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Is one genetic mutation responsible for human endurance?

Studies suggest that a mutation caused humans to lose function of the CMAH gene two to three million years ago—around ...
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Infographic: Are genetically engineered crops less safe than classically-bred food?

Crops and foods today are not what they used to look like. Farmers and plant breeders have been modifying plant ...
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Talking Biotech: Winning the disease resistance ‘arms race’ against plant pathogens to ensure food security

The disease resistance arms race between plants and pathogens continues. But scientists have entered this war on the side of ...
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Agricultural firm Simplot receives first commercial license for CRISPR gene editing, focusing on cutting waste

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to ...
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Stopping gene flow: ‘Containment genes’ could prevent GMO seeds from spreading in the wild

The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings ...
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Viewpoint: Intellectual property tug-of-war could hinder the CRISPR gene-editing revolution

Conservative estimates place the value-added of [intellectual property] on the American economy at nearly $1 trillion annually... ... Take, for instance, ...
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We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
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There’s a reason you have trouble thinking and remembering when hunger sets in

Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
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How do you know if your mutation will lead to a genetic disease?

Sonia Vallabh, a scientist, carries a rare mutation that normally causes a neurodegenerative disease. How likely is it she will ...
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Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Our clock system is in organisms across the planet. Better understanding of our internal body rhythms may help pave the ...
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Nutrigenomics: Can custom diets based on personal genetics help you lose weight?

Several companies offer services that will match you with the best diet based on your genes. But can genetic information ...
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Epigenetic Zs: Could a bad night’s sleep alter your genes?

Sleep deprivation can not only ruin your day, it may change your DNA ...
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Ultimate personal diet plan? Follow your genes

As the obesity problem in America continues, some scientists are looking at how food influences the way our genes behave ...
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Why is your memory so bad when you’re hungry?

Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
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Mutated genes don’t always lead to genetic diseases

Sonia Vallabh, a scientist, carries a rare mutation that normally causes a neurodegenerative disease. But how likely is it she ...
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Should healthy patients with disease genes be told of their genetic risks?

Many people with gene variants that might cause disease have a very low risk of getting sick. Telling patients may ...
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Gene therapy is doing all that we’d hoped for* *(so far)

New gene therapies are showing evidence of advancing our treatment of genetic diseases. Scientists are 5 years along the 15 ...
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Designer viruses and precision medicine: New findings for the future of gene therapies

Precision and personalized medicine have at their heart the promise of targeting diseases with specialized therapies specific to certain types ...
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Is there a genetic switch that causes ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)?

We don't know the causes of ALS in most patients, but about 10 percent of cases are thought to be ...