On April 30th at 13:00 EST the Journal Club will be discussing the recent paper from the Salk Institute. The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showcase a novel CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing therapy that can suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. This treatment provides an important insight into the molecular pathways…

A couple of days ago, news about the first designer babies has shaken the world. A Chinese researcher, Jiankui He, and his team at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China have been recruiting couples in order to create the world’s first babies with artificially increased resilience to HIV. The embryos were modified…

The July edition of the Journal Club saw us taking a look at a recent paper that casts doubt and concern over the use of CRISPR/Cas9 for gene editing. The researchers raised concerns that using it may result in genomic damage, something that was missed by previous researchers working with this powerful gene editing tool….

Two papers authored by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco described the genetic changes that turn harmless moles into malignant melanomas and the experiment they devised to recreate the step-by-step evolution of normal skin cells into cancer cells [1], [2]. Summary ([1]) We elucidated genomic and transcriptomic changes that accompany the evolution of…

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