Scientists from the United Kingdom may have identified several more environmental causes for cancer after evaluating the genetic data of over 12,000 cancer patients from National Health Service files.
Scientists on March 31 published the first complete human genome, filling in gaps remaining after previous efforts while offering new promise in the search for clues regarding disease-causing mutations and genetic variation among the world’s 7.9 billion people.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in humans belongs to the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not the University of California, Berkeley.
A new variant of HIV was recently discovered in Europe that is more contagious and more deadly – the virus degrades the immune system into AIDS twice as fast as previous strains.
Pfizer released data from several studies showing that nirmatrelvir, the active main protease inhibitor of the company’s antiviral combination therapy Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir), is effective against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, a study conducted by 23andMe and published in Nature Genetics identified a genetic risk factor tied to the loss of smell from COVID-19.
What is the key to a robust immunity against SARS-CoV-2? According to a study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it could be a previous SARS infection—more specifically, the one that spread across 29 countries between 2002 and 2004—plus vaccination.
A study in Science shed new light on the global epidemic obesity by evaluating nearly 650,000 exomes from the United Kingdom, United States and Mexico and identifying those with strong implications for body mass or obesity.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and AstraZeneca today announced that the companies entered into a collaboration to research, develop and commercialize small molecule compounds directed against the GPR75 target with the potential to treat obesity and related co-morbidities.
Since the 1800s, scientists have pushed governments to overhaul water supply systems for cleaner, safer water to stop the outbreak of waterborne pathogens. Now, researchers are calling for a similar “paradigm shift” in indoor ventilation systems to combat Covid-19 and other airborne pathogens.
A single dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine may not generate a sufficient immune response to protect against dominant new variants, except in people who have already been infected with Covid-19, according to a UK study published on April 30.