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Genomic elements preserved across 700 million years of evolution

27 November, 2020

Australian scientists have found that humans share important genetic mechanisms with a prehistoric sea sponge that comes from the Great Barrier Reef.


Pregnant mums with obesity at risk of modifying baby's DNA

12 November, 2020

Pregnant women with obesity could reduce the health risks for their infants through improved diet and more physical activity.


New understanding of how proteins operate in the body

11 November, 2020

The research team's key finding — the changing state of a protein's structural bonds — is likely to have significant implications as to how proteins are targeted by medical researchers.


Gene drive blocks malaria transmission in mosquitoes

09 November, 2020

Californian researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites in mosquito populations.


Biobank for chromosome 15 disorders coming to Melbourne

12 October, 2020

Australia will soon have a purpose-built biobank of different biological samples from people with genetic diseases caused by changes to genes on chromosome 15.


Hidden DNA fragment "essential" for male development

06 October, 2020

Researchers have found that the Y-chromosome gene that makes mice male is made up of two different DNA parts — not one, as had been previously assumed.


The missing link behind severe cases of COVID-19?

30 September, 2020

More than 10% of healthy people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies that attack the patient's own immune system.


Genetic factors linked to alcohol-induced liver disease

01 September, 2020

An international research team has suggested that the possibility of high-risk drinkers developing alcohol-induced cirrhosis is in part related to genetic factors.


Scientists extend lifespan in roundworms — are humans next?

06 August, 2020

Caenorhabditis elegans enjoyed a boost in its lifespan when researchers tinkered with a couple of proteins involved in monitoring the energy used by its cells.


Embryos could be susceptible to COVID-19

05 August, 2020

Genes that are thought to play a role in how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells have been found to be active in embryos as early as the second week of pregnancy.


Gene therapy could reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients

03 August, 2020

The enzyme p38gamma, when activated, can modify a protein such that it prevents the development of Alzheimer's disease symptoms.


Illumina DNA PCR-Free Library Prep Kit

03 August, 2020

The Illumina DNA PCR-Free Library Prep Kit, for whole genome sequencing, delivers high performance with flexible DNA inputs and sample types while offering genome-wide coverage.


Genetic variant in some women acts as a natural epidural

30 July, 2020

The genetic variant found in women who feel less pain during childbirth leads to a 'defect' in the formation of the switch on the nerve cells.


CRISPR gene editing with higher fidelity

16 July, 2020

Mutating the enzyme at the heart of the CRISPR gene editing system can improve its fidelity, which may prove therapeutically safer than the current system.


Gene editing on demand: fast, precise and activated by light

13 July, 2020

Scientists say they have successfully used light as a trigger to make precise cuts in genomic material rapidly, using a molecular scalpel known as CRISPR.


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