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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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- ...
New prenatal testing can detect more genetic problems

New prenatal testing can detect more genetic problems

A new method of prenatal testing that can detect more genetic problems in a fetus than ever before could be ...
Human family tree gets another "mysterious" branch: Neanderthal-type species once roamed Africa, DNA shows

Human family tree gets another “mysterious” branch: Neanderthal-type species once roamed Africa, DNA shows

The human family tree just got another — mysterious — branch, an African “sister species” to the heavy-browed Neanderthals that ...
Vast gene study raises hope for colon cancer drugs

Vast gene study raises hope for colon cancer drugs

More than 200 researchers investigating colon cancer tumors have found genetic vulnerabilities that could lead to powerful new treatments. The ...
The future is now: Gene therapy to take flight in Europe

The future is now: Gene therapy to take flight in Europe

After many years of crushed expectations, gene therapy could be close to a victory: a regulatory approval ...
FDA balances costs, patient safety in the biologics and personalized medicine revolution

FDA balances costs, patient safety in the biologics and personalized medicine revolution

Sometimes what you see is not all you get. Whether or not you support healthcare reform, the implementation of any ...
Is Elvis in your children's DNA future? Furor develops over possible use of 'celebrity' genes

Is Elvis in your children’s DNA future? Furor develops over possible use of ‘celebrity’ genes

A British artist’s plan to create a mouse with Elvis Presley’s DNA as part of a larger project to exploit ...
Is IQ in the genes? The PC hypocrisy of intelligence studies.

Is IQ in the genes? The PC hypocrisy of intelligence studies.

In his new book, the brilliant psychologist James Flynn, of Otago University in New Zealand, has revealed that, for the ...
Foods of the future: What you'll be eating in 2035

Foods of the future: What you’ll be eating in 2035

In a new book, The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food, author Josh Schonwald examines how foodies, ...
Are Ethiopians descended from the Queen of Sheba?

Are Ethiopians descended from the Queen of Sheba?

Razib Khan of Discover Magazine’s Gene Expression blog, challenges the facile reporting in a slew of articles based on an ...
New GM apple that won't turn brown stirs concerns from NGOs, conventional growers

New GM apple that won’t turn brown stirs concerns from NGOs, conventional growers

A genetically engineered apple that does not turn brown when sliced or bruised is in development. But it has much ...
Genetic gamble: A new cancer treatment’s tantalizing promise brings heartbreaking ups and downs

Genetic gamble: A new cancer treatment’s tantalizing promise brings heartbreaking ups and downs

Mrs. McDaniel, the 69-year-old wife of a retired corporate executive, had gambled on the ultimate in personalized medicine, an approach ...
The genetic legacy of "Jewish Catholics"

The genetic legacy of “Jewish Catholics”

At the time of the expulsion of 1492, Sephardi Jewry comprised the vast majority of world Jewry, totaling about 400,000 ...
The black is a better athlete?

The black is a better athlete?

Michael Johnson, the 4-time Olympic Gold Medal winning sprinter, is standing by his assertion that black athletes have a "speed ...
Genetic breakthrough could spell end to supermarket tomatoes that taste like mush

Genetic breakthrough could spell end to supermarket tomatoes that taste like mush

A new discovery from partners at UC Davis and Cornell University reveals that the same genes that account for the ...
Can GMOs save us from climate change?

Can GMOs save us from climate change?

Malnutrition and starvation are problems that occur all over the world, primarily in developing countries. In coming years, as climate ...