Category Archives: Genetics

First FDA-approved gene-therapy procedure for inherited blindness performed in US. Advance is fantastic news, but same quandary: Who can afford it?

The News: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard teaching hospital based in Boston, recently became the first institution to treat a patient’s inherited retinal disorder with gene therapy. The patient,… Read more »

New study says family history increases breast-cancer risk, even among older women. US mammogram guidelines need updating–soon.

The News: Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t diminish regardless of age,… Read more »

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 »