Autism and genetics: It’s complicated

The latest news in autism and genetics, courtesy of Laura Blue writing at Time Healthland: In one of the largest-ever ...
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Human enhancement could turn soldiers into weapons that violate international law

Memory-erasing drugs to ward off PTSD; co-opting the physiology of dolphins and sled-dogs to work all week without sleep few ...

Could a dopamine gene be the key to longer life?

A gene linked to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction might also help you live to be 100. A study ...

Risk genes show up in newborns’ brain scans

Brain scans of newborns show the same brain changes that appear in adults with gene variants linked to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, ...

Personality-influencing gene may be a key to long life

The human genome is like a roadmap for the body, but our understanding of the road signs that point some ...

Gene determines how much of a “reward” people get from booze

One in six U.S. adults binge-drinks four times a month, consuming an average of eight drinks per session, according to ...
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Evolution may contradict ‘dumb jock’ notion

According to a popular stereotype, intellectual achievement and athleticism are inversely linked. Now a controversial view of evolution suggests that ...

Gene therapy extends lives of children with brain disease

Children born with a rare, genetic brain disorder that causes severe atrophy and often leads to death within three years, ...

Restless genes: how the human compulsion to explore is a defining part of human success

What drove us out from Africa and on to the moon and beyond? If an urge to explore rises in us ...

Cells from human urine used to make stem cells

Biologists in China have published a study detailing how they transformed common cells found in human urine into neural stem ...

Drag-and-drop DNA builds cancer-combating drug

A drug has been developed to combat a lethal brain cancer using a drag-and-drop DNA-self assembly technique. A team from Parabon Nanolabs ...

Short DNA strands may be key to understanding human cognition and diseases

Short snippets of DNA found in human brain tissue provide new insight into human cognitive function and risk for developing ...
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Stem cells help paralyzed dog to walk again

Daily MailDogs paralysed by spine damage are able to walk again following pioneering ...Daily MailEarlier tests on paralysed rats showed ...

Brain gene separates humans from apes

An international team of researchers have discovered a new gene that helps explain how humans evolved from apes. Scientists say ...

Mutations that accelerate neural development linked to autism spectrum disorder

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders are marked by mutations that impair signaling between neurons. These ...

Genetic data may be double-edged sword

Another heavyweight addresses the concerns of the burgeoning era of personal medicine: Nancy Andrews, Dean of Medicine at Duke University, ...
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Political correctness alert: Science literacy collapses when male/female genetics are debated

The difficulty in discussing what everyone intuitively knows—males and females are genetically programmed to respond differently, emotionally and intellectually, to ...
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Human brains: Could we transfer the mind to other devices?

There is no reason why the complex information processing at the core of human experience -- consciousness, the mind -- ...
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Why I don’t want to know my genome sequence

PLoS Blogs (blog)Why I Don't Want to Know My Genome SequencePLoS Blogs (blog)The quest to know ourselves by our DNA ...

Humans are at least 8% virus

In the comments below there is a lot of talk about the worry of transferring gene X from organism 1 ...

Genetic studies may predict criminal tendencies

A law professor believes genetic profiling should be used to identify children who are predisposed to violent criminal behaviors. Law ...

Three-parent fertility method could remove gene defects

Biologists in Oregon report they've produced early-stage human embryos with genes from three parents, a new method that some day ...
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Stem cell study may help to unravel how genetic mutation leads to Parkinson’s symptoms

By reprogramming skin cells from Parkinson's disease patients with a known genetic mutation, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological ...
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Stem cell study identifies early issues in Rett syndrome

Neural stem cells from people with Rett syndrome show early signs of dysfunction, according to unpublished research presented at the ...

Human trials using stem cells to treat a genetic nerve disease

Following up on yesterday's post below, another important study was just published in the journal Science Translational Medicine that brings ...

New life for the dead: Stem cells from corpses’ scalps

Death will come for us all one day, but life will not fade from our bodies all at once. After ...
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Stem cells show early promise for rare brain disorder

Four young boys with a rare, fatal brain condition have made it through a dangerous ordeal. Scientists have safely transplanted ...
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Stem cell transplants may show promise for MS

New research suggests that stem cell transplants to treat certain brain and nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosismay be ...