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Evolutionary tradeoffs: Genes linked to autism may persist because they make us smarter

John von Radowitz | Independent | 
Autism genes may have been conserved during human evolution because they make us smarter, say scientists. More inherited genetic variants ...
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Tired of overeating? ‘Fullness’ gene could lead to appetite-supressing drug

Katie Forster | Independent | 
Scientists claim to have discovered a gene that triggers a feeling of fullness and could help prevent the urge to ...
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Want a better workout? Company says DNA profiling could help, but scientists skeptical

Kashmira Gander | Independent | 
[Genetic information] is being harnessed to help both athletes and the average Joe achieve their fitness potentials. ... [H]ealth firm ...
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Three-person IVF receives historic approval in UK

Katie Forster | Independent | 
The first ‘three-parent’ babies could be born in the UK next year following a historic decision giving the controversial new fertility ...
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Desire to eat cheese may come from genetic wiring

Sarah Young | Independent | 
According to a new study, [you may want to eat lots of cheese] not just because you’re a glutton, it ...
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Genes from mother may influence intelligence in child more than father’s

Charlotte England | Independent | 
Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and ...

Will gene editing lead to ‘biohackers’ creating biological weapons?

Ian Johnston | Independent | 
The security services are concerned that ‘biohackers’ — groups of ordinary people who use genome editing techniques to alter lifeforms ...
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Lead discoverer of ‘three-parent baby’ method breaks 13 year silence—affrms technique’s safety

Ian Johnston | Independent | 
When scientists announced in 2003 they had used a pioneering technique for the first time to create so-called ‘three-parent babies’, ...
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Cracking the da Vinci code: Scientists, historians on quest to sequence artist’s DNA

Ian Johnston | Independent | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. It is a 500-year-old ...

UK may be on brink of approving GM human embryos

Steve Connor | Independent | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The first genetically-modified human ...

First genome ‘surgery’ performed on DNA’s 3D structure

Doug Bolton | Independent | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  American researchers have performed ...

Should all children of egg and sperm donations have right to know their origin?

Linda Geddes | Independent | 
Although she has two half-sisters from her dad’s previous marriage, there was nothing in Jess Pearce’s childhood to make her ...
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Some geneticists worry ‘gene drive’ tech could create bio-weapon or environmental disaster

Steve Connor | Independent | 
A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm ...

Genetic analysis shows prostate cancer to be five distinct diseases

Charlie Cooper | Independent | 
Scientists have discovered that prostate cancer could in fact be five different diseases, in research that may change the way the ...

European experts say glyphosate cancer warning not grounded in science

Ian Johnston | Independent | 
It is described as the world’s safest pesticide, used so pervasively that it shows up in human breast milk and ...
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GMO cereal plant that produces omega-3 fish oil, which could promote healthier diet, successful in landmark trials

Steve Connor | Independent | 
A genetically-modified cereal crop that produces fish oil in its seeds has been grown successfully for the first time in ...

Transfusions with laboratory-grown blood cells to begin trials

Steve Connor | Independent | 
The first attempt at giving human volunteers “synthetic blood” made in a laboratory for the first time will take place ...

France bans glyphosate sales at garden centers

Louis Dore | Independent | 
France has announced a ban on over the counter sales of a brand of weedkiller from garden centres after the ...

Mythbusting: Little understood facts to calm chemophobia

Mark Lorch | Independent | 
All too often the use of the word “chemicals” in the news, in advertising and in common usage has the implication ...

New blood test is breakthrough in ovarian cancer screening

Adam Withnall | Independent | 
A new blood test for ovarian cancer has been found to detect twice as many cases as conventional methods, and ...

DNA testing machine calls UK genetic database into question

Oscar Quine | Independent | 
Police forces across the UK are testing technology that allows officers to analyse DNA samples in custody suites, amid fears ...

UK Independent editorial: Britain can’t afford to miss out on GMO benefits

Independent | 
Two decades ago, when the very real scare over “mad cow” disease undermined people’s trust in the safety of the ...

Monsanto chief: We did not grasp depth of consumer concerns over first GMOs

Oliver Wright | Independent | 
The American company that produced the world’s first genetically modified crop has admitted for the first time that its “hubris” ...

British researchers wait until after June elections to begin trial on GMO ‘super spud’

Steve Connor | Independent | 
British scientists are developing a genetically modified “super spud” free of fungal diseases and other pest problems, as well as ...
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He said/She said on GMOs: Mark Lynas v Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson, Mark Lynas | Independent | 
This week The Independent has been investigating the future of genetically modified food – nearly 20 years since the first ...

ActionAid spreads fear of GMOs in Uganda with pictures of rats with tumors

Oliver Wright | Independent | 
Donors to one of Britain’s largest humanitarian aid charities have been unwittingly funding an aggressive anti-GM food campaign in Africa ...

Human intestinal tissue successfully grown in mice

Steve Connor | Independent | 
A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that ...
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Jack the Ripper’s identity remains a mystery after error in DNA analysis revealed

Steve Connor | Independent | 
It was supposed to have been the definitive piece of scientific evidence that finally exposed the true identify of Jack ...
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