Andrés Chacón

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You Can Get Your Whole Genome Sequenced. But Should You?

There are 3 billion ways for something to go wrong with your DNA. But diseases caused by an error to a single gene—what geneticists call "big ticket" …

Genetics

The surprising health benefits of drinking beer

It's National Beer Day, which seems like as good a reason as any to savour a pint of the amber nectar (though not Fosters, obviously – these days the selection on offer is much better than that).<p>And here's another: that same glass of beer could actually help you live longer.<p>Last year, a study of …

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

First beer in the world to be made based on a person's DNA to make sure you like the taste

A brewery has released the world’s first beer to be made based on a person’s DNA.<p>Ciaran Giblin had an ale made dictated by his individual DNA taste …

Two thirds of cancers are unavoidable even if you live a healthy life, study finds

Two thirds of cancers are unavoidable even if you live a healthy life, a study has shown.<p>Scientists in the US found cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genetic code that occur when cells divide.<p>The findings challenge the widespread view that cancer mutations are generally inherited or …

Cancer

Scientists Use Stem Cells to Grow Brain and Muscle Cells Faster Than Ever

From stem cell to brain cell in just a few days.<p>Stem cells are special. Present in abundant quantities during fetal development — and in smaller but …

Stem Cells

Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the 'cure'

In September 2015, Elizabeth Parrish flew from Seattle to Colombia to receive an experimental treatment.<p>Craig Venter wants to tackle the ultimate …

Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's bones used in Brazil forensic medicine courses

For more than 30 years, the bones of Josef Mengele, the German doctor who conducted horrific experiments on thousands of Jews at Auschwitz, lay unclaimed inside a blue plastic bag in São Paulo’s Legal Medical Institute.<p>Dr Daniel Romero Muñoz, who led the team that identified Mengele’s remains in …

São Paulo