Human, malaria-causing parasite genomes sequenced

THE human genetic instruction book just got more readable. Nearly a decade after the Human Genome Project assembled the genome’s ...

Geneticists verify cholesterol-cancer link

University of Rochester Medical Center scientists discovered new genetic evidence linking cholesterol and cancer, raising the possibility that cholesterol medications ...

Genes could be powerful predictor of our capacity to deal with stress, study shows

Work stress, job satisfaction and health problems due to high stress have more to do with genes than you might ...

Scientists find insulin sensitivity gene, may lead to new diabetes treatments

Oxford University researchers have discovered, for the first time, a single gene responsible for increasing insulin sensitivity in humans. The ...

Project ENCODE decoded

This month, dozens of papers have been published in Nature, Genome Research and Genome Biology, all detailing scientists’ efforts in ...

Genetic role in nicotine addiction and cessation

As everyone knows, smoking kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking can lead to cancer, ...

Obesity linked to genes

There has been an alarming rise in the number of obese people in the last few decades and the epidemic ...

Breast cancer linked to genetic changes caused by mother’s eating habits

Mothers who eat fatty foods while pregnant may increase the risk of breast cancer among their daughters and granddaughters ...

Gene therapy cures siblings of “bubble boy” syndrome

Abbygail Ainslie was born perfect in July 2011. She weighed nine pounds and the genetic tests that have become standard ...

Australian scientists develop genetic test to predict autism

Australian scientists have developed a genetic test to predict autism spectrum disorder in children, which could provide a long-sought way ...

Pain management: Is it time to start looking at the patient’s genes?

Most of you are now drawing the same conclusion that I used to draw. “Dammit, I am the doctor and ...

Debate: Do safety problems arise from cloning humans?

Debate.org provides a platform for individual's to voice their opinion on the bioethics surrounding human cloning ...

Epigenetics emerges powerfully as a clinical tool

A study coordinated by Manel Esteller, published in Nature Reviews Genetics, highlights the success of this area of research to ...
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Re-evaluating the junk DNA discovery

Over the last few days, several interesting blog posts and pieces have cast doubt on those front-page claims that our ...
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Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...

Genetic development may protect the Maasai people of Africa

The Maasai are a very special people who live primarily from farming and livestock activities in Kenya and Tanzania. They ...

Pedophilia: Is it genetic?

Gawker published a piece on the neurological problems which might result in pedophilia, and naturally a lot of shock and ...

Home genetic test for alcoholism may carry perils

Being told you have a genetic predisposition to alcoholism could make you feel you have less control over your drinking, ...

Genes and drugs: Would sports be better off legalizing doping?

Poor Lance Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France winner has been stripped of his famous victories by the United States ...

Gene to gene interactions important to trait variance

Gaining more insight into predicting how genes affect physical or behavioral traits by charting the genotype-phenotype map holds promise to ...

Shortness: Environmental factors can alter genetics

Pamela Surkin, an associate professor at the university, led a team of researchers in analyzing data of over 6,000 mothers ...
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Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale - but ...

Myriad Genetics patent dispute: Genes are patentable, and that’s OK, says author

The recent Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Geneticspatent dispute involving two genes for breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA 1 ...

Will personalized medicine challenge or reify categories of race and ethnicity?

In the last 5 years, medical geneticists have been conducting studies to examine possible links between DNA and disease on ...

Fumbled DNA tests mean peril for breast-cancer patients

Debbie McCarron was prepared to get both of her breasts taken off if a blood test in December 2006 revealed ...

Could internet addiction be genetic?

Not only is Internet addiction a legitimate compulsion, it may have the same genetic component as nicotine addiction, a new ...

The genetics behind Venus, the mysterious two-faced cat

A cat named Venus is one of the most famous felines on the planet. The three-year-old torty has her own ...
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Maverick ethics professor: “It’s our duty to have designer babies”

Julian Savulescu, the Oxford University professor of ethics controversially argues that “breeding better babies” is our human imperative ...
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