Your lifestyle may explain premature heart disease better than your genetics

2019-09-18 14:50

A new study has shown that it is in fact your lifestyle and not necessarily your genetics that explains most premature heart disease.

Is autism largely caused by genetics and not environmental factors, like vaccines?

2019-07-18 16:30

A recent study has found that the majority of risk for autism spectrum disorders is from inherited genes and not environmental factors like vaccines.

Your genetics don't play as big a role in Alzheimer's as you might think

2019-07-06 18:30

No, brain degeneration doesn't happen overnight.

Two cups of espresso a day - just what the doctor ordered for an 11-year-old with rare genetic disease

2019-06-13 07:22

Some people can’t start their day without caffeine, but for one 11-year-old boy, it's so much more than just an early-morning pick-me-up.

What is the 'fainting gene' and do you think you have it?

2019-05-29 18:18

Danish researchers have found that a part of chromosome 2 increases the risk of fainting, which means that there is a genetic risk variant that predisposes to fainting.

WATCH: Scientists grow bacon on blades of grass

2019-04-19 10:10

A team of researchers from the University of Bath have developed bacon fibers using pig stem cells and blades of grass, reports the BBC.

Some people may lack a 'brake' in their brains that stops them drinking too much

2019-02-25 16:15

Certain genetic mutations may mean some people could have no limit to how much they can drink, according to a study of drunk mice.

Nature or nurture? Twins study helps sort out genes' role in disease

2019-01-25 06:30

A large US study found that forty percent of common diseases have a genetic component.

Science body pushes for better human genetics ethics guidelines in SA

2018-12-04 13:03

The Academy of Science of South Africa has released a study it says is aimed at creating a more certain regulatory environment for government departments on matters relating to human genetics and the human genome.

A Google group helped to study 54 million family trees — and learned that a surprising factor helps determine how long we live

2018-11-18 08:29

Our genes play less of a role in how long we live than previously thought.


Left-handed? It’s definitely in your genes and changes the way your brain works

2019-09-09 16:50

New research has confirmed that left-handedness is linked to certain genetic features.

FNB’s banking app now comes with a free health rewards programme – with discounts on gyms and genetic testing

2019-07-09 16:39

Called ‘nav» Wellness’, it is a free service from FNB that wants to encourage its customers to entertain healthy living behaviour.

Another designer baby scientist plans to take on incurable diseases

2019-06-26 07:34

Denis Rebrikov is confident that his use of the mostly illegal genome-editing technique, CRISPR, will prove more successful than his disgraced predecessor.

What would your life be like if we were born with 11 fingers? Apparently an extra finger could be quite handy

2019-06-12 15:30

Researchers believe having additional digits, specifically fingers, could significantly boost a person's dexterity.

We'll be eating the first Crispr'd foods within 5 years, according to a geneticist who helped invent the blockbuster gene-editing tool

2019-04-22 09:37

A geneticist who helped invent the gene-editing tool Crispr told Business Insider its most profound impacts will be on agriculture.

Sleepless nights? Insomnia may be in your genes

2019-02-26 11:34

A recent study revealed that your genes may be the culprit behind all your sleepless nights.

Are you a risk-taker? It might lie in your genes

2019-01-29 06:53

Scientists have identified more than 100 genetic variants linked with risk-taking, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Look to your aunts, uncles and parents for clues to your longevity

2019-01-17 06:50

Researchers have discovered that the more long-lived relatives you have, the lower your hazard of dying at any point in life.

Has China produced the first genetically edited babies?

2018-11-26 11:49

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies.

Think genes dictate your life span? Think again

2018-11-08 06:52

A recent study found that although there is a genetic component in longevity, there is also a major impact from many other forces in our lives.

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