Scientists debate boundaries and ethics of human gene editing

2015-12-02 14:16

Scientists and ethicists from around the world are gathering to debate the boundaries of human gene editing, amid worry that research may outpace safety and ethics scrutiny.

Gene mutation behind Finns' reckless drunkenness

2015-11-19 18:44

Finns may have a reputation for sometimes drunken and violent behaviour but a new scientific study suggests their impulsive and reckless actions may be caused by a genetic mutation.

19 EU countries seek to block GM crop cultivation

2015-10-04 21:58

More than two thirds of the European Union's member states want to block the cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory.

Amazon, Google want your DNA in the cloud

2015-06-06 18:00 is in a race against Google to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries.

Scientists question ethics of 'designer babies'

2015-05-22 12:11

The first experiment using CRISPR gene-editing to alter the DNA of human embryos has ignited an outcry from scientists.

Genetic testing moves into the world of employee health

2015-04-30 16:22

Employers may start helping workers find genetic answers to their health problems via a new genetic testing programme.

Halt human embryo experiments - scientists

2015-03-12 21:08

With rumours that scientists are about to announce they have modified the genes of human eggs, sperm, or embryos, five prominent researchers have called on biologists to halt such experiments.

Scientists create genetic firewall

2015-01-21 22:24

A firewall means any GMOs that escapes a lab, manufacturing facility, or agricultural field will die.

Genes may affect response to flu shot

2014-12-12 10:42

According to researchers, people with a specific genetic profile are more likely to have detectable antibodies against the flu strain targeted by the seasonal flu vaccine.

Scientists map genetic diversity of sub-Saharan Africa

2014-12-04 12:16

Scientists have recently made the most comprehensive map of African genetic variation to date and believe that it will assist them in better understanding the role of genetics in diseases.


US scientists urge ban on human genetic modification

2015-12-01 05:18

Genetic engineering, allowing creation of 'designer babies', could lead to irreversible effects on humanity say scientists.

Your body shape can indicate your diabetes risk

2015-10-19 15:34

Recent research has shown that women with narrow hips have a higher diabetes risk than women with larger hips.

A gene for better rice

2015-07-07 05:33

Scientists say they have pinpointed variants of a gene to improve the quality and yield of rice, a staple starch for billions of people.

Genes determine which exercise is best

2015-05-22 15:09

Women with a low genetic risk for obesity tend to benefit more from resistance training.

Seasonal changes may affect immune system

2015-05-22 10:18

The strength of your immune system changes with the seasons, which explains why some diseases are worse during some months than others.

Long-distance runners may have more 'desirable' genes

2015-04-10 10:24

Among our ancestors, males who were good distance runners may have been more desirable to females, a new study suggests.

Epigenome decoded

2015-02-18 15:46

Scientists for the first time have mapped out the molecular switches that can turn on or silence individual genes in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells.

Study: How humans tamed wild horses

2014-12-16 10:32

Humans tamed horses some 5 500 years ago, and an international study of ancient and modern horse genes has shed light on the traits people saw as valuable, including speed, vigor and learning ability.

Scientists may have found genetic cause of Gigantism

2014-12-05 12:20

A defect in growth hormone output may be the cause of Gigantism – a rare condition that causes excessive growth in children.

Scientists map Sub-Saharan Africa's genetic diversity

2014-12-04 08:34

Scientists have made the most comprehensive map yet of African genetic variation and say it should help them learn more about the role genes play in diseases such as malaria, haemorrhagic fever and hypertension.

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