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Fast CRISPR test easily detects Zika and antibiotic resistance
Zika virus, uncoveredJames Cavallini/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYBy Sam WongCRISPR has another trick up its sleeve. The system that sparked a revolution in gene editing can also be used in fast and cheap tests...
23andMe DNA test for Alzheimer’s risk approved for sale in US
Spit and send: saliva samples are used to assess how likely you are to develop 10 diseasesZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock PhotoBy Jessica HamzelouWant to know what’s in your genes? People in the US will...
Selfies could help diagnose rare genetic disease
Could diagnosing rare genetic disorders one day be as simple as snapping a picture with a smartphone? That’s what a new study suggests.Researchers with the National Institutes of Health’s National Human...
Recoded organism paves way to new genetic language of life
Preparing for a new way of lifeJuergen Berger/SPLBy Colin BarrasA form of life that uses a fresh genetic “language” could be just a few years away. This comes after geneticists used a new technique to...
New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results
EnlargeGetty | Cultura RM Exclusive/GIPhotoStock reader comments 70 Share this story It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees...
Why do shorter men go bald more often?
Short men may have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely. An international genetic study at least points in this direction. During the study, the scientists investigated the genetic material of...
We should embrace our ability to harness plant genes
Design Pics Inc/National Geographic Creative IMAGINE a simple spray that, when applied to crops, kills off pests including insects, fungi and viruses for weeks – but which isn’t based on chemical pesticides...
Culture etched in our DNA more than previously known
Common ancestry, common culture, common environment — all these factors contribute to the genomes of individuals of the same ethnic groups. Now, for the first time, researchers say they have quantified...
Genetic opposites attract when chimpanzees choose a mate
Researchers find that chimpanzees are more likely to reproduce with mates whose genetic makeup most differs from their own. Many animals avoid breeding with parents, siblings and other close relatives,...
Simple blood test can detect genetic diseases early in pregnancy
Testing timeBSIP/UIG/GettyBy Alice KleinA FAST test for genetic disorders means women could learn about the future health of their baby as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. The test for single-gene disorders,...
Obesity-linked genetic variant changes brain’s response to food cues
reader comments 11 Share this story Genes and sensitivity to environmental cues both contribute to obesity, but the relationship between these two is not well understood. A recent paper published in PNAS...
UK becomes first country to give go ahead to three-parent babies
A step towards genetic engineeringCavan Images/plainpictureBy Michael Le PageThe UK today became the first country to formally allow children to be genetically altered to ensure they do not inherit disorders...
Scientists track down genes behind our personalities—and mental disorders
EnlargeGetty | Detroit Free Press reader comments 2 Share this story In many ways, the things we do and the experiences we have shape who we are—from our personalities to the state of our mental health....
New form of autism found: New genetic cause of ASD
Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. In a new study, a research team has...
Some genetic disorders may be caused by defects we couldn’t detect
Enlarge / Major genetic defects are often identified by looking for oddities in the chromosome pairs.National Cancer Institute reader comments 0 Share this story You have two copies of each chromosome,...
Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia
Using a recently developed technology for analyzing DNA, scientists have found dozens of genes and two major biological pathways that are likely involved in the development of the disorder but had not...
Analysis of DNA from early settlers of the pacific overturns leading genetic model
A scientific team analyzed DNA from people who lived in Tonga and Vanuatu between 2,500 and 3,100 years ago, and were among the first people to live in these islands. The results overturn the leading genetic...
The genetics behind what mosquitos choose to bite
Sanofi Pasteur reader comments 9 Share this story Mosquito-borne illnesses are a considerable burden on human and animal health, so understanding what influences the behavior of mosquitos could be useful....
Snub-nosed monkeys are so inbred they may struggle to survive
Undermined by their own lack of genetic diversityXi Zhinong/FLPABy Colin BarrasWith a global population below 250, things have been looking bleak for the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey. But the creatures might...
Variation in 'junk' DNA leads to trouble
Although genetic variants are scattered throughout the human genome, scientists have largely ignored the stretches of repetitive genetic code known as 'junk' DNA in their search for differences that influence...
Schizophrenia Emerged After Humans Diverged From Neanderthals
Schizophrenia poses an evolutionary enigma. The disorder has existed throughout recorded human history and persists despite its severe effects on thought and behavior, and its reduced rates of producing...
