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Always catching colds? Blame it on your socioeconomic status

New research says that low socioeconomic status is correlated with shorter telomere length and, interestingly, a higher propensity for getting ...
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Mutations in the brain

Not all genetic mutations are harmful. New research shows that mutations within neurons may be incredibly common, and even sometimes ...
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Scientists invent new technique for DNA repair

Researchers from the Berkeley Lab have invented a new technique for detecting and repairing errors in the genetic code, which ...

Neuron diversity might shape personality and ability

Genomic analyses of single human neurons—either from postmortem brains or those derived in culture—reveal a considerable degree of DNA copy ...

Scientists shrink brain cancer with new gene regulation technology

A new drug from Northwestern University shrinks an incurable form of brain cancer in mice, paving the way for a ...
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Genetic modification may help tobacco find new life as health savior and biofuels source

For decades, tobacco has been maligned as a source of diseases. But in recent years, scientists using genetic modification have ...

Epigenetics may tie diabetes to dementia

Altered genomic regulation of expression of key synaptic proteins may be responsible for the increased risk of dementia seen in ...

Extra gene makes mice manic

Duplication of a single gene — and too much of the corresponding protein in brain cells — causes mice to ...
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Anti-GMO groups target food retailers in fight against GM salmon

Activists against GM salmon are hoping that if they advise enough of their fellow consumers against the product, national grocery ...
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Being a good Samaritan could be influenced by genetics

Everyone knows the biblical parable of the good Samaritan. A new study suggests that a single variation in a specific ...

Gene variant predicts how helpful you are, researcher suggests

People's willingness to help others may be influenced by a gene that affects their level of social anxiety, according to ...
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Engineered mice show jet lag could become a thing of the past

Scientists have discovered a genetic mechanism that regulates the effects of jet lag. While a cure for the disorder is ...
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Diamonds in the junkyard of noncoding DNA? About humped bladdeworts and being human

Genes comprise only about two percent of the human genome. The other 98% is noncoding DNA, often referred to as ...
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Using the Human Genome Project as a model for scientific success

Obama should take a lesson from the Human Genome Project if he wants his ambitious brain-mapping project to succeed ...

Why I love genetics

A few years ago I had a discussion with a friend about our academic backgrounds. She is a neurobiologist by ...

Genetic mutation linked to eating disorders discovered

Although prevalence of eating disorders cannot be tracked precisely, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder together may affect five ...

Wait, could we make a computer out of our DNA?

It's easy to miss the amazing natural computing power of living things. Our brains recognize faces with a facility that ...

Scientist who mapped human genome says we will be able to ‘print’ alien life from Mars

Scientists will soon be able to design and print simple organisms using biological 3D printers says J. Craig Venter, the ...

Gene deletions found in individuals with autism

Using powerful genetic sequencing technology, a team of investigators, led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount ...

Neural stem cells pulled from rat’s brain using magnet

It's like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Researchers have reached inside the brain of a rat and pulled ...

Stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s proves save in primates

In a step that brings stem cells closer to the clinic, researchers in Japan have found that transplanting reprogrammed stem ...

Righteous condemnation of ‘anti-science’ bias won’t change minds of GMO critics

The ABC recently reported that 400 people in the Philippines trampled vitamin-enriched “golden rice” trial crops because of fears to human health ...
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Innovations in neuroscience trigger shifting views in the treatment of mental illness

Innovations in neuroscience are changing the way scientists see the brain, which could lead to more effective treatment of mental ...

The Compatability Gene: A mixing and matching game of life and death

Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that ...

Chronic aggressive behavior in boys: epigenetic sources?

Chronic aggressive behaviour exhibited by some boys from disadvantaged families may be due to epigenetic changes during pregnancy and early ...
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A clearer picture of the mind in real-time brain imaging

Real time brain scans allowed subjects in a recent study to better control brain activity. Researchers hope this will lead ...
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Is creative ability determined by our DNA?

Is creativity something we're born with or something that we learn? New research suggests that a person's creative ability is ...

Gene tied to Down syndrome may suggest way to new therapy

Scientists have identified a gene on the extra chromosome causing Down syndrome that may be responsible for the early aging ...