thalassemia

A CRISPR Go

US companies have begun recruiting for a CRISPR-based gene-editing trial to treat β-thalassemia, Stat News reports.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

The researchers reported correcting beta thalassemia in a mouse model via a gene editing method delivered by an intravenous injection.

The test uses multicolor high-resolution melt analysis to detect mutations that lead to a potentially fatal blood disorder particularly common in Asian populations.

The center, based in China, will focus on developing products targeting genetic conditions common in Asian populations. 

The group is testing its 42-gene panel on 1,100 individuals, and says it could be better at identifying population-specific variants than current blood typing methods. 

By Adam Bonislawski
Scientists at King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have launched SpotOn Clinical Diagnostics, a firm specializing in mass spec-based diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders.

Scientists from China's Xiamen University and a startup company called Xiamen Zeesan Biotech have submitted the test to Chinese regulatory officials for approval as a widespread prenatal diagnostic and screening tool for β-thalassemia.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.