Genetics And Stem Cells

Genetics And Stem Cells

Stem cell cancer treatment leaves man `free` of HIV

"UK patient `free` of HIV after stem cell treatment," reports BBC News.

Doctors report that a man with HIV, who was given a stem cell transplant to treat his blood cancer, has no detectable signs of HIV 18 months after stopping anti-HIV treatment.

The man had

Posted On March 06, 2019
Genetics And Stem Cells

Could some commonly used drugs improve survival from sepsis?

"Common drugs may stop sepsis, say doctors," reports the Times. This is a simplistic take on a complex laboratory study that aimed to better understand why children and adults respond differently to sepsis infection, and that tried to identify potential new drug therapies to treat sepsis.

Sepsis is a rare but

Posted On June 19, 2018
Genetics And Stem Cells

New stem cell treatment may help reverse age-related sight loss

"Doctors hope for blindness cure after restoring patients` sight," reports The Guardian.

Scientists in the UK have reported on the results of pioneering operations in 2 patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of sight loss in older people.

Posted On March 20, 2018
Genetics And Stem Cells

Alcohol causes DNA damage in mice

"Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to the body’s reserve of stem cells," reports The Guardian.

Alcohol is thought to increase the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, throat, liver, bowel and pancreas cancer. It is estimated that around 1 in 25 new cases of cancer are linked to alcohol, t

Posted On January 04, 2018
Genetics And Stem Cells

Gene editing prevents inherited deafness in mice

"Breakthrough for genetic hearing loss as gene editing prevents deafness in mice," reports The Guardian after researchers used a technique to "snip" away a gene mutation that leads to progressive deafness.

While many people assume hearing loss is something mainly associated with ageing, many cases are in fact

Posted On December 21, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer

“Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer,” The Guardian reports after researchers used the new CRIPSR gene editing technique. CRIPSR acts like a set of molecular scissors that can cut out potentially harmful infectious genes.

Despite the difference in size and shape, man

Posted On August 11, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Gene editing used to repair diseased genes in embryos

“Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study,” reports The Guardian. Researchers have used a gene-editing technique to repair faults in DNA that can cause an often-fatal heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

This inherited heart con

Posted On August 03, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Four cups of coffee `not bad for health` suggests review

"Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say. Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports The Sun.

This was based on a review of studies that looked at the effects of caffeine on health. The researchers specifically investigated the effect of

Posted On April 25, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Is red hair gene linked to increased risk of Parkinson`s?

"Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson`s," claims the Mail Online after a study found the gene that makes people with red hair susceptible to skin cancer also increases the risk of brain disease.

But the study didn`t actually look directly at redheads (human ones, anyway). Instead, it used mice to look a

Posted On March 06, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Artificial mouse embryos created

"Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells," reports The Daily Telegraph. This is an extremely premature claim as it is based on a laboratory study using mouse stem cells. Stem cells are cells that have the potential

Posted On March 03, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Does discovery of `severe PMS genes` offer hope of a cure?

"Women who suffer from severe mood swings before their period have a different genetic make-up," The Sun reports.

New research has found a link between a gene complex called ESC/E(Z) and severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Nearly all women of childbearing

Posted On January 04, 2017
Genetics And Stem Cells

Could fertility breakthrough lead to babies with no mothers?

"Fertility breakthrough means babies could be conceived from skin cells – so men can have babies with each other," is the excitable headline in the Daily Mirror.

But the research in the news is at an early stage – and was in mice. Despite reporting to the contrary, the study involved female eggs, not skin cell

Posted On September 15, 2016
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