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Mistletoe is genetically different to other plants

Mistletoe has been found to be made-up in a slightly different way to other plants or animals: it is missing several key genes needed for energy production in cells.

Computer solves 120-year-old mystery of worms in three days

A computer has solved a mystery that has been puzzling scientists for over 120 years in just three days. Using complex predictive simulation software, the system managed to explain how sliced-up worms turn into independent organisms.

What you need to know when volunteering for a genetic study

Would you volunteer for a genetic study? If so would you want to know if you had a rare disease? It seems that, for most people, the answer is "yes."

Remote tribespeople carry antibiotic resistant genes

Washington D.c. - Researchers have discovered antibiotic resistance genes in the bacteria of a South American tribe never exposed to antibiotic drugs. This suggests some bacteria have always been antibiotic resistant.

Should human germline modification be halted? Special

Following recent reports about experiments on embryos, the Center for Genetics and Society is calling for a halt to experiments aimed at the creation of genetically modified human beings.

Are eating disorders genetic?

Mice lacking a gene implicated in human anorexia and bulimia weigh less than other mice. Such animals also display a variety of behavioral disorders. This points to a genetic basis for eating disorders.

How many recessive lethal mutations do we carry?

Scientists report an estimate of the average number of recessive lethal mutations people carry. The figures are quite surprising.

Ancestry.com adds genetics service

Want to know who you are related to? A genealogy company is now advertising a DNA test that can reportedly connect users to their ancestors going back to the 1700s.

Sexual offending is genetic, according to new study

Are people who commit sexual offences born that way or do they develop sexual aggression through environmental influence? A new study suggests that the cause is genetic.

Icelandic population genetically mapped

Reykjav - Scientists have performed whole-genome sequencing on roughly 1 percent of the Icelandic population. This is one of the largest studies ever performed of a distinct nation.

Genetically engineering TB-resistant cows

Shaan - Scientists have created a tuberculosis resistant cow. This was by adding a gene from a mouse to the cow. The aim was to ward off bovine tuberculosis

Gene discovered that makes finches distinctive

New research into the full genomes of Galápagos finches has revealed an important gene for the beak shape of the birds. The research has also revealed three previously overlooked species.

Studying the human genome for mortality

Edinburgh - A new study has discovered a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span. If such technology is possible, would you want to know?

Three-Parent IVF agreed in the U.K.

London - The British parliament has voted to allow techniques that could help couples produce babies with a reduced chance of passing on heritable mitochondrial diseases.

Obesity due to genes, environment and time

Framingham - New research indicates that a common genetic variant increases the risk of obesity only in people born after 1942. This means genes, environment and time are key factors.

Op-Ed: Should a genetics company plan to create new creatures?

San Francisco - A San Francisco-based biotech wants to see its technology applied for inventing new organisms. This has raised concerns about so-called “Frankenstein science.”

New business venture to make rare disease drugs

A new company called Vtesse is to work with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to advance treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease and other similar disorders.

Scientists reveal the genetic history of corn

A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize has revealed the crop’s complex domestication history. It began as a Mexican wild grass and developed into the plant capable of being used to produce corn porridge and tortillas.

Review: Trials and Triumphs of Huntington Disease Special

Toronto - Meghan Andrews has linked together two of her interests: photography and raising awareness about Huntington disease in a new photo book that captures the journeys of Canadian families affected by Huntington disease.

Genes and environment link up to trigger diabetes

A new study into lean and obese mice and humans has unearthed the combined influence of both genetics and the environment upon the risk of developing diabetes.

Broccoli can help counter a rare genetic disease

A low number of children around the world suffer with a rare disease called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome. This condition leads to premature ageing and it is caused by a defective protein. A substance from broccoli may provide a treatment.

Gene jumps across three domains of life

Through a mechanism termed horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

Next generation sequencing helps with fertility Special

Chicago - Next Generation DNA Sequencing has been made available for clinical. This new technology offers a 1000-fold precision increase over previous methods. It is known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening.

Mapping the human interactome predicts cancer genes Special

Researchers have developed the largest-scale map of direct interactions between proteins encoded by the human genome. This allows for predictions about the genes involved with cancer.

Genetic history of tomatoes unveiled

Davis - DNA sequencing of 360 tomato varieties has produced a genetic history of the fruit. The study has revealed that DNA around genes can lead to larger fruit size or enhanced resistance against diseases.

Hospital challenges the patenting of genes

Toronto - Who owns your genes? You? Big Pharma? Or should it be for the public good? At present the balance is with the company that patents the genetic material. Is this right? Not according to an Ottawa hospital.

Can crime be linked to genetics?

The nature-nurture debate has resurfaced in relation to a new scientific study which argues that certain genes are connected to violent crimes.

Breast cancer rates lower among Latina women

A genome-wide association study has identified that a specific gene could help explain the relatively low rates of breast cancer among Latina women.

Study of zebrafish helps boy with rare disease

A study into zebrafish has helped identify the cause of an unknown genetic disorder affecting a boy and two of his uncles. Although no cure is imminent, the study could pave the way to alternative approaches for dealing with rare genetic diseases.

Is a taste for Java in the genes?

Why do some people drink more coffee than others? The answer could lie with genetic differences, according to a new study.
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Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
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