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 ...

Stem cells used to improve drug development

Johns Hopkins researchers report concrete steps in the use of human stem cells to test how diseased cells respond to ...

Is evolution reducing our intelligence?

James R. Flynn’s observation that IQ scores experienced dramatic gains from generation to generation throughout the 20th century has been ...

Non-invasive prenatal test for at-risk mothers recommended by US medical society

Non-invasive pre-natal screening for certain abnormalities in fetal chromosomes should be offered to at-risks mothers, recommends the American College of ...
Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Eugenics is attempting a 21st-century comeback. This has a lot of people scared. But it also has a lot of ...
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Engineered marine algae could expand biofuel production

Nanowerk LLCBioengineered marine algae expands environments where biofuels can be ...Phys.OrgThe ability to genetically transform marine algae into a biofuel ...

Should synthetic biology be open-source?

Synthetic biology, the newer, cooler branch of genetic engineering, has gained a lot of attention in recent years because of ...

‘Fat But Happy’ Gene Raises Questions About Obesity, Depression

Extra pounds are usually considered a downer, and obesity has been linked to higher rates of depression, mood and anxiety ...

Opposition to genetic engineering is immoral

There’s an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. That certainly seems to be true for many breakthroughs in ...

Are we getting dumber?

It’s easy to think of history as a march of progress, with humans growing smarter and more capable over time ...