Genetics · 10articles

Genetics is the study of genes, genetic variation, heredity and their association to health in organisms.

Malaria Mosquito

Scientists develop a new CRISPR-based approach to suppress female malaria-spreading mosquitoes

A breakthrough genetic method called Ifegenia holds promise in combating malaria by targeting the female mosquito population. By utilising CRISPR gene-editing technology to disrupt a key female-specific gene, researchers have achieved successful suppression of the deadly malaria vector. This innovative approach offers a controlled and safe means to reduce malaria transmission, potentially saving countless lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
Living in green spaces linked to slower ageing.

Living in green spaces linked to slower ageing

Researchers investigated the relationship between long-term exposure to green spaces and the process of epigenetic ageing, which involves changes in gene expression and cellular characteristics not related to DNA sequence changes. Their results suggest that spending time in green spaces may have a positive impact on the ageing process at a molecular level.
Depiction of a young woman holding her chest due to a heart attack.

Geneticists identify new genes that are associated with heart attack that primarily affect women under the age of 60

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is a specific type of heart attack where a bruise or bleed occurs in the wall of the coronary artery. This leads to cutting off the blood supply to some parts of the heart. As a result, heart attack or myocardial infarction ensues. SCAD is most common in women under the age of 60 and is a leading cause of heart attacks around the time of pregnancy. Now, scientists have identified genes that are associated with SCAD.