‘If we identify changes in the disease genes this is important as it might, potentially, be the cause of a genetic disease.’ File photograph: Getty

Scientists have discovered how “disease genes” evolved in vertebrates 500 million years ago, shedding light on human genetic origins and enabling new (...)

Dr Ciaran Lee is based at APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre in University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

Scientists have used a DNA cutting technique to remove a gene responsible for sickle-cell disease (SCD) – a life-threatening blood genetic disorder. (...)