mitochondrial disease

The US Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to a New York doctor, instructing him to stop marketing mitochondrial transfers, the Associated Press reports.

A pair of new studies evaluated whole-exome sequencing and other genetic tests in children with epilepsy and in other undiagnosed monogenic disease cases.

UK allows licenses for mitochondrial replacement therapy, Reuters reports.

More Babies Ahead

A fertility clinic in Mexico plans to perform additional mitochondrial replacement therapies next year, according to the New Scientist.

Ready for Transfers

Mitochondrial replacement therapy may soon be occurring in the UK, according to the Guardian.

New Baby Boy

New York-based doctors announce the birth of a baby boy whose parents underwent mitochondrial transfer therapy, New Scientist reports.

Courtagen will use its ZiPhyr bioinformatics pipeline to help Astellas develop a predictive model that can be used in early-stage drug development.

The two studies were part of larger project aimed at building a complete map of mitochondrial function and associated proteins. 

The laboratory's clinical gene panel coupled with research-based exome sequencing has boosted diagnostic rates of patients with mitochondrial disorders.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR 'records' past viral infections, and more.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.