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Fighting climate change with gene editing: Can we slash cows’ methane production?

Preventing ruminant methane from being produced in the first place seems a sensible way to limit its damaging effects ...
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‘De novo genes’: How natural selection creates new genes from nothing

In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to ...
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Did whales gain the ability to live in the water by shedding genes?

Like stripping down to swim, the ancestors of whales and dolphins may have shed some genes during their transition from ...
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Harmless mutations may cause serious illnesses when combined together, case study shows

In 2008, pediatric cardiologist Deepak Srivastava treated a newborn baby who suffered from acute heart failure and had to be put on ...
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Life after death? Some genes turn on after we die, and we don’t know why

“We really know nothing about what happens when you die,” says Peter Noble, a former professor at the University of ...
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How the quest to bake a better banana bread helps us understand GMOs

A simple analogy can help explain how genetic modification works ...
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Congress considers allowing gene patents to keep pace with Chinese innovations

In 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down patents on two human genes—BRCA1 and BRCA2—associated with breast and ovarian cancers ...
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Podcast: Did a legendary train ride really lead to the rediscovery of Mendel’s laws?

A Victorian scientist's train ride to London leads to the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of inheritance, Nice story, but is ...
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Video: What does it mean to ‘turn on’ a gene?

In the murky darkness, blue and green blobs are dancing. Sometimes they keep decorous distances from each other, but other ...
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Fathers who exercise may also improve the genetics of their children, study suggests

A positive perception of regular exercise may be one of the more lasting gifts a parent can give their children. But there’s ...
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Searching for a ‘fountain of youth’ in our genes

Explorers have dreamt for centuries of a Fountain of Youth, with healing waters that rejuvenate the old and extend life ...
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Searching for genetic links to suicidal thoughts and behavior

New genetic research could help identify those most at risk of suicide ...
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Can genetics help explain why some people make more money than others?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world... . But when David Hill, a statistical ...
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Being poor ‘leaves a mark’ on 10 percent of your genes

The cycle of poverty isn’t just an economist’s tag slapped on repeat generations of poor, it is actually changing genetics ...
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Gene therapy could be revolutionary—if we can figure out how to pay for it

Dozens of revolutionary gene therapies that mend faulty strands of DNA are on their way, bringing the power to eliminate ...
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Testing human intelligence by putting our brain genes in monkeys

Human intelligence is one of evolution’s most consequential inventions. It is the result of a sprint that started millions of ...
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Can we blame our genetics for overeating?

Are eating habits a matter of choice and discipline? What role do our genetics play in determining how much and ...
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This woman feels almost no pain. Could her genes lead to new treatment for chronic sufferers?

Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand ...
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Is it easier to get cancer than previously thought?

[C]ancer might arise more easily than previously thought. By doing experiments on both yeast cells and on human cells in ...
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Viewpoint: Creation of synthetic DNA demands ethical boundaries for its use

A study published [February 21] expands the redesign of the 4-billion-year-old genetic code from a four-nucleotide base-pair alphabet to an eight-base-pair ...
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Why a happy marriage might be influenced by genetics

The secret to a happy marriage lies in the genes, scientists have discovered, as new research finds a predisposition not to be ...
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Ouch! Why is pain so much worse for some of us?

Exploring how pain differs from person to person ...
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Yes, genes do shape our behavior, but in complicated ways

Are psychological traits definitely determined by genes? ...
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Could your genes ‘nudge’ you towards risky behavior?

A massive new study that included data from more than a million people suggests that genetics may nudge some individuals ...
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Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
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How do genetics and luck mix to determine life’s winners and losers?

Let’s begin with a question: Why do some people succeed in life while others fail? Is it because they are ...
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Can we reduce schizophrenia risk with prenatal supplements?

Schizophrenia has a clear genetic basis, but genes don't tell the whole story. The other factors that determine whether or ...
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The rise and fall of genetic determinism

We’ve all seen the stark headlines: “Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA” (Guardian, July 12); “A New Genetic ...