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Genetic evidence shows how early humans migrated from Africa to Europe

Brett Smith | 
Humans emerged en masse from Africa thousands of years ago, but scientists still aren’t sure about the exact routes they took as ...

Scientist search for why DNA strands spontaneously break

Breaks in the double-strands of the DNA helix can spell trouble, destabilizing the genome and resulting in changes that drive ...

Research suggests RNA stores more functional genome data than we thought

Contrary to the belief that a large percentage of the human genome contains “junk” material, a team of Australian scientists report they ...

Researchers create compendium of RNA-binding sequences

Scientists know that much of what a gene does and produces is regulated after it is turned on. A gene ...

Aspirin slows DNA mutations in pre-cancerous conditions

Lee Rannals | 
The following is an excerpt. Researchers analyzed biopsy samples from 13 patients with a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, who ...

Common genetic disease linked to paternal age

The following is an excerpt. Scientists at USC have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease ...

Camel genome decoded

Lee Rannals | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Researchers have sequenced the genome of a Bactrian camel named Mozart, laying down the ...

Bizarre yet beneficial uses of modern biotech

Rayshell Clapper | 
The following is an excerpt. After learning about human genetic engineering, many readers might want to find out about some examples ...

Why “playing God” could help the human race

Brett Smith | 
The following is an excerpt. Despite the frequently encountered argument that scientists are ‘playing God’ with nature, the pros of ...

Supreme court may decide whether we own our genes

Brett Smith | 
The following is an excerpt. They may be responsible for everything in your life, from conception to death, they may ...

Genetics of age-related macular degeneration analyzed

The following is an excerpt. A coalition of 18 different research organizations has identified seven new genetic regions associated with ...

Humans and chimps use genetic variation to combat pathogens

April Flowers | 
The following is an excerpt. A new genome-wide analysis, led by the University of Chicago Medical Center, searched for evidence of long-lived ...

Link between child prodigies and autism

Alan McStravick | 
While child prodigies have been recognized throughout history, a new study has found a possible link between those we would ...
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Researchers improve gene therapy technique for children with immune disorder

By including chemotherapy as a conditioning regimen prior to treatment, researchers have developed a refined gene therapy approach that safely ...
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Study shows epigenetics of adult stem cells influences organ creation

Alan McStravick | 
A team led by Manel Esteller, director of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program in the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute ...

Genetic role in nicotine addiction and cessation

Connie Ho | 
As everyone knows, smoking kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking can lead to cancer, ...

Gene sequencing project builds the foundation for next generation of childhood cancer care

As St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary and marks September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, investigators are ...

Frozen human embryos yield viable stem cells biomedical research

Even after being frozen for 18 years, human embryos can be thawed, grown in the laboratory, and successfully induced to ...

Vitamin-boosted stem cells show promise in curing baldness

A team of researchers in Japan has discovered that VD3, a super-active form of Vitamin D, boosts stem cells to ...

How do brain stem cells know when to act?

Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have figured out how stem cells found in a part of the ...

Get ready for a new genre of medical tests for the era of personalized medicine

A new genre of diagnostic tests – which determine whether a medicine is right for a patient’s genes – are ...

First genetic sequence of individual human sperm

Connie Ho | 
Sperm cells can look the same with a similar tadpole appearance. However, the cells showcase differences among the genes. Recently, ...

New cancer stem cell mechanism identified

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have uncovered a link between two genes which shows how stem cells could ...

University study finds mixed reception of genetic testing

Connie Ho | 
Researchers at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine have found that patients see both benefits and risks from direct-to-consumer ...