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What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics

Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new. Of course, prevention is always the ideal, but sadly the health care sector has been programmed to curing …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryMe Me MeTube Justin Peters YouTubers processed the YouTube shooting the only way they could.<p>Trump Basically Said He Should Lose the Stormy …

Just ONE night of bad sleep damages the DNA in our biological clocks, claims study

Just ONE night of bad sleep can alter your genes: Pulling an all-nighter damages the DNA in our biological clocks, claims study<p><b>Disruption to</b> …

The Brain

If We Cloned Early Humans, Should We Put Them in a Zoo or a School?

Let’s say someone successfully cloned human ancestors. Then what? Are they like chimps, to be put in a zoo or a nature reserve? Do they need carers? …

Art and science combine to reveal the inner workings of our DNA

How can cells that contain the same DNA end up so different from each other? That is not only a difficult question for science to answer, but also a …

Can ‘jumping genes’ cause cancer chaos?

Statistically speaking, your genome is mostly junk.Less than two per cent of it is made up of actual genes – stretches of DNA carrying instructions …

Genetics

How to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry Through DNA Sampling

With the miracles of modern science it is now possible to determine scientifically how some of your earliest ancestors migrated throughout the 60,000 …

Russian scientists find new way to repair DNA that may cure Alzheimer’s

A group of Russian scientists have discovered a new method of DNA repair which may be able to prevent and cure neurodegenerative diseases, such as …

Decoding the Debris

Shop Now<p>For decades most of the human genome (98 percent) has been considered “junk” DNA, with only about 2 percent coding for proteins. The …

Now Babies Can Have 3 Parents

After years of watching her son be confined to a hospital bed, Cindy Salt lost him at the age of 25 to mitochondrial disease — a rare but terrible …

DNA screening kit given the go-ahead by US regulator

<b>A Californian start-up will be allowed to advertise a mail order DNA test that screens for a rare genetic condition, after a U-turn by the US regulator.</b><p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the 23andMe product would "provide people with information about possible mutations in their genes …

Man’s best friend may truly love us after all

Scientific evidence proves that dogs know when we're happy or sad. And they prefer us to be happy<p>I keep laughing out loud on the London Underground. The cause is a series of posters featuring an egotistical dachshund. Sausages are some of the most expressive dogs around, having an imperial …

'Parasitic' genes let mammals evolve pregnancy - Futurity

As pregnancy evolved among mammals, thousands of new genes began to affect the uterus. Key to this process were transposons, or "genomic parasites."

Pregnancy

Why the 100,000 genomes project is well worth pursuing

As a clinician with over 17 years’ experience in medical genetics I disagree with Dr David Levy’s assertion that funding the 100,000 genomes project is not worthwhile (Letters, 30 December). In fact the genomics revolution is already upon us. For example, 10 years ago it took over 12 months and …

Genetics

New Technique Allows Bioengineers To "Reprogram" Genetic Code

Scientists at Stanford University have found a way to program DNA in such a way that genes can be turned on or off in living cells. Incredibly, the …

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and …

Molecular Biology

Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity

Why many Native Americans have concerns about DNA kits like 23andme<p>The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins, producing the biggest genetic profile of the United States ever conducted—big, but nowhere near complete.<p>Out of …

De novo identification of differentially methylated regions in the human genome

Background: The identification and characterisation of differentially methylated regions (DMRs) betweenphenotypes in the human genome is of prime …

Genetics

Why the 100,000 Genomes Project will focus on rare diseases

An ambitious project has been launched that will involve sequencing genomes of 100,000 individuals to improve our understanding of a range of …

My BRCA Journey: Why Fear Of Information Imperils Genetic Testing

The world breaks down into two camps, my genetic counselor said: people who want information, and people who don’t. I’ve been writing about gene testing and genomics for a long time, but as I navigated my own recent journey in genetic testing, I learned why that divide will probably remain the …

Cancer

'Lightning Striking Twice': Autism Genes Randomly Mutated, Study Finds

A new genetic study shows even siblings with autism often have very different DNA mutations from one another— a finding that strengthens the evidence that autism is often just genetic bad luck.<p>The deep dive into the DNA of 170 people with autism spectrum disorder shows that more than 69 percent of …

Autism

Coffee and tea may protect the brain

Research reveals daily drinkers have lower rates of depression and cognitive decline<p>Coffee and tea may do more than just jolt you awake—they could also help keep your brain healthy, according to a slew of recent studies. Researchers have linked these beverages with protection from depression, …