Genetics and DNA

Gray1086-liver

Grow your own liver

Monday, 7 October 2013

Researchers have found a way to harness stem cells that could help us replace damaged organs.

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Your genes are now your own

Monday, 9 September 2013

After 30 years the US Supreme Court has finally drawn a line in the sand over genome patenting.

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Explainer: what is epigenetics?

Thursday, 30 May 2013

The word epigenetics means things imposed “on top of genetics”. But what sort of things?

Stem cell culture

Errors acknowledged in “rushed” stem cell paper

Friday, 24 May 2013

A high-profile study in which U.S. researchers reported they had turned human skin cells into embryonic stem cells contained errors, its lead author has acknowledged.

Stem cell culture

Embryonic stem cells made from skin

Thursday, 16 May 2013

U.S. researchers have reported a breakthrough in stem cell research, describing how they turned human skin cells into embyronic stem cells for the first time.

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Zebrafish DNA mapped for disease research

Thursday, 18 April 2013

One of the world’s most popular aquarium fishes has joined the rat, the mouse, fruitfly and nematode worm in the roll call of creatures whose DNA has been sequenced to help fight disease among humans.

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Gene doubles Alzheimer’s risk for African Americans

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

African Americans with a certain gene variant have nearly double the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease than those without it, a new study has found.

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Oesophageal cancer genetic code unravelled

Monday, 25 March 2013

Scientists have found mutations in 26 genes that may cause oesophageal cancer – a breakthrough they hope will lead to new drugs for the deadly and increasingly frequent disease.

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The next contagion

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

As human populations grow, we’re increasingly exposed to unknown, animal-borne diseases. When the next virus jumps the species barrier, can we catch it before it catches us? Zara Qadir investigates.

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Genes settle debate over origin of European Jews

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Jews of European origin are a mix of ancestries, with many hailing from tribes in the Caucasus who converted to Judaism and created an empire that lasted half a millennium, according to a gene study.

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