Molecular Pathology & Genomics

Bat swarming and immunity

Bats carry some of the deadliest zoonotic diseases that can infect both humans and animals, such as Ebola and COVID-19.

Fibroblast cells and pancreatic cancer growth

Older people may be at greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer and have poorer prognoses because of age-related changes in cells in the pancreas called fibroblasts, it is claimed.

Pores for thought

A team from Nottingham looks at intraoperative molecular diagnosis of brain tumours using nanopore sequencing.

Activating genes using CRISPR technology

There are over 7000 different rare genetic diseases, and often it can be a significant challenge and take a long time to receive a correct diagnosis.

The search for genes that cause diseases

A new statistical tool developed by researchers at the University of Chicago improves the ability to find genetic variants that cause disease.

Figuring out the threats: Problem-solving with genomics

As the COVID-19 enquiry continues to unpick the tangled threads of the pandemic response, little has been said about one of the most effective weapons against the SARS-Cov-2 virus – pathogen genomics.

Breast cancer cells’ self-sacrifice is potential cause of relapse

For patients with early-stage breast cancer, there is a 7% to 11% chance of relapse within five years after receiving initial treatment.

How cancer cells use competition to evade the body’s defences

A Japanese team of scientists has examined the effects of the accumulation of stepwise gene mutations on cell competition and investigated its role in the cancer formation process.

Concurrent dna and RNA sequencing testing

Research indicates adding RNA sequencing to germline genetic testing could improve accuracy and clinical sensitivity, compared to DNA sequencing alone.

Lipoproteins in the central nervous system

US scientists have created a method to detect lipoproteins in the central nervous system that they claim could give new insights into the workings of the brain.