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Should everyone be tested for high-risk cancer genes?

Should everyone be tested for high-risk cancer genes?

Maria Delaney | 
About 1,500 patients at risk of hereditary cancer are seen each year in Ireland. Most of these cases are related ...

Fear of ‘foreign’ genes in GMOs? Turns out Nature produces transgenic sweet potatoes

John Timmer | 
One of the most frequently mentioned issues with GMO foods is a vague concern about bringing genes from distantly related ...

How to weigh enormous promise, potential danger of CRISPR/Cas9 technology

John Timmer | 
A technique for editing genes while they reside in intact chromosomes has been a real breakthrough. Literally. In 2013, Science ...

Tool use among early humans paved way for selection of language-related genes

Cathleen O'Grady | 
It’s widely understood that human genetics can influence culture, but increasingly, the idea that culture can also affect genetics is ...
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Are Americans ready to resurrect the once ubiquitous ‘spreading chesnut tree’?

John Timmer | 
The relationship between the US public and genetically modified organisms is a bit ambiguous. That may change thanks to work taking ...

Newly discovered ancient human skeleton contains lost Neanderthal DNA

John Timmer | 
Another week, another ancient human genome. We just recently covered the oldest modern human genome yet described. Now, another paper ...

Promising new diabetes treatment overcomes negative side effects

John Timmer | 
In Type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys the cells that produce insulin, leaving your body unable to make ...
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What is direct to consumer genetic testing actually worth?

Cyrus Farivar | 
Cyrus Farivar uses several direct to consumer genetic testing companies to explore his health risks, specifically for Alzheimer's disease. In ...

Push to predict how next year’s flu will evolve

Sarah Cobey | 
Influenza viruses evolve rapidly, making it hard to develop protective vaccines against them. Despite a great deal of effort, scientists ...

Science inches toward science-fiction-style genetic augmentation

Michael Westgarth | 
In 1953, molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick released what would be one of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries ...
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Memories of positive associations get written onto DNA

John Timmer | 
Another study adds to the growing list of experiements in which epigenetics appears involved in the process of locking memories ...

Giant genome study finds tiny links between genetics and schooling

Kate Shaw | 
The following is an excerpt. Everyone wants an easy answer to the big questions about genetics—is there a gay gene? ...

Biological logic gate built by splitting viral gene

John Timmer | 
The following is an edited excerpt. In recent years, researchers in the messy world of biology have been able to ...

We broke the tomato, and we’re using science to fix it

John Timmer | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties ...

Why would a biotech company keep a secret herd of goats?

John Timmer | 
The typical image of a modern biological research lab involves high-tech machinery and table-sized microscopes; at most, there might be ...

Complex behaviors driven by remarkably simple genetics

John Timmer | 
Humans engage in a lot of complex behaviors, but many of them are learned. Genetics gives us a nervous system ...

Bacterial “immune system” used to engineer human DNA in human cells

John Timmer | 
Precisely engineering the genome of human cells remains largely in the realm of science fiction. It's possible, with the right virus, ...

Bats evolved to fix DNA from damage caused by flight

John Timmer | 
[N]ow, thanks to our ability to sequence genomes, some researchers have provided a new picture of how bats manage to ...
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The (epi)genetics of homosexuality

Kate Shaw | 
Although scientists have spent the last few decades scouring our genome for a “gay gene,” a new paper suggests it ...

What we know—and don’t know—about the biology of homosexuality

Kate Shaw | 
The media was abuzz this week after an international group of researchers proposed that scientists may have been looking for ...
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Activists in UK plan to trash crop experiment

John Timmer | 
For researchers at the UK's Rothamsted research center, the past few weeks must have felt like a train wreck in ...

We’re all mutants now

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