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Looming storage crisis: Where will we keep all of our DNA data?

Major advances in DNA-sequencing technology and its commercial development have driven down the time and cost of sequencing a human ...
Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

A new report suggests that antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications that can be genetically ...
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Do you really own your own DNA?

Is DNA property? At first glance, the answer would appear to be yes. After all, why would surreptitiously swabbing someone’s DNA ...
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Genetics may help us choose our friends

You may have more in common with your friends than you think, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National ...
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Hope for Huntington’s disease? New therapy shows promise in early trial

Huntington’s has no cure. Over decades biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into developing and testing pharmaceuticals for these ...
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Are ‘incredible genes’ protecting President Trump’s health?

Unless someone swipes one of President Trump’s used forks from the Mar-a-Lago dining room and sends it to 23andMe for ...
Finding meaning in the music of our genes

Finding meaning in the music of our genes

There is a musical pattern to our DNA, and it may help us understand how genes work and pinpoint diseases ...
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Video: Kansas state lawmaker Steve Alford makes racially charged genetics comments, will not resign

A white Kansas lawmaker who suggested at a public forum that blacks were predisposed to abusing drugs resigned from two legislative committee ...
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Depression and epilepsy may share same genetic roots

From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists ...
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Learning what Alzheimer’s does to the brain could lead to personalized treatments

Researchers are learning more about the causes and progression of the disease. This leads them to suggest that new treatment ...
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Breast cancer and BRCA: Mutation doesn’t affect patient survival rate

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found ...
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Why this winter’s flu is wreaking so much havoc

To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza ...
Sex and genetics: We're looking for someone who isn't an exact match of ourselves

Sex and genetics: We’re looking for someone who isn’t an exact match of ourselves

We know that both men and woman are attracted to each other's shapes. But human sexual desire, and partner preference, ...
Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Hormones released into an expectant mother's bloodstream may affect the child's intelligence, mental health and susceptibility to stress, among other ...
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic testing guided what to do next.

Genetics counselor and writer Ricki Lewis explains how a breast cancer diagnosis led her to genetic testing—and why she decided ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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Can a genetic test tell you how to lose weight? 23andMe is trying to find out

23andMe is kicking off a massive study into the genetics of weight loss that the company says will involve 100,000 people crowdsourced ...
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Genetics may explain why some people outperform others even when deprived of sleep

When deprived of sleep, some people are able to cope and respond much better than others. Although scientists have identified genes ...
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Obesity linked to brain cell ‘antenna,’ opening potential treatment pathway

The key to controlling hunger and fighting obesity is in brain cells that produce hormones, according to research. ... Scientists ...
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Perfect workout: Could genetic tests identify your optimal training routine?

A new review examines the potential of genetic testing for creating personalized exercise regimens for physical training and for identifying ...
After 60 years, best friends find out they’re biological half-brothers

After 60 years, best friends find out they’re biological half-brothers

Seventy-four-year-old Walter Macfarlane and 72-year-old Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years. Born in Honolulu, they first ...
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Treating the concussion epidemic: Could spit tests identify those most likely to recover slowly?

A study found that microRNA in the saliva may offer early warning signs about a person's likelihood of recovering quickly ...
Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children 'gaze' and view interactions

Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children ‘gaze’ and view interactions

The way children view both social and nonsocial situations may be determined at least in part by their genes, a ...
Does our genetics 'determine' how 'smart' we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Does our genetics ‘determine’ how ‘smart’ we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and ...
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‘Junk DNA’: Mining our genome’s dark matter for new disease treatments

The term junk DNA was used to describe sequences that that do not code for proteins. Largely ignored by researchers, ...
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Nature and nurture: Environment and genes contribute equally to risk of depression

For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in ...
Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen ...
How drinking alcohol 'snaps' DNA, raising your cancer risk

How drinking alcohol ‘snaps’ DNA, raising your cancer risk

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of cancer by damaging DNA, scientists have discovered for the first time, leading health experts ...