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.

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.

World's oldest people share no genetic secrets: study

2014-11-13 10:59

Think the reason some people live beyond the age of 100 is because of their genes? Think again. US scientists say they've found no genetic secrets shared between a group of 17 super centenarians

Scientists build 'mini-stomachs' in lab

2014-10-30 13:13

Scientists using stem cells say they have built the world's first 'mini-stomachs', tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes.

Gulping coffee all day? It may be in the genes

2014-10-07 21:36

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much coffee you consume. Now a study has identified some genes that may play a role.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Richard III's DNA raises questions about his heirs

2014-12-03 10:13

Scientists say there is 'overwhelming evidence' that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.

World first: A glowing flower

2014-11-03 10:32

A glowing flower has gone on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix.

Is being a criminal rooted in our genes?

2014-10-29 13:23

Is a violent criminal born that way? Delving into one of oldest questions in psychology, some scientists have suggested genes may contribute to roughly half of the influence, by affecting brain chemistry.

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.

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.

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.

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