Winning the fertility race: Does one 'super gene' control sperm size and shape?

Winning the fertility race: Does one ‘super gene’ control sperm size and shape?

The shape, size, and swimming speed of sperm all depend on one supergene, according to new research with zebra finches ...
Creating 'leaks' in blood vessels could aid in drug delivery

Creating ‘leaks’ in blood vessels could aid in drug delivery

The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists have discovered ...
From meat to veggies: Genetic markers tell us European diets shifted 8,000 years ago

From meat to veggies: Genetic markers tell us European diets shifted 8,000 years ago

The genes of Europeans reflect the dietary shifts that occurred with the rise of farming, report researchers. Before the Neolithic ...
Missing disease: Less-expensive whole-exome sequencing may flub diagnoses

Missing disease: Less-expensive whole-exome sequencing may flub diagnoses

A common DNA test used to find genes linked with disease may miss key genetic risk indicators, new research suggests ...
Nanotechnology-inspired inkjet printers are growing stem cells that could help regenerate nerves

Nanotechnology-inspired inkjet printers are growing stem cells that could help regenerate nerves

Inkjet printers and lasers are parts of a new way to produce cells important to research on nerve regeneration. ... Researchers ...
Keys to heart disease, diabetes, cancer may be in genome's 'dark matter'

Keys to heart disease, diabetes, cancer may be in genome’s ‘dark matter’

A new method lets researchers quickly screen the non-coding DNA of the human genome for links to diseases that are driven ...
Fighting bioterrorism, disease: 'Radically redesigned' antibiotics show promise

Fighting bioterrorism, disease: ‘Radically redesigned’ antibiotics show promise

Early tests of radically redesigned antibiotics suggest the drugs could bolster defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism. [R]esearchers used two inhibitors ...
Evolving immunity: Controlling obesity, mood with designer gut bacteria faces obstacle

Evolving immunity: Controlling obesity, mood with designer gut bacteria faces obstacle

Beginning in 2012, scientists discovered they could use CRISPR proteins to precisely edit the genomes of not only bacteria but ...
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's linked to body's mishandling of 'garbage'

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s linked to body’s mishandling of ‘garbage’

A new study...may help explain how diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spread in the brain. Sometimes when neurons dispose of ...
Unraveling science mystery of how smoking causes lung cancer: It's the basal stem cells

Unraveling science mystery of how smoking causes lung cancer: It’s the basal stem cells

Years of painstaking tissue analysis have lead researchers to basal stem cells as the likely culprits that trigger a major ...
Disease risks as we age may be tied to size of our chromosome telomere 'caps'

Disease risks as we age may be tied to size of our chromosome telomere ‘caps’

People who had more infections as babies harbor a key marker of cellular aging as young adults, report researchers. The ...

Genomics will allow plant breeders to use seed banks more effectively

There are vast numbers of seeds in gene banks around the world. A new approach uses their genomes to predict ...

Scientists can now deliver medicine with DNA ‘cage’ and flash of light

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Getting drugs to go ...

Agriculture’s climate change costs could be minimized by trading crops

If countries and farmers make adjustments in what crops they grow and where, then the effects of climate change on ...

‘Melt’ chocolate gene discovery could lead to medical advances

Scientists have discovered a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter, a critical attribute of the substance ...

Genetic mix lets Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

Genetic adaptations found in people living at high elevations on the Tibetan plateau probably originated around 30,000 years ago in ...

Bioengineering modular viruses to fight disease

Imagine fitting viruses together like Lego pieces and using them as a vehicle to deliver gene therapy. Scientists at Rice ...

‘Worry’ genes may stifle risky investments

The following is an edited excerpt. People who have a certain combination of anxiety-generating genes often worry, and that anxiety ...

Can culture protect genetics from misuse?

The following is an excerpt. In the past, good science has been used for unethical purposes, like eugenics. The concept ...

Tissue donors deserve to know ‘moral risk’

The following is an excerpt. People who contribute tissue to biobanks have a right to basic information about how their ...

‘Scarecrow’ gene enhances photosynthesis

A recently discovered gene could lead to new varieties of staple crops that have 50 percent higher yields. By 2050, ...

Risk genes show up in newborns’ brain scans

Brain scans of newborns show the same brain changes that appear in adults with gene variants linked to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, ...

Scientists create GM fly with gene mutation similar to one that causes seizures in humans

Scientists have created fruit flies with a gene mutation analogous to one that causes epileptic seizures in people—a first in ...

How kidneys keep hold of early stem cells

Scientists have identified two proteins that are required to maintain a supply of stem cells in the developing kidneys of ...

Size and stickiness predict stem cell future

The size and consistency of fat-derived stem cells can predict what type of cell they will become—findings that could lead ...