People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research. Harvard
New genome-editing technology has the potential to eliminate genetic disease by making changes to our DNA that will pass down the generations. Such modification is currently banned in the UK but could
Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, C. difficile, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly
For about a decade, scientists have known about bacteria that "breathe" using rocks and minerals in place of oxygen. Now a new study reveals the surprising way they do it. The bacteria survive by "breathing"
It was the first sign of trouble. Three babies on the special care ward at Rosie Hospital in Cambridge tested positive for the MRSA superbug. Fearing an outbreak of the dangerous organism, managers ordered
In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone. Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams,
These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer. Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell its
The 'James Bond' style drug could allow one spy to drink another under the table whilst maintaining a clear head A 'James Bond'-style drug which would allow a spy to drink somebody under the table and
For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them. The
Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer. Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us.
The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease,
A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson. “When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat,
Breakthrough by Dutch experts could one day help police determine which fingerprints are relevant to investigation. Dutch forensic experts say they have discovered how to accurately date fingerprints,