University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists announced on Wednesday that they have identified a natural "off switch" for the X chromosome making it possible to explore treatment for Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra X chromosome which results in cognitive impairment.
In a report on a study of the subject posted on the medical school's website, they noted that they are the first to establish the "off switch" for the X chromosome and highlighted that it provides the first clues that the genetic root of Down syndrome can be suppressed in vitro.
"The last decade has seen great advances in efforts to correct single-gene disorders, beginning with cells in vitro and in several cases advancing to in vivo and clinical trials," said lead author Jeanne B. Lawrence, professor of cell & developmental biology. "By contrast, genetic correction of hundreds of genes across an entire extra chromosome has remained outside the realm of possibility. Our hope is that for individuals living with Down syndrome, this proof-of-principal opens up multiple exciting new avenues for studying the disorder now, and brings into the realm of consideration research on the concept of 'chromosome therapy' in the future." more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis is getting ready to host the Answers Mega Conference in Tennessee from July 22 to 25, which he says will present the latest research in creationism from leading scientists.
"At Answers in Genesis, we understand the importance of backing up what we write and lecture about with high-quality scientific and theological research," Ham wrote on Monday.
He also highlighted AiG's Answers Research Journal (ARJ), which collects both scientific and theological research on biblical events such as the great Flood, saying that the papers are reviewed by well-qualified scholars before they are published. more >>
Science itself proves the need for a creator, says biochemist and Christian apologist Fazale Rana, executive vice president of Research and Apologetics at Reasons to Believe.
In an interview with the Christian Post, Rana discussed the achievements of his two debates in May, and his upcoming teaching schedule. He continues to work to put forward "a model supported by scripture that can be subjected to the rigors of scientific testing."
In May, he debated Michael Ruse, Florida State University professor of the Philosophy of Biology, Ethics, and the History and Philosophy of Science. Ruse also testified as a key witness for the 1981 case McLean v. Arkansas, which struck down the Arkansas state law permitting the teaching of "creation science." more >>
The U.K. government has backed a controversial new in vitro fertilization technique which would make it the first country in the world that allows babies to be created from the DNA of three different people.
"This is excellent news for families with mitochondrial disease," said Professor Doug Turnbull, director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University, according to BBC News.
"This will give women who carry these diseased genes more reproductive choice and the opportunity to have children free of mitochondrial disease. I am very grateful to all those who have supported this work." more >>
A Bible that belonged to the famous scientist Albert Einstein was recently auctioned off in New York for a total amount of $68,500.
Bonham's Auction House of New York City held a "Fine Books & Manuscripts" auction Tuesday of certain valuable historical monographs including Einstein's Bible.
In the book, Einstein wrote that the Holy Bible "is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently." more >>
The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill on Monday that would ban the controversial reparative therapy for gay minors.
In a vote of 54 yeas to 14 nays with 7 abstentions, the Assembly approved A-3371, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
"Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years," reads the bill. "A person who is licensed to provide professional counseling … shall not engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age." more >>