Genetics

In vitro fertilization illustration

What’s so controversial about the first gene-edited babies? Experts explain

Researcher He Jiankui’s announcement of the first babies with DNA edited as embryos causes concern.

Four photos of hair cells relevant to the experiment

Could a drug prevent hearing loss?

A single gene plays a critical role in noise-induced deafness — but an experimental drug appears to provide protection.

Van Riper sitting at a computer with a doctor

The first genome surgeons

CRISPR opens door to new type of medicine: “genome surgery.”

Red tomatoes on a red table

Sex on the kitchen table

Now that professor Norman Ellstrand has your attention, he’d like to teach you about plant reproduction.

Sugar diagram

Cracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicine

The long sugar chains covering our cells could provide answers to cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

Sunil Gandhi and Mathew Blurton-Jones headshots

Deciphering dementia’s gender gap

UC Irvine researchers win grant to explore why Alzheimer’s affects more women.

Before and after pictures of Hussein

Family travels 7,500 miles to save son’s life with treatment developed at UCLA

Stem cell gene therapy cures baby with life-threatening immune disorder.

UC San Diego pancreatic cancer

New blood test rapidly detects signs of deadly cancer

Pancreatic cancer is often detected too late, but a new diagnostic tool shows promise.

Chewing spectral tarsier

Did your great-great grandpa eat bugs?

A gene for digesting crunchy insects suggests that our common ancestor in the Age of Dinosaurs was an insect eater.

All of Us UC Irvine doctors

Be one in a million: Massive $1.5B precision medicine research effort kicks off

UC Irvine and UC San Diego are state co-leads of an unprecedented project to gather medical data for new cures.

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