Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock

Modified animals could improve sustainable meat production, but safety and ethical issues remain.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: genetics agriculture genetic-engineering

New gene regulation model provides insight into brain development

A well-known protein family binds to many more RNA sequences than previously thought in order to help neurons grow.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics neuroscience development biology data research school-of-science computer-modeling

New model predicts oesophageal cancer eight years early for half of all patients

DNA from tissue biopsies taken from patients with Barrett’s oesophagus – a risk factor for oesophageal cancer – could show which patients are most likely to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: genetics cancer oesophageal-cancer

Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna physics genetics bacteria biology rna research school-of-science

How to use precision medicine to personalize COVID-19 treatment according to the patient's genes

Precision medicine is often touted as the future of medicine. But so far, it hasn't been helpful in the war against COVID-19. Here is how it could be used to tease apart the nuances of the disease.

David Finegold, Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Pitt Public Health, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: genetics covid-19 pandemic sars-cov-2 precision-medicine

Monarchs from east and west fly differently, but still mate

Even though eastern and western monarch butterflies have different styles of migration, they're genetically the same, researchers report.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: genetics conservation butterflies science-and-technology flight

Brain scientists haven't been able to find major differences between women's and men's brains, despite over a century of searching

Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.

Ari Berkowitz, Presidential Professor of Biology; Director, Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology Graduate Program, University of Oklahoma • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: genetics brain genes learning intelligence hippocampus human-brain john-stuart-mill sex-differences brain-regions brain-size

Four-stranded DNA structures found to play role in breast cancer

Four stranded DNA structures – known as G-quadruplexes – have been shown to play a role in certain types of breast cancer for the first time, providing a

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna genetics cancer breast-cancer

Bringing RNA into genomics

ENCODE consortium identifies RNA sequences that are involved in regulating gene expression.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics biology rna research school-of-science

Genetic impact of colonial-era slave trade revealed in DNA study

The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: genetics united-states colonialism slavery

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