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Gene therapy challenge: How much should it cost and how do we pay for it?

When evaluating the high prices of one-time gene therapy treatments, should we look to the costs of organ transplants when ...
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Viewpoint: Why using gene drives to eradicate pests might not be such a good idea

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

New research gives expectant mothers reason to be more cautious with air pollution, which can cause damage to the critical ...
Naming genetic diseases: There's more to it than you might think

Naming genetic diseases: There’s more to it than you might think

An effort is underway to streamline the way we name genetic diseases, with an emphasis on imparting useful medical information, ...
Gene therapy creates boy's replacement skin from his stem cells

Gene therapy creates boy’s replacement skin from his stem cells

Doctors treated a 7-year-old boy’s devastating genetic skin disease—junctional epidermolysis bullosa—by genetically modifying his stem cells to create a new ...
When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

The US Department of Health and Human Services has taken the official position that life begins at conception. Here's a ...
Will genetics ever be able to predict the next mass murderer?

Will genetics ever be able to predict the next mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
Predicting Alzheimer’s: 31-gene test may offer strongest risk assessment

Predicting Alzheimer’s: 31-gene test may offer strongest risk assessment

The APOE4 e4 gene has long been associated with an elevated risk for alzheimer's. But a new test panel involving ...
Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

The idea of using a modified poliovirus as a treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer isn't new. But recent research shows ...
Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Researchers are exploring the use of a naturally occurring mutation that causes people to get sick after drinking alcohol. The ...
CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

Work in the UK involving CRISPR and human embryos illustrates the value of the gene editing technique in basic research ...
Finding hope for children with multiple sulfatase deficiency

Finding hope for children with multiple sulfatase deficiency

Willow [Olson] was born on August 21, 2013. At first she seemed fine, except for difficulty nursing. “Nothing in itself was ...
Preventing preterm birth: Preemie genes identified

Preventing preterm birth: Preemie genes identified

A global team of researchers has zeroed in on genes that affect the length of pregnancy and may foretell elevated ...
'Genome cloaking' and the quest to keep DNA test results private

‘Genome cloaking’ and the quest to keep DNA test results private

Stanford University researchers have developed a tool to keep individual genetic information private, reducing the risk of discrimination by employers ...
Could a Planet of the (Talking) Apes ever really evolve?

Could a Planet of the (Talking) Apes ever really evolve?

War for the Planet of the Apes is the latest entry in the 50-year old franchise. A scientist asks: do ...
Could gene editing have saved Charlie Gard?

Could gene editing have saved Charlie Gard?

The British infant died of a mitochondrial disease as news broke that US scientists had successfully edited a human embryo ...
Pioneering gene therapy restores vision to people with rare retinal blindness

Pioneering gene therapy restores vision to people with rare retinal blindness

Spark Therapeutics is moving forward with its treatment for a type of inherited retinal dystrophy. In the wake of the ...
Designer babies? US scientists swap DNA in embryos, replacing mutation that causes heart problems

Designer babies? US scientists swap DNA in embryos, replacing mutation that causes heart problems

The breakthrough procedure might better be called 'gene correction' rather than gene editing. It could revolutionize genetic disease treatments, but ...
Bladder control: Is there a genetic treatment for urinary incontinence?

Bladder control: Is there a genetic treatment for urinary incontinence?

Treatment options for urinary incontinence may be revealed through a genome-wide association study searching for genes that may contribute to ...
Blood disease that plagued Europe's royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
Is gene therapy research for single-gene diseases at risk under Trumpcare?

Is gene therapy research for single-gene diseases at risk under Trumpcare?

[When] the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017,...DNA Science addressed the possibility of the AHCA forcing ...
Mendel meets Tinder: GenePeeks screen maps babies' genetic risks — before conception

Mendel meets Tinder: GenePeeks screen maps babies’ genetic risks — before conception

Genetic screening offers prospective parents new insights into the potential disease risks facing their offspring -- and maybe a chance ...
Have patients been forgotten in the quest to build private BRCA variant databases?

Have patients been forgotten in the quest to build private BRCA variant databases?

Databases on life-threatening genetic mutations -- including the BRCA variants linked to breast cancer -- are maintained by corporations for ...
'Rape gene'? Law and Order SVU episode muddies genetic literacy waters

‘Rape gene’? Law and Order SVU episode muddies genetic literacy waters

A popular television show delivers a questionable message on genetic determinism and the the issue of why some men resort ...
Diabetes: Origins and treatments undergoing revolutionary rethink?

Diabetes: Origins and treatments undergoing revolutionary rethink?

New research suggests that type 1 diabetes might not be directly autoimmune in origin, and that tracking blood glucose might not ...
Privacy perils: Impact of legislation that would strip genetic secrecy protections in US

Privacy perils: Impact of legislation that would strip genetic secrecy protections in US

Employers could force workers to divulge private genetic information under Republican-sponsored legislation making its way through Congress. It could have ...
Casting a wider net: Expanded carrier screening recommended for cystic fibrosis, other genetic diseases

Casting a wider net: Expanded carrier screening recommended for cystic fibrosis, other genetic diseases

All prospective parents should have carrier screening for a range of genetic disorders, according to new recommendations by the American ...