Scientists believe DNA has half life of more than 500 years

Few researchers have given credence to claims that samples of dinosaur DNA have survived to the present day, but no ...
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Genoeconomics: To uproar, researches say genetic diversity can predict economic success

A yet-to-be-published article in an upcoming issue of the prestigious American Economic Review by two economics professors, peer reviewed by ...
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Designing babies to breed out disability?

We have a moral obligation to have healthier children, an ethicist tells SBS’s Insight. But how far should we go ...
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Was Lamarck right? How epigenetics may work

While no biologist believes that organisms can willfully change their physiology in response to their environment and pass those changes ...

Scientists find missing link between players in the epigenetic code

Over the last two decades, scientists have come to understand that the genetic code held within DNA represents only part ...

Researchers link genetic mutation to psychiatric disease and obesity

McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric ...

Billion dollar babies of the human genome

The Human Genome Project (HGP) deciphered the entirety of the human genetic code in just over a decade. Though science ...

DNA’s half-life identified using fossil bones

We are used to radioactive substances having a half-life, but DNA? Now a study of bones from extinct birds suggests ...
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New DNA findings hold potential for cancer treatment

Six years ago, Boise State University biology professor Greg Hampikian and computer science colleague Tim Andersen announced that they had ...
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US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells

US researchers say they will redouble their efforts to create human sperm from stem cells following the success of a ...

The genetics of nearsightedness, stretch marks, and motion sickness

What do nearsightedness, stretch marks, and motion sickness have to do with each other? They don’t appear to be genetically ...

Researchers develop new tool for making genetic engineering of microbial circuits reliably predictable

Synthetic biology is the latest and most advanced phase of genetic engineering, holding great promise for helping to solve some ...
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Synthesizing life means faster cures, biologist says

A leader in the field of synthetic biology, J. Craig Venter considers himself an optimist, but he can see the ...
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Scientists share Nobel Prize for ‘groundbreaking’ stem cell work that ‘revolutionized’ science

A British scientist has won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in creating stem cells to battle hitherto ...
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‘Genetic signatures’ may predict prostate cancer

Researchers have identified genetic "signatures" for aggressive prostate cancer (the second most common cause of death in men, after lung ...

New procedure uses stem cells and patient’s own body fat to rebuild breasts

It's almost every woman's dream: Getting rid of unwanted fat and getting a breast enhancement at the same time ...

Create a baby from stem cells? Research suggests possibility

A breakthrough in fertility research lays open the possibility that gay and lesbian couples could someday have children who are ...

Genetic sleuthing uncovers deadly new virus in Africa

An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ...

Researchers build most complex synthetic biology circuit yet

Using genes as interchangeable parts, synthetic biologists design cellular circuits that can perform new functions, such as sensing environmental conditions ...
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How genetics shape political beliefs

Studies of identical twins unequivocally demonstrate the heritability of politically related behavior. What they do not do, though, is explain ...
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Gene therapy: Triggering turning genes on and off with light

U.S. researchers have developed a system, triggered by blue light, that can seek out and turn on or off any ...
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Bid to save Indian state Chhattisgarh’s wild buffaloes through cloning

Indian state Chhattisgarh has begun an ambitious programme to increase the population of the wild buffalo through cloning ...

Mouse eggs created from stem cells

Mouse eggs can now be cooked up from scratch. Using stem cells, a Japanese team has created healthy eggs that, ...

DNA sequencing: Is science fiction becoming medical fact?

In two papers in major scientific journals, researchers today suggested pushing DNA sequencing into more routine use in the clinic, ...

New DNA test pinpoints newborns’ genetic diseases in days

A faster DNA sequencing machine and streamlined analysis of the results can diagnose genetic disorders in days rather than weeks, ...
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ACLU asks Supreme Court to rule on gene patents

The ACLU has petitioned the US Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit Court’s decision that an isolated DNA sequence ...
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Gene therapy used to combat immunodeficiency

UCLA researchers are using a gene therapy to restore the immune systems of children with so-called "Bubble Boy" disease. The ...
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