Tag: Genetic Mutations

China's Twin CRISPR Babies May Have Shorter Life Span Because Of Mutation

When scientist He Jiankui genetically modified twin babies in 2018, it was to give them protection from HIV. Now, it's revealed that he may have shaved off years from their lives in the process.

Biotech June 4, 2019

Genetic Mutation Causes Former Teacher Jo Cameron To Feel No Pain Or Anxiety

A Scottish woman felt no pain or fear several surgeries later due to a previously unknown gene mutation. Researchers said the FAAH-OUT gene was responsible for regulating pain signals, mood, and memory.

Biotech March 30, 2019

Endangered Grauer's Gorilla Develops Harmful Mutations Due To Shrinking Population And Inbreeding

Some of the mutations can explain why some Grauer's gorillas have fused digits. There were changes on genes associated with finger and toe development. Researchers warned other species may have similar fate.

Animals December 27, 2018

A ‘Parasite’ Jumping Gene Turns Out To Be Critical For Embryo’s Survival

An experiment revealed 'jumping gene' that was rendered by experts as useless is actually integral to the process of embryonic development. The study revealed that while cells normally restrained this jumping gene, embryonic cells actually unleashes them.

Feature | Health June 22, 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

Italian Family Can't Feel Pain Because Of Rare Gene Mutation

Members of a family in Italy can get injured without feeling any pain because their nerves don't work the way they should. Their genetic mutation could lead to new pain management treatments.

Medicine December 17, 2017

Just 3 Genetic Mutations Could Make Bird Flu Strain Fuel Another Human Pandemic: Study

A few genetic tweaks to the H7N9 bird flu virus can pave the way for another human pandemic, researchers have warned. Learn more about these genetic tweaks to a property of the bird flu virus and how likely human transmission is.

Public Health June 16, 2017

Small Study Finds Fatal Flaw In Gene Editing Tool CRISPR

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

Rare Snail Jeremy Left Defeated In Love Triangle: How The Poor Snail’s Potential Suitors Ended Up Mating With Each Other

Accidentally friendzoned. This is the story of Jeremy, a genetically rare, one in a million snail, and his lovers’ tryst that ended not quite as expected.

Animals May 18, 2017

23andMe Genetic Testing Kit Gets FDA Approval: Things To Know Before Using DNA Test For Disease Risk

23andMe genetic tests can predict risk for only 10 diseases or health conditions. Here are other things consumers should know before using and spending money on this DNA testing kit.

Public Health April 8, 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

Random Unlucky DNA Mutations Cause Cancer More Than Other Factors But There Are Ways To Lower Your Risk

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

Unlucky DNA Mutations Explain Why People With Healthy Lifestyle Still Get Cancer

Random bad luck DNA mutations can be blamed for some cases of cancer. Does this mean that a healthy lifestyle no longer matters when it comes to preventing cancer?

Public Health March 24, 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

Mutations In Genes Essential To Life Play A Role In Autism Spectrum Disorder Development

ASD development has been connected to essential genes. According to new research, mutations at the level of essential genes is crucial in developing autism spectrum disorders.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 15, 2016

Bad Genes Aren't Always Bad News: Study

A new study identified a connection between genetic suppression and disease-causing genes. The study, carried out on yeast, proved that not all genetic mutations are harmful to the human body.

Medicine November 7, 2016

Smoking A Pack A Day For A Year Leads To 150 Extra Mutations In Every Lung Cell: Study

For the longest time, it was unclear how exactly smoking promotes cancer. Now, researchers are a step closer toward understanding how tobacco-related cancers develop after identifying how smoking affects the body on a genetic level.

Public Health November 4, 2016

Genes That Cause Red Hair And Freckles Increase Skin Cancer Risk

People who have red hair as well as freckled and pale skin have increased risk for skin cancer. A study that examined tumor DNA sequences revealed why redheads should be extra cautious of the sun.

Public Health July 12, 2016

Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer Need Genetic Testing: Why?

Men with metastatic prostate cancer should consider getting genetic testing. Results may benefit not just them but also their family members.

Medicine July 7, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Death Kills Young People Without Prior Symptoms: Can It Be Prevented?

Genetic mutation linked with unexplained cases of sudden cardiac death among young people can be passed on to the next generation. How can this finding help save lives?

Public Health June 23, 2016

Scientists Pinpoint Source For Psoriasis, Raise Hope For More Effective Treatments

Researchers identified a signaling pathway that is a valuable target for the formulation of psoriasis treatment. Psoriasis affects as much as 4 percent of the population in the west.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 26, 2016

Another Reason To Fear Zika: Mosquito-Borne Virus Mutates Quickly

The dreaded Zika virus may have mutated rapidly that is why it has caused serious complications that were not seen in past outbreaks. The researchers have found that there is a line between the virus found in Africa and the strain first seen in Asia, where the strain causing microcephaly originated.

Life April 17, 2016

China Embraces Genetic Modification And Human Cloning

With recent advancements in gene editing and human cloning among scientists in China, does this mean the country now embraces these controversial procedures? Two published studies show that the Chinese are already taking a step forward toward gene modification.

Life April 15, 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

Genetic Superheroes: Scientists Find 13 Rare Individuals Resistant To Hereditary Diseases

Scientists discovered 13 genetic superheroes, individuals with the rare ability to resist devastating diseases. This could pave way for new therapeutic strategies.

