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Can artificial intelligence aid human age-reversal?

Combating the human aging process, either for health reasons or reasons more attuned to simply living for longer, has occupied considerable amounts of scientific inquiry. The solution to combating cell aging may lie with artificial intelligence.

Essential Science: First U.S. case of human embryo gene editing

U.S. researchers based in Oregon have performed of gene editing on human embryos. The researchers corrected defective genes responsible for inherited diseases in several embryos using the gene editing technology CRISPR.

Gene-editing technology cures a genetic blood disorder

A next-generation gene-editing system has cured a genetic blood disorder in living mice using intravenous infusion treatment.

Genetics reveals some of the secrets for long life expectancy

Crete - Researchers have been keenly studying the populace of isolated Greek village, called Mylopotamos, in order to understand the ‘genetic secrets’ that appear to confer protection against heart disease.

Want differently colored corn? You’ve got it

Consumers, it seems, want the best of both worlds. There is a desire for new ‘fresh’ looking food and there is a desire for only natural ingredients to be used. This stretches to food dyes as well. Researchers have developed natural dyes for corn.

At you best morning, afternoon or evening? It's genetics

Are you sharpest in the morning or do you prefer staying up to the late hours? What makes us different might be down to genetics rather than personality, according to a new study.

Science reveals how some chickens got striped feathers

Stockholm - Behind the rage of plumage color and patterning on the feathers of birds is genetics. The precise mechanisms have proved elusive to researchers, until now. Two independent gene mutations reveal the barring pattern in chickens.

Genetic basis of why carnivores eat meat discovered

Researchers have discovered the genetic basis of meat eating. This has come about after a review of the genomes of leopards, tigers, killer whales and Tasmanian devils. The research also raises questions about extinction.

Brain cancer gene culprit detected

Research into a type of brain cancer has identified a gene that plays a role in helping a tumor to survive radiation treatment and even to expand.

New evidence of a genetic reason for autism

The causes of autism are varied. However one reason for some people with an autism spectrum disorder is likely to be genetic. New research has identified a new genetic cause.

Essential Science: Zeroing in on a gene that stops you drinking

A large study has pinpointed a gene variant that suppresses the desire of a person to drink alcohol. The next question is whether the discovery can be used for medicinal purposes.

Genetics reveals my some people have 'wild hair'

Berlin - Struggling with unmanageable hair? Struggling with hair that won't style or comb? The various states of uncomfortable hair have been attributed, in new scientific research, to genetics.

One bull gave rise to two million great-grandaughters

One bull, called Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief, had more than two million great-granddaughters, making him the most successful bovine in history. However, it also appears he had a genetic defect and this has spread through Holstein populations.

Scientists map the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

Saarland - Understanding DNA variations can inform about health risks and it can also provide the basis for personalized medicine. There are still some knowledge gaps — which some call the ‘dark matter' of DNA.

Can genetics explain our food preferences?

Meat, vegetables or fish? Whether craving pasta or a chocolate bar our food preferences appear to have a genetic basis, according to a new study.

Modified bacteria protect against obesity

Introducing genetically modified bacteria into the intestines of mice appears to protect the rodents from obesity. This could become a treatment option for people.

Scientists think it's possible to reverse the aging process

The fountain of youth may be a myth but a gene called Nanog might lead to the same effect. A new research breakthrough could bring with it treatments for conditions like atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.

It’s all in the genes: Why some chickens are bird flu resistant

Lincoln - Combating the risks associated with bird flu is of global importance. While some research focuses on treatment, and other parts on addressing transmission, another strand looks at patterns of susceptibility.

Will three-parent genes increase life expectancy?

Studies using mice, where pups have been born with genes from three parents, have shown that the mice live longer. Scientists are discussing whether such a longevity effect would be seen with people.

New genetic link to early onset Alzheimer’s

Australian researchers have found a connection between early onset Alzheimer’s disease and a type of genetic mutation. This could signal a new direction for research into the disease.

AstraZeneca to sequence 2 million genomes

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is to embark on an ambitious project that will see the drugs giant sequence 2 million genomes in the quest for new candidate drug products.

Is CRISPR technology set to change biological science?

Gene editing technology is seemingly the most important scientific method to emerge in recent years. The primary method is called CRISPR and it is transforming the field of biology.

Essential Science: Semi-synthetic bacterium created

Scientists have created a semi-synthetic, functioning bacterium in the lab that has fewer than 500 genes. The importance of "500" is that no bacterium in nature has less than 500 genes.

New study draws genetic & inflammatory disease connection

A new study has revealed that hundreds of genes are linked to five key inflammatory diseases. The diseases are: ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Newly discovered genetic error may stop heart attacks

Heart attacks can be caused by lifestyle, diet and genetics. With genes, some people are at a greater risk than others. A new study has revealed a new genetic clue.

Animal diversity urgently needed for the future

London - According to a new United Nations report, animal biodiversity is needed to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet.

Researchers claim to have reversed autism

Neuroscientists think it may be possible to reverse the symptoms of one type of genetic associated autism. This is based on pinpointing a missing gene needed for brain development.

The food we eat influences our genes

A new study suggests human genes are influenced by the food that is eaten. This is based on a microbiological study, examining genetics and metabolism.

New techniques can identify spiders from their webs

Advancements in genetic techniques have led to researchers being able to identify black widow spiders from their webs. The method allows researchers not only to identify the spider, but also its prey.

What you need to know about gene editing success in U.S.

New York - Scientists have successfully used gene editing techniques to treat mice with the genetic condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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The seven candidate genes found in or closest to regions with concordant signatures of selection.
The seven candidate genes found in or closest to regions with concordant signatures of selection.
Epstein, B. et al.
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Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
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The three focal populations are labelled and marked with large magenta circles. The magenta lines indicate the approximate location of the disease front in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.
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