Category Archives: Genetics

Boomer Alert: You need not die from metastatic prostate cancer. Breakthrough findings point to new treatment approach.

The News: Obesity is linked to prostate cancer, scientists know, but it’s not been clear-cut why. Last week, however, researchers reported a surprising connection. When prostate cancers lose a particular… Read more »

Two European Parkinson’s studies kick off 2018 with promising discoveries; proof to me, for example, that not all biotech worth noting come from the USA.

The News: A combination therapy made up of two neurotrophic factors has been shown in a report to reduce the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease, report researchers from the UPV/EHU-University… Read more »

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 »