expert reaction to report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on direct-to-consumer genomic testing

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published its Direct-to-consumer genomic testing report, urging government to seize opportunities and address risks posed by the increasing availability and scope of consumer genomic testing.   Prof Moin Saleem, Professor of Paediatric Renal Medicine, University of Bristol, said: “This is timely,…

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Inflammation as a core feature in people with depression

Researchers from King’s College London have studied data from the UK Biobank from over 86,000 participants, looking at information on mental health, markers of inflammation, environment, lifestyle behaviours, physical health and genetic links to specific diseases. This gave them the opportunity to investigate in detail, the relationship between inflammation and…

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expert reaction to study looking at inflammation in patients with depression

A study published in American Journal of Psychiatry looks at inflammation in patients with depression, using data from the UK Biobank. This Roundup accompanied an SMC Briefing.   Prof David Curtis, Honorary Professor, UCL Genetics Institute, said: “It is already well known that depression and physical ill health, including measures…

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expert reaction to creating human blastocyst-like structures in a dish

Two studies published in Nature report two different methods to produce human blastocyst-like structures in the lab.   Dr Teresa Rayon, Postdoctoral Training Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute, said: “The blastocyst is the first embryonic stage where embryonic and extraembryonic cell types are readily detectable during development. Defects at the…

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expert reaction to a paper suggesting that gene drives could be used to help control grey squirrel numbers in the UK

A paper published in Scientific Reports looks at a novel combination of CRISPR‑based gene drives to control invasive grey squirrel in the UK.   Prof Luke Alphey, Group Leader in Arthropod Genetics, The Pirbright Institute, said: “This study assesses the prospects for using a gene drive to control invasive grey squirrels…

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expert reaction to Defra consultation on gene editing

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have published a consultation today on gene editing.   Prof Nick Talbot FRS, Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, said: “I welcome the DEFRA consultation. Gene editing provides the opportunity to carry out precision plant breeding and thereby harness the extraordinary biodiversity…

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expert reaction to study looking into genetic mechanisms of critical illness with COVID-19

A study published in Nature looks at genetic variants linked to the development of life-threatening illness in patients with COVID-19. This Roundup accompanied an SMC Briefing.   Dr David Strain, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter and chair of the British Medical Association’s Medical Academic Staff Committee, said: “This is…

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Genetic links to critical illness caused by COVID-19 identified

Researchers have studied 2,244 critically ill patients with COVID-19, comparing their genetic make up to a control group, to see if any genetic sequences were more common in those who got very sick. They then looked at how these sequences relate to the genes involved in the biological mechanisms that…

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Genetic links to critical illness caused by COVID-19 identified

Researchers have studied 2,244 critically ill patients with COVID-19, comparing their genetic make up to a control group, to see if any genetic sequences were more common in those who got very sick. They then looked at how these sequences relate to the genes involved in the biological mechanisms that…

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gene-edited livestock ‘surrogate sires’ successfully made fertile

Improving livestock to boost food production for a growing global population is a long-standing aim. For the first time, scientists have created animals that can serve as viable ‘surrogate sires’, male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals. The researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 to produce mice,…

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