Huntington's disease

Just Don't Tell Me

According to Slate, some people prefer not to know their genetic risk of certain diseases.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.

The researchers observed that eliminating these microsatellite repeat expansion RNAs in patient cells reversed some hallmark features of the diseases.

Researchers used the approach to develop an assay to detect above-threshold triplet repeats in Huntington's disease, but also highlight a variety of other applications.

Researchers have discovered four new proteins that contribute to disease progression in Huntington's Disease. 

Sequence-level analysis of European Huntington's disease haplotype indicates its long history and suggests potential targets for allele-specific gene-targeting therapies.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: Lassa virus sequencing study, multi-stage genome-wide association study of Huntington's disease, and more.

A study involving more than 4,000 Huntington's disease cases led to variants on chromosomes 15 and 8 with ties to the age at which symptoms appear.

The partners will develop biomarkers for potential use in drug development targeting the disease. 

The deal does not cover Voyager's fledgling effort to use RNAi to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.