Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Eager to speed development of revolutionary treatments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would expedite approval of ...
Why do gene therapy treatments cost so much?

Why do gene therapy treatments cost so much?

The first gene therapy treatment in the United States was approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration, heralding a new ...
Unlocking the past: DNA ancestry tests rewrite family histories

Unlocking the past: DNA ancestry tests rewrite family histories

A growing number of companies now offer DNA tests that promise to pinpoint a customer’s heritage and, with permission, to ...
Harvard's George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a ...
FDA approves 23andMe direct-to-consumer genetic tests for 10 diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

FDA approves 23andMe direct-to-consumer genetic tests for 10 diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration said it would allow a company to sell genetic tests for ...
Is DNA destiny when it comes to heart disease?

Is DNA destiny when it comes to heart disease?

A new analysis of data from more than 55,000 people provides an answer. It finds that by living right — ...
Rethinking obesity: More about genes than willpower

Rethinking obesity: More about genes than willpower

[A] nationally representative survey of 1,509 adults...by NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research institution...found that concerns about ...

Business booming for stem cell therapy clinics despite dearth of evidence of effectiveness

Out of nowhere, over the past two to three years, the clinics have sprung up — 570 in the United ...
Americans disinterested in using science to build better humans

Americans disinterested in using science to build better humans

Americans aren’t very enthusiastic about using science to enhance the human species. Instead, many find it rather creepy. A new ...

CRISPR co-discoverer Emmanuelle Charpentier furthering advances in gene editing

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Emmanuelle Charpentier — one ...

Genetic screening for breast cancer offers information, but often no guidance

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. At a time when ...

When Alzheimer’s is inevitable, is genetic screening any use?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Marty and Matt Reiswig, ...

Middle-aged white Americans increasingly falling victim to suicide

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Something startling is happening ...

Verdict on ‘devious defecator’ case: Employees protected from genetic discrimination

The case that experts believe is the first to go to trial under the law involves something completely different: an ...
Will organic farmers embrace precision gene editing if ancient wild traits are restored?

Will organic farmers embrace precision gene editing if ancient wild traits are restored?

What’s in a name? A lot, if the name is genetically modified organism, which many people are dead set against ...

New blood test could replace biopsy in detecting and monitoring cancer

In the usual cancer biopsy, a surgeon cuts out a piece of the patient’s tumor, but researchers in labs across ...

What makes genes tick?

The expectation is that by uncovering the switches and genes they control, scientists can add depth to genetic findings like ...

Massive genetics research facility tackles Ebola

An old two-story brick building in a shabby part of town, formerly a distribution center for Budweiser beer, is now ...
'Alzheimer's in a Dish'—human brain cells in gel—opens new avenues for research

‘Alzheimer’s in a Dish’—human brain cells in gel—opens new avenues for research

For the first time, and to the astonishment of many of their colleagues, researchers created what they call Alzheimer’s in ...

Newly found mutations keep triglyceride levels low, thwart heart disease despite diet

Two major studies by leading research groups published on Wednesday independently identified mutations in a single gene that protect against ...

Rare mutation kills off diabetes gene

A new study based on genetic testing of 150,000 people has found a rare mutation that protects even fat people ...
Genetic screening of embryos thwarts disease and creates ethical questions

Genetic screening of embryos thwarts disease and creates ethical questions

Screening embryos for IVF lets parents avoid passing on deadly genetic diseases. But selecting according to gender or disease risk ...

Rare mutation ignites race for cholesterol drug

The identification of woman with a rare gene mutation that results in astoundingly low LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels has set off ...
The erosion of genetic privacy

The erosion of genetic privacy

For years now, a steady stream of research has eroded scientists’ faith that DNA can be held anonymously. Not so ...

Poking holes in genetic privacy

The following is an excerpt. Not so long ago, people who provided DNA in the course of research studies were ...

Using mice to search for cancer genes

The following is an edited excerpt. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is at the forefront of a new approach to ...

Plans for a global trove of genetic data

The goal is to put the vast collection of data on genetic variations and health into databases open to researchers ...
Geneticists push for global data-sharing

Geneticists push for global data-sharing

69 institutions in 13 countries are working to enable the free flow of information in genomic medicine ...