Zebrafish genome helps in hunt for treatments

The following is an excerpt. When scientists began sequencing the zebrafish genome in 2001, the model organism was a favourite ...

Fish’s DNA may explain how fins turned to feet

The following is an excerpt. In the hope of reconstructing a pivotal step in evolution — the colonization of land ...

Discovery of genetic defect which triggers epilepsy

The following is an excerpt. Researchers at the University Department of Neurology at the MedUni Vienna have identified a gene ...

Heading south for the new origin of our species

The following is an excerpt. We have unearthed more and more ancient human species in recent years. Rather than there ...

Genetically modified microbes can mass-produce malaria drug

The following is an excerpt. For the first time, researchers have successfully engineered a strain of baker’s yeast capable of ...

Gene patents are sabotaging the future of medicine

The following is an excerpt. The business of DNA is undergoing a revolution. We can already get our genes scanned for ...

One fish, two fish: What their DNA says about us

The following is an excerpt. One is a creature of the briny deep, a bizarre survivor of a long-forgotten era ...

Genetic profile predicts post-chemo cancer survival

The following is an excerpt. While more effective chemotherapy agents have improved cancer survival, not all patients benefit from the drugs. Now, ...
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New Canadian bill would prevent genetic discrimination

Canada's liberals are calling for restrictions on how insurance companies can use genetic information ...
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Happy birthday, Human Genome

In the 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, genetic science has moved forward in leaps and ...
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Forget genetic privacy—DNA should be open-source

No one’s DNA has ever been private, writes Pop Sci’s Erin Biba—we spray it everywhere when our skin cells slough ...
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The great gay showdown: Genes vs. germs

Ron Unz, former businessman and conservative political activist, blasts through two rival explanations for homosexuality: the Gay Gene hypothesis and ...

Four ways the gene patent ruling affects you

The following is an excerpt. The Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on the landmark ...

Ancient bacteria-killing viruses hold evolutionary secret to bypassing antibiotic resistance

The following is an excerpt. Scientists are often fighting the losing battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, with every new antibiotic treatment ...

Chinese H7N9 virus making its way to labs around the world

The following is an excerpt. The new H7N9 avian influenza strain that surfaced in China recently is now making its ...

And Bob’s your uncle: A guide to defining kinfolk

The following is an excerpt. When genetic counselors attend family reunions, their unofficial job becomes Namer-of-Relationships. “Keith, you and I are ...

Human genome, then and now

The following is an excerpt. Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent — and ...

Justices wary of bold action on gene patenting

The following is an excerpt. WASHINGTON — In a lively hearing Monday, the Supreme Court struggled to find a narrow ...
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Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital report a medical first: lab-grown kidneys successfully transplanted into rats, where they functioned properly -- ...

Mummy genetics study may be prelude to widespread genome mapping of ancient Egyptians

The following is an excerpt. The ancient Egyptians could soon be getting their genomes sequenced as a matter of routine ...

Supreme Court gene patent decision could affect every patient

The following is an excerpt. The legal question at the heart of the US Supreme Court’s debate over the patenting ...

Gene swapping makes new China bird flu a moving target

The following is an excerpt. A new bird flu virus that has killed 13 people in China is still evolving, ...

Mouse hepatitis virus may help end chimp research

The following is an excerpt. A newly discovered rodent virus that resembles hepatitis C could give research chimps a break ...

What if Darwin had never existed?

The following is an excerpt. What would a world without Darwin look like? Many have argued that science would have ...

Fainting runs in families, new study says

The following is an excerpt. As a neurologist, Dr. Sam Berkovic sees many patients who frequently faint. These people say ...
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The future of gene patenting

Are human genes patentable? The question is becoming less relevant as biotech patents move more toward completely synthetic genes and ...

Will synthetic biology benefit or threaten wild things?

The following is an excerpt. Will synthetic biology help or hinder conservation efforts? This was the question asked at a ...

Genetic counseling and the customer service model of healthcare

The following is an edited excerpt. Genetic counselors wake up every morning and go to work because we are driven ...