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Mosquitoes genetically modified to be resistant to Zika

02 February, 2021

Researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce mosquitoes that are unable to replicate Zika virus and therefore cannot infect humans through biting.


The placebo effect can help cure nausea

22 January, 2021

Scientists have studied the phenomenon of the placebo effect in the context of nausea, and identified specific proteins that correlate with its favourable impact.


Scientists discover new mutations in the 'immunity gene'

19 January, 2021

An infant's odd case of rare encephalitis has led researchers to discover never-before-seen genetic mutations and a technique to examine the gene responsible for immunity.


Three molecular subtypes of Alzheimer's identified

19 January, 2021

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have identified three major molecular subtypes of Alzheimer's disease using data from RNA sequencing.


Large transporter protein may be linked to schizophrenia

14 January, 2021

Researchers have provided evidence that mice with a disrupted ABCA13 protein demonstrate a hallmark behaviour of schizophrenia.


Not-so-identical twins: mutations present days after conception

13 January, 2021

Scientists have found genetic mutations that are present in just one of a pair of identical twins and traced them back to the first days after conception.


What makes viruses so infectious?

11 January, 2021

UK researchers have identified for the first time the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells.


'Off switch' may prevent CRISPR's unwanted genetic changes

08 December, 2020

A new method allows researchers to turn off CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing until it reaches key cell cycle phases where more accurate repairs are likely to happen.


Melbourne Uni and Illumina partner on genomics hub

07 December, 2020

The hub is set to elevate local genomics research and clinical trials to a global scale by establishing three core platforms in clinical genomics, bioinformatics and health economics.


New gene therapy for eye disease developed

02 December, 2020

A new gene therapy approach could one day treat an eye disease that leads to a progressive loss of vision and affects thousands of people across the globe.


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.


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