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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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