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Breakthrough GE potato doesn’t brown or produce potentially carcinogenic compound

Biofortified interviews the man behind a new genetically engineered potato that doesn’t brown when cut or fried nor make acrylamide, ...
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Jason Richwine affair raises prickly policy issues on IQ

The firing of Jason Richwine from the Heritage Foundation for his controversial 2009 thesis on race and IQ reflects poorly ...
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A minimalist genome: Sometimes “junk” DNA really is junk

Whether or not "junk" DNA is actually useful has been a topic of debate. A new paper in Nature examining ...
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What role will genetics play in a biology-based approach to psychiatry?

Calls for a biology-based psychiatry are growing louder, but how will genetics fit into this puzzle? ...
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Head for numbers? Brain anatomy best predictor of math aptitude

Children who are good at math may literally have a brain for numbers. New research indicates that the physical structure ...
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Charlemagne for everyone! Royal DNA all around

Everyone who lived a thousand years ago who has any descendants today is an ancestor of every European ...
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Bad brains: Did my DNA make me do it?

Are perpetrators of violence suffering from a medical condition that demands a public health reaction that might radically alter the ...
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The evolution of prenatal disease

Scientists have begun to tease apart the interactions between evolution, genetics, disease, and pregnancy ...
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Cancers united by common genetic patterns

Evidence grows that cancers are best defined by their genetic fingerprints, not their organ of origin ...
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Could dwarf lemur genomes hold the key to long-distance space travel?

Two species of dwarf lemur hibernate, an unusual trait in primates. By mining the genomes of these species, scientists might ...
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Gene therapy combats heart failure, provides renewed hope for genetic medicine

A new treatment offers hope for patients suffering heart failure, and also for scientists who would like to see gene ...
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Wary development NGOs should reconsider biotechnology

The world of science, technology and engineering might seem, for good reason, miles away from the day-to-day work of most ...
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Public domain Human Genome Project spurred more innovation than proprietary competitor

Does intellectual property drive innovation? Not in the field of genomics, according to a recent study by an MIT economist ...
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DNA Day and the Genetic Revolution

DNA Day is this week! To celebrate, IEEE Spectrum has rounded up several excellent pieces about the genetic breakthroughs that ...
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The definition of ‘marriage’ evolves with culture

Gay marriage exemplifies a profound part of human nature: our capacity for cultural evolution ...
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New Canadian bill would prevent genetic discrimination

Canada's liberals are calling for restrictions on how insurance companies can use genetic information ...
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Happy birthday, Human Genome

In the 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, genetic science has moved forward in leaps and ...
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The great gay showdown: Genes vs. germs

Ron Unz, former businessman and conservative political activist, blasts through two rival explanations for homosexuality: the Gay Gene hypothesis and ...
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Forget genetic privacy—DNA should be open-source

No one’s DNA has ever been private, writes Pop Sci’s Erin Biba—we spray it everywhere when our skin cells slough ...
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Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital report a medical first: lab-grown kidneys successfully transplanted into rats, where they functioned properly -- ...
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The future of gene patenting

Are human genes patentable? The question is becoming less relevant as biotech patents move more toward completely synthetic genes and ...
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Economic recession can effect your genes

New insights into how genes are triggered in times of stress suggest that we should be paying attention to the ...
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Rare mutation could lead to the next blockbuster cholesterol drug

Mutations in a gene called PCSK9 give African Americans extremely low ‘bad cholesterol’ and a 90 percent reduced risk of ...
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IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies at age 87

Robert Edwards, whose pioneering in vitro fertilization research led to the first test tube baby and has since brought millions ...
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Why care about human evolution?

The study of human evolution allows us to “to discover more profound implications about ourselves and our essential natures”, writes ...
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Genetic ancestry testing is not ‘astrology’

In calling DNA-based ancestry tests 'astrology,' geneticist Mark Thomas wrongfully overlooks legitimate, peer-reviewed research ...
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Genetic engineering joins the fight to save wildlife

Conservation workers will this week seek help from an unlikely set of allies. They will ask researchers working on synthetic ...
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What the new ACMG guidelines really mean

Do patients have a right to not know what's written in their genes? The DNA Exchange explains doctors' new genetic ...