Skin cancer, or melanomas are caused by over exposure to sunlight, in particular ultraviolet light. How this happens is complex and is still something of a mystery. But researchers have just identified a gene variant that increases the risk of malignant melanoma.
There has been a major advance in our understanding of the genetic basis of one of the most common forms of leukaemia. For the first time scientists have showed a genetic susceptibility to developing Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia or CLL, research which could one day benefit people with leukaemia.
They give us everything, and without them we’d be nothing. Understanding how our genes work is giving us unprecedented powers to shape our own destinies. Our knowledge is increasing rapidly all the time. Human genetics, plant genetics and more, follow our history of genetics timeline.
Some believe that it’s a chance to be reunited with their dead pets. To others this kind of genetic manipulation is an abomination. A South Korean company has created the world’s first commercially cloned dog. This article looks at the science, controversy and ethics surrounding pet cloning.
There’s a big buzz in biology about a group of proteins called zinc finger nucleases. A pretty exotic name for sure, but potentially they have the power to boost gene therapy success rates, and cure some pretty nasty diseases and genetic disorders.
Biotechnology is a huge influence for a positive future because it plays a key role in the preservation, conservation and quality production that can enhance and improve the quality of life for all living organisms.
Creating biopharmaceuticals or “red” biotechnology applications is a long and expensive process that occurs in order to introduce a new drug into the market.
Biotechnology has many uses and applications in the medical and health care industries and continues to provide improvements in the field.