Monthly Archives: October 2005

Batten’s Disease

A 3-year old girl from London has become only the 8th person in the world to receive gene therapy for Batten’s Disease. The procedure involves having replacement genes injected directly into the brain via holes drilled in the skull. Batten’s … Continue reading

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Genetic dyslexia

Around 20% of dyslexia might be due to a faulty gene. People with a fault in DCDC2 find it harder to read. There are other genes that are associated with dyslexia, such as ROBO1. BBC News

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Eat your greens

For some people, eating cabbages and related vegetables will reduce their risk of lung cancer. Around 10% of the population have inactive copies of both GSTM1 and GSTT1 genes, and it is these people who benefit most. BBC News

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HapMap – The next stage in the Human Genome story.

More than 200 researchers across the world have now completed the study of 269 different human genomes. They have been identifying all the tiny differences, and this has allowed the creation of a new map of the human genome which … Continue reading

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The early stages of fertilisation.

A gene has been identified that is involved in the critical early stages of fertilisation that take place once a sperm has entered an egg cell. The research carried out at Bath University and in France, studied the HIRA gene … Continue reading


Gene may be the reason why mosquitoes don’t get malaria.

When a mosquito draws blood from a human with malaria, it also becomes infected with the parasite. However, researchers believe that the flies don’t get sick because they carry a gene (SPNR6) which helps protect them. Finding a way to … Continue reading

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IVF defects

Three US studies have reported that eggs used in IVF treatments often contain genetic faults. This has lead to calls for all embryos used in IVF to be tested. BBC News

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International stem cell bank open

Scientists from around the world will now be able to order stem cells from a single source, based in South Korea. Like a financial bank, there will be branches in different countries, with one due to open in the UK. … Continue reading

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Stem cell harvesting

US scientists have developed a way of removing stem cells from mice embryos without damaging the embryos. The hope is that a similar technique could be developed with human embryos. BBC News

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Tourette’s link

US scientists have discovered a genetic link that might be the cause of Tourette’s Syndrome in about 1% of patients. This follows on from another American study earlier this year, which suggested that a throat infection might result in an … Continue reading

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