Privacy risks lurk in DNA tests, experts warn
Where did my ancestors come from? What can my genes tell me about lurking health dangers? Is this child really mine?Curiosity drives these questions, and some can be answered by sending a cheek swab away...
Counting genetic mutations predicts how soon you’ll get cancer
Double trouble: a variety of cancer genes is not good newsHiroshi Watanabe/GettyMutations in a variety of genes can cumulatively push a person closer to developing cancer at a younger age. We already...
DNA's dynamic nature makes it well-suited to serve as the blueprint of life
A new study could explain why DNA and not RNA, its older chemical cousin, is the repository of genetic information. The DNA double helix is a more forgiving molecule that can contort itself into different...
If you’re worried that stupid people have more kids, don’t be (yet)
Universal PicturesIt’s a common perception that less-educated people have more children. The idea causes much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth over the possibility that human populations might become...
Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance
The process by which a mother's diet during pregnancy can permanently affect her offspring's attributes, such as weight, could be strongly influenced by genetic variation in an unexpected part of the genome,...
Genetic test predicts your success in life, but not happiness
What’s your genetic score?Corbis/VCG/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouNext time you have a success, you’d better toast your genes as well as your supportive family, teachers and pets. Subtle variations across...
Fix for 3-billion-year-old genetic error could dramatically improve genetic sequencing
Researchers found a fix for a 3-billion-year-old glitch in one of the major carriers of information needed for life, RNA, which until now produced errors when making copies of genetic information. The...
Scientists Say Gene Editing Should Stay in Labs
Much as they did at the onset of the Atomic Age, scientists are now grappling with the ethics of a technological advancement — in this case, our ability to manipulate the genetic code. And they warn that...
Genetic code of red blood cells discovered
Eight days. That's how long it takes for skin cells to reprogram into red blood cells. Researchers have successfully identified the four genetic keys that unlock the genetic code of skin cells and reprogram...
Genetic potential of oil-eating bacteria from the BP oil spill decoded
Microbiologists have cracked the genetic code of how bacteria broke down oil to help clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, revealing that some bacteria have far greater potential for consuming oil...
The genetic history of Ice Age Europe
Analyses of ancient DNA from prehistoric humans paint a picture of dramatic population change in Europe from 45,000 to 7,000 years ago, according to a new study. The new genetic data reveal two big changes...
Discovery of a fundamental limit to the evolution of the genetic code
Headed by ICREA researcher Lluís Ribas de Pouplana at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and in collaboration with Fyodor A. Kondrashov, at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)...
Depression, neuroticism, and sense of well-being may have genetic links
Nogas1974The role of genetics in mental illness is a complex topic. On the one hand, evidence of genetic and biological causes for mental illnesses may help to fight the stigma that often accompanies...
Genes can 'influence' personality and behaviour
Genetics plays a role in the age a person first has sex, according to a new study from the Medical Research Council (MRC).The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, identifies 38 different genes...
The genetic superheroes who have mutations but not the disease
Some people are healthy despite having genes that give other people rare diseasesForest Woodward/GettyThey’re the lucky 13 – a baker’s dozen of genetic superheroes who are healthy despite having mutations...
'Honeycomb' of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering
Researchers have developed a new and highly efficient method for gene transfer. The technique, which involves culturing and transfecting cells with genetic material on an array of carbon nanotubes, appears...
Unnoticed sex reversal in amphibians due to artificial estrogen from pills
Hormonally active substances may contribute to global amphibian decline. Some compounds, for example from pharmaceuticals, occur in biologically relevant concentrations in freshwater ecosystems, and thus...
Proving the genetic code's flexibility
Three-letter codons in a genome sequence can represent one of the 20 regularly used amino acids or stops. Scientists have discovered that microorganisms recognize more than one codon for selenocysteine....
Those without autism spectrum disorder diagnosis may still be on genetic spectrum
Mayo Clinic Gene Expression CoreAlmost all autism spectrum disorders (ASD) risk factors that we know about are found in the unaffected, general population. (That’s what makes them risk factors, rather...
18th Century Mummies Reveal Clues to Colon Cancer
Mummies are providing clues to the evolution of colon cancer. In 1995, more than 265 mummies were excavated from sealed crypts in the Dominican church in Vac, Hungary. The bodies, identified from their...