Life April 12, 2016

New Gene Mutation Identified As Early Indicator, Cause Of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer rates have been improving in the last 15 years and they may improve even further with the discovery of this new gene mutation. According to researchers, targeting the gene mutation has the potential to stop tumors from forming.

Life March 20, 2016

New Genetic Blood Test Detects Inherited Heart Conditions

A new blood test can detect faulty genes linked to inherited heart conditions. Doctors say the new test is more reliable than other tests used to identify gene mutations, allowing for the immediate and cost-effective treatment of potentially fatal cardiac disorders.

Life February 20, 2016

Alien Species To Replace Humans By 2100, Says SETI Research Head

By 2100, humans may be replaced by 'alien species'. Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute said that three things might happen in the next century.

Animals January 20, 2016

Humans Accumulated Harmful Mutations During Migration Out Of Africa

Scientists theorized that modern humans who originated from Africa 150,000 years ago and migrated as small bands accumulated harmful genetic mutations along the way. A study found that the farther an individual is from Southern Africa, the higher number of slightly harmful genetic mutations he or she possesses.

Life January 20, 2016

Faulty Gene Present In 32,500 UK Women Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk By Three-Fold

Around 32,000 women in the UK may unknowingly carry the BRIP1 gene mutation which increases their risk for ovarian cancer by three-fold. This underscores the importance of studying inheritable gene changes in cancer research.

Life January 19, 2016

SCN8A Gene Mutation Role In Epilepsy Unveils Clues To Better Seizure Therapies

Three studies shed light on how the mutation in SCN8A gene, which is known to underlie early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) and other neurological problems, affect the brain and its functions.

Life December 7, 2015

Scientists Discover Network Of Genes That Delay Alzheimer's Disease By 17 Years

Researchers isolated nine genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease that could slow the condition by 17 years or accelerate its progress. The study focused on a large Colombian family afflicted with a genetic type of Alzheimer's.

Life December 4, 2015

Genetic Tests Establish How Exposure To Sunlight Mutates Moles To Melanoma

A new study clarifies the fact that sunlight exposure can turn non-cancerous moles into malignant ones. Genetic testing provided information on genetic mutations that happen on benign skin lesions as it progresses into melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

Life November 17, 2015

Scientists Identify Genetic Mutation That Makes People See In Black And White

Researchers have found the genetic basis for achromatopsia, a condition that robs its sufferers of color vision. A mutation in a single gene is involved in this heritable disorder, they say.

June 1, 2015

Most People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriages, Says Survey

A survey was initiated by a group of scientists to check what most Americans know about miscarriage and its causes. Based on the results, men should find time to know facts about miscarriage and couples should not blame themselves.

Life May 12, 2015

Help Scientists Study Lil BUB's Magical DNA

Scientists want to study Lil Bub's DNA, hoping that their efforts result in a better understand of mutations in both cats and humans. You can donate to the crowdfunding campaign now to make that happen.

Internet Culture May 6, 2015

Ebola Virus Not Showing Unusual Mutations, More Dangerous Strains Unlikely: Study

A study of mutations in Ebola suggests little likelihood of it becoming an even more deadly 'supervirus.' Findings suggest current treatments are and will continue to be effective, researchers say.

Life March 27, 2015

Iceland Becomes World's Largest Genetic Laboratory: Here's What We Can Learn From Icelanders' DNA

A genetic study of the Icelandic population yields clues to the genetic basis of many diseases, researchers say. Both mutations and knockouts - genes that have stopped working entirely - are studied for their effect on human health.

March 25, 2015

Study Shows That Children Are Genetically More Similar To Their Fathers

New research shows sons and daughters are genetically more like their father than their mother, even if they share the same looks and personality as their moms.

Life March 4, 2015

UK Officially First Country To Approve Three-Parent Babies

Fertilization technique involving DNA from three people approved in Britain. The country becomes the first in the world to allow the technique, intended to reduce chances of diseases caused by mitochondrial mutations in a mother's DNA.

Life February 25, 2015

Why Are Some Genes More Likely To Mutate Than Others?

Human DNA constantly replicates itself, and sometimes those duplicated genes result in errors. However, not all errors become mutations, and now scientists know why. Some genes get more attention from our natural DNA repair mechanisms.

Life February 24, 2015

British Lawmakers Approve 'Three-Parent' IVF Babies

House of Commons votes to approve fertilization technique involving three people intended to avoid genetic diseases. First such attempt could come this year.

Life February 3, 2015

Siblings with Autism Have Different Genetic Mutations: Study

Autism is more complicated than once believed, as siblings with the disorder often have different genetic mutations, a new study from Autism Speaks has found.

Life January 26, 2015

Sheer Bad Luck? Researchers Blame Random Mutation for Two-Third of Cancer Cases

Although poor lifestyle and genetic factors can be attributed to a large number of cancer cases, sheer bad luck that goes with random mutations of stem cells can be blamed on majority of cancer cases.

Life January 2, 2015

Evolutionary Geneticists Identify DNA Involved in Horse Domestication: 'Speed Gene' is a Recent Mutation

Speed is one of the most notable characteristics of modern-day horses. This can be attributed to one of over 100 genes that are present in modern-day horses but absent in their ancient counterparts.

Earth/Environment December 17, 2014

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