Why “playing God” could help the human race

The following is an excerpt. Despite the frequently encountered argument that scientists are ‘playing God’ with nature, the pros of ...

Vatican gets behind adult stem cell research

The following is an excerpt. Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing ...

In vitro eugenics

Abstract A series of recent scientific results suggest that, in the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to create viable ...

Genetically modified rat is promising model for Alzheimer’s

The following is an excerpt. A rat with some human genes could provide a better way to test Alzheimer's drugs ...

DNA data war reaches Supreme Court

The following is an excerpt. About 9 months ago – the DNA Spit Kit from 23andMe was $299. From their website today – ...

Childhood obesity is a product of environment, not genetics

The following is an excerpt. New evidence is confirming that the environment kids live in has a greater impact than ...

Genetics at the borders of mental illness

The following is an excerpt. A growing body of evidence suggests that this divide is both unhelpful and misleading because ...

Couch potatoes are genetically lazy

The following is an excerpt. Certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to exercise and ...

Genetic ‘kill switch’ eradicates female silkworms for a better crop

The following is an excerpt. The technology used to kill off the female mosquitoes that spread tropical diseases has been ...

10 unusual genetic mutations in humans

The following is an excerpt. No two people are alike, due to the subtly different ways our genomes are expressed ...

Students explore their genetic futures in college course

The following is an excerpt. A controversial School of Medicine course has given hundreds of students the opportunity to learn ...

Der Spiegel profiles leading stem cell scientist Robert Lanza

The following is an excerpt. Ethical worries have slowed medical research into applications for stem cells. But scientists like Robert ...

Editorial: Stem cell agency finally addresses potential for conflicts

The following is an excerpt. Politics is the art of the possible. Jonathan Thomas, who chairs the oversight committee for California's stem ...

Food labels don’t tell what’s in the genes

The following is an excerpt. Josephine Burriesci already reads food labels and tries to avoid ingredients she can’t pronounce. But ...
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Are we on the cusp of a bio-industrial revolution?

Imagine a biosynthetic hardware store, where researchers can cherry-pick exactly the correct parts to build whatever they’d like. Just as ...

Golden rice and the necessity of genetically engineered crops

The following is an excerpt. Fourteen years ago, scientists developed a genetically engineered version of rice that would promote the ...

A developing world strategy for personalized medicine

The following is an excerpt. Because of its technology intensive platform, personalized medicine is seen as solely benefiting the populations ...

Sleep, the other gene therapy

The following is an excerpt. We've mentioned before that lack of sleep increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, ...

Brain-building gene plays key role in gut repair

The following is an excerpt. A gene with a colorful name – mindbomb 1 – plays a key role far ...
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How to genetically engineer humans, safely

In a post for Project Syndicate, biomedical ethics professor Maxwell Mehlman outlines the challenges of safely genetically engineering humans. Among ...

Ugandan farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

The following is an excerpt. The legalisation of biotechnology is not to outlaw organic farming, which is to sustain soil ...

Sequestration hits front-line genetics research

The following is an edited excerpt. Of all the blinkered buzz-saw cuts in this year’s $85 billion spending sequestration, perhaps ...
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What the new ACMG guidelines really mean

Do patients have a right to not know what's written in their genes? The DNA Exchange explains doctors' new genetic ...
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Should human genes be patented?

As the cost of genome sequencing plummets, we move closer to an era of personalized medicine, in which an individual’s ...

Gene therapy for sensory disorders

The following is an excerpt. Sensory disorders can have a profound effect on health and quality of life—but gene therapy ...

Who decides what patients need to know?

The following is an excerpt. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) released a report on "incidental findings" in genetic ...

Unproven stem-cell treatment given green light

The following is an edited excerpt. A combination of patient-derived stem cells, which have no publication record of efficacy, can ...

Genetic information: No choice for you

The following is an edited excerpt. The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) has recently published recommendations for reporting incidental findings (IFs) in clinical ...