Pancreatic cancer identified as 4 different diseases
WASHINGTON DC: A recent research has identified that pancreatic cancer is not one, but four diseases, each with different genetic triggers and survival rates, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses...
Want your genome analysed? Proceed with caution
This article was taken from the March 2016 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing...
Three-Person Embryo ‘Ethical’ says Report
It is ethical, under certain conditions, to create an embryo from the DNA of three people, according to a new report. The report from the Institute of Medicine said using DNA from three people, a man and...
Don’t hate perky morning people: It might be their DNA’s fault
bruce_fultonThe people who burst from bed as the sun rises to cheerily tackle their to-do list—while others sluggishly rouse and fumble with coffee makers—may have a few DNA tweaks in common. Scanning...
Breakthrough on bedbugs shows genetic diversity
NEW YORK -- Scientists have mapped the genome of the bedbug, then used it to follow an army of the nefarious pests through the New York subway system. In the grubby recesses of hundreds of stations, they...
Patients, advocates push for law to keep genetic test results private
Advances in genetic testing have improved doctors' ability to diagnose and treat certain illnesses, but thousands of Canadians have opted not to take the tests for fear it may compromise their career,...
The caste system has left its mark on Indians’ genomes
Lord Parshuram with Brahmin settlers commanding Lord Varuna to make the seas recede and allow Brahmins to make their homes in Kerala.DrshenoyOver 1,500 years ago, the Gupta emperors ruled large parts...
Genetic studies provide insight into ancient Britain's diversity
Genetic analysis of skeletons excavated around the UK shows ancient British migration patterns ranging from a Middle Eastern individual in York to the genetic link between Anglo-Saxon Britain and the modern...
Genetic 'paint box' shuffled between butterfly species to create new wing patterns
New research on butterfly genomes has revealed that the genetic components that produce different splotches of colour on wings can be mixed up between species by interbreeding to create new patterns, like...
Genes may contribute to making some nations happier than others
The citizens of nations that rate themselves happiest display a specific genetic feature: their DNA is more likely to contain a specific allele involved in sensory pleasure and pain reduction, say researchers....
New discoveries concerning Otzi's genetic history
The Iceman's hand is pictured. Credit: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/EURAC/M.Lafogler A study was published last week on the DNA of Helicobacter pylori, the pathogen extracted from the stomach of...
Spider web research shows promise for noninvasive genetic sampling
Using web samples from black widow spiders fed with crickets, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have successfully used DNA samples to identify both the spider and the species of its prey. Such...
Dog domestication may have increased harmful genetic changes, biologists report
Kirk Lohmueller. Credit: Courtesy of Kirk Lohmueller The domestication of dogs may have inadvertently caused harmful genetic changes, a UCLA-led study suggests. Domesticating dogs from gray wolves more...
Genetic changes in birds could throw light on human mitochondrial diseases
Deakin University and UNSW Australia researchers have made a rare observation of rapid evolution in action in the wild, documenting the spread of a newly arisen genetic mutation in invasive starlings,...
Far-reaching benefits from canine cancer research
“We need far fewer dogs to map a disease than we would with a human population,” says Kate Megquier. Credit: iStock A study mapping genes associated with two cancers common in golden retrievers could...
2015 was a tipping point for 6 world-changing technologies
To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. A broad range of technology reached a tipping point, from cool...
The human migration out of Africa left its mark in mutations
Wikimedia CommonsWhen it comes to evolution, people tend to focus on the big driving force of natural selection, which latches on to helpful mutations while purging the harmful ones. But there are other...
Domestication was bad news for doggy DNA
flickr user: sabianmaggyInbreeding to create purebred dogs has a deservedly bad reputation, as many of these breeds suffer from genetic diseases. But it turns out that it's not the only culprit. A paper...
World's first IVF puppies could help eradicate dog diseases
These aren't just any adorable romping puppies -- they're the world's first IVF conceived puppies. The research, undertaken by Cornell University in New York, may now provide breakthroughs in conserving...
Here's how Mark Zuckerberg became the fifth richest person alive
VISIT CNBC.COMX Leadership LeadershipHere's how Mark Zuckerberg became the fifth richest person alive Abigail Hess 56 Mins Ago CNBC.com Source: Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. SHARES Mark Zuckerberg,...
Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience
Then one day, about a month after Goldberg died, she decided to post on Facebook about her grief, her gratitude toward her friends, and her related tumultuous feelings - for instance, coming to believe...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark