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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Personalized medicine: Blood tests combined with genome sequencing yield breakthrough therapy

Personalized medicine: Blood tests combined with genome sequencing yield breakthrough therapy

In a remarkable new story, one professor, who sequenced his own genome, found that he was a high risk for ...
Gene find suggests hormone-free male birth control possible within 5 years

Gene find suggests hormone-free male birth control possible within 5 years

Scientists have found a gene that plays an integral part in male fertility, giving researchers hope for the future development ...
Biotech a drug discovery engine

Biotech a drug discovery engine

We sometimes hear about diminishing returns in cancer research and development in the big pharmaceutical companies. They tell us, traditional ...
Radical life extension is already here, but we're doing it wrong

Radical life extension is already here, but we’re doing it wrong

Over the past twenty years, biologists have begun to set their sights on the aging process itself, in part by ...
The biology of political narcissism: Donkey brains vs. Elephant grey matter

The biology of political narcissism: Donkey brains vs. Elephant grey matter

Anti-Republican science writer Chris Mooney stirred a hornets nest of controversy with the publication of his recent book, The Republican ...
FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a groundbreaking trial by the University of Texas Medical School at ...
As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

The cost of mapping a person's full genetic profile has been dropping quickly. Now, doctors are struggling with a new ...
Risk and DNA: In search of the money gene

Risk and DNA: In search of the money gene

What makes someone want to start a business? That was what the young economist Philipp Koellinger was trying to figure ...
Genetics of homosexuality: “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t publish”?

Genetics of homosexuality: “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t publish”?

Critics of homosexuals portray it as a “deviant” lifestyle choice and a violation of God’s will. Some religious conservatives argue ...
Will Gattaca come true?

Will Gattaca come true?

Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically- and raise tricky ethical questions.A scientist ...
Combating depression with green care therapies

Combating depression with green care therapies

One example of a promising but under-studied therapy is "green care" or "care farming," a type of intervention that uses ...
Your genes decide how old you get

Your genes decide how old you get

If your grandparents were able to celebrate their 90th birthday there’s a good chance you might do the same. Our ...
Synthetic DNA is tomorrow's medicine

Synthetic DNA is tomorrow’s medicine

An international team of researchers has created revolutionary proteins that can copy synthetic genetic material – the so-called XNA (Xeno-Nucleic ...
Real "Beautiful Mind"- College dropout became mathematical genius after mugging

Real “Beautiful Mind”- College dropout became mathematical genius after mugging

Jason Padgett, 41, sees complex mathematical formulas everywhere he looks and turns them into stunning, intricate diagrams he can draw ...
Jews are an ancient Middle Eastern 'tribe', genes reveal

Jews are an ancient Middle Eastern ‘tribe’, genes reveal

In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at ...