Category Archives: Genetics

Liquid biopsy for cancer detection catching on fast. You choose: simple blood test, or invasive solid tissue sample?

The News: Until recently, cancer detection depended on invasive solid tissue sampling that didn’t provide a complete picture. Now, a budding cluster biotechs is making it easier to detect cancer… Read more »

Breakthrough gene editing reported that removes deadly embryonic mutations; biotech licks its chops as stakes are incalculable for ensuing blockbusters.

The News: Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstration of the controversial procedure, The Guardian… Read more »

Study Says Gene Test Spots Cancer Patients Who Could Avoid Chemo

For patients facing a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, the traditional course of treatment is typically surgery, followed by an often difficult course of chemotherapy to try to make… Read more »

“Gene Drive” Technology Endorsed by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine last week endorsed research on a technology known as “gene drive,” which gives humans the power for the first time to alter… Read more »

Scientists Disclose Proposal to Construct Human Genome from Scratch

Scientists on Thursday formally announced the start of a 10-year project aimed at vastly improving the ability to chemically manufacture DNA, with one of the goals being to synthetically create… Read more »

AstraZeneca Joins with Three Partners to Focus on Genomics

AstraZeneca PLC (London), working with genome pioneer J. Craig Venter, PhD, is launching a massive gene hunt in the most comprehensive bet yet by a pharmaceutical firm on the potential… Read more »

13 Fortunate People Survive into Adulthood with Often-Fatal Inherited Mutated Gene

Although they do not know it, 13 incredibly fortunate people each inherited a mutated gene that causes a fatal or extremely debilitating disease in infancy or childhood–but these people are… Read more »

Great Basin Scientific Surges on Preliminary Revenue Report

The molecular diagnostics company Great Basin Scientific Inc. (Salt Lake City UT) traded up for the week on reported preliminary revenue results. The first quarter results for 2016 are projected to come… Read more »