A banana on the salt lake plain at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, hints at themes of genetics, food and human journeys in three books recommended by fly scientist Thomas Merritt.
A fly scientist ponders the genetics of bananas and dwarves, women and love in reviews of his favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
Some animals seem to have missing genes – but the reality is a lot more intriguing.
The symptoms of 'schizophrenia' are very real, but experts are looking for a better way to define them.
Could millennia of gendered environments prevent the development of genetic mechanisms for gender differences?
A stable environment that teaches men to be men and women to be women could be helping to enforce gender across generations.
Nobel laureate David Baltimore of CalTech speaks to reporters at a 2015 summit on the safety and ethics of human gene-editing.
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Ability expectations are what people rely upon as they seek out productive and satisfying lives. They need to be a key part of the debate over gene-editing and other major scientific breakthroughs.
Gene drives aim to deliberately spread bad genes when invasive species such as mice reproduce.
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Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
Including different populations in genetic research studies can provide more varied results.
There is value in including different populations in genetic research studies as has been shown in a study on exfoliation syndrome, which leads to glaucoma.
Human eight cell embryo for IVF selection.
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Two researchers are impressed with a pioneering study showing that it may be both safe and effective to edit out diseases in human embryos.
There’s still a way to go from editing single-cell embryos to a full-term ‘designer baby.’
The news may have come as a surprise, but it probably shouldn't have. A bioethics expert walks through how big a deal this announcement is – and what we should be considering now.
What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world?
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New genetic technologies are letting us look at flu evolution right where it starts: within individual people, while they're sick.
There’s no effective treatment for Keratolytic Winter Erythema that causes skin to peel.
South African geneticists and international counterparts have traced the origins of a genetic peeling disorder, Oudtshoorn skin, and discovered the mutation that causes it.
Ready for AI?
While there is currently interest interest in artificial intelligence, it offers limited achievements, such as the autonomous car. Tomorrow, machines will learn alone and forge solutions.
Laboratory mice are among the first animals to have their diseases treated by CRISPR.
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A new research paper reports dangerous side effects in CRISPR-edited mice. Some scientists are pushing back, placing blame for the unwanted mutations on the experiment, not the technique.
Genetics or evolution first? No brainer.
Researchers find striking results from a large study of secondary school students.
Genes controlling how our nervous system develops are linked to intelligence.
Genetic study finds that the way the nervous system forms and develops might influence intelligence.
A new study in mice raises hopes that we could live longer and be healthier.
Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time… but how accurately?
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How do scientists figure out when evolutionary events – like species splitting away from a common ancestor – happened? It turns out our DNA is a kind of molecular clock, keeping time via genetic changes.
A new study shows cephalopods edit messages from their DNA, allowing them to adapt faster to their environment.
Cancer precision targeting at the Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory. Credit: Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory.
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A field called epigenomics looks at chemical modifications that do not change our DNA sequence but can affect gene activity. What are the limitations, and can biomedicine use this to our advantage?
The court found that parents have a strong interest in a "genetic affinity" with their children, one that can merit compensation if subverted.