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May 13, 2016

Harvard meeting on synthesizing human genome questioned over secrecy

A project that would synthesize a complete human genome and test it in cells within 10 years was discussed at a meeting of scientists, ethicists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs at Harvard University on May 10. Continue reading

May 10, 2016

Commercial lab releases genomic analysis of burger products, reports hygiene and quality issues

The company Clear Labs performed a genomic analysis of 258 U.S. burger products, and reported that 13.6% of the products had problems with substitution, hygienic issues or pathogenic contamination. Continue reading

May 10, 2016

Cows made hornless through gene-editing, with no off-target effects

A letter in Nature Biotechnology reports the rearing of two young dairy cows whose genomes were edited to make them hornless, with no off-target effects. Continue reading

May 6, 2016

Probiotic milk impacts stress response, gene expression in human trial

Students who drank probiotic milk before taking exams showed fewer signs of stress than students drinking standard milk, with a strong difference between the groups observed in the expression of 179 stress-related genes. Continue reading

May 4, 2016

Scientists break record for lab-grown human embryos, raising questions over research rules

Two separate research teams publishing in Nature and Nature Cell Biology have reported culturing human embryos up to 13 days, raising questions over international agreement to limit embryo research to 14 days of development. Continue reading

May 2, 2016

Antibody protects mice against Zika infection

Researchers have reported that an antibody protected Zika-infected mice against the virus, in a small trial of ten mice. The authors say a humanized version of the antibody could be a potential therapy for Zika infection. Continue reading

April 30, 2016

FDA survey of retail meat identifies Salmonella with antibiotic resistance genes not seen before in the US

The FDA have published a report on antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella found in raw meat, finding two genes conferring resistance to the medically important antibiotics ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone not detected in the US before. Continue reading

April 27, 2016

Company claims success in ‘anti-aging’ gene therapy after trial on CEO

The biotech company Bioviva has claimed that its CEO, Elizabeth Parrish, has successfully had her telomeres lengthened by one of the company’s experimental gene therapies. Continue reading

April 20, 2016

CRISPR made even more precise, used to correct mutations linked to disease risk

Researchers have developed a modified version of CRISPR-Cas9 that can edit single letters of DNA without breaking the double helix, according to a paper in Nature. The authors say their method is more efficient and has fewer off-target effects than previous methods. Continue reading

April 18, 2016

The first time: Genetic factors in early sexual activity

Looking at the genomes of over 125,000 British men and women, researchers identified 38 genetic variants which were statistically correlated with the age at which people first had sex. Continue reading