An international study has identified a characteristic epigenetic marking pattern of the somatic cells of monozygotic twins that opens up avenues for research on how twins originate and allows us to detect whether a person is a monozygotic twin. More information at: Genotipia.com
For the first time, researchers appear to have effectively treated a genetic disorder by directly injecting a CRISPR therapy into patients’ bloodstreams — overcoming one of the biggest hurdles to curing diseases with the gene editing technology. Read full (audio) story: BigThink.com
All cancers fall into just two categories, according to new research from scientists at Sinai Health, in findings that could provide a new strategy for treating the most aggressive and untreatable forms of the disease. Read full article (in spanish): National Geographic España
9/6/21 – Frecuencia e impacto de los cambios en el gen MC4R relacionados con la acumulación de grasa en el cuerpo Un estudio dirigido por investigadores de la Universidad de Cambridge señala que los cambios en el gen MC4R asociados a la acumulación de grasa en el cuerpo son más frecuentes de lo que se pensaba y sus efectos comienzan a edades tempranas. Los investigadores…
Two recent studies have identified some of the environmental factors that influence epigenetic inheritance. The first of them, published in the journal Developmental Cell on March 8, has determined that the paternal diet produces epigenetic changes in sperm proteins that can affect the development of the offspring. The second, published in PNAS on March 23, has found that certain factors, such as maternal age…
Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s research team, in collaboration with Chinese scientists, has managed to create chimera embryos with human and monkey cells and cultivate them for 19 days. The research, which has received some criticism due to the ethical implications of chimera generation, has demonstrated the potential of human stem cells to contribute to different cell types in chimera embryos and provides new information…
An evolutionary study by researchers at Buffalo University and the University of Chicago has linked a gene, HAND2, to the onset of childbirth in humans. The work suggests that this gene may also be related to other relevant gestational processes, such as mother-fetus communication during pregnancy. Full article available in Genética Médica News.
Spanish researchers developed a drug that selectively removes metastatic stem cells. The specialists of the Network Biometric Research Center: Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have taken a step forward in the fight against cancer. And they have communicated it to public opinion. The complete news in this link.
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Intelligence tests analyzing genetic information, criminal investigations based on the DNA of family members or polygenic scores to predict diseases. These are some of the surprising uses of genetic data that have emerged in the last 12 months. Read full article: MIT Technology Review (January 2019)