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Time to unlock intelligence potential. Time to unlock intelligence potential.

Genetic screening to enhance IQ should be embraced

There could be a way of predicting – and preventing – which children will go on to have low intelligence, according to the findings of a study researchers at Cardiff University presented on Monday. They…
Before the technology can used more widely, we need to ensure its use will bring improvements in health, quality and duration of life. Before the technology can used more widely, we need to ensure its use will bring improvements in health, quality and duration of life. Image from shutterstock.com

Cheap genome tests to predict future illness? Don’t hold your breath

Sydney’s Garvan Institute is this week promoting its acquisition of an Illumina machine which it says can sequence the whole human genome for $1,000. The institute hopes genomic sequencing will become…
What are my chances of developing a big head and might my eyes change colour? What are my chances of developing a big head and might my eyes change colour? Micha

Open sharing of genetic data carries great promise, but not without risks

The price of gene sequencing has plummeted in the last few decades. Now we can know what our DNA looks like, and discover what our bodies may have in store for us in the future. We can know medical information…
Angelina Jolie has a double mastectomy after discovering she carried a mutation of the BRAC1 gene. Angelina Jolie has a double mastectomy after discovering she carried a mutation of the BRAC1 gene. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Supreme Court BRCA patenting decision: experts respond

Millions of women in the US will have access to affordable genetic screening for cancer after the US Supreme Court ruled that a commercial company cannot patent human genes. The screening tests for mutations…
The drugs don’t work. But a swifter way of identifying bacteria could reduce the need for antibiotics. The drugs don’t work. But a swifter way of identifying bacteria could reduce the need for antibiotics. AAP

Teasing out harmful bacterial genes to reduce resistance to antibiotics

Researchers have taken the first step towards designing a rapid way of identifying harmful bacteria in infections, demonstrating the potential for faster patient treatment and decreased reliance on antibiotics…
Depending on the condition a couple risk passing to their child, testing can be offered as carrier screening. Depending on the condition a couple risk passing to their child, testing can be offered as carrier screening. Shirl/Flickr

What’s the genetic disease risk for children of related couples?

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…
Genetic testing can render perfectly healthy people into the “worried well.” Genetic testing can render perfectly healthy people into the “worried well.” Thomas Hawk

How genetic testing is swelling the ranks of the ‘worried well’

OVER-DIAGNOSIS EPIDEMIC – Today Jacqueline Savard talks about the growing prevalence of genetic testing and what impact they have on over-diagnosis. Genetic testing and screening is increasingly becoming…
Genetic information should only be shared with full and informed consent. Genetic information should only be shared with full and informed consent. Jack Fussell

Sharing isn’t always caring: genetic privacy must come first

Yesterday on The Conversation, Timothy Smith from the Florey Neurosciences Institute argued that in order to improve genetics research, we need free and open access to genetic information. But while the…

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DNA linked to heart attacks

A specific DNA variant is linked with a person’s likelihood of suffering sudden cardiac death, according to researchers at…