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Does success in college involve having the right genes?

Recent attempts to link genetics to academic achievement are weak at best, and the media has been overstating the case ...
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Gene patent ruling: Cause for celebration and criticism

The US Supreme Court rule against "natural" gene patents was hailed as a victory for patients everywhere. But closer inspection ...
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Police DNA databases grow in wake of Supreme Court ruling

A growing number of local law enforcement agencies across the country have moved into what had previously been the domain ...
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Supreme court limits gene patents in mixed ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has restricted the ability of companies to patent human genetic sequences ...

Persistant RNA linked to mental disorders

The following is an excerpt. How do the faulty brain circuits involved in mental disorders such as autism or retardation ...
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Scientists identify mutations associated with intelligence for first time

In the first study of its kind that has generated a reproducible result, researchers report on ten variations in DNA ...

Genetic testing to predict risk of tooth loss

The following is an edited excerpt.  In a new study published online in the Journal of Dental Research, Dr. William Giannobile, ...
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Geneticists push for global data-sharing

69 institutions in 13 countries are working to enable the free flow of information in genomic medicine ...
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The complexity of cancer genetics

To develop cancer-specific drugs, we need to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells -- but it’s not so easy ...
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The genetic fountain of youth?

Nir Barzilai at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has spent more than twenty years trying to pinpoint the genes ...

Anti-malaria vaccine developed in Japan

The following is an edited excerpt. A team of Japanese researchers say they have developed a vaccine that cuts the ...
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Centenarian genetics: The search for longevity-enhancing biotech

People who live past age 100 develop diseases at much later ages than the rest of us. Scientists are working ...

Gene delivery via magnetic nanoparticles

The following is an excerpt. Stent angioplasty saves lives, but there often are side effects and complications related to the ...

Angelina Jolie inadvertently highlights key question of gene patents

The following is an excerpt. Angelina Jolie's recent double mastectomy was obviously a very radical decision. It is unusual for ...

Fetal programming: Mom’s weight changes baby’s genes

The following is an excerpt. Of the many powers mothers wield, few are more extraordinary than the power to nudge ...

California: Conflicts come to light at stem cell institute

The following is an excerpt. With a new chairman, Jonathan Thomas, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine claims it has turned a page. Thomas ...
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Synthetic blood: First human trials to take place in Scotland

Researchers in Scotland have received the go-ahead to set up a facility to manufacture synthetic blood from stem cells, bringing ...
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Angelina Jolie fallout: Should counseling be required with DNA screenings?

Angelina Jolie's very public decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer has kicked off a debate about ...

Genome sequencing should be universal, benefitting all

The following is an excerpt. The promise of personalized medicine with genome sequencing might soon imbue humanity with terrific powers ...

The curious case of human gene patents

The following is an excerpt. Critics who think the U.S. Patent Office has been too liberal in awarding protection for ...
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Personal genomics and accidental paternity tests

What happens when your 23andMe results reveal that your brother is your uncle and your father isn't your father? ...
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10,000 hours may gain you little if you have no talent

The following is an excerpt. A few years ago Malcolm Gladwell made the “10,000 hour rule” famous in his book Outliers. In practice (e.g., discussions ...

Authors urge importance of patients’ rights in genome sequencing

Upcoming paper in ‘Science’ pushes back against recent recommendations from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. (News-medical) ...

Body clock genes linked to depression

Genes believed to regulate sleep rhythm are expressed abnormally in people with major depressive disorders, scientists say ...

Stem-cell treatment restores sight to blind man

The following is an excerpt. An experimental stem-cell treatment has restored the sight of a man blinded by the degeneration ...
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Angelina Jolie’s cancer decision highlights row over genetic technology

The following is an excerpt. Angelina Jolie's decision to speak out about her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy ...

Stem cell tech may help mitochondrial disease

The following is an excerpt of a longer story. Last week's big news about production of genetically matched human embryonic stem ...
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Confusion – scientific and ethical – reigns in the wake of stem cell cloning landmark

Scientists have finally succeeded in harvesting embryonic stem cells from human embryos cloned using the same technique that gave birth ...