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What part do superstition and inconsistency play in contemporary genetic research? DNA Art Online

Uncomfortable truth: an ecologist in the genetics lab

I’ve been an ecologist in Australia for the last ten years, working for both government agencies and as a university researcher. Over this time, funding for fieldwork has been increasingly hard to secure…
Technical, financial and legal barriers stop the sharing of vital information in medical research. Frans de Waal/ Wikimedia Commons

Sharing is caring: we need open access to genetic information

A paper published today in Science Translational Medicine calls for the open sharing of clinical trial data among the medical research community. Researchers argue data sharing would lead to faster, more…
Apple founder Steve Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for many years. EPA/Andy Rain

Gene discovery could help treat deadliest form of cancer

The discovery of a tumour suppressing gene could offer hope to patients with the deadliest form of cancer, new research has…
A whole genome test is meaningless unless you can interpret it. Dave Faryam

The $1000 genome map: do you really want to know?

It’s now possible to access genetic testing from your living room or office, without the need to visit a health professional. There are many reasons why you might like to get a genetic test. Maybe someone…

Defective gene linked to osteoporosis

Women with a particular faulty receptor lose 10 times more bone mass than women without it. The receptor for the energy molecule…

Genetics testing in school a success

A study offering genetic screening of year 10 and 11 students has been able to identify students at risk of a hereditary…

Gene critical to immune system

Researchers have found that a specific gene is responsible for the function of the immune system, and may be blocked or amplified…
Salt-resistant crops will be a boon for farmers whose properties are increasingly affected by salinity. EPA/Larry W. Smith

New variety of salt-tolerant wheat could help address food shortages

A new type of wheat bred with a gene that removes sodium from water can outgrow conventional strains by up to 25% in salty…
It’s time for a change in the way we categorise life on Earth. ஆ ன ந் த ம் / a n a n d h a m

DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species

It might surprise you to learn that the idea of a “species” is one of the more ambiguous concepts in science. Originally, “species” (meaning “kind” or “sort” in Latin) was used to refer to organisms that…
Genetic variants that contribute to the risk of schizophrenia are present in everyone. Flickr/Akelei van Dam

Schizophrenia risk linked to common genetic variants

A quarter of the risk for developing schizophrenia can be traced to genetic variations that are common in the general population, a study by Queensland researchers has found. A new method of genetic analysis…

Chipmunks in decline due to climate change

Genetic diversity in alpine chipmunks is in decline due to geographic shifts in their environment. Small mammals in the Yosemite…

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