Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

[Researchers Svante] Pääbo and colleague Hugo Zeberg announced that the major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals… By ...
People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

A new study of thousands of COVID-19 patients has revealed eight genetic sequences that are more common in people who ...
How our genes shape our facial features

How our genes shape our facial features

"The face tells the outside world about your identity, who you are related to, where your ancestors come from and ...
Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Unlike the wildly popular Netflix chess-themed series The Queen’s Gambit, female players have struggled to climb to the top of ...
Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Henk-Jan Guchelaar knows all too well the serious problems that the side-effects of medication can cause. As a professor of clinical pharmacy at the ...
7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

Researchers have already identified DNA errors as the cause of nearly 7,000 diseases. Thankfully, the growing world of genome editing could ...
Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Puzzle solvers by nature, genealogists tie the loose ends of a person’s familial tapestry for answers… It’s an emerging practice ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

Drive for an hour at 65 mph on an interstate alongside other vehicles moving at similar speeds. Then take an exit ...
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Free will vs genetics: How much do our genes shape our actions?

Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our ...
What does it take to run a 2-hour marathon? (It's in the genes, and East Africans have them)

What does it take to run a 2-hour marathon? (It’s in the genes, and East Africans have them)

Elite runners need a specific combination of physiological abilities to have any chance of running a sub-two-hour marathon, new research shows ...
Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Over the past decade, economists, sociologists and psychologists have begun collaborating with geneticists to investigate how genomic differences among human ...
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Cancer breakthrough replacing chemotherapy? Israeli scientists use CRISPR gene editing to snip DNA and kill killer cells

The CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing system allows scientists to make precise alterations to DNA, and gained creators Jennifer Doudna and ...
Many Americans have ‘Native American DNA’. What does that mean?

Many Americans have ‘Native American DNA’. What does that mean?

Whether or not you have “Native American DNA,” it’s important to understand what it means — and doesn’t mean — ...
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30+ genes identified that could protect us from COVID, opening door to gene therapy prevention solutions

The goal was two-fold: to identify the genes that make human cells more resistant to SARS-CoV-2 virus; and test existing ...
Are Sudanese Arabs?

Are Sudanese Arabs?

Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July ...
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Precision medicines addressing unique diseases are poised to become more accessible

Today, companies are developing new models to lower the costs of manufacturing and bring [precision medicine] drugs to more patients ...
Large autism mutation risk does not increase as parents age, study finds

Large autism mutation risk does not increase as parents age, study finds

Spontaneous, or de novo, mutations can occur in a sperm or egg cell, or very early on in an embryo’s ...
Almost 50 years after brutal rape and murder, DNA cracks cold case, suspect commits suicide before conviction

Almost 50 years after brutal rape and murder, DNA cracks cold case, suspect commits suicide before conviction

For 47 years, the case remained cold, with little evidence of who assaulted and murdered [20-year-old Jody] Loomis — until ...
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When it comes to COVID, nurture trumps nature – so far

In the early weeks of the pandemic, as patients overwhelmed New York City hospitals, the clinical characteristics of the most ...
Difficulty falling asleep? The problem might be in your genes

Difficulty falling asleep? The problem might be in your genes

People with [delayed sleep phase disorder] are unable to fall asleep until late at night (often after 2 a.m.) and ...
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Viewpoint: Social science dogma claims gender roles shape human sex differences but most theories as to why fall short

Scholarly debate over the magnitude and origin of human sex differences is seemingly interminable. As one might imagine, the arguments ...
How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

The at-home genetic testing market for health conditions is soaring, and the kits are more affordable than ever. The process ...
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Podcast: Polymerase chain reaction—The ‘transformative’ tool that sparked a genetics revolution

In this episode we’re taking a look at the story and the characters behind one of the most transformative - ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright, and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Podcast: Can we harness the power of germline editing without inviting disaster?

Gene editing has moved rapidly from the lab to real-world applications in medicine, yielding novel treatments for diseases like sickle ...
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DNA A-to-F: Can genes predict if kids will succeed in school?

[Social scientist Ben] Domingue and his colleagues found that [a] polygenic score could help identify which groups of high schoolers ...
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1 in 7 COVID patients have genetic flaws that dramatically increase their vulnerability

[S]cientists baffled by [COVID-19’s] ferocity have wondered whether the body’s vanguard virus fighter, a molecular messenger called type I interferon, ...
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