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Taking Cancer Genetic Instructions Apart Could Lead To New Treatments

By using CRISPR, scientists have found a way to target the vulnerable genes in cancer and destroy them in the process. Chemotherapy might not be an option for cancer treatment in the near future.

Medicine April 14, 2019

Microbes Living In Different Parts Of Human Body Can Still Swap Genes

Researchers found that 60 percent of the horizontal gene transfer in the human body take place between microbes that are far apart. The process can help understand the evolution of microbes and address the emergence of superbugs.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Molecular Biologist Sydney Brenner Who Helped Unravel The Genetic Code Passes Away At 92

A*Star, a research facility based in Singapore, confirmed that Dr. Sydney Brenner passed away in his sleep on Friday. The revered scientist made plenty of contributions to the fields of genetics and developmental biology.

April 6, 2019

The Secret To A Happy Marriage Could Be In Your Genes

Researchers found that the secret to a happy marriage involves more than just love and trust. Science showed that genes play an important role in marital satisfaction and attachment security.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2019

Slim People Remain Thin Because Of Genetic Advantage, Study Finds

Are slim people thin because they eat healthier or better? Researchers found that it may not just be about their habits but also their genes that help them maintain their weight.

Feature | Health January 26, 2019

Genes With Increased Activity In Monogamous Animals Linked To Learning And Memory

Monogamous species have sets of genes that were more likely to be turned up or turned down in the brain. Some of these genes were linked to neural development, learning, memory and signaling between cells.

Animals January 7, 2019

Inherited Neanderthal Genes Influence Shape Of Human Skull And Brain

Researchers found two Neanderthal gene variants with a subtle effect on the skull shape of modern humans. Does having more Neanderthal DNA make people more likely to have an elongated head?

Feature | Science December 14, 2018

Genetic Study Involving 1.1 Million Participants Finds Genes Play Role In Educational Attainment

A large genetic study has identified 1,271 gene variants linked to a person's educational attainment. Researchers also developed a scoring system that can give a rough prediction of how educated a person is based on his or her DNA.

Feature | Science July 24, 2018

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

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