Human Genetics Feature

The GLP tackles innovations in human genetics and biotechnology. We highlight the work of our own writers, as well as that of contributors from around the Web. The GLP does not take a position on genetics-related issues; any opinions expressed belong to the authors.

Categories include:

  • CRISPR and gene editing
  • Gene therapy
  • Stem cell research
  • Genetic diseases
  • Synthetic biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Biodrugs (pharmacogenetics)
  • Personal genomics
  • Ancestry and evolution
  • Ethics and regulations
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Transgenic spider silk: About superheroes, medical devices and space elevators

Transgenic spider silk: About superheroes, medical devices and space elevators

Maybe you'd like to be bullet proof like Superman or shoot silk from your body to fling between buildings like ...
Mummy DNA: Ancient Egyptians more Middle Eastern than today's African-mixed population

Mummy DNA: Ancient Egyptians more Middle Eastern than today’s African-mixed population

Scientists have extracted and sequenced DNA from 151 Egyptian mummies with more certainty than ever. They found that ancient Egyptians ...
Are doctors disregarding racial genetic risk factors when treating patients?

Are doctors disregarding racial genetic risk factors when treating patients?

We know that some population groups are at greater risk for developing certain diseases. But a recent study says many ...
HIV fix: Can gene editing work alongside the virus to provide a cure?

HIV fix: Can gene editing work alongside the virus to provide a cure?

HIV is no longer a death sentence in much of the developed world. But effective treatment in developing nations needs ...
Poop doping: No, elite athletes can't improve performance by optimizing gut bacteria

Poop doping: No, elite athletes can’t improve performance by optimizing gut bacteria

The sports, science and mainstream media have circulated a scientist's claim that optimizing gut bacteria is the secret to elite ...
Settling of the Americas: Searching for pieces of the puzzle

Settling of the Americas: Searching for pieces of the puzzle

DNA analysis of two ancient infants adds to evidence that humans stayed on the Bering strait for thousands of years ...
Blood disease that plagued Europe's royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
Pigs as human organ incubators? Pork producers gear up for potential demand

Pigs as human organ incubators? Pork producers gear up for potential demand

The pork industry is watching the potentially lucrative market that could be driven by a surge in demand for pigs ...
Cancer quest: Can we drive down the cost of promising immunotherapy treatments?

Cancer quest: Can we drive down the cost of promising immunotherapy treatments?

The so-called fourth pillar of cancer therapy still has a major drawback - high cost that make gold appear cheap ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Trump isn't affecting human evolution and organic produce isn't helping your sperm

Epigenetics Around the Web: Trump isn’t affecting human evolution and organic produce isn’t helping your sperm

Is Donald Trump adversely affecting human evolution? One professor's opinion shows how the left politicizes science too; Men's Health quotes ...
Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

Space exploration fires the imagination but presents many practical challenges—among them, how humans or organisms chosen to accompany us can ...
Moroccan fossils: New thinking on human evolution shaped by technological advancements

Moroccan fossils: New thinking on human evolution shaped by technological advancements

In recent years, we have witnessed an acceleration of discoveries related to the evolution of humanity. This is due to ...
Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

The hard-to-define and hard-to-diagnose condition continues to baffle researchers searching for its root causes -- and potential treatments ...
Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents' brains?

Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
Modern people making Stone Age tools offers glimpse into evolution of intelligence

Modern people making Stone Age tools offers glimpse into evolution of intelligence

The brain networks we rely on for complex tasks were likely evolving around 1.8 million years ago--allowing our ancestors to ...
Unrelated identical twins? Science of finding your doppelgänger

Unrelated identical twins? Science of finding your doppelgänger

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
Epigenetics Around the Web:  Q&A on hype of epigenetics and health link on Reddit Science 'Ask Me Anything'

Epigenetics Around the Web: Q&A on hype of epigenetics and health link on Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’

Epigenetics Literacy Project's Nicholas Staropoli took to Reddit Science to answer questions and debunk myths about the budding, yet controversial, ...
Can zapping our brains with electricity boost learning?

Can zapping our brains with electricity boost learning?

A new study sheds light on why transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) -- now being tried by do-it-yourselfers -- doesn't ...
Bell Curve redux: Is the science of intelligence too taboo to research?

Bell Curve redux: Is the science of intelligence too taboo to research?

A new study identified genes linked to intelligence while a recent interview of political scientist Charles Murray, co-author of The ...
How to resist health scares: Review of Geoffrey Kabat’s ‘Getting Risk Right’

How to resist health scares: Review of Geoffrey Kabat’s ‘Getting Risk Right’

Public health regulations, particularly as regards to chemicals, are often driven by precautionary fears stirred by sloppy reporting sparked by ...
CRISPR study reporting 'off-target mutations' draws skepticism from other researchers

CRISPR study reporting ‘off-target mutations’ draws skepticism from other researchers

A new study found an alarming number of “off-target mutations” in mice that had their genes edited with CRISPR. But ...
Game of chance: Are most cancers linked to nothing more than bad luck?

Game of chance: Are most cancers linked to nothing more than bad luck?

Two-thirds of the gene mutations that cause cancer are due to random chance, according to a new study. But environmental ...
Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Editor’s Note: On Friday, June 2nd from 1pm–3pm EDT, ELP director Nicholas Staropoli hosted a Reddit-science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) about the hype surrounding ...
Question of intelligence: How much can we attribute to our genes?

Question of intelligence: How much can we attribute to our genes?

A new study offers evidence that intelligence is primarily affected by our genes. But that doesn't mean education, healthy living ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Microbiome boom; and What links Native American repatriations to epigenetics? Nothing

Epigenetics Around the Web: Microbiome boom; and What links Native American repatriations to epigenetics? Nothing

This week’s features: CNN story on UCLA professor botches 'epigenetics and Indians'; and why you shouldn't trust personalized microbiome tests--yet ...
What role might genes play in 'creating' terrorists?

What role might genes play in ‘creating’ terrorists?

As more terrorism sweeps across the globe, scientists begin to look at a biological basis for organized violent behavior ...
Space spores: NASA's struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Space spores: NASA’s struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Bacteria have infiltrated sterile rooms NASA used to build space equipment. Studying what happens to them in outer space could ...
Lose energy after eating broccoli or taking aspirin? Mystery behind salicylate intolerance

Lose energy after eating broccoli or taking aspirin? Mystery behind salicylate intolerance

The rare disorder has proven difficult for doctors to diagnose, but some estimates suggest the condition is more common than ...