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Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses

Cambridge - Researchers have uncovered a genetic reason for why some types of breast cancer in some people reoccur. Understanding the reason for relapses could help with future treatment.

EU lawmakers want full animal cloning ban

Strasbourg - EU lawmakers backed calls Tuesday to tighten up a proposed ban on cloning animals for food so as to ensure they never find a place on European farms.

The genetic diversity of sheep revealed

A major new study, led by Chinese academics, has revealed the genetic and evolutionary history of sheep. The finding will help with the protection and conservation of rare breeds.

What will the health of the U.K. population be like by 2040?

Making predictions can be fraught with difficulty; however, working out the main diseases and health threats helps governments to plan ahead. An interesting exercise has been undertaken in the U.K.

Possible obesity gene discovered by UBC scientists

For those of us who are constantly battling the bulge, science may have taken a step closer to understanding why some people are obese and others are not.

Cave fish cast light on the causes of obesity

Scientists have been studying blind cavefish to understand the effects of obesity. The results from the fish, for patterns of starvation and over-eating, are thought to be similar as those with the human body.

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.
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