Genes, infections and immunity
Why can some people stay fit as a fiddle, while other seem to catch every bug that’s going? As you might expect, the answer lies in our genes. Plus, a multitude of mutant mice, the state of gene therapy for epilepsy, and an unseeing gene of the month.
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Why do some people fight off infections easily while others become seriously ill? The answer is in our genes, as Dr Julian Knight explains.
Researchers have published the first results from an ambitious study to knock out, or delete, every gene in mice.
Cancer Research UK scientists have announced an ambitious project to track the evolution of lung cancer in more than 800 patients.
Scientists have discovered that mice carrying a faulty version of a gene called Mrap2 gain weight, while eating the same as normal mice
Researchers studying people in Bangladesh have tracked down genetic regions that affect susceptibility to cholera infection.
Scientists have converted adult cells into stem cells using just a handful of chemicals.
Differences in genetic makeup has a big effect on childhood susceptibility to infections, as Professor Mike Levin explains.
Has the UCL 'gene cure' for seizure disorders been elevated to human trials, yet?
Our gene of the month is Eyeless - a master switch that's used across many different organisms to create eyes.