Years ago, scientists discovered that a variation of the FGF21 gene makes people eat more sugar. Now, they’ve discovered that it could lower body fat, too.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 14, 2018
A new research sheds some light on why certain people seem to have more empathy than others. Could it be because of differences in genetics?
Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2018
Testing for three variants of BRCA gene mutation can now be made at home using a simple test kit. All it takes is spitting into a collection tube, without needles and other painful processes involved.
Public Health March 7, 2018
Researchers sequenced DNA from a tooth belonging to a woman who lived in the Bahamas 500 years before Christopher Columbus arrived. It proved that the extinct Taino still has bloodline in the people living in the Caribbean today.
Ancient February 20, 2018
Scientists have discovered 40 new genes linked to intelligence. However, intelligence proves time and again that it's a complex affair, raising the question: is intelligence hereditary?
Neuroscience May 23, 2017
Traumatic injuries hurt the brain but now researchers are saying damaging effects extend to altering genes, which then give rise to risks for serious brain diseases.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 7, 2017
A study from the European Bioinformatics Institute explained how the genetic makeup of an individual’s social partner plays a pivotal role in their overall health.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 27, 2017
Recent research says our genes have something to do with how much we spend time on the internet, whether on social media platforms, chat forums, or gaming sites.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 24, 2017
Researchers have identified genes that may be linked to sleeping disorders such as insomnia. Their findings could provide a way for newer and better drugs to be developed that could address these issues properly.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 13, 2017
Scientists from the Salk Institute were able to reverse cellular aging in mice through genetic partial programming. By manipulating four genes, the researchers converted the cells back into their embryonic states.
Healthy Living/Wellness December 24, 2016
Climate change and rising global temperature have invaded every segment of life on earth and the effects are manifest in many ways. A new study says the ill effects include falling productivity, disease outbreaks, changing body sizes and falling sex ratios.
Earth/Environment November 12, 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
A new study has established that inbreeding and consequent gene mixing between chimpanzees and bonobos did happen in the ancient past. The study with its largest analysis of chimpanzee genomes also gave indicators for conserving apes based on their country of origin.
Animals October 29, 2016
Editing the genes of healthy human embryos is considered highly controversial. However, a scientist in Sweden announced that he is trying to edit such genes for research, according to NPR.
Biotech September 23, 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
People on the spectrum appear aloof and distant because they have trouble establishing and maintaining relationships. All that could change, however, as researchers identify a drug target that treatment can focus on to improve social interaction in individuals with ASD.
Medicine September 12, 2016
For every 100,000 women, 21 die every year because of breast cancer. According to researchers, there are two genes that can help in identifying death risk in women with the disease, allowing treatment adjustment for better outcomes.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 19, 2016
The single-celled organism known as LUCA is the common ancestor of bacteria and archaea. Genetic analysis revealed it thrived in hot and non-oxygenated environment and consumed hydrogen gas.
Animals July 26, 2016
Children with the APOE e4 variant, a gene tied to increased odds for Alzheimer's disease, were found to have a smaller hippocampus, the brain region linked to memory formation. They also performed worse on memory and thinking skills tests.
Neuroscience July 14, 2016
Among the genes that become active after death are developmental genes that sculpt embryos and those that promote cancer. Does this mean dead organisms can be brought back to life?
Feature | Health June 24, 2016
The creation of a completely synthetic human genome may soon be within the reach of genetic scientists. Will this development yield greater developments in medicine or a new age of eugenics?
Biotech June 5, 2016
What drives the colors in wings of butterflies and moths? New research reveals how these markings are made, answering a question that goes back more than 150 years.
Animals June 2, 2016
Men find submissive women more attractive, while women like dominant men better, a new study has found. The explanation for this can be attributed to genetics.
Life & Style May 24, 2016
New findings on wild zebra finches explain why the color red offers greater mating success in the bird kingdom. Researchers recently identified genes responsible for red pigmentation in birds.
Animals May 22, 2016
Scientists were able to discover a gene that is responsible for producing the color red in birds. The study involved zebra finches, which are known for their red beaks.
Animals May 20, 2016
Noses of people worldwide are shaped by four genes, researchers have discovered. How can this discovery be used to unwrap mysteries in history as well as crime scenes?
May 20, 2016
Genetic technology is making the sequencing and development of DNA cheaper, faster and easier. How long will it be before artificial human beings are walking the Earth?
Biotech May 15, 2016
Genes could play a role in determining how long a student stays in school. How great is this effect compared with other factors?
May 12, 2016
Genome analysis revealed a gene in carrots responsible for its orange color. This gene could be key to improving the nutritional content of the vegetable and other crops.
Feature | Science May 10, 2016
Do you look older than your age? While you can blame it on many factors like food and habit, your DNA may have something do to with it too.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 29, 2016
Darwin’s finches appeared on the Galapagos Islands around two million years ago and evolved into 18 different species. Now scientists identified a gene that explains the evolution of beaks in these birds.
Animals April 22, 2016
Fish fins and limbs in mammals may have an evolutionary link to the gill arches of cartilaginous fish such as sharks, skates and rays. The link comes down to a gene called 'Sonic hedgehog.'
Life April 20, 2016
New research uncovered 38 gene variants linked to age when one will first engage in sex, as well as age at first birth or how many children one will end up having. The study revealed not just genes for early sex, but also other surprising genetic influences on behavior.
Life April 19, 2016
The DNA of modern males was found lacking of Y chromosomes from Neanderthals. Researchers, however, are yet to determine if this happened by chance or by evolutionary circumstances.
Animals April 10, 2016
Researchers find a new set of genes linked to stroke, dementia and depression. This includes a new gene called FOXF2, which is associated with increased risk of a common type of stroke due to small vessel disease.
Life April 10, 2016
Fish are also friends, not just food. A Duke University research opens us the possibility that the genome that triggers tissue regeneration in zebrafish may be used in mammals to safely repair damaged tissues.
Animals April 10, 2016
A prospective study showed that liquid biopsy is an effective and accurate clinical tool to identify presence of genetic mutations in patients with lung cancer. Researchers hope that the procedure would replace traditional invasive tests for NSCLC detection.
Life April 9, 2016
The first minimal synthetic bacterial cell developed by researchers could have a significant impact in the development of artificial life. Why is the creation of the simplest life form possible such an important advance?
March 24, 2016
Researchers discovered a gene that helped living things on Earth evolve beyond bacterial slime. The study may pave the way for the creation of a protein version of the tree of life.
Life March 5, 2016
A lot of people are dyeing their hair to hide signs of aging. For the first time, scientists identified a gene directly linked to the graying of hair.
Life March 2, 2016
For the first time, researchers showed that an AKT1 gene variation made otherwise healthy young individuals more susceptible to psychosis due to cannabis use. The findings will hopefully help identify those who are most at-risk for cannabis effects.
Life February 18, 2016
Analysis of DNA samples shows that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. The discovery may signal new information about the migration patterns that occurred during that time.
Animals February 17, 2016
For more than six decades, scientists at Kyoto University have been studying the effects of external factors on the genome of the typical fruit fly — and if it can change particular factors of its genetic makeup. The answer? Yes.
Animals February 9, 2016
Researchers launched a study involving thousands of family members of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis to see if there’s a way to tell who can get the condition. Positive results will allow for early disease intervention and treatment.
Life February 9, 2016
Researchers have found that overexpression in a family of genes results in worse outcomes across 10 types of cancer. When certain genes are overexpressed, cancer cells divide and grow continuously.
Life February 8, 2016