Genomics
Control of molecular 'doormen' in fat cells offers potential new obesity treatment
New treatment options for obesity could emerge from a study published in Nature Communications on January 10. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine utilized cellular and molecular approaches to identify pathways to restore the healthy balance of fat cells.  Discuss
Nanoparticles direct 'suicide genes' to treat brain tumors in children
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report a bioengineered nanoparticle that successfully delivers a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice. Details of the nanoparticle treatment were published in the January 2020 edition of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.  Discuss
Scientists validate large-scale CRISPR-Cas9 screens for cancer models
Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, published results of a study in Nature Communications on December 20, which compares consistency among the two largest genetic screen databases of cancer cells lines. The combined data set will help speed the discovery and development of new cancer therapies.  Discuss
Cryo-EM microscopy tool gets an atomic resolution look at "upgraded" CRISPR system
Researchers from Columbia University capture de novo images that reveal unexpected presence transposition proteins that are essential for interactions of CRISPR-like cascade complex. The study was published in Nature on December 18.  Discuss
New CRISPR system efficiently battles antibiotic resistance
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a brand new CRISPR-based gene-drive system that dramatically increases the efficiency of inactivation of genes responsible for antibiotic resistance. The new system is detailed on December 16 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
In vitro CRISPR system allows scientists to detect broad outcomes
As CRISPR technology advances, it is crucial to identify all unintended and potentially harmful changes introduced by gene-editing processes. A new study published in Communications Biology introduces a new system that details broad spectrum outcomes of gene-editing reactions in an unbiased fashion.  Discuss
Modified CRISPR system aims to improve therapies for HIV, sickle cell disease
Researchers from City of Hope have improved the CRISPR-Cas9 system through novel sequence changes to the trans-activating RNA (tracrRNA). The improved tool could help to fast track new therapies for HIV, sickle cell disease and other immune conditions. The results were published in Scientific Reports on November 6.  Discuss
New CRISPR Cas13 system offers powerful antiviral protection
A first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard demonstrates that Cas13, a class 2 CRISPR system, can be used as an antiviral in cultured human cells. The research, published in Molecular Cell on October 10, suggests that the RNA-cutting enzyme can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses.  Discuss
Driven by nanotech and other micro technologies electron microscopy market continues to grow
According to a new report from Strategic Directions International (SDI), the total market for electron microscopy instrumentation was in excess of $2.5 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach nearly $3.4 billion by 2023.  Discuss
Forward-oriented gene therapy improves treatment for sickle cell disease
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new and improved viral vector that is up to 10 times more efficient at incorporating corrective genes into bone marrow stem cells than conventional treatments. The work was published in Nature Communications on October 2, and was supported by the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the NIH.  Discuss
Conferences
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2020
January 25-29
San Diego, California United States
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats
January 28-30
Arlington, Virginia United States
Festival of Genomics 2020
January 29-30
London, Greater London United Kingdom
Medlab Middle East
February 3-6
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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