Tag: Genetics

Scientists Identify 44 Genetic Risks For Depression, And Everyone Carries At Least Some Of Them

Some people regard depression as just a feeling that can be solved by positive thinking. As a new large-scale study proves, it ties in with our genetics.

Neuroscience April 27, 2018

Scientists Discover Over 100 New Genes That Are Responsible For Hair Color

Dozens of new genes were discovered, giving scientists an idea of how hair color is determined. Before the discovery, scientists only knew about the existence of 13 genes that determine hair color.

Biotech April 18, 2018

Study Links Depression to Nearly 80 Genes That Could Shed Light On The Condition

A new study suggested that depression could partly be a genetic disorder after analyzing more than 300,000 DNA datasets from 23andMe. Scientists said this widens the understanding as to why certain individuals develop this condition.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 17, 2018

Earth's Magnetic Field Reunites Turtles With Similar Genetic Composition

Biologists found that loggerhead sea turtles may get lost while finding their natal beaches even with their capabilities for magnetic navigation. These turtles would nevertheless find other turtles with similar genetic composition.

Animals April 14, 2018

Gene That Makes You Eat More Sugar Might Also Help You Lose Fat

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

23andMe CEO Compares Complicated Genetic Risk Reports To Simple At-Home Pregnancy Test

23andMe chief executive Anne Wojcicki released an opinion article saying that people don't need experts to decipher genetic risk reports. She likened the reports to at-home pregnancy tests.

Public Health April 11, 2018

Your Chances For Heart Disease May Decrease If You Stay Active, Regardless Of What Your Genes Say

Keep working out. A new study says staying physically active diminishes one’s risk of developing heart disease regardless if they have an elevated genetic risk for such complications.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 11, 2018

Medical Search For Superpowers Leads To Discovery Of People Who Are Resistant To Liver Disease

Even though it is not a superpower in terms of comic book superpowers, resistance to liver disease can lead to a new drug. People who were found to be resistant to liver disease could drink all they wanted and not develop the disease.

Medicine March 25, 2018

NASA Confirms Scott Kelly's Genes Have Been Altered By Space Travel

NASA revealed preliminary findings that confirm recent stories that Scott Kelly's genes have changed after being in space for a year. Scott Kelly's identical twin brother now has different genes than him.

Space March 15, 2018

Your Genes Might Explain Why You Have A Great Deal Of Empathy

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

Science Says It's Okay To Marry Your Cousin But Not For Your Kids To Marry Theirs

A new study shows that it is okay for people to marry their first cousins, their children probably shouldn't follow suit. Marrying cousins used to be more popular but has fallen out of favor.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2018

CRISPR And Deafness: Gene-Editing Tool Prevents Hearing Loss In Mice

Scientists recently cured mice with progressive hearing loss using a new genetic engineering technique. What is the CRISPR-Cas9 and how could it cure deafness?

Public Health December 30, 2017

Genetics Unlocks Mystery Of Why Dogs Are Friendly

Why are dogs friendly? Researchers look for clues in common underlying genetics between dogs and humans to potentially explain dogs’ hyper-social behavior toward people.

Animals July 20, 2017

Science Stumbles On 40 New Genes Linked To Intelligence

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

Couple Trying IVF Treatment Supposedly Learn They Are Twins: What Are The Risks For Children With Blood-Related Parents?

Reports of a young couple finding out they are twins while trying for IVF are circulating the internet. The legitimacy of the story is starting to crack, but what are the risks for children of consanguineous couples?

Feature | Health April 15, 2017

Octopuses And Squids Can Rewrite Their Own Genes: How Is This Possible?

The California two-spot octopus is among the smart cephalopods that can edit their RNA codes to adapt to the environment. Just like other species of squids and cuttlefish, this octopus uses gene editing to change neural functions.

Animals April 7, 2017

It’s Not All About Fast Food: Study Finds Rare Genetic Obesity Cases Are More Common Than Anticipated

Researchers found 79 syndromes linked to genetic causes of obesity, almost triple than previously anticipated. Although rare, these syndromes are much more numerous and diverse than expected and their understanding could help curb obesity rates worldwide.

Public Health March 28, 2017

Are You At Risk Of Getting Alzheimer's Disease? Gene Testing Can Predict When

New research shows that it may be possible to predict which individuals are at a risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Scientists reveal that there are multiple genetic reasons behind people being afflicted with the condition.

Public Health March 23, 2017

GOP-Sponsored Bill Could Help Companies Access Your Genetic Information

A new GOP-sponsored bill could grant companies access to their employees' genetic information. Both Democrats and advocacy groups have expressed opposition to the bill.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Huge Leap Forward In Understanding Autism: 18 New Genes Identified

Extensive DNA scan reveals additional 18 genes associated with autism. Study shows genetic mutations differ for each affected individual, offering a deeper comprehension of the autism spectrum.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Engineers Store 214 Petabytes Of Data In A Gram Of DNA: What It Means For The Future

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

Your Spit Can Help Scientists Understand US Migration Patterns

More than 77,000 spit samples have been analyzed by a genealogy company to trace and understand migration patterns in the United States. The results can have real applications for medical research.

