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

Our lecture about transhumanism at European Parliament session 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 scientific-technical advances in areas such as genetic engineering...

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...

Therapeutic potential of Cas9-based epigenetic gene activation is proved in mice. VIDEO

 The Belmonte lab’s advanced in vivo Cas9-based epigenetic gene activation system in mice Salk scientists have created a new version technique of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes without creating breaks in the DNA, potentially...

Advanced techniques reveal the human brain’s impressive neuronal diversification

No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function? Brain cells may be as unique as the people to which they belong. This genetic, molecular, and morphological diversity of the brain leads to the functional variation that is likely necessary for the higher-order...