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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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How ‘minor insults to the brain’ could fuel Alzheimer’s

When it comes to the perpetrator of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the finger of blame has long pointed to hard deposits ...
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Possible genetic links to homosexuality like ‘finding needle in a haystack’

Scientists in the US looked at the whole genomes of around 1000 homosexual men and 1200 heterosexual men, finding several ...
Number of genetically engineered crops could balloon thanks to new technique using pollen DNA

Number of genetically engineered crops could balloon thanks to new technique using pollen DNA

[T]he war over GM crops, though intense, has so far been restricted to a small number of battlefields – corn, ...
So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

Many pundits predict it’s just a matter of time till DNA pips magnetic tape as the ultimate way to store ...
Challenging the RNA origin of life theory

Challenging the RNA origin of life theory

The current consensus holds that life emerged from an ‘RNA-world’, first named by Nobel Laureate Walter Gilbert in 1986. This ...
Matrix phobia? Scientists put fears to rest—we are not living in computer simulation

Matrix phobia? Scientists put fears to rest—we are not living in computer simulation

Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford ...
Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

A protein common on some types of cancer cell turns out to be the same one that in other circumstances ...
Why viruses, like Ebola and deadly flus, are not 'living'

Why viruses, like Ebola and deadly flus, are not ‘living’

Viruses are responsible for some of the most dangerous and deadly diseases including influenza, ebola, rabies and smallpox. Despite their ...
Antarctic glaciers may be hiding undiscovered life

Antarctic glaciers may be hiding undiscovered life

Is there an undiscovered colony of plants, algae and small animals living in caves beneath glaciers in the Antarctic? That’s ...
Ditch energy drinks? High doses of vitamin B supplements could raise cancer risks

Ditch energy drinks? High doses of vitamin B supplements could raise cancer risks

A report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that male smokers who took high dose vitamin B6 and B12 supplements – ...
Aging breakthrough? Pruning old cells rejuvenates bone density in mice - could osteoporosis drugs be next?

Aging breakthrough? Pruning old cells rejuvenates bone density in mice – could osteoporosis drugs be next?

Several studies have shown that pruning away old, inactive senescent cells can do wonders for aged mice, restoring their bald patches, strengthening ...
Genetic reason why tomatoes come in such a variety of sizes

Genetic reason why tomatoes come in such a variety of sizes

The gradual increase in size of tomatoes is in part the result of breeders, ancient and modern, continually selecting and ...
Autism severity and brain size linked to genetic 'glitch' that disrupts sociability circuits

Autism severity and brain size linked to genetic ‘glitch’ that disrupts sociability circuits

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) all have problems socialising, but beyond that their disorders can be vastly different. That ...
Mirroring reality: Neuron activity reflects how and what we see

Mirroring reality: Neuron activity reflects how and what we see

Scientists are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of sight now that they have revealed part of the process ...
CDC: Treatments for imaginary 'Chronic Lyme Disease' have claimed lives

CDC: Treatments for imaginary ‘Chronic Lyme Disease’ have claimed lives

The peak public health body in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has issued a ...
Did evolution unfold steadily, or in fits and starts?

Did evolution unfold steadily, or in fits and starts?

In 1972, the eminent palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould and his colleague Niles Eldredge...sought to explain so-called gaps in the palaeontological ...
Malaria weapon: Genetically engineered fungus with spider, scorpion venom

Malaria weapon: Genetically engineered fungus with spider, scorpion venom

A research team from the University of Maryland has genetically engineered a fungus with spider and scorpion toxins to enhance ...
Can plant seeds 'decide' when to germinate?

Can plant seeds ‘decide’ when to germinate?

Botanical orthodoxy holds that plant germination is a purely mechanistic process, driven entirely by external stimuli. The plant seed itself ...
Babies might avoid deadly infections by receiving gut microbe transfers

Babies might avoid deadly infections by receiving gut microbe transfers

In research published in Science, an international team of researchers found that a bacterium known as Clostridia helped mouse pups ...
Autism risk linked to 18 new genes related to communication, socialization difficulties

Autism risk linked to 18 new genes related to communication, socialization difficulties

Researchers have isolated 18 new genes believed to increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a finding that may pave ...

Genes linked to ‘human seeking behavior’ in dogs tied to bipolar disorder, autism in man

They like to be close to us, make eye contact and communicate with us – unusual behaviour between two different ...

Cassava genome mapping may provide tools to make crop disease resistant, less toxic

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Bill Gates called it ...

Lawyer’s 20-year mission to deny human gene patents succeeds in Australia, US

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Luigi Palombi’s desk was ...

DNA is tough enough to survive space travel

Could the blueprint for life have come from space? Yes, according to an experiment carried out by molecular biologist Cora ...

Public GMO studies database finds GMOs safe, half of studies independent

Critics of genetically modified crops often assert that all research into the plants’ safety is bought and paid for by industry ...

Can Europe return to ‘knowledge-based’ society amid anti-GMO calls to topple science adviser?

Politics are winning at the expense of science in France and now the entire European Union faces a similar fate. On ...
On GMOs, France becoming scientific backwater

On GMOs, France becoming scientific backwater

France does not walk in the footsteps of Norman Borlaug. Half a century of rising farm productivity has let France ...