Genetics

A US panel has endorsed limited genetic modification of humans — here's what that means

Sometime not necessarily too far from now, the first humans whose DNA has been intentionally edited by scientists could very likely be born.<p>The technologies that make that theoretically possible have existed for some time now and in the past few years, new discoveries have made genetic editing …

Biology

How New Genetic Technologies Are Reshaping Pregnancy And Parenting

Expectant parents face a wealth of genetic information that can be empowering -- or unnerving.<p>As the nascent field of genetic testing advances, expectant parents face a dizzying array of new and difficult questions. Would you want to know if your child will have Down syndrome? Or if your baby is …

Genetic Testing

If we’re going to play God with gene editing, we’ve got to ask some moral questions

“We are as gods and we might as well get good at it.”<p>So wrote futurist Stewart Brand in the introduction to the first Whole Earth Catalog in 1968. At the time the statement seemed tongue-in-cheek. Nearly 50 years later it’s much less of a joke.<p>The past 30 days have seen several unheralded but …

Life Sciences

New Imaging Technique Observes DNA Molecule ‘Blink’

A powerful Northwestern University imaging tool is the first to measure the structure of isolated chromosomes without the use of fluorescent labels. …

Life Sciences

Switched-on DNA: Sparking nano-electronic applications

To accomplish their engineering feat, Tao's group, modified just one of DNA's iconic double helix chemical letters, abbreviated as A, C, T or G, with …

Chemistry

Testing in Pregnancy

Prenatal Diagnosis<p>Prenatal Diagnosis (PND) involves removing cells or fluid during pregnancy to test for a known mitochondrial mutation and it is …

Genetic Testing

Do human-pig hybrids make you feel uncomfortable? Moral superiority may be to blame

Human-animal chimeras could revolutionise medicine, but the thought of it makes us feel nauseous.<p>Brock Bastian, <i>University of Melbourne</i><p>In Greek …

Australian Universities

Here's how much your genes affect your kids' weight

You already know your weight can impact your personal disease risk — but what about your kids’?<p>A study published Monday in the journal <i>Economics and Human Biology</i> suggests more evidence that genetics can have a significant impact on our chances of being obese.<p>Researchers at the University of Sussex …

Obesity

Researchers Have Found a Way to Delay Aging

Focusing on the Cell’s Power House<p>More and more, scientists are becoming convinced that aging is a disease that can be stopped or, at least, slowed. …

Longevity

Ruling in CRISPR patent battle

<i>As a key verdict in the legal battle over exploitation of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology is handed down disagreement still abounds…</i><p>Two female scientists, …

Patents

Wooly Mammoths Are Making a Comeback, Making Extinction a Thing of the Past

Scientists at Harvard say they are close to creating a cold-adapted version of an Asian elephant that resembles the extinct woolly mammoth. “Our aim …

Biology

Mitochondrial disorders: genetics, counseling, prenatal diagnosis and reproductive options.

2001 Spring;106(1):102-14.<p>1Mitochondrial Research Laboratory, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. …

Biology

Editorial: Fetal tissue bill is anti-life, anti-science

Among the threats to scientific advances are politicians who do not understand science. Unfortunately, too many of these politicians land jobs in the …

Des Moines

Mitochondrial Disorders - symptoms, meaning, Definition, Description, Demographics, Causes and symptoms, Diagnosis

Mitochondrial disorders<p>Definition<p>Mitochondrial disorders, also called mitochondrial cytopathies, are a diverse group of diseases caused by damage to …

Health Information

New Genetic-Clock Research Challenges Millions of Years

Does a 6,000-year-old earth match the findings of modern science? Secular scientists have answered forcefully in the negative for generations. …

Mitochondrial DNA

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Evolution

With humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that we’re not likely to have.<p>Last week, a U.S. patent court and a prestigious science academy weighed in on a potent new method for editing human DNA with the funny-sounding name of …

Biology

New Evidence Links the Collapse of Aztec Society to a Deadly Salmonella Outbreak

80% of the population was wiped out.<p>When Spanish forces arrived in Mexico in 1519, the native population was estimated to be around 25 million. A …

Chromosomes

Groundbreaking gene-editing surgery saves two-year-old girl from leukaemia

A two-year-old girl diagnosed with leukaemia has become the first child to be saved by pioneering gene-editing surgery.<p>The child, identified only by …

Gene Therapy

Woolly Mammoths Could Soon Be Back from Extinction, Claim Harvard Scientists

They are not opening “Jurassic Park” just yet, but scientists are getting closer to bringing back one of the iconic animals of Earth’s history. A …

Life Sciences

Junk DNA…Trashed Again

Repetitious "words" in DNA represent more than half of the human genome's three billion nucleotides.1 Because human reasoning essentially views the …

Gene Expression

Precision medicine's Holy Grail: Anticipate cancer's next step

ORLANDO ― At the Precision Medicine Symposium on Sunday, Intermountain’s gastrointestinal medical oncology director, Mark Lewis, MD, outlined both …

Cancer

How mammoth cloning became fake news

George Church, artificial wombs, elephant embryos, and a gullible science media<p>According to the <i>Guardian</i>, <i>New Scientist</i>, and many other press outlets, …

Biology

AGTC Leverages Funding from the Foundation to Move Promising Treatments into Clinical Trials

Source: Foundation Fighting Blindness Blog – Eye on the Cure – AGTC Leverages Funding from the Foundation to Move Promising Treatments into Clinical …

Gene Therapy

Dinosaur DNA Research: Is the tale wagging the evidence?

Dinosaurs are a popular topic of study, whether in the public imagination or in scientific research. The scientific community, however, has a dirty …

Chromosomes

Gene-edited babies: From red light to orange... and then green?

February 20, 2017 5:00 AM<br>Humanity has come a step closer to engineering its own evolution, not through the selective breeding advocated by the …

Life Sciences

Researchers believe we have a maximum biological age

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>New research suggests humans have a maximum biological age, and that living longer will only be possible with the help of …

Longevity

Where Could Adam's Sons Find Wives?

According to Genesis, Adam and Eve had sons, and 1 Corinthians 15:22 teaches that all of us descended from Adam. But if they only had sons, then …

Life Sciences

CRISPR for Human Embryos? Diseases, Yes – Designer Babies, No

Creating a race of super soldiers is off the table, too. <br>Read More

Life Sciences

China biotech makes big data a weapon in its war on cancer - Business

Nisa Leung was pregnant with her first child in 2012, her doctor in Hong Kong offered her a choice. She could take a prenatal test that would require …

Genetic Testing

Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis

Advances in genomic research are helping scientists to reveal how corals and algae cooperate to combat environmental stresses. KAUST researchers have …

Biology