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Battling against crop pests thanks to genetics

Three research groups have recently reported on advances with crop diseases resistance. These related to detecting novel disease resistance genes and the successful transfer of resistance into wheat, soybean, and potato.

Chinese scientists engineering human embryos defy ethics again?

For the second time in one year, a team of Chinese researchers engineered human embryos by altering their genome with partially successful results. The world's scientific community is concerned about potential ethical issues.

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.

Britain grants first licence for genetic modification of embryos

London - Britain on Monday granted its first licence to genetically modify human embryos for research into infertility and why miscarriages happen, in a move likely to raise ethical concerns.

Happiness: Is it in your DNA?

Paris - Happiness is a state of mind, the gurus say. Well, actually, it could be more a function of genes, the authors of an unusual scientific study asserted on Thursday.

Genetic link to some cancers revealed

It has long been suspected that some types of cancer are inherited, in contrast to being related to environmental factors. A new study has pinpointed inherited elements across 12 different cancer types.

Scientists prove drugs can alter personality permanently

By altering parts of the DNA of ants using drugs injected directly into their brain, scientists have shown that fundamental changes can be made which could lead to uses within humans to improve memory and learning.

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.

Ireland saw pre-historic migration from Mideast, Eastern Europe: Study

Washington - Ireland underwent a massive prehistoric wave of immigration from the Middle East and eastern Europe, which could explain how modern farming arrived in the region, researchers said in a study released on Monday.

Op-Ed: Trying to give up smoking? Blame your genes

Tried quitting smoking but just can't seem to shake off the habit? Don't worry, it may not simply be weak willpower - it could be down to your genetic make-up.

Russia says new DNA tests confirm last tsar's remains

Moscow - New DNA tests on the remains of the last tsar Nicholas II confirm their authenticity, Russia said Wednesday, after exhuming them in a bid to end a dispute with the Orthodox Church.

Russia readies to exhume Tsar Alexander III in Romanov probe

Sanktpeterburg - Russian investigators began examining the grave of Tsar Alexander III Tuesday ahead of his exhumation in a probe looking to finally identify the remains of the last tsar Nicholas II and his family.

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.
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CRISPR - revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA.
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