New law provides federal funds for DNA collection in criminal cases

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) legislation that provides funding for the collection of ...

Gene discovery boosts hope of preventing blood disorders

Noah Edwards is four years old and suffers from a disorder that prevents his blood from clotting. He bleeds profusely ...
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Are we entering the age of $1 million medicine?

More than a quarter of the new medicines approved in the United States last year were designated for rare or ...
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Ron Unz on genius, IQ, race and meritocracy

What is the nature of intelligence and genius? Literally thousands of studies definitively show that DNA plays a dominant role; ...

Made in the image of God: Human value and genomics

In January 2011 and then in January 2012 I posted two articles exploring the implications of contemporary genomics for the Judeo-Christian idea of humankind ...

DNA ‘identichip’ gives a detailed picture of a suspect

Imagine you are trying to solve a burglary, and your sole lead is a cigarette butt. It has enough DNA ...

For those with the rarest diseases, genomes can yield answers

For many of us, having our genomes in hand today isn’t likely to make any profound difference in our lives, ...

MIT researchers crack cheap, precise gene therapy

Disease is on the run! An incredible advance in the realm of gene therapy has been made by top researchers ...

Stem cells heal damaged artery in lab study

Scientists at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio have for the first time demonstrated that baboon embryonic stem ...

Gene patenting plot thickens

The long battle in the American courts over Myriad Genetics' patents of BRCA1 and BRCA2, the primary diagnostic genes for ...

Embrace your genome

Virginia Hughes is “sick of reading about the dangers of the genome.” So she complains over at Slate, eloquently, and I’m ...

Supreme Court rejects challenge to embryonic stem cell policy

The Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear a case challenging the Obama administration’s guidelines on embryonic stem-cell research. The move ...

Risk genes show up in newborns’ brain scans

Brain scans of newborns show the same brain changes that appear in adults with gene variants linked to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, ...
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Bacteria or virus? Your genes can reveal what ails you

What's giving you the sniffles? Is it a virus or bacteria? Your genes may offer an easy way to check: ...

Could genetic diseases be treated prenatally?

Last week we introduced the reality that our genetic technology is far surpassing our ethical ability to deal with the ...

Consumer DNA testing kits: The new front line of genetics

For the price of a night out, individuals can learn key elements of their genetic composition, hence take life-saving treatment, ...
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It’s time to stop obsessing about the dangers of genetic information

The personal genomics horse has bolted, yet many members of the medical community are still trying to shut the barn ...

Personality-influencing gene may be a key to long life

The human genome is like a roadmap for the body, but our understanding of the road signs that point some ...

Using your 23andMe data: How inbred are you?

South Asian populations exhibit a lot of between population genetic distance, and not simply as a function of geography. But ...
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Harvard scientists sequence entire genome from single cell

The notion that police can identify a suspect based on the tiniest drop of blood or trace of tissue has ...

Bacterial “immune system” used to engineer human DNA in human cells

Precisely engineering the genome of human cells remains largely in the realm of science fiction. It's possible, with the right virus, ...
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Genetic tests could pave way to ‘personalised’ asthma drugs

The GuardianGenetic tests could pave way to 'personalised' asthma drugsThe GuardianRoutine and inexpensive genetic testing could save a significant number ...

Education doesn’t increase intelligence

Education does not increase your intelligence.  It’s the other way around. A subcategory of the last common misconception about intelligence ...
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Stem cells and sight: “And the blind shall see again”

Some days the future arrives faster than others—this is one of those days. Researchers from Oxford University just announced that ...

The Silk Road delivered a genetic disease alongside goods and culture

Researchers have identified four new regions on the human genome associated with Behcet's disease, a painful and potentially dangerous condition ...
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Public health genomics: 15 years on

Genomic research was widely expected to transform medicine, ushering in a new era of personalized healthcare and disease prevention, but ...

Pharmacology may host genome revolution

Genomic research will transform medicine but progress has been slower than expected, leading critics to charge that the promise of ...

Stem cell showdown: Small business vs. the FDA

Celltex’s venture raises some of the most vexing, emotional issues in the business of medicine. Stem cells hold enormous promise, ...
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