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Personalised medicine drives next-generation sequencing

Future of DNA sequencing will shift from a laboratory-based setup to point of care testing in the next five years

KASP genotyping assays developed

Versatile KASP exome sample tracking panel provides sample provenance

Genetic mutation could increase understanding of ADHD

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that a mutation in a single gene involved in the functioning of the brain’s nervous system can lead to hyperactivity symptoms that are characteristic of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity...

Molecular confirmation of genetic disorders: DiaSorin add extra value

End-of-year savings to be made on DiaSorin Blood DNA extraction kits for molecular confirmation of genetic disorders.

Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia.

Genetic mutation causes obesity

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a genetic cause of severe obesity which, although rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy use.

Fisheries-induced evolution adds a bonus to good management

A new study published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to determine whether genetic changes resulting from fishing pressure have any significant economic effects for the case of Atlantic cod.

New approach solves large molecular puzzles

Scientists at European Molecular Biology Laboratory have used super-resolution microscopy to solve a decade-long debate about the structure...

To feed the future, we must mine the wealth of the world’s seed banks today

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist...

Staphylococcus aureus vaccine

A consortium comprising Imaxio, the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, the European Vaccine Initiative and Preclin Biosystems has been awarded a major FP7 grant to support development and phase I clinical trial of an S. aureus vaccine.

Rare pregnancy condition programmes babies to become overweight in later life

Babies born to mothers who suffer from a rare metabolic complication during pregnancy are programmed to be overweight, according to a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Exotic fish study sheds light on how our nerves protect themselves

Fresh insights gained from a study of tropical fish could help our understanding of how the nervous system works.

Are solariums eight times more effective than natural sunlight?

Vitamin D is one of the key building blocks of the human immune system and the importance of vitamin D for bone density has long been recognised. A growing number of studies have shown that high levels of vitamin D can also help to combat...

Why jumping genes don’t send us into meltdown

A team of researchers, led by academics at The University of Nottingham, has explained why the so-called ‘jumping genes’ found in most living organisms don’t ultimately kill off their hosts, putting an end to a long-standing...

Research reveals low exposure of excellent work by female scientists

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that high quality science by female academics is underrepresented in comparison to that of their male counterparts.

Genetic studies lead to clinical trial of new treatment for type 1 diabetes

A clinical trial is underway for a potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes that could eventually mean patients are able to reduce insulin treatment from several times a day to only once or twice a week.

Danish researchers expose new cause of life-threatening disease

Danish researchers have just published findings that explain a previously unknown mechanism used by cells to communicate with one another.

Curie-Cancer and Biolog-id sign partnership agreement

Within the partnership, Curie-Cancer and Biolog-id will develop a pilot system of RFID tags suitable for use in tracking cancer chemotherapy preparations

New strategy for defeating neuroblastoma

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found a promising strategy for defeating neuroblastoma – a malignant form of cancer in children – that focuses on the so-called MYCN protein.

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