Wow of the Week: Britain shows support for genetically modified embryos to prevent disease

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Wow of the Week: Britain shows support for genetically modified embryos to prevent disease

June 29, 2013 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Talk about wow. Reports out of Britain this week suggest that it could soon become the first country to allow an in-vitro fertilization technique that uses genetic material from three…


‘Pea brain’ may be accurate diss: Scientists find gene linking brain’s grey matter to intelligence

‘Pea brain’ may be accurate diss: Scientists find gene linking brain’s grey matter to intelligence

February 11, 2014 4:04 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called “grey matter” in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and…


Vanderbilt researchers crunch data from 15,000 EMRs to find genetic link to skin cancer

Vanderbilt researchers crunch data from 15,000 EMRs to find genetic link to skin cancer

November 24, 2013 1:08 pm by | 0 Comments

Usually, studying the relationship between DNA and disease involves comparing the genomes of thousands of people with a disorder to the genomes of thousands of people who don’t. These studies…



Polaris, ARCH Venture Partners put $15M behind launch of deCODE genetics spinoff NextCODE

Polaris, ARCH Venture Partners put $15M behind launch of deCODE genetics spinoff NextCODE

October 23, 2013 6:41 pm by | 0 Comments

Sequencing the genome is one thing, but applying the data produced from that process to clinical care is a whole other thing. A new startup called NextCODE Health has launched…


What are the biological roots of mental illness? A $12M NIH grant-funded study seeks answers

What are the biological roots of mental illness? A $12M NIH grant-funded study seeks answers

October 7, 2013 10:00 pm by | 0 Comments

A group of researchers led by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine are exploring the biological causes of mental illness through a multisystem disorder linked to a single missing…


Will one of the gene therapies in late-stage trials be approved in the U.S.?

Will one of the gene therapies in late-stage trials be approved in the U.S.?

September 30, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

Though many gene therapies have been tested in hopes of curing hereditary diseases, few governments have approved their sale, and none has been approved in the U.S.


Shares rise for Sequenom on news it will explore genetic analysis segment options

Shares rise for Sequenom on news it will explore genetic analysis segment options

September 24, 2013 4:38 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Sequenom Inc, a maker of diagnostic tests, said it is exploring a full range of strategic options for its genetic analysis business.
The San Diego, California company has hired Jefferies LLC as financial advisor.
The genetic analysis segmen…


Would you donate your data for the future of precision medicine?

Would you donate your data for the future of precision medicine?

September 24, 2013 11:38 am by | 0 Comments

The term “precision medicine” might not yet be part of the average person’s vocabulary, but UCSF and its collaborators are hoping a public awareness campaign will move the needle in…



Startup RaNA Therapeutics developing novel medicine to turn on ‘silent’ genes

Startup RaNA Therapeutics developing novel medicine to turn on ‘silent’ genes

July 30, 2013 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

A new class of medicines could give doctors the ability to awaken underperforming genes in patients who currently have no treatment options. Boston-area startup RaNA Therapeutics is developing a novel…


National Cancer Institute releases largest-ever cancer gene database

National Cancer Institute releases largest-ever cancer gene database

July 16, 2013 4:21 pm by | 0 Comments

July 15 (Reuters) – National Cancer Institute scientists have released the largest-ever database of cancer-related genetic variations, providing researchers the most comprehensive way so far to figure out how to…


Unmet need, actionable results, clinical utility: 3 non-negotiables for new diagnostics

Unmet need, actionable results, clinical utility: 3 non-negotiables for new diagnostics

July 11, 2013 9:06 am by | 0 Comments

There are thousands of genetic test products on the market today, and more being introduced all the time. As targeted drugs and personalized medicine become reality, the diagnostics market has…


British newborn first to be screened for genetic defects with new, cheaper screening

British newborn first to be screened for genetic defects with new, cheaper screening

July 7, 2013 7:12 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – The first test-tube baby to come from an embryo screened for genetic defects using a new, low-cost technique that could improve in-vitro fertilization success rates was born last month and is a healthy boy.
The birth in June was ann…


Will Myriad ruling stifle innovation? Many still see plenty of incentives for genetics companies

Will Myriad ruling stifle innovation? Many still see plenty of incentives for genetics companies

June 14, 2013 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Even before the Supreme Court ruled on Myriad Genetics yesterday, there was talk in the biotech industry that a decision against the company’s patents would spell bad news for innovation….


Supreme Court: synthetic genetic material can be patented, but isolated DNA cannot

Supreme Court: synthetic genetic material can be patented, but isolated DNA cannot

June 13, 2013 10:25 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued a mixed ruling in a case concerning patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc over the closely watched issue of whether human genes can be patented.
In a unanimous vote, the nine justi…


Scientists find one lab virus in millions that could improve gene therapy for retinal diseases

Scientists find one lab virus in millions that could improve gene therapy for retinal diseases

June 12, 2013 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments

From millions of random mutations, scientists identify a virus that could make gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases safer and more effective. A new delivery mechanism shuttles gene therapy deep…


Kids up all night? It could be genetic

Kids up all night? It could be genetic

May 27, 2013 10:00 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new study based on pairs of Canadian twins suggests that genetics play a strong role in how long kids sleep at night, but their…