genes

  • Body clock genes may protect against ageing

    Night-work and disrupted sleep cycles influence how you age.

    Shift workers seem to age faster – they have higher rates of dementia, cancer and heart disease. Now, researchers wor...

    Biology February 23, 2017
  • The genes that shape your face

    Facial width, and more, linked to certain regions of the genome.

    Credit: Yuli Seperi / Getty Images The shapes and traits that make each human face unique – such as the distance bet...

    Biology August 26, 2016
  • Minimalist cell whittled down to 473 genes

    Bacteria with nearly 1,000 genes can live and replicate.

    The simplest replicating cell, stripped back to include only the genes absolutely necessary to live, has been created...

    Biology March 27, 2016
  • Bats' boosted immunity may help battle bugs

    Bats can carry deadly diseases but stay healthy.

    Where Ebola has killed more than 10,000 people, bats can happily carry diseases without so much as a slight temperatu...

    Biology February 23, 2016
  • Migraine and irritable bowel syndrome linked

    Discovering shared genes may lead to future treatment.

    As if suffering from migraines were not bad enough, if you do, you are also more likely to experience irritable bowel...

    Biology February 23, 2016
  • Depressed? Blame it on the Neanderthals

    Genes that helped our ancestors are not a blessing today.

    It turns out our Neanderthal ancestors passed on some genetic shortcomings that are responsible for a  range of moder...

    Biology February 15, 2016
  • From the vault: No pain, no gain

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    There may be no pleasure without pain, but this week, Cosmos takes pleasure in bringing you some articles from the va...

    Biology August 24, 2015
  • Modifying immune cells to fight cancer

    The CRISPR gene-editing technique has a breakthrough.

    Immune cells known as T cells are formidable fighters against cancer and HIV. But they can be outsmarted by these foe...

    Biology August 10, 2015
  • From the vault: Family ties

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    You’ve got your mother’s eyes. Your father’s smile. But just how much of who you are can be attributed to the genetic...

    Biology July 20, 2015
  • An immune system that grows with experience

    Fighting infections is not gene-related.

    Ebola kills up to 90% of its untreated victims. Can the 10% who do fight it off thank their genes? Research published...

    Biology February 9, 2015
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