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What Race Has to Do With Breast Cancer

As doctors become more familiar with the different types of breast cancer—those where the tumors are driven by hormones or certain genetic mutations, …

Cancer

Resurrection Biology: How to Bring Animals Back From Extinction

'Designer baby' technology patent cricitised

A "hugely ethically controversial" decision allowing an American company to patent technology which could allow the creation of "designer" babies has been criticised by ethicists.<p><b>US</b> authorities issued a patent for a "family traits inheritance calculator", which can predict from a saliva sample …

Why Mapping Your DNA Could Save Your Life

You may think you know yourself like the back of your hand, but unless you've been DNA tested, there's probably a lot you don't know about yourself. …

Human cloning developments raise hopes for new treatments

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. "I was separated from my husband and so my children, Charlotte and James, had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me," she says.<p>Charlotte …

Gene therapy treatment for cystic fibrosis may be possible by 2020, scientists say

Although results of first trial were ‘modest and variable’, second bigger trial aims to combine gene therapy with other treatments for longer term benefits<p>A treatment to help those with cystic fibrosis may be available within five years, say scientists who who have been working for decades to …

Genetic Engineering

More young breast cancer patients having genetic tests

In recent years, more than 95 percent of U.S. women diagnosed with cancer at age 40 or younger got tested for mutations that raise their risk of future cancers, according to a new study.<p>The rate of genetic testing has steadily risen from about 70 percent in 2007, and that's a positive trend, …

For $2,500 this company will lay out your entire genetic blueprint

But on Tuesday, a company called Sure Genomics said it has a solution to both of those factors. It introduced its first commercial product: a $2,500 sequencing of your entire genome.<p>The company's test can tell things like how you might react to a certain drug based on genetic mutations in genes <b>—</b> …