ARTICLES RELATING TO DNA

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

2014-08-25 19:40

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, say scientists who have teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it.

Skills in maths and reading shared by same genes

2014-07-09 18:34

A common set of genes play a role in learning to read and do maths, with tiny variants influencing a child's skills in these tasks.

Eating too much? Blame your genes

2014-06-30 16:33

Recent research reveals that our genes not only affect the type of foods we choose to eat, but also how much, and how often.

People choose spouses with similar DNA

2014-05-20 13:18

People tend to choose spouses who have similar DNA, according to scientists who reported the results of a study exploring the genetic resemblance of married couples.

Down's chromosome affects all other chromosomes

2014-04-22 15:22

The additional chromosome that causes Down's syndrome has a knock-on effect on all the 22 other chromosomes, according to a study.

Multiple sclerosis drug may cause brain infection

2014-04-01 12:29

Patients who take a certain multiple sclerosis drug face a high risk of developing a rare brain infection. Doctors are trying to understand why this therapy puts patients at risk.

Gene detectives solve malaria parasite riddle

2014-02-25 17:50

Gene detectives have discovered how the parasite that causes malaria becomes resistant to DDT and to insecticides used in anti-malaria bednets.

My husband is not the father of my child.

2014-01-15 10:26

What happens when your child's real father turns out to be a convicted kidnapper?

Caffeine and alcohol affect your DNA

2013-12-06 15:04

Researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres, the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.

Unemployment may age you

2013-11-22 13:00

Researchers say that unemployed men show more signs of stress in their DNA.

What puts that individual stamp on your face?

2013-10-25 16:15

US researchers say thousands of gene enhancers play a significant role in craniofacial development and as yet it's unclear what all of them do.

Eating too much? Blame your genes

2013-10-21 15:20

Recent research reveals that our genes not only affect the type of foods we choose to eat, but also how much, and how often.

Genetically stunted parasites vs. malaria

2013-09-13 07:15

Genetically engineered malaria parasites that are stunted through precise gene deletions could be used as a vaccine that protects against malaria infection.

DNA bill approved

2013-08-22 18:01

The so-called DNA bill is one step closer to being signed into law after the National Assembly passed it.

DNA connection between diabetes and blood cancer

2013-07-15 10:49

A DNA flaw may explain why people with type 2 diabetes are more prone to blood cancers than the rest of the population, according to a study.

UK may approve creating babies with DNA from 3 people

2013-06-28 13:15

Britain may allow a technique to create babies, using DNA from three people, to avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country's top medical officer says.

Knowing DNA profile boosts healthy pregnancy

2013-05-13 11:20

Advances in genetic research are providing pregnant women with new ways of ensuring they have the nutritional balance they need.

DNA colon cancer test meets trial goal

2013-04-19 10:43

Exact's test, which identifies abnormal DNA in cells shed in a patient's stool, detected 92% of colorectal cancers and 42% of pre-cancerous polyps in a large late-stage study.

Record gene haul could improve cancer screening

2013-03-28 07:48

New research has nearly doubled the number of genetic variations implicated in cancer, offering fresh avenues for screening.

For sale - Nobel prize

2013-02-25 21:51

The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with a lab coat, his books and other memorabilia.

My three parents?

2012-09-18 10:31

New development creates embryos from 3 parents, as well as an ethical dilemma.

Two or three parents?

2010-04-19 14:56

Rare diseases can be prevented by DNA egg swap.

IBM uses DNA for microchips

2009-08-17 12:19

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) is looking to the building blocks of our bodies - DNA - to be the structure of next-generation microchips.

 

People pick friends with similar genes

2014-07-15 14:27

New findings have made it clear that people have more DNA in common with those who are selected as friends than with strangers in the same population.

Eating too much? Blame your genes

2014-07-01 05:00

Recent research reveals that our genes not only affect the type of foods we choose to eat, but also how much, and how often.

Third-hand smoke can be a killer

2014-06-04 13:44

With so much focus on second-hand smoke we have, for the large part, overlooked the dangers of third-hand smoke... until now.

Anti-ageing: beating the clock

2014-05-07 15:25

What exactly is behind the process of ageing? More importantly – can we slow things down a bit? Blame ageing mainly on those three little letters: DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

Multiple sclerosis drug may cause brain infection

2014-04-01 13:00

Patients who take a certain multiple sclerosis drug face a high risk of developing a rare brain infection. Doctors are trying to understand why this therapy puts patients at risk.

IBM cloud system to help sequence cancer DNA

2014-03-20 13:34

IBM's Watson computing system will help to sequence the DNA of cancer tumours in order to treat glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in US adults.

DNA discovery may lead to new diabetes treatments

2014-02-11 12:28

The discovery of seven new regions of DNA linked to type 2 diabetes could lead to new ways of thinking about diabetes and new treatments for the disease.

Sperm substitution at fertility clinic

2014-01-14 14:23

The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own.

DNA can be used to identify unknown criminals

2013-11-26 10:07

In forensics, DNA-based prediction of appearance traits such as height, eye colour, hair colour and age, is useful to find unknown perpetrators.

Unemployment may age you

2013-11-22 09:19

Researchers say that unemployed men show more signs of stress in their DNA.

Eating too much? Blame your genes

2013-10-21 15:22

Recent research reveals that our genes not only affect the type of foods we choose to eat, but also how much, and how often.

What's your exercise DNA?

2013-10-01 11:12

A simple DNA test could boost your training and performance by giving you some insight into the kind of exercise to which you might be suited best genetically.

Genetically stunted parasites vs. malaria

2013-09-12 12:39

Genetically engineered malaria parasites that are stunted through precise gene deletions could be used as a vaccine that protects against malaria infection.

DNA repair helps prevent cancer

2013-08-19 12:39

Researchers at Michigan State University use supercomputers to understand DNA repair mechanisms.

UK plans world's first '3-parent' IVF babies

2013-07-01 08:41

Britain plans to offer controversial "three-parent" fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.

Scientists investigate how aspirin may fight cancer

2013-06-21 10:23

Aspirin and related drugs may fight cancer by lowering rates of DNA mutation, a new study suggests.

DNA tests show Europe is one big family

2013-05-08 08:17

New DNA research shows that modern-day people in the UK shares ancestors with people across Europe.

What's your exercise DNA?

2013-04-16 13:17

A simple DNA test could boost your training and performance by giving you some insight into the kind of exercise to which you might be suited best genetically.

Skeletons to be tested for Black Death

2013-03-15 14:03

Scientists digging a new railway in London have uncovered 13 skeletons that will be tested to see if they died from the Black Death plague in the 14th century.

DNA and gold particles used to diagnose diseases

2013-03-01 08:15

A diagnostic "cocktail" containing a single drop of blood, a dribble of water, and a dose of DNA powder with gold particles could mean rapid diagnosis and treatment of the world's leading diseases in the near future.

56% of SA women are obese

2012-10-23 09:22

A frightening statistic. But, experts reckon they may have a solution - and it's not dieting or exercise. Say what?!

SA's new crime-fighter: DNA

2011-06-21 00:00

DNA profiling, one of modern crime-fighting's most potent tools, is being increasingly used in South Africa - as in the Griekwastad farm murder case.

Leukaemia, DNA research awarded

2009-09-14 19:22

Five scientists have won prestigious research awards for developing a life-saving leukaemia treatment and for advances in "reprogramming" DNA, which led to a new kind of stem cell.

1 week only to sequence genome

2009-08-11 09:20

It might not be long until there is a gene scanner in every doctor's office, as DNA sequencing becomes faster and cheaper.

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