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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic testing plagued by inaccuracies that can be misleading, or even harmful

Polygenic risk scores currently account for only a small proportion of your total genetic risk ...
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How animal memories can be harnessed in the quest to treat Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's trials are notoriously disappointing. The discovery that rats have episodic memory means researchers can test drugs before they move ...
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No ‘gay gene’: Massive study finds no specific genetic predictors for sexual behavior, preferences

The once-prevailing concept of a “gay gene” dictating sexual orientation has been put to rest in a powerhouse study ...
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We can identify ‘bad’ genes. Why can’t we use CRISPR gene editing to get rid of them?

Gene therapy 2.0 using CRISPR to knock out harmful genes sounds is a great idea--if and when it works. But ...
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Podcast: Overlooked women in science, Huntington’s disease and witch trials. The best of Genetics Unzipped

Kat Arney selects her favourite stories from the first 20 episodes of the Genetics Unzipped podcast ...
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Viewpoint: False equivalency: When journalism’s quest for balance goes awry—science says climate change, vaccines have only one side

On matters of science, a well‐meaning desire to present all views equally can be a Trojan horse for damaging falsehoods ...
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How ‘alien genetics’ would change our understanding of life, biology and evolution

While we await our first contact with alien life, scientists investigate possible scenarios for extraterrestrial biology ...
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How our bodies protect cancer and why this could be key to better chemotherapy treatments

Tumors resist chemotherapy with help from a surprising source: nearby normal cells. Researchers are developing workarounds ...
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Game of chance: What role does pure ‘bad luck’ play in developing cancer?

Two-thirds of the gene mutations that cause cancer are due to random chance, according to a new study. But environmental ...
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Are we reaching the limits of human life expectancy?

With life expectancies steadily rising in most countries, high quality care is essential for aging populations ...
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Viewpoint: Plants could give us new treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases if we had better ‘pharming’ regulations

Study suggests that proteins could be obtained from genetically engineered tobacco plants at 1/1,000th the cost of current methods ...
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‘We simply don’t yet know enough’: International commission urges caution with human germline editing

Using CRISPR in a heritable way raises the stakes exponentially ...
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We’re unlikely to cure Alzheimer’s with CRISPR. But the gene-editing tool could play a crucial role.

Nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease without solid treatment options ...
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Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
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Podcast: Has sickle cell disease met its match in CRISPR gene editing?

Dr. Brenda Eustace, director of discovery research at Vertex, joins plant geneticist Kevin Folta to discuss this promising treatment ...
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Viewpoint: Why science hasn’t given us a cure for cancer: We’re still ‘trying to understand it’

Each permutation of cancer requires a different approach, therapy, or method of management ...
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How a one-time CRISPR shot could obliterate lower back pain

CRISPR may be able to block back pain by dampening the immune system’s cytokine signals ...
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Why this attempt to cure an inherited form of blindness with CRISPR is so important

The time has come to see if the promises of CRISPR as a therapeutic tool hold true ...
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Tired all the time? Searching for genetic links 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 ...
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We have a marijuana shortage. Bioengineered yeast could solve that problem.

Yeast are the linchpin of the beer and wine markets. So why not marijuana? ...
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Glimpse into the future? 2029 ‘press release’ touts services for designer babies

In the future, parents may have the option to genetically engineer their children, and now is the time to discuss ...
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DNA, fruit flies and the quest to treat cancer with precision medicine

"Cancer therapy is becoming customized to each patient." ...
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Probiotics may help humans stay healthy. Could they benefit other animals, too?

Researchers eye microbes as a tool for fighting disease epidemics in bats, frogs, corals and more ...
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Creating Superman (and woman): Who benefits from human enhancement?

Using genetic modification, nanotechnology, bionics, reconstructive surgery, hormones, drugs or any combination of these approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ...
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Cure for AIDS/HIV? Temper expectations.

As we seek an outright cure for HIV/AIDS, our hope should be grounded in reality ...
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‘Why did I get cancer?’ We can do more to alleviate ‘angst, guilt’ accompanying a diagnosis

More time spent explaining the biology of cancer to patients can help alleviate angst and guilt.  ...
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Werner syndrome and the curious case of the Japanese man who is aging too fast

Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, which causes his body to age at super speed. This condition is teaching us more ...