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Can short bouts of exercise boost brain function?

Can short periods of exercise help to boost brain function? Possibly, according to new research. This relates to the discovery of a gene that is activated by brief periods of exercise.

China tightens rules on genetic research after designer-baby scandal

Bejing - China has announced regulations to curb the smuggling of human organs and tighten oversight on the use of human genetic materials in research months after a Chinese scientist caused a global outcry by claiming that he gene-edited babies.

China gene babies' mutation linked to higher mortality: study

Paris - The genetic mutation given to Chinese twins last year rendering them immune to the HIV virus may significantly reduce life expectancy, scientists said Monday in a fresh warning against human gene-editing.

Northwestern-UIUC researchers launch Illinois’ new twins registry

Northwestern-UIUC scientists have created the Illinois Twins Project (ITP). This is designed to be the first- database to function as scientific resource for scientists exploring how genes and environment influence twins and multiples.

Cracking open the peanut genome

Atlanta - U.S. scientists have cracked the peanut genome for the first time. The new genome map provides insights into ancestry and diversity of today's peanuts, and will assist with boosting agricultural production.

EU sets out plans for giant biometric database

The European Union is to go ahead with developing a giant biometric database, containing information pertaining to EU and non-EU citizens. The objective is to use the searchable system to assist with crime, border control and inward migration.

Gene editing CRISPR treats lethal lung diseases before birth

Scientists in the U.S. have used the gene editing tool CRISPR in order to treat lethal lung diseases, before birth. This proof-of-concept study could lead to several inherited genetic diseases being addressed.

Mother of 3-DNA baby praises new fertility treatment

Atenas - The Greek mother of the first baby born using DNA from three people on Friday praised the revolutionary technique that helped her conceive -- and thanked the mystery woman who donated her egg.

Family Tree DNA can trade privacy to catch criminals

One of the growing number of home DNA kit providers - Family Tree DNA - is to survey users to see if it can share genetic data to aid law enforcement in tracking down criminals.

Scientists take step forward towards spinal cord regeneration

New research may unlock the secret as to why some vertebrates have the ability to regenerate their spinal cords and some do not. The genes identified may possibly hold the key to one day regenerating human spinal cords.

CRISPR could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

New research, based on the technique CRISPR and using a benign virus, could be used to treat a rare brain disorder in unborn babies. The virus functions to switch on certain genes.

China's second gene-edited foetus is 12-14 weeks old: scientist

Bejing - The second woman carrying a gene-edited foetus in China could now be 12 to 14 weeks into her pregnancy, according to a US physician in close contact with the researcher who claimed to have created the world's first genetically-modified babies last year...

Artificial intelligence identifies an unknown human ancestor

Applying artificial intelligence to genomes of Asian individuals has enabled scientists to identify an unknown human ancestor — a hominid who crossbred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.

Scientist who genetically engineered human babies, detained

In November 2018 it was widely reported that Professor He Jiankui had genetically edited human babies, which brought widespread condemnation. Now the researcher has been, reportedly, detained by Chinese authorities.

China AIDS group 'really regrets' role in gene-editing

Bejing - The head of a Chinese AIDS support group expressed deep regret Friday for helping a scientist recruit participants for a controversial experiment claiming to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies.

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Bejing - A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world's first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law.

China orders halt to baby gene-editing activities: state TV

Bejing - China's science ministry has ordered that people involved in the controversial baby gene-editing experiment halt their activities, a government official told state media Thursday.

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

Fpo - A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers Thursday, who labelled him as irresponsible.

Co-creator of gene editing speaks out on CRISPR embryo research

Professor He Jiankui claims to have genetically edited human babies, an announcement that led to widespread dismay from scientists. Now, the co-creator of the CRISPR method used in the reported genetic editing, Jennifer Doudna, is voicing her opinion.

Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment

Bejing - The Chinese hospital linked to a controversial experiment purporting to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies denied its involvement Tuesday.

Call to take genetic privacy more seriously

Genetic data represents a powerful currency in the medical and pharmaceutical field. The problem is, a new study finds, we haven't developed clear definitions or a framework as to what "genetic privacy" means.

Older dads' kids run higher health risks at birth: study

Paris - Newborns of fathers 45 and older are more likely to be underweight or wind up in intensive care, researchers reported Thursday, adding to the list of problems associated with older dads.

Artificial neurons to study the genetic basis of mental illness

To design new drugs to tackle psychiatric disorders requires an understanding of the biological and genetic causes of certain types of mental illnesses. To assist with this task, research have grown brain neurons.

Genetic ancestry databases can be used to solve crimes

A research group have developed a computational model that links family members by using genealogical and law-enforcement databases. Through this it is possible to use the data to solve some crimes.

German MPs voice concern about prenatal genetic tests

Berlin - More than 100 German lawmakers voiced concern on Friday about prenatal tests for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome that they say lead to more abortions.

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: study

Paris - Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said Tuesday, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment.

DNA tests bring together French son of GI and US half-brother

Colleville-sur-mer - A Frenchman who spent his whole adult life searching for his American father, a soldier who fought in Europe during World War Two, said he was "bowled over" after coming face-to-face with a previously unknown half-brother on Monday thanks to a chance D...

Individual genetic profiles reveal disease predictions

The risk of developing a genetic disease is connected with small changes in many different genes. New analysis reveals how tiny genetic changes can predict which people are most at risk.

EU court extends GMO rules to new techniques

Luxembourg - Plants and animals created by new techniques of genetic modification should be treated as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and follow European rules aimed at preventing damage to the environment and health, the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

Q&A: Blockchain-based platform for largest genomic data hub Special

Munich - Shivom, the blockchain-based platform creating the world’s largest genomic data hub, has announced its partnership with SingularityNet, the blockchain-based platform and marketplace for artificial intelligence. Dr. Axel Schumacher explains more.
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All living flowers ultimately derive from a single ancestor (pictured in the centre) that lived 140 million years ago. To find out what this flower may looked like, the study used the evolutionary tree (here simplified) that connects all living species of flowering plants
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CRISPR - revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA.
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All living flowers ultimately derive from a single ancestor (pictured in the centre) that lived 140 million years ago.
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Professor David Sinclair, an Australian scientist and entrepreneur
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