Stanford University researchers wanted to know whether a person’s DNA ultimately affects how efficiently they lose weight when given the right type of diet. The result? Turns out DNA might be irrelevant.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2018
The mobile phone-sized device called MinION sequenced a complete human genome ever mapped using a single technology. What are its potential applications in the field of medicine?
Medicine January 30, 2018
Google Doodle is celebrating the 96th birthday of the biochemist Har Gobind Khorana. The Indian-American won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work in DNA research.
January 10, 2018
CRISPR has been touted as the next step for human evolution, but a new paper may cast doubt on its effectiveness. Due to immune responses, the gene editing tool may not work on most humans.
Biotech January 9, 2018
Yet another study was able to link alcohol consumption to cancer. Apparently, drinking alcoholic beverages causes some level of DNA damage in stem cells, increasing cancer risks.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 4, 2018
DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.
Ancient January 4, 2018
Harvard University scientists have come up with two breakthrough finds using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The techniques can be used in the future for curing or treating various diseases.
Biotech October 27, 2017
DNA tests offer the first evidence that female Viking warriors did exist. The Viking warrior buried in a Sweden grave was a high-ranking officer with knowledge of tactics and strategy.
Ancient September 11, 2017
A team of biologists and security researchers used DNA encoded with malware to compromise a computer. Should we all panic now that hackers are moving from exploiting computers to exploiting the human body?
Security August 11, 2017
Researchers find that mindfulness activities such as yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi can steer our DNA to react differently toward stress-inducing experiences. The reversed reaction to stress could lead to better physical and mental health.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 17, 2017
The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique may lead to unwanted genetic mutations, warns a new study. Researchers sequenced the whole genome of mice previously treated with CRISPR gene editing for genetic blindness and found it caused unpredicted changes in their DNA.
Biotech May 31, 2017
In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?
Biotech May 4, 2017
Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.
Ancient May 1, 2017
The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?
Ancient April 28, 2017
New evidence suggesting overall improvement in memory and cognitive function through cellular infusion shows promising results in age reversal. Human DNA and cell analyses pave the way to unlock the fountain of youth.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 22, 2017
The octopus has the unique ability to edit its own RNA. Can this explain why the cephalopod is intelligent enough to solve complex puzzles and escape from aquariums?
Animals April 9, 2017
The U.S Food and Drug Administration granted permission to DNA company 23andMe to market personal genetic tests for 10 diseases. It will help consumers know genetic markers in advance and take precautions.
Medicine April 7, 2017
The birth of a three-parent baby in Mexico was a big news, but the project had many risks. According to the details published by the doctors, the process involved in vitro fertilization (IVF) and mitochondrial replacement therapy.
Public Health April 4, 2017
Simple random errors during cell division cause 66 percent of cancerous mutations, versus lower numbers for environmental and lifestyle factors. But it's not just a case of bad luck: Cancer and lifestyle still have strong links to focus on.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2017
Science has always been keen on reversing the aging process. Researchers may have finally found the key in human DNA that could speed up the development of anti-aging drugs.
Medicine March 26, 2017
Apparently, even the healthiest person is not spared from cancer. This is what a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center suggest.
Medicine March 24, 2017
The UK could see its first ‘three-parent baby’ by the end of the year. Regulators licensed Newcastle University to perform the controversial IVF technique, which gives women with mitochondrial disease a chance at having a healthy baby.
Biotech March 17, 2017
Subway disputes reports by Canadian TV show 'Marketplace' that its products are only 50 percent chicken. The company executive fired back saying the allegation is '100 percent wrong.'
Public Health March 4, 2017
Scientists in New York have successfully stored the highest amount of data ever kept in just a single gram of DNA. This breakthrough in data science can change how we keep and retrieve information in the future.
March 3, 2017
The Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki that Subway restaurants serve to customers contains less than 50 percent chicken DNA, a Marketplace investigation revealed. What is actually in the chicken meat?
Healthy Living/Wellness February 28, 2017
A new tool that maps out interactions between RNA and DNA molecules has been developed. MARGI works by providing a full account of RNA molecules that interact with DNA and their locations in bulk.
Biotech February 27, 2017
Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.
Ancient February 25, 2017
Food scientists found that some salmonella serotypes that cause foodborne illnesses can damage the DNA. What are the potential consequences of DNA damage from salmonella infection?
Public Health February 22, 2017
Ethicists have renewed the call for caution in handling gene-editing CRISPR, which has the potential not only to cure congenital and other serious illnesses but also can make permanent changes in human genome that can be heritable by a person's offspring.
Biotech February 18, 2017
A new international study has found 83 new genetic variations that control human height. Some of the enormous findings: certain variations influence adult height by over 2 centimeters or nearly 8/10 of an inch.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 2, 2017
By aligning both natural and man-made bases in the genetic code of single-celled bacteria, biologists at the Scripps Research Institute led by Floyd Romesberg developed the first ever stable semi-synthetic organism.
Biotech January 26, 2017
Scientists have announced the development of the first semi-synthetic organism using an expanded genetic code. The modified E. coli bacterium has been able to maintain an unnatural base pair, fueling hopes of new drug applications in the future.
Biotech January 25, 2017
A study conducted on older women showed that a sedentary lifestyle can accelerate aging. The researchers found that women who lacked exercise had shorter telomeres, which indicate a decreased capacity to protect chromosomes from deteriorating.
Public Health January 23, 2017
A rare case of a zebra shark giving birth to pups without a male partner has been reported in Australia. Removed from a male partner and living in isolation for many, the shark surprised all by producing three offsprings.
Animals January 18, 2017
Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and University of Gothenburg in Sweden recently generated the software called Green Listed to facilitate the use of CRISPR-Cas9, making information texts and films available for free non-profit and academic use.
Biotech January 5, 2017
Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.
Ancient December 9, 2016
Researchers at Gothenburg University have found that antibiotic drug-resistant bacteria can utilize polluted city air as a medium of transmission. Polluted air in Beijing was used as a sample for the study.
Public Health November 21, 2016
Melanesians who live in the South Pacific carry genes of an extinct human species. Researchers said the hominid species is not likely Neanderthal or Denisovan.
Ancient October 31, 2016
Some children were conceived as a result of a fertility treatment trial more than a decade ago, using DNA from three different people. According to research, these children have grown well and are healthy today.
Healthy Living/Wellness October 27, 2016
Did RNA and DNA form at the same time? An alternate theory could explain how life on Earth started as researchers find instability problems associated with the RNA world hypothesis.
Feature | Science September 29, 2016
Cats spread in two waves, analyses of ancient feline DNA show. The second wave involved seafaring people, which included Vikings, who may have brought the animals during long voyages at sea.
Animals September 24, 2016
How did ancient humans go on to disperse the population in different regions over thousands of years? A new study seeks to find a possible explanation.
Ancient September 22, 2016
A protective protein called Dsup appears to protect the DNA of water bears from extreme conditions. Also known as tardigrades, these aquatic animals can survive intense temperatures and deadly levels of radiation.
Animals September 21, 2016
Many of the smoking-related damages to the DNA fade within five years after a smoker quits. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that changes on at least 19 genes can last for decades.
Public Health September 21, 2016
Human skeletal remains were found in the Antikythera shipwreck. DNA from the bones may help shed light on the lives of people who were aboard the ill-fated ancient ship.
Ancient September 19, 2016