February 8, 2017

Scientists Discover 83 New Gene Variants Affecting Your Height

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

Study Reveals Not Much Has Changed In Genetics Between Stone, Modern Age Populations In East Asia

Despite living thousands of years apart, Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia have very little difference in their genetics. This is according to DNA samples obtained from ancient remains in Russia.

Ancient February 2, 2017

Space Travel May Lead To Gene Changes, NASA Twin Study On Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly Reveals

NASA has released early results from its unprecedented Twin Study, which probes the genetic differences between astronaut Scott Kelly and his identical twin Mark. The findings reveal that spaceflight may lead to certain changes in genetic expression.

Space January 30, 2017

Here’s Why You Get Sick When You Don’t Sleep Enough

A new study by researchers at the UW Medicine Sleep Center has shown that reduced sleep is a health hazard and results in a depressed immune response involving the circulation of white blood cells.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 30, 2017

Even After Death, Not All Cells Die: Study

A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Biology looked into the gene expression of recently deceased animals and found that some cells are still active up to 96 hours postmortem.

Biotech January 28, 2017

Your Roommate's Genes Can Influence Your Health: Study

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

‘Designer Life’ Soon? Scientists Create First Stable Semi-Synthetic Organism

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

Newborn Health Screenings May Soon Rely On Genome Sequencing Techniques: Experts

A group of government-funded researchers and clinical geneticists are exploring the pros and cons of possibly using genome sequencing techniques in newborn screenings in the future.

Medicine January 21, 2017

NIH To Consider Human-Animal Hybrids: Is It Ethical?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has proposed to lift the funding moratorium on human-animal hybrid studies. New policies will place new and stricter limits on these types of research.

August 7, 2016

DNA Is The Blueprint Of Life Thanks To Its Dynamic Nature

A strange feature present in the DNA may be the main reason why it's well-suited as the blueprint of life, instead of the RNA. Researchers investigate the differences between the two.

August 2, 2016

4-Billion-Year-Old Organism Named Luca May Be The Last Common Ancestor Of All Living Things

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

Chinese Scientists To Perform First Ever CRISPR Gene-Editing Trial On Humans

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists will use the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique in a clinical trial on lung cancer patients. The clinical trial is expected to begin next month.

Biotech July 23, 2016

Ancient Humans Domesticated Dogs Not Just Once But Twice And In Two Different Places

Different studies point at different locations as the birthplace of dog domestication. A genetic study of ancient and modern canines explains the reason behind the discrepancies.

Animals June 3, 2016

New Gene Involved In Multiple Sclerosis Development Discovered

According to researchers, a new gene associated with multiple sclerosis has been discovered. The discovery offers the possibility of determining individual risk for the disease.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 1, 2016

Genome Analysis Reveals How Giraffes Developed Exceptionally Long Necks

Why the long neck? Because of unique evolutionary adaptations, giraffes have reached such great heights. Researchers determine the genes responsible for this development.

Animals May 18, 2016

Scientists Hold Secret Meeting About Creating Synthetic Human Genomes

Scientists held a secret meeting to discuss the possible creation of synthetic human genomes from scratch. Such technology may pave the way for modifying human embryos and creating humans without biological parents.

Biotech May 16, 2016

Educational Level May Be Determined By Genes

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

This Is How Human Trade Routes Influenced Genetics Of Dromedary Camels

Camels were crucial to the transport of goods and trade thousands of years ago. A new research suggests how these ancient trade routes influenced the genetics of one-humped camels.

Animals May 11, 2016

Being Fat Ups Your Risk Of Getting This Skin Disease

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have both been linked to psoriasis in a recent Danish twin study. Scientists have explored a potential genetic connection between psoriasis and obesity, possibly improving the skin disease's treatment and prevention.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 2, 2016

Do Happiness Genes Exist? Researchers Locate Genetic Variations That May Affect Your Well-Being

Genetic variations that influence how individuals experience happiness have been identified. Researchers suggest further studies should be conducted to find out how genetics and environment affect well-being.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 27, 2016

200-Year-Old Betty Tree Holds Key To Fighting Ash Dieback Disease

A 200-year-old ash tree may hold the key to ending the ash dieback disease problem. The tree, which scientists named Betty, offers clues on how to fight the disease.

Earth/Environment April 25, 2016

Human Limbs May Have Evolved From Cartilaginous Fish Gills

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

Human Mutants Who Can Resist Diseases Could Be Key To Life-Saving New Therapies

Scientists discovered superhero DNA in 13 people with natural immunity to inherited mutated genes. Experts think this could pave the way for the development of new life-saving therapies for genetic disorders.

Life April 14, 2016

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