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Rare DNA mutations raise questions about theories of disease

Rare DNA mutations are so plentiful in the human genome that they make it difficult to precisely identify the genetic ...

The influence of genes on psychological well-being

Genes play a greater role in forming character traits - such as self-control, decision making or sociability - than was ...

Clues to restore human fingers and toes via animal hair, feathers

In their review, researchers have shed light on possible routes that unlock cellular regeneration in general, and the principles by ...

By accident, scientists discover how commonest DNA replication error is corrected

Scientists have discovered the enzyme in our cells which corrects the most frequently occurring mistake in DNA as cells divide ...

Men can rest easy – sex chromosomes are here to stay

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), looked at how genes on sex-linked ...
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Stem cells boost brain tumor treatments for some patients, study finds

Patients with brain cancer may face devastating side effects from chemotherapy, but a new study offers a possible solution: stem ...

Human genes transplanted into zebrafish: Helps identify genes related to autism, schizophrenia and obesity

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center transplanted a set of human genes into a zebrafish and then used it to ...
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The biology of political narcissism: Donkey brains vs. Elephant grey matter

Anti-Republican science writer Chris Mooney stirred a hornets nest of controversy with the publication of his recent book, The Republican ...
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Big brained mice created in lab, could provide insight into how the human brain works and develops

Mice with a single missing gene have brains that are 35 percent larger than normal, a new study found. Though ...
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Stem cell therapy to treat a chimp’s torn ACL may prove beneficial for humans

Veterinarians hope a new medical procedure can treat a 25-year-old chimpanzee with a torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, at ...

Genes are overrated, genetics is underrated

A few days ago Nathaniel Comfort pointed me to this post, Genetic determinism round-up. If you are curious go read ...

‘Faithful judgments’ in bioethics

It's a bit of a cliché to point out that the new reproductive and genetic technologies (NRGTs) have a way ...

Melanoma sequencing reveals genetic effects of sun damage

Whole genome sequencing of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has confirmed the long-held belief that greater sun exposure ...

Abraham’s genetic threads- Jewish genes

From looking at these patterns of relatedness the authors infer that despite the genetic variation in the modern Jewry, most ...
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European court decision has big implications for stem cell research

Brüstle v. Greenpeace, decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union, or CJEU, on October 18, 2011, changes ...

Human or superhuman?

Human genetic engineering has always been the stuff of science-fiction novels and blockbuster Hollywood films. Except that it is no ...

Study identifies how skeletal muscle stem cells respond to muscle injury

A study conducted by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland scientists identifies how skeletal muscle stem cells respond to muscle ...

Doubling the information from the double helix

Our genes control many aspects of who we are -- from the color of our hair to our vulnerability to ...

Methylating your muscle DNA

There’s more to your DNA than your DNA. We are now becoming aware of the epigenome. While DNA controls you, ...
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Is choosing a sperm donor a roll of the genetic dice?

Sharine and Brian Kretchmar of Yukon, Okla., tried a number of medical treatments to conceive a second child. After a ...

Long-held genetic theory doesn’t quite make the grade, biologists find

New York University biologists have discovered new mechanisms that control how proteins are expressed in different regions of embryos, while ...

Study shows how mitochondrial genes are passed from mother to child

Research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University helps answer some long-standing questions ...

Gene therapy extends mouse lifespan by 24 %

Scientists have successfully extended the lifespan of mice using gene therapy, a strategy never before employed to combat aging. The ...

Big promises backed by bad theory: Synthetic biology

Synthetic biology is the newest purported cure-all technology for remedying our social, environmental, and public health ills. As many prominent ...

First study of nausea genetics

RESEARCHERS are planning the first genetic study to help determine which patients are at risk of nausea and vomiting after ...

We’re all mutants now

The field of study called population genetics has played a critical role in the development of modern biology, helping unite ...

Cord blood banking takes off in India

Nagpur is emerging as a big destination for companies associated with 'cord blood banking' or CBB. In the last few ...

Lethal pufferfish genes could transform human dentistry

Human teeth can be engineered to regenerate, thanks to the world’s most poisonous fish. British scientists have been studying the ...