Concerns arise in Chinese bid for genomics firm

The pending sale of a major American gene-mapping company to a Chinese firm is sparking yet another dust-up over what ...

Stem cells for babies

Premature babies often have to be put on breathing machines because their lungs aren't fully developed, and some develop a ...

Genetically distinct lion population should be conserved

Every day 20 unusual lions greet visitors at a tiny animal park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These lions, which have ...

DNA may help scientists find dark matter

That wonder molecule of life on Earth, DNA, is now being enlisted in the search for an exotic species zooming ...
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Genomics revolution: UK could miss the boat, scientists warn

The UK has a huge opportunity to lead the world in disease discovery, treatments and cures. But support from the NHS and ...

Mixed views on Myriad after Supreme Court agrees to rehear case

NEW YORK – Wall Street analysts took a mixed view of Myriad Genetics today following the announcement on Friday by ...

Groundbreaking stem cell surgery earns backlash

Tommie Prins, 32, from Milnerton, told the Cape Argus last week he was “honoured” to be the first known patient ...
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Genetic screening: Do you really want to know what might eventually kill you?

Americans spend more than $5 billion annually on genetic testing for everything from Alzheimer's to breast cancer to Huntington's disease, ...
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Darwin and eugenics

My last few posts on eugenics has generated a debate that others might find interesting. Eugenics is the attempt to ...

Genome sequencing for babies brings knowledge and conflicts

Genome sequencing deciphers an individual's entire genetic code. The price of doing this has been dropping quickly, raising the possibility ...

Pathway to transhumanism differs for political right and left

Transhumanist thought has been no exception, evident across the political spectrum - but tending to differ in line with the ...

Short DNA strands may be key to understanding human cognition and diseases

Short snippets of DNA found in human brain tissue provide new insight into human cognitive function and risk for developing ...
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Does DNA profiling violate privacy rights?

Plain DealerDNA profiles vs. sequences: Jacob S. SherkowPlain DealerThough there are federal laws that prohibit genetic discrimination, many people, nonetheless, ...

Supreme Court to decide whether human genes can be patented

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear, for a second time, a lawsuit challenging patents held by Myriad Genetics on ...

Childhood trauma leaves mark on DNA of some victims

Abused children are at high risk of anxiety and mood disorders, as traumatic experience induces lasting changes to their gene ...

Real-time genetics could squash “superbug” outbreaks

Genetic sequences of drug-resistant bacteria have helped scientists better understand how these dastardly infections evolve—and elude treatment. But these superbugs ...

Human genetic diversity exploded in recent millennia

Most of the genetic quirks people carry today popped up within the last 5,000 years or so, researchers report online ...

Gattaca’s future is now, “God help us all”

Anyone who thinks that the widespread adoption of Whole Genome Sequencing, especially if it’s used in utero, won’t result in ...

New class of genes may shed light on evolutionary mysteries

The decade or so since the completion of the Human Genome Project has shown that lots of the junk must ...

Patient’s own blood used to create personalized stem cells

A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, which doctors hope will eventually be used to ...

Engineered plants and bacteria could mine platinum

“We have access to a global dataset of plant/crop genetics and capabilities that will allow us to identify suitable native ...
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Bioethics expert warns against GM babies plan

The Christian InstituteBioethics expert warns against GM babies planThe Christian InstituteBritish proposals to create genetically modified babies with three or ...

Researchers create a fly to study how a normal cell turns cancerous

Researchers create a fly to study how a normal cell turns cancerousHealthCanal.comThe study, conducted on Drosophila melanogaster by scientists at ...

Humans are ‘evolvable’ now more than ever

In the most massive study of genetic variation yet, researchers estimated the age of more than one million variants, or ...

DNA sequencing detects cancer-related chromosome changes

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have demonstrated that they can directly detect cancer-related chromosomal alterations in ...

Era of personalized medicine bears tangible fruit

The Personalized Medicine World Conference, PMWC 2013, to be held on January 28-29, 2013 in Silicon Valley, provides real-world insights ...

Texas representative files bill to prohibit human cloning in universities

More than 10 years after the Human Cloning Prohibition Act failed to pass at the federal level, state Rep. Richard ...
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Spa in Dubai offers “stem cell facial”

At present, there are only a limited number of stem-cell therapies in existence, and they are mostly experimental and extremely ...