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Mushroom ‘tree of life’ constructed

Biologists have trawled through thousands of fungal specimens to construct a mushroom ‘tree of life.’ This is the most comprehensive review of its kind, and it drew on specimens dating back 200-years.

Researchers genetically alter human blood vessel cells

Scientists have used the new genome-editing tool CRISPR to alter cultured human endothelial cells. These cells were taken from blood vessels.

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."

Genetic screening set to become big business

Genetics testing is set to become big business and several rounds of investment and deals have taken place, with start-up companies preparing for a rise in the public's interest in predictive genetic testing,

Sweet potatoes are naturally 'genetically modified'

Scientists have serendipitously established that sweet potatoes naturally contain genes from a bacterium. Due to the presence of “foreign” DNA, a research report calls sweet potatoes the “natural GM food.”

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.

Sister species to leprosy bacterium discovered

Scientists from Switzerland have genetically sequenced the bacterium that causes most cases of leprosy. At the same time they are the first scientists to unravel a sister species that causes a rare form of the disease.

Should there be a halt on germline editing?

Following news that some research groups have edited the DNA of human embryos, some leading scientists have requested that gene editing of human reproductive cells be halted.

Scientists make recombinant spider silk

In a remarkable feat of genetic engineering, scientists have programmed the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce artificial spider silk.

DNA and 'wheel' trace cultural beginnings of European language

Linguists follow the root for "wheel" while geneticists follow DNA samples of Europeans and steppe dwellers. Both conclude European language has its beginning with the Yamnaya living 6,000 years ago on the steppe north of the Black Sea.

The key to bigger brains is in the DNA

Scientists have identified a human DNA element that spurs nerve growth and brain growth when placed in mice. The consequences are that the larger brain might have a greater memory capacity.

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.

Mothers pass traits to offspring via bacterial DNA

A remarkable study suggests that the DNA of bacteria that live in the body can pass a trait to offspring in a way similar to the parents' own DNA. This is based on studies conducted using mice.

Britain authorises 'three-parent' babies

London - Britain on Tuesday became the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people after MPs voted for the controversial procedure.

Op-Ed: DNA manipulation — Designing perfect babies

Advancements in genetic modification and DNA editing make the possibility of creating customized designer babies a reality. Is this medical advancement really a good idea?

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.”

Biotech companies partner for Parkinson’s research

The biotech companies 23andMe and Genentech are to work together on research into Parkinson’s Disease. The firms have entered a multi-year deal for the analysis of whole-genome sequence data.

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.

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.

New genetic link to autism

Scientists have identified a molecular network that includes many genes previously linked to autism spectrum disorders. Narrowing this down, one specific molecular pathway appears responsible.

Predicting antibiotic resistance through advanced genetics

Tokyo - The challenge faced by scientists in developing a new generation of antibiotics to challenge the menace of antibiotic resistant superbugs is considerable. To help with this, researchers have pinpointed the how resistance develops.

Europe revises its stance on GM crops

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.

Understanding the genetics of birds

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.

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.

Gut bacteria, health and genetics are interlinked

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.

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.

New way to improve breast cancer treatment

Vanderbilt - 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.

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.

U.K. invests £230 million in disease research

London - The British government is to partner the Medical Research Council to develop new methods orientated towards identifying the causes of diseases such as cancer and dementia.
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