Dispelling myths about Jews and genetics

The current issue of Moment, the Jewish-focused general interest magazine, has an informative, fascinating feature of the medical and historical ...
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Are Ethiopians descended from the Queen of Sheba?

Razib Khan of Discover Magazine’s Gene Expression blog, challenges the facile reporting in a slew of articles based on an ...
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Possible cure for cancer in decade

One of the men who discovered the structure of DNA has turned his mind to another scientific conundrum – the ...

Epigenetics II: Cellular memory, imprinting, and targeting genome configuration

This is number two in my series of blogs on epigenetic control of genome restructuring and hereditary transmission of traits ...

GMO in sport: Genetically Modified Olympians?

As athletes get ready to smash Olympic records in London, scientists are in a high-stakes race of their own to ...

Differences in twins’ DNA set in the womb

Environment can have a strong influence on genes in the womb and could account for differences in identical twins, according ...
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Genetic testing for athletes

Some doctors are asking if athletes should be genetically tested to see if they are at a greater risk for ...

Magnetic tracer safe for stem cell therapies

Cardiac stem cells and other cell-based therapies can be tracked to their destination by adding tiny magnetic particles visible on ...
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First stem-cell fraud case enters courts

Stem cell tourism may be on its last legs. Six Los Angeles residents are suing South Korean company RNL Bio ...

500-year old gene provides window into evolution

Researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli(E. coli) - the bacterium has ...

Muscular dystrophy, Cri du Chat, “immigration delay disease”: When DNA fails

We’ve seen already how freely genetics borrows from grammar books to describe how DNA works. Linguistic analogies also help make ...

New stem cell controversy: Possibility of stem cells in ovarian eggs could revolutionize in vitro

Are women born with all the eggs they will ever have, or do they possess the ability to make more? ...

Faster search of genomic data

Since 2002, the rate at which genomes can be sequenced has been doubling every four months or so, whereas computing ...

Your genes, your identity and your family secrets

Sometimes I think we are so numb to hearing about this new genetic test or that one that we forget ...
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New GM apple that won’t turn brown stirs concerns from NGOs, conventional growers

A genetically engineered apple that does not turn brown when sliced or bruised is in development. But it has much ...

Cells derived from burn tissue may be useful for tissue engineering

A research team in the Netherlands has found that cells from burn eschar, the non-viable tissue remaining after burn injury ...
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Stem cells restore toddler’s hearing

Madeleine Connor, 2, underwent an experimental procedure using her own cord blood stem cells to repair damaged tissue in her ...

Personalized genomic medicine faces many hurdles

When the human genome project was completed in 2003, some expected it to herald a new age of personalized genomic ...

Should genetic screening be more supervised?

Thirteen-day-old Boxi is a "designer baby", genetically selected as her stem cells can be used to save her sister. We ...

Newly isolated ‘Beige fat’ cells could help fight obesity

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have isolated a new type of energy-burning fat cell in adult humans which they say ...

Scientists identify rare gene mutation that protects against Alzheimer’s

After years of studying genes that increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report the promising discovery of DNA that does ...

Skin cancer-promoting gene discovered

Researchers have discovered a gene that plays a central role in black skin cancer, also known as melanoma. Suppressing this ...

Some insurers hesitate to embrace genetic testing

"For some people, the first symptom of this is cardiac arrest — they drop dead on the soccer field, the ...

Pediatric tumors traced to stem cells in developing brain

Stem cells that come from a specific part of the developing brain help fuel the growth of brain tumors caused ...

Article addresses tremendous impact of genetic testing for Alzheimer’s

Genetic tests exist to identify risk for the rare inherited form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to predict susceptibility ...

Bacterial gene ‘therapy’ to combat cholera

Cholera is an extremely virulent intestinal infection caused by ingestion of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae (V. cholerae). EU researchers elucidated ...

DNA mapping of Alzheimer’s patients gives deep dive view

Over the past 18 months, 81-year-old Bill Bunnell has visited the doctor a half-dozen times to take memory tests, provide ...

Virus-free gene therapy for HIV shows promise

An experimental gene therapy for HIV may actually be easier—and even safer—than experts originally hoped. Experimenting with zinc finger nucleases ...