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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.

Study of zebrafish helps boy with rare disease

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.

Is a taste for Java in the genes?

Why do some people drink more coffee than others? The answer could lie with genetic differences, according to a new study.

Schizophrenia's genetic basis challenged

London - 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.

Isis plans clinical trials for Huntington's Disease treatment

Carlsbad - 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.

Revealing the genetics of schizophrenia

Three independent genetic studies suggests that schizophrenia is a group of heritable disorders associated with distinct clinical syndromes.

New non-GMO ‘super wheat’

Seattle - 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.

Op-Ed: The patent gene debate: who owns your genes?

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?

Latest genome sequencing research

Scientists continue to make advances with genome sequencing. Digital Journal has reviewed the latest research and some of the new creatures to be typed and categorized.

New findings into an alcohol dependence gene

Scientists have linked a gene, already identified with alcohol dependence, with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

Genetic recipe allows lizards to re-grow their tails

Scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration. This comes come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

Rare disease drug gains approval

Sanofi’s biologics unit Genzyme has been granted approval for a new drug to treat the rare genetic disorder Gaucher’s disease.

Fighting malaria by targeting genes

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.

Gene treatment for rare blood disorder

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.

Genetic engineering increases tomato yields

Enhancing the expression of a single gene in tomatoes seemingly improves the plant’s ability to withstand light and increases yields.

Scientists allegedly control evolution with embryonic experiments

According to a Nature report with contributions from scientists stationed around the world, researchers were able to regress the teeth of some mice in the embryonic stages.

Research shows blood test may reveal suicide risk

A group of researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe they have found a genetic indicator that would show a person’s risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.

New autism genetic link revealed

In a new study, researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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