Tag: Genes

Human Genome Contains Genes Common To Hundreds Of Species

Researchers discovered that the human genome shares genes with at least 750 other species. This sharing of genes across species is actually common and has helped fuel evolution.

Animals July 10, 2018

There Are Now More Than 1,000 Genes Linked To Humans’ Intelligence

A new study found new genes that are associated with humans’ intelligence. With these new findings, a total of 1,016 genes were now identified as responsible for people’s brilliance and stable minds.

Neuroscience June 26, 2018

Tiny One-Celled Microbe Breaks DNA Rule All Other Life Forms Follow

Scientists discovered a rare species of yeast that breaks what is supposed to be a universal DNA rule. The yeast was found to translate its genetic code randomly.

June 16, 2018

Researchers Trace Genome Structure Of Dinosaurs, Thanks To Their Living Relatives

Researchers were able to create the genome structure of dinosaurs, including the tyrannosaurs and velociraptor. The key was in studying the chromosomes of their closest relatives, birds and turtles.

Ancient June 7, 2018

People Who Wear Glasses Are Indeed More Intelligent, Genetic Study Reveals

A genetic study found a link between poor eyesight and better cognitive function. An older study also found an association between nearsightedness and tendency to attain a higher level of education.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 30, 2018

Scientists Might Create Mammoth-Elephant Hybrid After 'Resurrecting' 44 Genes, Will Start With Mice First

Renowned geneticist George Church of Harvard University announced plans to create a mammoth-elephant hybrid. Researchers hope that this plan will save the elephant from possible extinction.

Animals April 30, 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

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

FDA Approves 23andMe's Home Test Kit For 3 BRCA Gene Mutations

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

Ancient Tooth Proves Extinct Taino Tribe Has Living Descendants In The Caribbean

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

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

Head Injuries Can Alter Hundreds Of Genes, Lead To Serious Brain Diseases

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

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

How Much You Use Online Media Is Influenced By Your Genes

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

Your Genes May Be Causing Your Insomnia

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

Can Aging Be Reversed? Scientists Discover Anti-Aging Breakthrough In Older Mice

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

From Genes To Biomes To People: Climate Change Affects All, Says Study

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 Carry Genes Of Unidentified Extinct Human Species

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

Chimps, Bonobos Swapped Genes In The Past: Ancient Gene Mixing Discovered In Humans’ Closest Relatives

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

Swedish Scientist May Be First In The World To Edit Healthy Human Embryo Genes

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

Smoking Cigarettes Can Permanently Damage Your DNA: Study

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

Possible Drug Target Discovered For Improving Social Interaction In People With Autism

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

Two Genes Identified As Indicators Of Breast Cancer Survival Rates

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

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

Alzheimer's Gene Starts To Show Effects On Brain As Early As Preschool

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

Is There Life After Death? Hundreds Of Zombie Genes Come Alive After Life Ends

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 Battle Over The Synthetic Human Genome

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

Peppered Moths Changed Their Colors With Industrial Revolution

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

Study Reveals Why Men Find Submissive Women Attractive

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

Here's Why Red Birds Are More Attractive To Potential Mates

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

This Gene Allows Birds To Produce The Color Red

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

Four Genes Shape Human Noses, Researchers Discover

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

How Close Are We To An Entirely Synthetic Human?

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

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

Why Are Carrots Orange? Genome Sequencing Reveals Gene Behind Vegetable's Color

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

Why Do Some People Look Younger Than Their Age? It's In Their DNA

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

Newly Discovered Gene Sheds Light On Evolution Of Darwin's Finches

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

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

Researchers Identify Genes That Influence Early Sexual Activity

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

Modern Male DNA Lacks Y Chromosomes From Neanderthals

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

Newly Discovered Set Of Genes Responsible For Stroke And Dementia

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

Hidden In Our Genes: Zebrafish Research Shows That We May Be Able To Regenerate Limbs Like Deadpool

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

Liquid Biopsy For Lung Cancer: Simple Blood Test Can Detect Mutation In Key Genes

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

Synthetic Bacteria Cell Advances Quest For Artificial Life

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

Without This Gene, Living Things On Earth May Not Have Evolved Beyond Slime

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

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