Can genomics help developing countries face their growing burden of disease?

Can genomics help developing countries face their growing burden of disease?

For low-income countries, establishing health care genomics is expensive and requires infrastructure and skilled human resources that may be lacking ...
Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

New research refutes a 2011 study which raised concerns over the side-effects of induced pluripotent stem cells as a treatment ...
Are we entering the age of $1 million medicine?

Are we entering the age of $1 million medicine?

More than a quarter of the new medicines approved in the United States last year were designated for rare or ...
Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

New research refutes a 2011 study which raised concerns over the side-effects of induced pluripotent stem cells as a treatment ...
Ron Unz on genius, IQ, race and meritocracy

Ron Unz on genius, IQ, race and meritocracy

What is the nature of intelligence and genius? Literally thousands of studies definitively show that DNA plays a dominant role; ...
Bacteria or virus? Your genes can reveal what ails you

Bacteria or virus? Your genes can reveal what ails you

What's giving you the sniffles? Is it a virus or bacteria? Your genes may offer an easy way to check: ...
Harvard scientists sequence entire genome from single cell

Harvard scientists sequence entire genome from single cell

The notion that police can identify a suspect based on the tiniest drop of blood or trace of tissue has ...
Public health genomics: 15 years on

Public health genomics: 15 years on

Genomic research was widely expected to transform medicine, ushering in a new era of personalized healthcare and disease prevention, but ...
Nature creates genetically modified organisms -- including humans

Nature creates genetically modified organisms — including humans

Despite some concerns over the transfer of DNA from one organism to another to create genetically modified crops and animals, ...
Young and carrying a deadly gene: Do you really want to know?

Young and carrying a deadly gene: Do you really want to know?

Most people have a deep intuition that a life lived clear-eyed has inherent value, independent of whether the truth makes ...
Genetic effects on intelligence and society

Genetic effects on intelligence and society

Fewer subjects are more controversial than the study of genetics and its relation to just about every facet of human ...
Gene technology innovations reshaping future of medicine

Gene technology innovations reshaping future of medicine

The ability to map human DNA cheaply and quickly is yielding a torrent of data about the genetic drivers of ...
Evolution may contradict 'dumb jock' notion

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 ...
DNA tests target Native Americans

DNA tests target Native Americans

The Center for Genetics and Society, which takes an ultra-conservative view of genetic screening and genetic technology, takes a one-sided ...
The (epi)genetics of homosexuality

The (epi)genetics of homosexuality

Although scientists have spent the last few decades scouring our genome for a “gay gene,” a new paper suggests it ...
Body builders: Making artificial organs from cells

Body builders: Making artificial organs from cells

Ready-made organs have been a science fiction fantasy for decades. New “bioartificial” organs, made from plastic that’s seeded with stem ...
Scientist uncover clues about the evolution of hands

Scientist uncover clues about the evolution of hands

Fossils show that limbs evolved from fins, and a new study reveals how it may have happened. Spanish scientists injected ...
DNA may be future goldmine for marketers

DNA may be future goldmine for marketers

In the not-too-distant future, marketers might turn to an unexpected source for clues to everything from vacation preferences to buying ...
New business plans for direct-to-consumer gene testing industry

New business plans for direct-to-consumer gene testing industry

Two of the major players in the gene testing industry -- 23andMe and Family Tree DNA -- along with upstart ...
Genetically reprogrammed AIDs virus rescues girl from cancer

Genetically reprogrammed AIDs virus rescues girl from cancer

In the first of its kind experimental treatment, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used a disabled form of the virus that ...
Prenatal diagnosis story shows challenge of genetics reporting

Prenatal diagnosis story shows challenge of genetics reporting

The New England Journal of Medicine reported this week that prenatal diagnosis with gene chips is superior to conventional chromosome ...
UK could miss out on the genomics revolution

UK could miss out on the genomics revolution

The UK has a huge opportunity to lead the world in disease discovery, treatments and cures. But support from the ...
Geneticists and physicists collaborate on a DNA dark matter detector

Geneticists and physicists collaborate on a DNA dark matter detector

DNA may help out in the hunt for dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 25 percent of the ...
Genetic screening: Do you really want to know what might eventually kill you?

Genetic screening: Do you really want to know what might eventually kill you?

Americans spend more than $5 billion annually on genetic testing for everything from Alzheimer's to breast cancer to Huntington's disease, ...
Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Eugenics is attempting a 21st-century comeback. This has a lot of people scared. But it also has a lot of ...
Harvard's Richard Lewontin mangles population genetics review

Harvard’s Richard Lewontin mangles population genetics review

Discover's blogger Razib Khan's dissects Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin's biologically troublesome take-down of two books on "Jewish genetics". Lewontin ...
New eugenics and the question of personal choice

New eugenics and the question of personal choice

Eugenics is back in the headlines. Our ability to examine and manipulate our genes is more advanced than ever. But ...
Human enhancement: Resistance is futile?

Human enhancement: Resistance is futile?

In the next few decades we may well see see technology currently used to aid the sick and disabled -- ...