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Is there a genetics of 'friendship'?

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Sperm can show signs of a mother’s stress

Cambridge - Scientists report that mice that are malnourished while pregnant can pass down genetic markers of such stress to their sons’ sperm.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Number of different types of lichen revealed

A large lichen found in tropical montane forests, long believed to be one species, has turned out to be 126 different types of fungus.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Companies in lawsuit over genetic tests

Tech company Myriad Genetics, a company behind tests for the cancer-associated mutations, is suing another competitor for patent infringement.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Gene editing uses HIV virus to fight disease

A new technology has been developed that uses the HIV virus as a weapon against hereditary infection. In the longer term it will also fight HIV infection say the researchers.
In the Media by Sarah Curran Ragan - 1 comment

Genetically engineering mosquitoes to combat malaria

A science group has proposed that introducing genetic engineering to eliminate the population of female mosquitoes is key to fighting malaria. Other scientists have expressed concerns about the ethics of species elimination.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

What gave modern humans an advantage over Neanderthals?

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) lived alongside Neanderthals. What was it in the genetic makeup of humans that gave them the advantage to survive, whilst Neanderthals did not?
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Neurodevelopmental disorders day in Toronto Special

Toronto - At The University of Toronto this Saturday; families, leading researchers, clinicians, and members of patient advocacy groups will come together to share new knowledge about neurodevelopmental disorders.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Mysterious heart disease gene found by Canadian science

Scientists have detected a mysterious gene that influences cardiovascular health. After five years, researchers now know how one genetic variant works and how it contributes to the development of heart.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New centre to study Huntington's Disease Special

Atlanta - Two new comprehensive, multidisciplinary centers to study Huntington's Disease have opened. The centers focus on care, education and research. Digital Journal has found out more about the project.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

Paris - Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir.
In the Media by Mariette Le Roux, Véronique Martinache (AFP)

Should the U.S. prohibit reproductive cloning? Special

Researchers have produced stem cell lines using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) from cells, making human reproductive cloning more technically feasible. Is this a good idea?
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 12 comments

Cave-dwelling fish offers clues to human facial problems

Cincinnati - A genetic association has been discovered with facial asymmetry in an ancient cavefish and facial asymmetries in humans. Researchers hope to understand why genes behave differently on the right versus the left sides of the human face.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Baldness gene discovered

A new research report explains why people with a rare balding condition called 'atrichia with papular lesions' lose their hair: it comes down to a specific gene.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Gene clue opens paths to treat child brain cancer

Paris - Genetic mutations found in brain tumours in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, researchers said on Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Clue for treating Huntington’s

Tests in mice of Huntington’s disease show dysfunctional cysteine production. Scientists have shown that adding the amino acid to their diets seems to relieve symptoms.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: documentary

London - Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have been of Jewish descent according to DNA analysis carried out for a British television documentary, the makers said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Removal of fat gene may slow down aging

A single gene appears to play a key role in coordinating the immune system and metabolism. Research suggests that deleting the gene in mice reduces body fat and extends lifespan.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Liver disorder in mice reversed using new gene-editing technology

Cambridge - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have cured mice of a rare liver disorder that is caused by a single gene mutation using a new genome-editing technique.
In the Media by Sean Fraser

New insight into inherited muscle diseases

Scientists have reported on findings that appear to determine what goes wrong during the formation and maintenance of muscle tissue and which leads to various inherited muscle diseases.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

How DNA variations shape the human face

According to new research, variants of just 20 genes can predict the shape of a person’s face. It is possible that DNA fragments left at a crime scene could allow criminologist to reconstruct the face of the alleged criminal.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Scientists create 'designer' chromosome

Paris - Scientists have created the first man-made chromosome for a complex-celled organism -- a feat hailed Friday as a big step towards acquiring the controversial ability to redesign plants or animals.
In the Media by AFP

New gene linked to heart attack risk

Detroit - A previously unrecognized gene variation that makes humans have healthier blood lipid levels and reduced risk of heart attacks has been found by researchers.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Google teams up with Global Alliance

The international Global Alliance for Genomics and Health will be using a programming interface developed by the Internet giant to help analyze genomic data.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Scientists find key 'fat gene'

Paris - Geneticists said Wednesday they had pinpointed the most important obesity gene yet, throwing up a possible target for drugs to tackle a dangerous and growing epidemic.Mice bred to lack a gene dubbed IRX3 were almost a third lighter than rodents with th...
In the Media by Mariette le Roux (AFP)

Tech company aims to find the secret of human aging

Craig Venter, the genomics pioneer is starting a new company that aims to tackle the mysteries of human aging. For the project, Venter has teamed up with stem cell pioneer Dr Robert Hariri and X Prize Foundation founder Dr Peter Diamandis.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New clues for rheumatoid arthritis

Current treatments relieve the symptoms but not for all patients, and there is no cure. As a step forward, an international team of researchers has found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Should prenatal DNA tests become the new standard?

Researchers suggest that a standard prenatal tests should be stopped and that a new prenatal DNA test should become the new standard to detect Down syndrome in fetuses.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

US panel debates three-parent embryos

Washington - A US advisory board on Wednesday debated a controversial new technique that would use DNA from three people to produce embryos free of a particular type of hereditary disease.The panel, which provides independent advice to the US Food and Drug Administ...
In the Media by Jean-Louis Santini (AFP)

Revealed: How malaria parasite beats top insecticides

Paris - Gene detectives on Tuesday said they had discovered how the parasite that causes malaria becomes resistant to DDT and to insecticides used in anti-malaria bednets.The secret lies in just one change in the DNA code on a single gene, they said.
In the Media by AFP
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