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Bread Wheat Genome Sequenced

Growing wheat

An international collaboration published a complete, annotated genomic sequencing of wheat used in making bread, a widely grown staple crop and major source of nutrition worldwide. . . . → Read More: Bread Wheat Genome Sequenced

Genomic Sequencing for Newborns Studied in Clinical Trial

Newborn

A group of newborn infants with genetic disorders that went undetected in standard testing will receive genomic sequencing in a clinical study of its safety and feasibility. . . . → Read More: Genomic Sequencing for Newborns Studied in Clinical Trial

FDA Approves RNA-Interference Nerve Disease Therapy

Onpattro

A treatment that silences the actions of RNA and reverses damage to nerves from a rare inherited neurological disease was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: FDA Approves RNA-Interference Nerve Disease Therapy

Allergan Licensing Crispr for Inherited Eye Disease

Editing DNA

Drug maker Allergan is acquiring the rights from Editas Medicine to develop an application of the genome-editing technology Crispr for the inherited eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis type 10. . . . → Read More: Allergan Licensing Crispr for Inherited Eye Disease

Precision Medicine Technique Devised for Brain Tumors

Brain tumor graphic

A process for quickly determining genetic mutations behind brain tumors and delivering a treatment addressing those mutations is shown to extend the survival of lab mice induced with those tumors. . . . → Read More: Precision Medicine Technique Devised for Brain Tumors

Genetic Testing Shown to Improve IVF Success [Updated]

Pregnant woman

A recently published study shows a genetic test for abnormal number of chromosomes conducted with women seeking to become pregnant helps improve their chances for in-vitro fertilization success. . . . → Read More: Genetic Testing Shown to Improve IVF Success [Updated]

Engineered Bacteria Studied for Rare Inherited Skin Disorder

f Staphylococcus epidermidis

A biotechnology company and research lab are evaluating a modified skin bacteria as a treatment for Netherton syndrome, a rare inherited skin disease affecting mainly infants and young children. . . . → Read More: Engineered Bacteria Studied for Rare Inherited Skin Disorder

Experimental Drug Extends Survival, Reverses Inherited ALS Damage

ALS patient in clinical trial

An experimental drug designed to silence a protein associated with inherited forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is shown in tests with lab rodents to extend survival and reverse some neuromuscular damage. . . . → Read More: Experimental Drug Extends Survival, Reverses Inherited ALS Damage

GSK, 23andMe Ink Precision Meds Discovery Deal

Saliva sample kit

Consumer genetics company 23andMe signed a 4-year agreement to help drug maker GlaxoSmithKline find more precise drug targets and recruit clinical trial participants likely to respond to treatments. . . . → Read More: GSK, 23andMe Ink Precision Meds Discovery Deal

NSF, Industry Group Fund Bio-Based Semiconductor R&D

Biocircuits illustration

A research consortium in the semiconductor industry and National Science Foundation are supporting a series of projects investigating interactions between biology and circuits for data transfer and storage. . . . → Read More: NSF, Industry Group Fund Bio-Based Semiconductor R&D