Genomics
Can vaccine resistance be predicted with test samples?
The likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 developing resistance to COVID-19 vaccines currently under development can be determined using repurposed blood and nasal test samples that are already being collected as part of clinical trials, according to Pennsylvania State University researchers. The perspective piece was published in PLOS Biology on November 9. Read More
Gene silencing target identified as possible leukemia treatment
Researchers have identified a molecule that permits growth of cancers such as leukemia by silencing certain host genes. The results, published in Nature Genetics on November 2, challenge the current understanding of epigenetic control during tumor development. Read More
Are SARS-CoV-2 mutations more contagious than the original virus?
The SARS-CoV-2 virus has accumulated genetic mutations that may make it more contagious and more easily spread in metropolitan communities, according to researchers who analyzed over 5,000 COVID-19 patient samples in the Houston area. They published their results in mBio on October 30. Read More
New COVID-19 immunogen could help with early diagnosis
A new assay that detects the unique SARS-CoV-2 orf8 protein in the sera of COVID-19 patients in the early stage of the infection is a strategic step in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published online October 20 in mBio. Read More
New method reclaims resolution of single-cell RNA-seq
A new approach to RNA sequencing can enable scientists to extract 10 times more information from a single cell, including gene expression and subtle differences between healthy and diseased cells. The study, published in Immunity on October 13, reveals the power of the improved Seq-Well method and provides evidence of its efficacy in five inflammatory skin diseases. Read More
Novel nanoparticles deliver genetic therapy to bone marrow
Specialized nanoparticles can be used to deliver small interfering RNA to the bone marrow where they can turn off specific genes in bone-marrow endothelial cells to help treat heart disease or boost stem cell production, according to new research published in Nature Biomedical Research on October 5. Read More
Neanderthal heritage may be a risk factor for COVID-19
A new study shows that a genetic risk factor inherited from Neanderthal heritage is associated with two times greater risk of serious disease and death from COVID-19. The study was published in Nature on September 30. Read More
Science serves society, a crucial concept for gene therapy governance
With a focus on science and society, the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Policy Summit commenced on September 24. The ensuing discussion revealed how far science has advanced in a short period of time, and how the scientific community is rising to the challenge of gaining public buy-in for gene therapy. Read More
SARS-CoV-2 transcriptional patterns provide new insights into infection
New web resources provide insights into cellular genes that are impacted by coronavirus infection in the context of host molecular signaling pathways. These insights have the potential to speed novel drug development efforts in the fight against COVID-19, according to a new paper published in Scientific Data on September 22. Read More
Making CRISPR safer with new enzyme-based prediction tool
A new technique will help scientists choose the best available gene editing option for any given indication, making CRISPR technology safer, cheaper, and more effective. The tool is outlined in a September 7 article in Nature Biotechnology. Read More
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