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researchers

In breakthrough, geneticists find 4 distinct types of cancer leading to new treatments

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of ...
green africa

Genomic studies find all humans did not originate in East Africa

The largest study of genetic variance across present-day populations in southern Africa suggests that there is no single place in ...
DNA pretty

What does the $1000 genome mean for you?

The cost of genome sequencing is starting to sink into the affordable range. Should you save up and get one? ...
race and ethnicity

Using race in medicine

Racial categories are currently ubiquitous in medicine and medical research. How are these categories determined? Is there uniformity from one ...
biomimicry

Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...
rainbow DNA

Re-evaluating the junk DNA discovery

Over the last few days, several interesting blog posts and pieces have cast doubt on those front-page claims that our ...
genetic blueprint

Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale - but ...
lungs

Personal genomics: New drugs target common cancers

Tens of thousands of Americans with tumors from certain types of lung cancer have mutations that might be treated by ...
cute baby

Maverick ethics professor: “It’s our duty to have designer babies”

Julian Savulescu, the Oxford University professor of ethics controversially argues that “breeding better babies” is our human imperative ...
Transhuman

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 ...
blue DNA

‘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 ...
scientists

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 ...
magnifying glass

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 ...
WGS

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 ...
books

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 ...
FDA green

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 ...
golden rice

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 ...
petri dish

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 ...
brainsavant

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 ...
breast cancer genes

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 ...
evolution

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- ...
runners

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 ...
Pre natal brain development

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 ...
FamilyTree

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 ...
breast cancer genes

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 ...
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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 ...
DNA Double Helix

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 ...
Mouse

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 ...