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Biobank for chromosome 15 disorders coming to Melbourne

12 October, 2020

Australia will soon have a purpose-built biobank of different biological samples from people with genetic diseases caused by changes to genes on chromosome 15.

Hidden DNA fragment "essential" for male development

06 October, 2020

Researchers have found that the Y-chromosome gene that makes mice male is made up of two different DNA parts — not one, as had been previously assumed.

The missing link behind severe cases of COVID-19?

30 September, 2020

More than 10% of healthy people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies that attack the patient's own immune system.

Genetic factors linked to alcohol-induced liver disease

01 September, 2020

An international research team has suggested that the possibility of high-risk drinkers developing alcohol-induced cirrhosis is in part related to genetic factors.

Scientists extend lifespan in roundworms — are humans next?

06 August, 2020

Caenorhabditis elegans enjoyed a boost in its lifespan when researchers tinkered with a couple of proteins involved in monitoring the energy used by its cells.

Embryos could be susceptible to COVID-19

05 August, 2020

Genes that are thought to play a role in how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells have been found to be active in embryos as early as the second week of pregnancy.

Illumina DNA PCR-Free Library Prep Kit

03 August, 2020

The Illumina DNA PCR-Free Library Prep Kit, for whole genome sequencing, delivers high performance with flexible DNA inputs and sample types while offering genome-wide coverage.

Gene therapy could reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients

03 August, 2020

The enzyme p38gamma, when activated, can modify a protein such that it prevents the development of Alzheimer's disease symptoms.

Genetic variant in some women acts as a natural epidural

30 July, 2020

The genetic variant found in women who feel less pain during childbirth leads to a 'defect' in the formation of the switch on the nerve cells.

CRISPR gene editing with higher fidelity

16 July, 2020

Mutating the enzyme at the heart of the CRISPR gene editing system can improve its fidelity, which may prove therapeutically safer than the current system.

Gene editing on demand: fast, precise and activated by light

13 July, 2020

Scientists say they have successfully used light as a trigger to make precise cuts in genomic material rapidly, using a molecular scalpel known as CRISPR.

Newly discovered genetic mutations linked to autism

29 June, 2020

Scientists have identified mutations in a gene called CNOT1 that affect brain development and impair memory and learning.

Mosquitoes engineered to resist the malaria parasite

10 June, 2020

Anopheles mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered with multiple antimalaria molecules are strongly resistant to the parasite that causes malaria.

Scientists discover a gene for staying thin

04 June, 2020

We all know those people who can eat what they want but do not appear to gain weight, leading scientists to look for genes linked to thinness.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel

08 May, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific has optimised its Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel, previously designed to run on the Ion GeneStudio S5 System, for the Ion Torrent Genexus System. The panel is useful for laboratories that intend to sequence SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus samples.

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