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Stem cells restore hearing in deaf gerbils

In a new study, scientists were able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting human embryonic stem cells ...

Meet the world’s first transhumanist politician

It's not necessarily a negative thing for us to become less human, says transhumanist politician Giuseppe Vatinno ...

Genome sequencing of one patient’s tumor could lead to new treatment options

“In mapping the entire genome of a tumor from a patient with advanced bladder cancer, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering have ...

Potential of genetics to transform medicine risks being wasted, say experts

The genetics community needs to work far more collaboratively if it is to meet the challenges of the genomic era, ...

Single change in genetic sequence can significantly impact BMI variability

One small change to the DNA sequence can cause more weighty changes to the human body, according to a new ...

DNA methylation study finds key to bee destiny

New research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience on September 16, 2012, and reviewed at the Eureka Alert web site ...

Prenatal information: Ecstasy or agony?

Slate reposts a piece from New Scientist, Do You Really Want To Know Your Baby’s Genetics? It is arranged as ...

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 ...

Genes which determine human facial expressions identified

Scientists have identified five genes that determine the human facial expressions ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
rainbow DNA

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 ...
biomimicry

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...