child would be unlikely to develop mitochondrial disease Continue reading

June 8, 2016

National Academies report on gene drives recommends field trials but not environmental release

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has published a report on the responsible use of gene drives, finding gene-drive modified organisms are not ready to be released into the environment, but recommends strictly controlled field trials. Continue reading

June 2, 2016

‘Human Genome Project–Write’: Experts propose building synthetic human genome

Leading figures in synthetic biology have proposed a project to build large genomes from scratch, including human genomes, starting in 2016. Called the Human Genome Project – Write, the goal of the project is to test man-made genomes in cells within 10 years. Continue reading

June 1, 2016

Genetic mutation explaining progressive multiple sclerosis identified

Scientists have identified a mutation strongly associated with the progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) and suggest the discovery presents a new drug therapy target for MS treatment. Continue reading

May 26, 2016

First US detection of bacteria with gene causing resistance to last-ditch antibiotic

A woman from Pennsylvania is the first US person found carrying bacteria with a gene which causes resistance to the last-ditch antibiotic colistin. Continue reading

May 23, 2016

Older men missing Y chromosome in blood more likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Researchers tracking older men have found an association between the loss of the male-only Y chromosome in blood cells and higher likelihood of Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Continue reading

May 20, 2016

Researchers report using CRISPR to remove HIV DNA in live animals for the first time

The removal of HIV virus DNA from the genomes of live animals using CRISPR-Cas9 has been reported in the journal Gene Therapy. Continue reading

May 19, 2016

Mitochondrial replacement: Study identifies challenge for effectiveness of potential therapies

Researchers report that a small amount of mitochondrial DNA carried over in mitochondrial replacement techniques can occasionally increase over time, which could pose a problem for clinical therapies aiming to completely remove faulty mitochondrial DNA. Continue reading

May 17, 2016

National Academies report looks at 30 years of GE crops, advocates changes to regulation

The National Academies has published a wide-ranging assessment of the impact of genetically engineered crops. The report recommends U.S. regulations need to focus on individual products, not the process by which they were made. Continue reading