New gene therapies are helping to treat certain forms of inherited blindness.
Genetics expert Jean Bennett explains how gene therapy is being used to treat certain forms of inherited blindness.
Incidence of birth defects is about one in 25 pregnancies.
For women with a family history of serious genetic disorders, abortion is a critical option: a security feature that allows them to consider having children.
Gene therapy uses our genomic makeup to treat or prevent disease.
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New payment models may mean more of the people who need these treatments can get them.
Crystal jellyfish contain glowing proteins that scientists repurpose for an endless array of studies.
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Three pioneering technologies have forever altered how researchers do their work and promise to revolutionize medicine, from correcting genetic disorders to treating degenerative brain diseases.
Using ‘base editing’, researchers have cured progeria in mice. This genetic syndrome causes premature ageing in humans – those with the disease usually don’t live past the age of 13.
A rare type of inflammatory disease that causes repeated bouts of high temperatures can run in families. Here’s what we know so far.
If one parent has ADPKD, their child has a one in two chance of getting it.
You might have heard of polycystic ovary syndrome, but what about polycystic kidney disease? This genetic disorder sees cysts growing in the kidneys.
A Chinese scientist claims he edited the DNA of twin girls during an in vitro fertilization procedure.
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A Chinese scientist has revealed he edited the DNA of twin girls born through in vitro fertilization. These girls are designed to be resistant to HIV. Is the edit a medical necessity or an enhancement?
Symptoms for Huntington’s disease typically only start to be experienced in mid-adulthood.
A standee of the movie ‘Rampage’ at a theater in Bangkok, Thailand. Scientists in the film used CRISPR to create a monster.
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CRISPR has been hailed as the an editing tool that can delete inherited mutations and cure disease. But recent papers suggest that the technique may be too dangerous for use in human therapies.
Specially designed computer games might improve the lives of people with Huntington’s disease.
Gone since 1936, and ailing since long before that.
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The new Tasmanian tiger genome reveals some fascinating facts about this extinct marsupial, including why they were so similar to dogs, and how they were growing more vulnerable to genetic disease.
About 3% of babies are born with birth defects, when there is a problem with how they develop in the womb.
We still don’t know what’s behind four out of every five birth defects. But that can change.
Human genome editing raises a lot of questions.
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A new report from the National Academies of Science and Medicine outlines conditions that have to be met before gene editing that results in heritable genomic changes can be considered.
History shows how scientists and the public tried to understand hereditary cancer risk well before we had the technology to discover mutations and test for genetic disorders.
Genetic therapy might be able to reverse the harmful effects of sickle cell anaemia.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
Families share genes but that doesn’t mean no individual in a family should be accorded privacy about their genetic tests.
When a family member dies from a disease caused by a genetic mutation, doctors have to decide whether to share the deceased person’s test results with the rest of the family.
Helpful viruses get protected by decoy viruses in the bloodstream.
The presence of foreign objects, like viruses, in our bloodstream is usually a bad thing. Evolution has created some extremely efficient immune cells that patrol the blood, seeking out material that should…
Researchers have found the missing genetic material that explains haemophilia. Haemophilia B is a genetic disorder that disrupts…
New research could help reclassify common psychiatric disorders that are related to the brain.
Scientists have linked common genetic markers with major psychiatric disorders including autism and schizophrenia, in the largest ever genetic study of psychiatric illness. The study findings, published…