Scientists spot genetic clues to Crohn's disease

2014-08-28 12:08

Differences in environmental factors among people – such as diet and gut bacteria – can trigger Crohn's disease in people with several genes linked to the disease.

Genetic mutation in obese people triggers appetite

2014-07-31 10:06

A genetic mutation in some obese people triggers feelings of pleasure and gratification at the sight of high-calorie foods like chocolate.

Evolution of pig trade between China & US

2014-07-16 10:42

European pig producers have found a lucrative market selling porkers to China for breeding purposes. But a new study shows that this business is a remarkable tale of trade flowing in reverse.

A reason why your friends feel like family

2014-07-15 10:42

A new study has found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves, so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person's fourth cousin

Experts create babies from frozen testicles

2014-07-02 11:16

Scientists have produced live offspring from testicle tissue that has been cryopreserved and say a similar technique might be used to preserve the fertility of boys facing cancer treatment.

Panel backs potential 'three-parent' IVF babies

2014-06-03 20:56

A British expert scientific panel has given its backing to potential new three-way fertility treatments that would allow genetically modified embryos to be implanted into women.

Brains of sea animals could cure Alzheimer's

2014-05-23 07:36

A scientist studying sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson's ans Alzheimer's.

The healthy sperm diet

2014-05-20 15:14

Planning to become a father? You'd better do whatever you can to ensure that your tiny genetic propagators are plentiful and healthy, including eating the right foods.

Clones: Should companies own them?

2014-05-09 16:13

The method for cloning animals such as the famed Dolly the Sheep can be patented, but the resulting animals themselves cannot, a US federal appeals court has ruled.

Scientists add new letters to alphabet of life

2014-05-08 09:48

Scientists, in a world first, has announced that they had added two letters to the genetic code that forms the chemical blueprint for life.

Spider DNA spurs search into arachnid secrets

2014-05-07 06:30

Scientists have published the first spider genome, helping the quest to uncover secrets which could lead to smarter insecticides and man-made super-strong spider silk.

Could you be heading for a heart attack?

2014-04-23 10:24

Heart disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes. Don’t become another statistic – get the lowdown on heart gene tests and other ways of preventing a heart attack.

Men with female genetics can be dads

2014-04-21 09:00

A rare gender disorder doesn't need to be the end for wanna-be dads.

Goat genetically modified to produce medicinal milk

2014-04-16 12:16

Scientists in Brazil have genetically modified a goat to produce milk with a special enzyme to treat Gaucher's disease, a rare human genetic condition.

Nature's gender balancing trick

2014-04-04 13:00

Whether or not couples father sons or daughters may be in men's genes.

Human genome 'navigation maps' published

2014-03-27 09:34

A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body.

Men with female genetics can be dads

2014-03-13 11:00

A rare gender disorder doesn't need to be the end for wanna-be dads.

Ancient baby DNA tied to Native Americans

2014-02-13 10:01

The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in the US state of Montana 12 600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today's American Indians.

Farmer neighbours face off over GMO crops

2014-02-11 08:46

An Australian farmer who lost his organic produce licence has taken his neighbour to court over contamination from his genetically modified canola crop in a closely-watched test case.

Genes shed light on pygmy history

2014-02-05 05:30

Scientists say they can fill a blank in the history of Central Africa's pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world.

5 new genes linked to belly fat

2014-01-24 13:34

Researchers identified five new genes linked to belly fat, which could help efforts to develop medicines to treat obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Neanderthal bone highlights human inter-breeding

2013-12-19 09:02

A tiny toe bone from a Neanderthal woman who lived around 50 000 years ago has shown that several branches of early humans interbred before a single group, Homo sapiens, rose to dominate.

EU execs back OK for GMO maize

2013-11-07 10:56

The European Union's executive commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups which considers it dangerous.


Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair

2014-08-20 22:30

Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.

Genes may play a role in cerebral palsy

2014-07-16 13:13

Cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability in children, may have a genetic cause.

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.

New therapeutic strategy for oesophageal disorder

2014-07-14 11:23

Research has opened up new therapeutic strategies for for EoE, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the oesophagus.

Tibetans breathe better thanks to a special gene

2014-07-03 08:35

Scientists say many Tibetans possess a rare variant of a gene involved in carrying oxygen in the blood that they likely inherited from a group of extinct humans who interbred with our species.

How to bet, invest in your genes

2014-06-19 06:03

A study has shown that genetics play a big role in how a person acts when it comes to betting and investing.

Causes of migraines

2014-05-30 12:02

No one knows exactly what causes migraine attacks, but both environmental factors and genetics seem to be involved.

Mass DNA test of teens fails to find rapist

2014-05-22 16:32

French authorities say that mass DNA testing of the entire male population of a French high school failed to find the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

Girl's skeleton reveals Native American origins

2014-05-16 09:02

A teenage girl who fell into a hole more than 12 000 years ago in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is offering new clues about the origins of the first Native Americans, researchers say.

Genetically modified food labelling, a reality

2014-05-09 11:33

Vermont has became the first US state to mandate labelling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, a law that is widely expected to be challenged in court.

Get to grips with OCD

2014-05-07 15:24

Like TV detective Monk and footballer David Beckham, 1.9% of Australians are affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Do you also live in this irrational, secret world?

‘Cloned stem cells create Catholic fear’

2014-04-29 08:36

In the wake of announcements from laboratories in the US that they had created human embryos by cloning cells of living people, a lab in New York has announced that it had done that and more.

Genes may determine how much pain you can take

2014-04-22 13:07

Researchers have pinpointed a number of genes that could help explain why perceptions of pain differ from person to person.

Goat genetically modified to produce medicinal milk

2014-04-19 09:00

Scientists in Brazil have genetically modified a goat to produce milk with a special enzyme to treat Gaucher's disease, a rare human genetic condition.

Nature's gender balancing trick

2014-04-10 09:00

Whether or not couples father sons or daughters may be in men's genes.

Stem cell controversy hits Japan

2014-04-02 13:30

The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem cell research paper is a setback for Japan's efforts to promote its advanced research.

Technology superior to eyewitness testimony

2014-03-24 14:05

Technology could and should eliminate most eyewitness testimony from court cases to ensure more accurate legal judgements, a top forensic pathologist has said.

DNA reveals secrets of historical events

2014-02-14 08:30

Telltale relics of Europe's colonial period, the Mongol empire and the Arab slave trade can be found in the genes of modern humans.

Weather conditions may truly affect arthritis

2014-02-12 11:04

More than 60% of Dutch patients with osteoarthritis say that weather conditions, such as rain, barometric pressure and temperature have an impact on their condition.

US farmers unite against GMO labelling

2014-02-07 21:26

US farmers have joined the food industry to launch a united front against labelling of genetically modified products amid mounting consumer pressure.

Yes, you're Neanderthal, studies find

2014-01-30 08:35

According to two studies, Neaderthal DNA may play a role in the appearance of hair and skin as well as the risk of certain diseases in modern humans.

US 'superweeds' epidemic implicates GMOs

2014-01-13 09:59

The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant "superweeds" that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs, an accusation rejected by industry giants.

DNA kicks sponges out of evolution role

2013-12-13 07:38

Sponges are getting squeezed out of a distinctive role in evolution. A new study says they don't represent the oldest branch of the animal family tree after all.

Ancient human relative DNA sets a record

2013-12-05 08:37

Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyse DNA.

New dolphin species discovered off Australia

2013-10-31 09:16

Researchers have identified a new humpback dolphin species off northern Australia, using genetic mapping to single out an animal not previously known to science.

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