Genetic Mutation Current Affairs - 2020

New COVID-19 strain with 10-times more infection rate detected in Malaysia

Malaysia has recently detected a new COVID-19 strain that is 10 times more infectious. The mutation of the virus is called DG14G. Highlights According to the Malaysian Government, the mutation was found in at least three of the 45 case. Also, it started from a restaurant owner who had returned from India. The Government also Read More…

GBRC scientists find three new mutations of COVID-19

On April 17, 2020, the scientists at Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) have found three new mutations of COVID-19 virus. With this, GBRC becomes the first government laboratory in the country to sequence whole genome of COVID-19. Highlights There are six mutations of the virus that have been found so far. The scientists at GBRC Read More…

Mutation and Pangolins main source of COVID-19

According to a research published in the journal “Pathogen”, virus jumped to humans from Pangolins. Also, mutation was the main reason for the virus to target human cells so easily and hence leads to fast spread of the virus. Highlights The study has found that the virus has jumped to humans from Pangolins. Pangolins are Read More…

Scientists successfully use CRISPR to fix a genetic mutation causing Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy disease

Scientists for the first time have successfully repaired a genetic mutation in human embryos by using a gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9. It has freed embryos of faulty DNA that causes deadly hereditary heart disease. It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. Key Facts Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, Read More…