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Virus-derived CRISPR systems may be added to the gene-editing toolbox

The CRISPR-Cas9 system revolutionised genome editing approaches. Recent work on the CRISPR gene editing technology won the 2020 Nobel Prize […]

Ancient retrovirus genes play crucial role in brain’s innate immune response

Written by Lauren Robertson, Science Writer. New research has uncovered the role of two specific mouse genes – leftover by […]

Genetics Unzipped Podcast: Face to face – the viruses that made us human

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the monkey in the […]

New ultra-sensitive detection of human papillomavirus (HPV)

Researchers have explored whether a sequencing approach, called HPV-seq, could improve detection of the human papillomavirus in patients with low […]

Retroviruses re-write koala DNA and cause cancer

Examination of retroviruses within the Queensland koala population has revealed how they integrate and rewrite the koala genome, ultimately resulting […]

140,000 Virus species Identified in the Human Gut, Half of Which are New to Science

Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute have identified over 140,000 viral species living in the […]

Coronavirus human challenge trials

The UK Government have announced a £33.6 million investment backing studies in partnership with Imperial College London, hVIVO and the […]

Gene editing approach eliminates herpes simplex virus in vivo

A recent article, published in Nature Communications, has revealed a gene editing approach that can eliminate levels of latent herpes […]

Discovery of UFO proteins – the product of virus-human hybrid genes.

Researchers have shown that a large group of viruses, including influenza viruses and other pathogens, steal host genetic signals to […]

Study finds no evidence SARS-CoV-2 evolved from pangolin coronavirus

Photo credit: Judy Hurd. A new study undertaken by researchers in the US and China has found no evidence that […]