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July 15, 2016

First case of Zika sexual transmission from female to male reported

The first case of female-to-male Zika virus transmission has been reported in New York City, according a press release from the CDC. Previously, only incidents of male transmission to other partners had been reported. Continue reading

July 12, 2016

Red hair gene variants associated with increased mutations in skin cancer

Skin cancer patients who have variations in the MC1R gene, linked to red hair and freckles, have more mutations in their tumors, according to a study in Nature Communications. Continue reading

July 11, 2016

Canola genetically engineered to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

Scientists from Dow AgroSciences have for the first time genetically engineered canola, a widely grown oilseed crop, to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading

July 8, 2016

Patient deaths halt clinical trial testing genetically engineered cells to treat cancer

Three patients have died in a clinical trial that is testing the use of genetically engineered immune cells known as CAR-T cells to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults. Continue reading

July 6, 2016

Genetic risk scores associated with Alzheimer’s marker in young people

A genetic risk score for Alzheimer’s is associated with a known marker of the disease in healthy, young adults, according to the results of a new study. Continue reading

June 28, 2016

First primate model of Zika virus infection allows scientists to study new treatments

Scientists report in Nature Communications that healthy, pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys can be infected with Zika, providing a means for studying the mechanisms of infection. Continue reading

June 24, 2016

UPDATE: Congress passes mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods

Congress has passed a bipartisan bill that will require mandatory disclosure of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. It will supersede the Vermont labeling law that went into effect July 1st. Continue reading

June 21, 2016

First clinical trial using CRISPR approved by National Institutes of Health advisory panel

A proposal for the first clinical trial involving CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing has been approved by the National Institutes of Health Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. The Phase I trial, which will require approval from the Food and Drug Administration, is designed … Continue reading

June 20, 2016

Social behavior affected by epigenetic modification of a single gene

A study in the journal PNAS reports that epigenetic modification of one gene impacts human social behaviors. The OXT gene is responsible for production of the hormone oxytocin, which is known to play a role in human sociability. Continue reading

June 15, 2016

Tobacco engineered for more efficient production of antimalarial drug

By genetically engineering tobacco, scientists have developed a method of more efficiently producing artemisinin, the world’s most important malaria drug. Continue reading