Human or superhuman?

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

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 ...

Going hostile with $2.6 billion Human Genome offer

GlaxoSmithKline will take its $2.6 billion bid for long-time partner Human Genome Sciences direct to shareholders this week, after its ...

Tilghman reflects on DNA study

A solution to the ethical dilemma of using human embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases could be staring us ...
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Fighting breed-related diseases

The refinement of purebred dogs over the past four or five centuries has created interesting versions of Canis familiaris, such ...
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Researchers report a gene-therapy success

For a quarter of a century, gene therapy has been stymied, largely because the patient's immune system attacks the treatment ...

Pluristem stem cells save girl’s life

Pluristem Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq:PSTI; DAX: PJT: PLTR)has announced that a seven year-old girl suffering from an aplastic bone marrow whose ...
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Sourcing stem cells from breast milk

A solution to the ethical dilemma of using human embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases could be staring us ...
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Should we outlaw genetic discrimination?

The late US law Professor Paul Miller reflected recently that Beethoven, Stephen Hawking and Elton John were examples of individuals ...
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Environmental influence on epigenetics

It is called epigenetics. This is where at the microscopic level the genes should function normal but something in the ...
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FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a groundbreaking trial by the University of Texas Medical School at ...
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Stem cells shield can protect patients from chemotherapy

It may be possible to use "stem cell shielding" to protect the body from the damaging effects of chemotherapy, early ...
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As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

The cost of mapping a person's full genetic profile has been dropping quickly. Now, doctors are struggling with a new ...
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Wolf found in New Brunswick for first time in 150 years, testing confirms

Genetic testing has confirmed that an animal fatally shot last month by a hunter in northern New Brunswick was a ...

Toothless no more- Researchers using stem cells to grow teeth

It may be hard to remember what it was like to lose a tooth as a child, but many adults ...
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Risk and DNA: In search of the money gene

What makes someone want to start a business? That was what the young economist Philipp Koellinger was trying to figure ...
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Genes & obesity

The latest Genomics & Health Impact Update has a primer on genetic links to obesity—a must read. It also links ...

Does patenting genes stifle innovation and health care access?

Three years in the making, the now highly publicized American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Myriad Genetics is still hanging ...