Cell life extended, authors suggest that this finding could increase human life expectancy

Building on two decades of research, investigators at UT Southwestern medical school have determined that “cellular housekeeping” (all cells and code for proteins that are essential for basic cell growth and metabolism)  can extend the lifespan and improve the health...

New association launched for the international regulation of genome editing

With the arrival of CRISPR, gene editing has been established as a feasible reality for a multitude of applications, not only therapeutic, but also environmental, livestock and agricultural applications, among others (see the amplitude of possible uses of this technique HERE)....

Gene therapy recent clinical applications

As we said in a previous article gene therapy is facing a new promising stage (see WHY). On 9 January this year, a review was published in JAMA on the latest advances in gene therapy, making reference to specific advances in humans. The first refers to gene therapy treatment of a...

Human genome “grammar” is extremely complex. Are we prepared for the genetics revolution we are living?

Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters of the ADN (A, C, G and T), but not what they mean, much less the grammar that gives them meaning. Human genome grammar  A study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in the edition of international science...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy could be treated with genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technique

Genome editing using  CRISPR/Cas9 is a promising possibility for correcting diseases due to genetic mutations (see HERE ), such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy – lethal degeneration of cardiac and skeletal muscle caused by different genetic mutations (see more HERE), which...

Genome editing and germ line modification. Medical and ethical debate

Genetic modification of the human germline that will pass to children, and to future Gene editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation. Early approaches were based on the recognition of...
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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?

Mental illness affects one in six U.S. adults, but scientists’ sense of the underlying biology of most psychiatric disorders remains nebulous. That’s frustrating for physicians treating the diseases, who must also make diagnoses based on symptoms that may only appear...

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...

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,...