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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 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 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 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

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