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Newly discovered genetic mutations linked to autism

29 June, 2020

Scientists have identified mutations in a gene called CNOT1 that affect brain development and impair memory and learning.


Mosquitoes engineered to resist the malaria parasite

10 June, 2020

Anopheles mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered with multiple antimalaria molecules are strongly resistant to the parasite that causes malaria.


Scientists discover a gene for staying thin

04 June, 2020

We all know those people who can eat what they want but do not appear to gain weight, leading scientists to look for genes linked to thinness.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel

08 May, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific has optimised its Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel, previously designed to run on the Ion GeneStudio S5 System, for the Ion Torrent Genexus System. The panel is useful for laboratories that intend to sequence SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus samples.


Increased understanding of genetic risk of melanoma

07 May, 2020

A global collaboration of scientists has more than doubled the known number of regions on the human genome that influence the risk of developing melanoma.


Tecan DreamPrep automation solutions for coronavirus research and detection

01 May, 2020

Tecan's DreamPrep solutions provide ready-to-go workflows for nucleic acid extraction and NGS library prep, helping to boost the productivity of labs investigating the SARS-CoV-2 virus — the causative agent of COVID-19.


Restarting cell division helps the heart to heal itself

27 April, 2020

Scientists have discovered a protein that works with others during development to put the brakes on cell division in the heart.


Older paternal age linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

22 April, 2020

The older the father, the increased risk a child has of developing disorders such as autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities.


Blocking iron supply could prevent tuberculosis

03 April, 2020

All living organisms, including pathogens, need iron to survive. Now, researchers have detailed the structure of the protein responsible for transporting iron to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.


Nicotine addiction gene found

01 April, 2020

By studying genetically altered zebrafish, scientists have managed to pinpoint a human gene involved in nicotine addiction and also discover the ways in which it may act.


Protein protects intestine against cancer

24 March, 2020

Researchers have found that the cell death-regulating protein MCL1 is essential in protecting the intestine against cancer development, independent of bacterial-driven inflammation.


Coronavirus protein mapped by scientists

09 March, 2020

Researchers have created a 3D atomic-scale map of the part of the novel coronavirus that attaches to and infects human cells, known as the spike (S) protein.


McMaster develops tool for coronavirus battle

03 March, 2020 by Tina Depko, Health Sciences

Researchers have developed a tool to share with the international health sciences community which can help determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading and whether it is evolving.


Gene therapy improves vision in blind mice

13 February, 2020

Researchers can target a specific defective gene, cut it out and glue in a healthy replacement. In blind mice, this approach rescued approximately 10% of photoreceptors.


Bio-Rad Laboratories SEQuoia Complete Stranded RNA Library Prep Kit

20 January, 2020

The high-performance kit offers a holistic view of the complete transcriptome in a simplified workflow and is compatible with a broad range of sample inputs from a variety of sample types, including degraded RNA specimens.


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