A new agreement in the European Union allows genetically engineered crops to be approved without member-state votes. This represents a U-turn for before all member states needed to agree. The new policy will allow several GMO foods to enter the market.
A staggering advancement in genetics this week concerning the genome of birds. A series of eight paper have been published in one journal which present 45 bird species genomes. Previously only five species had been genetically mapped.
Analyzing data from a large twin study, researchers have homed in on how host genetics can shape the composition of the microbes in the gut. The types of microbes in the body is connected with human health.
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.
Medical technologists have devised a new method for improving breast cancer treatment. This is based on tumors being different and from studying sections of the tumor, then most effective treatment can be applied.
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.
Recently the Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium presented genetic evidence to suggest schizophrenia is not one but “a group of heritable disorders.” This has been challenged by other scientists.
Of all the neurodenerative diseases known to mankind, Huntington's Disease is certainly the most relentless. No cure or treatment is available, however, if Isis Pharmaceuticals has its way, that may be history.
Botanists have discovered a wheat gene that can be used as a vehicle to transfer key genes from other plants to wheat. The discovery will allow farmers to develop new robust wheat varieties without having to resort to GMO crops.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?
A new approach to preventing malaria by knocking out parasite's genes has been proposed. Biological engineers have demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent.
The blood disorder β-thalassemia is caused by a mutation in the HBB gene, which results in a severe hemoglobin deficiency. Researchers have successfully corrected the mutation in human induced stem cells.
A new study suggests that people tend to choose friends who share their genes. The inference is that humans tend to associate with other people who are very similar to themselves. Not all biologists agree.