Are biohackers out of control? Gene editing kits offered on Internet permit re-engineer DNA

What could happen when you democratize science -not authorized lab not professional responsibility – and give anyone the ability to edit DNA? In the past few years, so-called biohackers across the country have taken gene editing into their own hands. As the equipment...

Are there genes associated with psychiatric illnesses?

There are many studies that have attempted to evaluate whether there are genes associated with psychiatric disorders. In relation to this, a meta-analysis has been published in Science, evaluating five major psychiatric diseases in order to examine if they can identify any...

How could synthetic biology facilitate cancer treatments?

Cancer new treatment using synthetic biology At the present time, there are objective limitations for treating certain diseases, such as cancer. Now, Kitada and colleagues study published in NATURE (See HERE) have suggested that part of these limitations can be resolved using...

Transhumanism and the emancipation of human nature. Is it a true progress?

Our lecture about transhumanism at European Parliament session The emancipation proposed by transhumanism is not true progress The backdrop to our conference this week is a reflection on the risks of abandoning our model of development to technological compulsion. The array of...

Criminals could alter their DNA to evade justice with new genetic editing kit

The kit could be bought by Internet for 150 Euros A revolutionary genetic editing technique designed to repair faulty DNA could be used by criminals to evade justice Criminals using a kit available from chemists can manipulate their own DNA to avoid detection on police databases,...

Gene therapy gets a new boost.

Gene therapy real drug will now begin to translate beyond clinical trials Gene therapy has received a new boost this year with the approval of Kymriah from Novartis by the United States regulatory agency, the FDA. The treatment is indicated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in...

Can one gene link two unrelated diseases?

Every genetic disease is traditionally associated with one gene bit now a study has been published suggesting that one gene links unrelated diseases playing a role in Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease, a serious bowel disorder. The team found a link between Crohn’s disease...

Does lower maternal contact affect the epigenetics of the child? The findings could help the most underprivileged children to receive better care.

Children who received little care showed slower epigenetic aging that could cause delays in their development.  As happens in other mammals, such as rats or macaques, the proper social and cognitive development of human babies depends on physical contact with their mothers or...

Male versus female brains controversy. New evidence of their differences

Brains functioning differences define whether an individual is male or female  Introduction Analyses of the behavioural differences between men and women have led many researchers to try to establish similarities in the brain structure that might explain this variability in...

The slow advance of gene therapy now face a more promising chapter

Gene therapies are surely the most complex drugs in history. After a traditional trial-and-error phase, they now face a more promising chapter that is not without risks. Forty-five years ago in Science, Theodore Friedmann of the University of California, San Diego prophetically...