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Genetic mutation provides clues to battling childhood obesity

As the number of children battling obesity continues to grow, researchers are racing to identify causes and possible interventions. Now, a new paper …

IVF baby born using revolutionary genetic-screening process

The first IVF baby to be screened using a procedure that can read every letter of the human genome has been born in the US.<p>Connor Levy was born on 18 May after a Philadelphia couple had cells from their IVF embryos sent to specialists in Oxford, who checked them for genetic abnormalities. The …

23andMe's designer baby patent is 'a serious mistake,' critics charge

What's even more repulsive than the idea of using DNA tests to help people create a designer babies? Getting a patent for the idea.<p>23andMe, the pioneering direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, was awarded such a patent in September. U.S. Patent #8,543,339 is titled "Gamete donor selection …

Asthma Shouldn't Kill -- Every School Needs a Nurse

<i>This post is coauthored by Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.</i><p>Each day, parents across the country send their children to school with the expectation that they will be safe and …

O.C.'s latest reality show follows a team of nurses 'Scrubbing in'

When "Scrubbing In," MTV's new reality series about nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip.<p>In short, it will have to top its own trailer.<p>All the general public has seen of the 10-episode series, which …

Ontario nurses campaign to stop MTV reality show

Nurses have a PR problem.<p>That's the view of the Ontario Nurses' Association, which is fed up with the "negative" image of nurses seen in the media – where they are too often portrayed as a profession of " 'doctors' handmaidens,' 'battleaxes,' and most prominent of all, ''naughty nurses.' "<p>The ONA, …

Heartbeats to replace traditional passwords

Our heartbeats could be used instead of traditional passwords to unlock smartphones, tablets and cars using a new device being developed by Canadian company Bionym.<p>Passwords scrawled on a scrap of paper are easily lost, jumbled letters and numbers are quickly forgotten and, with “password” still …

Information Systems

Genetic groove: Your DNA profile as a unique song

The IDNAtity app translates your genetic markers into a unique theme song.<p>I've always wanted to have my very own theme song, like a hero in a movie. Now, I do. I just used IDNAtity, an iOS app that mixes a little science with art. It takes information about your genetic makeup, assigns you a …

The Emotional Costs of Genetic Testing

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed at the thought of prenatal genetic testing? You're not alone.<p>The risks of most genetic testing are more emotional than physical, says Ellen Simpson, Ph.D., a genetics counselor in the prenatal diagnostic center at the University of California, San Francisco Medical …

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

Scientists Find New Genetic Link For Autism And Schizophrenia

Despite all the years of research that have gone into them, cognitive conditions like autism and schizophrenia are still largely a mystery. Here's …

Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease do not appear to share common genetic risk

Scientists have examined the genetic overlap between Parkinson disease (PD) and Alzheimer disease (AD).

New Genetic Therapy Provides Breakthrough for Down Syndrome | The Takeaway | WNYC

Every year, 6,000 American babies are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. But this week, doctors at the …

Breakthroughs

Photography: Genetic Portraits

Today's post may strike you as a little eerie at first scroll but we're excited to share Genetic Portraits, a photographic research project exploring …

Photography

Genetic screening: Every newborn a patient

OP-ED<p>Genetic screening: Every newborn a patient<p>Giving parents a torrent of information about a child's genetic disease risk will profoundly change the experience of bringing a new life into the world.<p>July 19, 2013|By Stefan Timmermans<p>The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and …