About 3% of babies are born with birth defects, when there is a problem with how they develop in the womb.
We still don't know what's behind four out of every five birth defects. But that can change.
Human genome editing raises a lot of questions.
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A new report from the National Academies of Science and Medicine outlines conditions that have to be met before gene editing that results in heritable genomic changes can be considered.
History shows how scientists and the public tried to understand hereditary cancer risk well before we had the technology to discover mutations and test for genetic disorders.
Genetic therapy might be able to reverse the harmful effects of sickle cell anaemia.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
Families share genes but that doesn’t mean no individual in a family should be accorded privacy about their genetic tests.
When a family member dies from a disease caused by a genetic mutation, doctors have to decide whether to share the deceased person's test results with the rest of the family.
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New research could help reclassify common psychiatric disorders that are related to the brain.
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If policymakers understood what drives people to drink sugary drinks, they make take a different approach.
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Researchers investigating thyroid, pituitary and testicular function have made an unintentional discovery of an X chromosome-linked…
Depending on the condition a couple risk passing to their child, testing can be offered as carrier screening.
Marriages between people who are related is more common than you might think. Unlike what many people think, their offspring are not doomed to birth defects or medical problems. In fact, unless they both…
The mitochondrial genome is passed on by mothers – defects and all.
Media outlets have been reporting that scientists are planning to “create designer babies” with three parents. Professor Justin St John, Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Development at Monash…