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.

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.

New batch of Alzheimer's genes discovered

2013-10-29 14:51

Researchers have pinpointed 11 new genes linked to late-onset Alzheimer's disease, doubling the number of potential targets for drug development.

DNA confirms Bulgarian couple as Maria's parents

2013-10-25 16:28

DNA tests have confirmed a Bulgarian Roma couple as the biological parents of Maria, a mystery blond girl whose discovery in a Greek Roma camp last week made global headlines.

Science robs French king of his head

2013-10-09 14:50

Scientists have revealed genetic data they said disproved the authenticity of macabre relics attributed to two French kings.

Method for 'designer babies' in the ethical spotlight

2013-10-07 07:08

European bioethicists raised the red flag Thursday over an American patent for a method that could allow people to choose genetic traits like eye colour in children sired from donor eggs or sperm.

Migrants' DNA could help ID missing Guatemalans

2013-09-23 08:29

Forensic experts are expanding outreach to Guatemalans in Los Angeles to try to identify victims of the country's decades-long civil war.

TB followed humans out of Africa

2013-09-02 08:25

One of the largest genetic investigations into the microbe which causes TB shows the germ followed early humans out of Africa at least 70 000 years ago, scientists have said.

Costing queried as DNA bill gets the nod

2013-08-13 19:16

The so-called DNA bill has been formally adopted by Parliament's police portfolio committee.

Identical twin astronauts become research subjects

2013-08-12 09:05

Identical twin brothers, who are both astronauts are to both head out into space on different missions so the genetic impact of space flight can be studied.

Monsanto does U-turn on GMO in EU

2013-07-18 09:15

Monsanto has backed down from approval requests to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the EU.

Mapping genes from 700 000 years ago

2013-06-26 23:00

From a tiny fossil bone found in the frozen Yukon, scientists have deciphered the genetic code of an ancient horse about 700 000 years old

Gene behind early onset puberty

2013-06-06 09:09

Scientists have discovered a gene that could help children with 'central precocious puberty,' give insights to development.


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.

Family genes a killer?

2014-03-26 17:49

Find out what is lurking in your family's genes.

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.

Geneticists map human resistance to HIV

2013-10-30 10:26

The immune system struggle leaves genetic mutations within the HIV virus, which may be used for individualised treatment strategies.

Little Maria's Roma family wants her back

2013-10-26 22:01

The Bulgarian Roma family of Maria, wrongly thought to be an abducted western European child when she was found in Greece last week, wants her back.

Skull gives glimpse of our evolution

2013-10-17 22:53

A well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks, researchers have said.

Ethical issues about genome sequencing in babies

2013-10-08 12:00

New parents soon can start signing up for smaller studies to explore genome sequencing – should it become a part of newborn care.

Why we’re wired to favour beautiful people

2013-09-26 08:38

There's a compelling physiological explanation for the “beauty stereotype” and a recent article delves into why human beings are wired to favour the beautiful ones.

Experiment reverses Down syndrome in mice

2013-09-04 22:30

US researchers said they have found a way to reverse Down syndrome in newborn lab mice by injecting an experimental compound that causes the brain to grow normally.

Passing DNA bill a step forward - NGO

2013-08-13 23:05

The adoption of the DNA bill by MPs is a big step towards removing dangerous criminals from South Africa's streets, the DNA Project says.

Identical twin astronauts become research subjects

2013-08-12 20:00

Identical twin brothers, who are both astronauts are to both head out into space on different missions so the genetic impact of space flight can be studied.

Big animals crucial for soil fertility

2013-08-12 07:29

The mass extinction of large animals in the Pleistocene era caused today's dearth of soil nutrients, scientists have said.

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.

Human DNA not patentable: US Court

2013-06-13 18:52

Naturally occurring human gene sequences cannot be patented but artificially copied and replicated DNA can be, the US Supreme Court says.

Alga most sucessful life form

2013-06-13 07:30

It's just a tiny thing - a single-celled organism visible only under a microscope - yet it is one of the most successful life forms on the planet.

Japan suspends imports over GM wheat

2013-05-31 07:32

Japan has suspended some imports of US wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.

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