ACLU asks Supreme Court to rule on gene patents

ACLU asks Supreme Court to rule on gene patents

The ACLU has petitioned the US Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit Court’s decision that an isolated DNA sequence ...
Anti-genetics NGO slams technique to eliminate hereditary diseases as unethical manipulation

Anti-genetics NGO slams technique to eliminate hereditary diseases as unethical manipulation

The Center for Genetics and Society, which opposes gene modification on ideological grounds, is portraying as unethical a fertility treatment ...
Past and future: Re-examining Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned animal

Past and future: Re-examining Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned animal

Fifteen years ago, scientists in Edinburgh announced to the world an incredible breakthrough: the creation of the first cloned animal--a ...
DNA test for babies speeds diagnosis

DNA test for babies speeds diagnosis

A new technique for quickly analyzing the DNA of newborns zeros in on mutations that can cause disease, demonstrating that ...
Association between obesity and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

Association between obesity and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

It's hardly shocking, but a National Institutes of Health funded study finds that people with a genetic proclivity for obesity ...
Zombie alert? Male DNA found in women's brains might prevent disease

Zombie alert? Male DNA found in women’s brains might prevent disease

Male DNA found in the brains of women appears to have come from male fetuses they carried when pregnant, and ...
In breakthrough, geneticists find 4 distinct types of cancer leading to new treatments

In breakthrough, geneticists find 4 distinct types of cancer leading to new treatments

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of ...
Genomic studies find all humans did not originate in East Africa

Genomic studies find all humans did not originate in East Africa

The largest study of genetic variance across present-day populations in southern Africa suggests that there is no single place in ...
What does the $1000 genome mean for you?

What does the $1000 genome mean for you?

The cost of genome sequencing is starting to sink into the affordable range. Should you save up and get one? ...
Using race in medicine

Using race in medicine

Racial categories are currently ubiquitous in medicine and medical research. How are these categories determined? Is there uniformity from one ...
Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...
Re-evaluating the junk DNA discovery

Re-evaluating the junk DNA discovery

Over the last few days, several interesting blog posts and pieces have cast doubt on those front-page claims that our ...
Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale - but ...
Personal genomics: New drugs target common cancers

Personal genomics: New drugs target common cancers

Tens of thousands of Americans with tumors from certain types of lung cancer have mutations that might be treated by ...
Maverick ethics professor: "It's our duty to have designer babies"

Maverick ethics professor: “It’s our duty to have designer babies”

Julian Savulescu, the Oxford University professor of ethics controversially argues that “breeding better babies” is our human imperative ...
Transhumanism series premiers on web

Transhumanism series premiers on web

A new high-profile digital series H+ portrays a world in the not-so-distant future in which transhumanism has moved from the ...
'Gene switches' in 'junk DNA' control human health

‘Gene switches’ in ‘junk DNA’ control human health

The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that reside in bits of DNA that once ...
Unsung heroes behind those big genomics breakthroughs

Unsung heroes behind those big genomics breakthroughs

Sometimes, when scientific research is done right, it may also be completely invisible to the public, who may never know ...
DNA sleuths cure hospital infections

DNA sleuths cure hospital infections

In one of the nation's most sophisticated hospitals, genome sequencing helped cure a deadly infection that spread through the hospital ...
Public benefits of whole genome sequencing

Public benefits of whole genome sequencing

Rapid advances in genomic sequencing technologies are making the possibility of reliable and affordable whole genome sequencing (WGS) a reality ...
Book written in DNA code

Book written in DNA code

Scientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including ...
Dysfunction at FDA threatens medical genetics industry

Dysfunction at FDA threatens medical genetics industry

According to Jon Entine, after a series of stumbles and scandals, the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to oversee the ...
Golden Rice, set for debut, will be great source of Vitamin A, study shows

Golden Rice, set for debut, will be great source of Vitamin A, study shows

A new study found that Golden Rice is just as good, and even better than supplements and other foods at ...
Synthetic biology: Mutating the meaning of life? Some critics think ‘yes’

Synthetic biology: Mutating the meaning of life? Some critics think ‘yes’

Critics of synthetic biology have long said that the practice should be known as “playing God” and argue that the ...
Newton's Law: If an apple hits you on the head it can rewire your genetic circuitry, creating a savant

Newton’s Law: If an apple hits you on the head it can rewire your genetic circuitry, creating a savant

Getting smacked in the head is no picnic, as most football players, hockey players, and boxers would attest. Debilitating side ...
Behind the hype on stem cells

Behind the hype on stem cells

There's a lot of hype about the potential for stem cells to revolutionise medicine, but the race to innovation shouldn't ...
The DNA Olympics- Jamaicans win sprinting 'genetic lottery'- and why we should all care

The DNA Olympics- Jamaicans win sprinting ‘genetic lottery’- and why we should all care

Jon Entine takes stock of the DNA London Olympics–where, as usual, African-descended athletes swept the running events while whites and ...
Controversy heats up over whether or not modern humans may have mated with Neanderthals

Controversy heats up over whether or not modern humans may have mated with Neanderthals

Over the years, there have been many studies regarding the possibility of whether or not humans and Neanderthals really interbred- ...

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