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Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Next Generation Sequencing Within Biological Tissues – Richie Kohman at the Wyss Institute

Richie Kohman, Synthetic Biology Platform Lead at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering discusses his work on Next Generation Sequencing within biological tissues The Synthetic Biology Platform at the Wyss Institute is innovating the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to study intact biological tissues.  NGS is one of...
plasticity in biology

Constancy & plasticity in biology – the central role of hierarchical causal models

Ute Deichmann of the Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University, explores the role hierarchical causal models have on constancy and plasticity in biology.
clinic, lightbench

Precision medicine: From bench to clinic

Here, we find out about Yourgene Health, a molecular diagnostics company with products and technologies that enable precision medicine in oncology from bench to clinic.
gene therapy field

What are the challenges surrounding gene therapy today?

Dr Jen Vanderhoven, Director, National Horizons Centre, Teesside University, sheds some light on how the gene therapy field can progress in the face of funding challenges and skills shortages.

Scientists identify gene that could protect against severe COVID

A team at Newcastle University have identified a gene, HLA-DRB1*04:01, which could be responsible for individuals who are asymptomatic - suggesting that the gene offers some protection against severe COVID.
foetal development stage

How do environmental factors affect foetal development?

Associate Professor Ken Tachibana, discloses how prenatal ambient fine particle exposure disrupts DNA methylation and subsequent gene expression in the foetal development stage.
techniques of genetic modification

COVID-19 vaccines & genetic modification

Graham Brookes, Agricultural Economist with PG Economics, UK, charts how the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, derived using techniques of genetic modification, highlight ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy.
next generation sequencing

Ground-breaking technology: Next generation sequencing

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechCasting Group, provides a portrait of a ground-breaking technology, next-generation sequencing, starting with a brief snapshot.
restore eyesight, gene therapy

Scientists successfully use gene therapy to restore eyesight 

Scientists in France have partially restored the eyesight of a blind man, using gene therapy - he is now able to identify blurry shapes.
treating genetic diseases

Today’s challenge of treating genetic diseases

Professor Olivier Braissant highlights here, how the challenges of treating genetic diseases can be exemplified by research on creatine transporter deficiency.
CHUV

Research on rare genetic diseases impacting brain development with Prof Olivier Braissant

Professor Olivier Braissant is at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) - he works on rare genetic diseases impacting brain development.
click chemistry, RNA ligation

Application of ‘click chemistry’ ligation techniques to modified DNA and RNA

Professor Afaf El-Sagheer and Professor Tom Brown from the Department of Chemistry, Suez University and Oxford University describe their research, including the application of ‘click chemistry’ conjugation techniques to DNA.
biomedical innovations

Targeted policy support for emerging biomedical innovations

Michael Morrison, Senior Researcher in Social Science at the University of Oxford, illustrates the importance of emerging biomedical innovations in the UK.
COVID in elderly patients, lung

Existing drugs could be used to fight COVID-19 in elderly patients

A research team at MIT have created a machine-learning strategy to identify existing drugs that could be repurposed to fight COVID-19 in elderly patients.
different face shapes, genetic research

Science reveals genetic reasons behind different face shapes

When it comes to the impact of evolution on different face shapes and features, scientists have long been looking to identify the genes involved - now, researchers at University College London believe they have an answer.
microvascular dysfunction, treatment

LRG1: An emerging therapeutic target for the treatment of microvascular dysfunction

John Greenwood PhD and Stephen E. Moss PhD explore the imminent potential of LRG1 as a microvascular dysfunction treatment.
mental health issues, disability

Mental health issues: Parents of children with genetic learning disabilities

New research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that parents caring for disabled children are at risk of mental health issues
uk cancer funding, NCRI

UK cancer funding reaches £700 million for first time

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) released figures today (4 February) showing that NCRI funding has reached £700 million for the first time.
fertility in pigs

Biosciences: Screening for reduced fertility in pigs – bright new ideas

Professor Darren Griffin and Dr Rebecca O’Connor from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences, discuss their work on improving UK pig production and reaching out to South East Asia.
blood test for rare genetic condition, AADC

Researchers use blood test for rare genetic condition

PTC Therapeutics have announced the use of a blood test for the rare genetic condition, aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency.

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