Viewpoint: We need a conversation about gene editing and eugenics

Viewpoint: We need a conversation about gene editing and eugenics

[Editor's note: Karin Christiansen is head of research at the Centre for Health Technology at the Faculty of Health, VIA ...
Siddhartha Mukherjee: Gene research critical in fight against cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee: Gene research critical in fight against cancer

The human genome is integral to understanding the complex history of human health and disease. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a ...
FDA likely to approve hereditary blindness gene therapy

FDA likely to approve hereditary blindness gene therapy

[A]nother gene therapy is on the cusp of approval, this time to treat a form of hereditary blindness. If given ...
A gene-editing first: Scientists try to edit a living human's DNA

A gene-editing first: Scientists try to edit a living human’s DNA

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change ...
Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

For more than a century, IQ tests have been used to measure IQ. But their use is hotly debated by ...
Veterans' suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Veterans’ suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Though they only compose 8.5% of the U.S. population, veterans make up 18% of all suicides. Complicating matters is that ...
World Anti-Doping Agency says 'no' to gene editing in sports competitions

World Anti-Doping Agency says ‘no’ to gene editing in sports competitions

The battle between sports cheats and testers is poised to enter a whole new arena. The World Anti-Doping Agency has ...
Fighting antibiotic 'superbugs'—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

The successful effort to contain an outbreak of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) at a UK hospital demonstrates the ...
Viewpoint: Consumers with risky genes shouldn't be penalized by insurers

Viewpoint: Consumers with risky genes shouldn’t be penalized by insurers

[P]eople who have genetic tests run the risk of being denied some insurance if the test turns out positive. Such ...
DNA profiles of 500,000 people put online by UK Biobank in massive research effort

DNA profiles of 500,000 people put online by UK Biobank in massive research effort

U.K. Biobank [recruited] 500,000 volunteers for a massive study on the origins of disease. In addition to collecting blood and urine, ...
Personalized health care? Precision medicine finally coming of age

Personalized health care? Precision medicine finally coming of age

Precision medicine means that doctors will use patients’ medical histories, genetic information and relevant research to create a treatment plan ...
How genes affect children's unique views of the world

How genes affect children’s unique views of the world

A new study co-led by Indiana University that tracked the eye movement of twins finds that genetics plays a strong ...
Ethical debates swirl around gene-editing decisions

Ethical debates swirl around gene-editing decisions

[Editor's note: Joselin Linder is the author of the book "The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance ...
Lung cancer progression linked to enzyme that promotes epigenetic changes

Lung cancer progression linked to enzyme that promotes epigenetic changes

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from Nanjing University in China have identified an enzyme that promotes lung ...
Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

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 ...
Viewpoint: There’s no reason to panic over human germline editing

Viewpoint: There’s no reason to panic over human germline editing

[Editor's note: Hank Greely is a professor of law and genetics at Stanford University.] Controversy has raged about editing human ...
Brain autopsy of murderer Aaron Hernandez shows severe CTE damage

Brain autopsy of murderer Aaron Hernandez shows severe CTE damage

For the first time since announcing former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's CTE diagnosis in September, Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann ...
New error-free DNA sequencing method could diagnose rare diseases

New error-free DNA sequencing method could diagnose rare diseases

A virtually error-free new method of DNA sequencing could one day be used to diagnose extremely rare cancers and hereditary ...
FDA lightens up on 'outrageous' direct-to-consumer genetic information ban

FDA lightens up on ‘outrageous’ direct-to-consumer genetic information ban

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) head Scott Gottlieb is reeling in his agency's outrageous four-year ban on direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Under the ...
Naming genetic diseases: There's more to it than you might think

Naming genetic diseases: There’s more to it than you might think

An effort is underway to streamline the way we name genetic diseases, with an emphasis on imparting useful medical information, ...
The quest to make CRISPR gene editing as easy as a smartphone app

The quest to make CRISPR gene editing as easy as a smartphone app

[Biohacker Josiah Zayner] lives and works in Oakland, California, where he's converted a house into a scientific lab. Here, he ...
Can't get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Can’t get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Being apathetic may feel like following the path of least resistance. But studies of apathy in the brain show otherwise ...
Gut microbiome could influence response to cancer treatment

Gut microbiome could influence response to cancer treatment

When [cancer] drugs work, the immune system tramples tumors into oblivion. But they don’t always work—in fact, cancer drugs can ...
Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

People who both travel to and live at high altitudes typically cope with lower oxygen levels by increasing red blood ...
Alcohol addiction: Can we blame our ancient ancestors?

Alcohol addiction: Can we blame our ancient ancestors?

[M]illions of years ago, being able to consume alcohol was likely vital to survival: our ancestors evolved to metabolize booze right around ...
NASA Twins Study finds thousands of epigenetic changes in astronaut Scott Kelly

NASA Twins Study finds thousands of epigenetic changes in astronaut Scott Kelly

When astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a year floating about the International Space Station, he was noticeably different from his ...
Viewpoint: It's time to stop drawing links between mercury and autism

Viewpoint: It’s time to stop drawing links between mercury and autism

[Editor's note: Emily Willingham is a science writer and co-author of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four ...
Will we learn anything from the brain of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock?

Will we learn anything from the brain of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock?

The brain that sat in the skull of the Las Vegas shooter [Stephen Paddock] as he planned out his attack, ...