Scientists have been looking for and finding ways to track various cancers in the blood for some time.
By measuring a cancer cell's DNA in the bloodstream, scientists can get a snapshot of the cancer itself, which is referred as a "liquid biopsy".
Personalised medicine allows treatment to be tailored to a patient’s unique genetic makeup.
The rise of personalised medicine, which is mainly based on genetic testing, needs adequate regulation so privacy rights aren't breached. That's only one of several issues that must be considered.
A new study shows that by using genomics, you can cut down the lengthy process of testing for drug-resistance TB to a matter of days.
Who’s in charge once your biological material is out of your body?
Next-generation genomic research depends on study participants sharing their biological materials with scientists. But concerns over how that information is protected may hold some people back.
Scientists today are inundated with data.
Big Data produces mountains of information, but it's useless for science unless we're asking the right questions.
Pancreatic cancer cells (left) next to normal pancreatic cells (right)
A new study has identified that pancreatic cancer is not one, but four types of cancer, and opened the door to possible new treatments.
Cassava feeds 800 million people - keeping it disease-free is a must.
Rapid genetic disease screening will be the key to saving East Africa's crops - just as it was during West Africa's ebola crisis.
It’s a lot for a person to puzzle out… call in the computers!
Modern biological research relies on big data analytics. Vast reservoirs of memory and powerful computing ability mean machines find patterns and make meta-analyses and even predictions for scientists.
Don’t forget the genes!
Brain image via www.shutterstock.com.
It's time for neurons to share the glory. Gene activity isn't just a background utility of the brain, but an integral part of its operation.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world.
The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
Inuits are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes, despite their large fat intake.
A genetic study of Inuits in Greenland has shed light on how this population has adapted to eating a high-fat diet.
The California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides, has distinctive blue ‘eye’ spots on either side of its head.
Roy Caldwell/UC Berkeley
A peek inside the genome of the octopus gives some hints as to what makes it such a remarkable creature is so many ways.
Umatilla people, one of the tribes fighting to bury the Kennewick Man.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/wikimedia
A genomic sequencing study suggesting that the 9,000-year old skeleton dubbed "Kennewick Man" was Native American will intensify a 20-year-old dispute about what should happen to the remains.
Genetic techniques are helping scientists work out how to stop invasive species before they rack up huge environmental and financial costs.
Not a happy cousin.
Poaching, habitat destruction and disease have reduced mountain gorilla numbers for decades, but how have these threats affected their genomes?
The discovery of the genes that influence the beak shape in the famous Galapagos finches highlight the underlying unity of all life.
Darwin's finches are known to be a paragon of evolution by natural selection, but a recent genetic discovery relating to their beaks highlights the evolutionary connectedness of all life.
Precision medicine delivers treatment based on the particular variant of the disease by taking the genetic make-up of the ill person into account.
Hidden among all the other announcements in last week’s State of the Union address by US President Barack Obama was a promise to fund a new “precision medicine initiative”. The president said it would…
One genome at a time.
An ambitious project has been launched that will involve sequencing genomes of 100,000 individuals to improve our understanding of a range of diseases and – hopefully – eventually find new treatments for…
Behold the femur.
Bence Viola, MPI EVA
When a human bone was found on a gravelly riverbank by a bone-carver who was searching for mammoth ivory, little did he know it would provide the oldest modern-human genome yet sequenced. The anatomically…
The pigeon is still blaming humans though.
Wagner Free Institute
Once the most numerous bird species in North America, passenger pigeons went from numbering in the billions to being extinct…