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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 - 4 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
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Bacteriologist Francois Jacob has died

Bacterial geneticist Francois Jacob died on April 19. Jacob worked with Jacque Monod and Andrew Lwoff on gene...
Apr 27, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

World DNA Day (updated) 

Today is World DNA day. There are various global events taking place to celebrate the 60 th anniversary of the...
Apr 25, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Human Genome Project: 10 years on

The 10th anniversary of the announcement of the completion of the Human Genome Project was reached during April 2013....
Apr 22, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Microbial genomics challenge Darwin

Frontiers in Microbiology have published an interesting series of articles which attempt to "re-assess Darwinian and...
Jan 3, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Mosquito Genetics May Offer Clues to Control Malaria

An African mosquito species with a deadly capacity to transmit malaria has a perplexing evolutionary history. This...
Oct 6, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle
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