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.
A recent closed meeting about building synthetic genomes raised suspicions about just what scientists were planning, away from the public eye.
Our bodies are teeming with petty bureaucrats and red tape – it's the very fabric for life on Earth.
It seems like a no brainer to edit out genetic disease...until we pause to consider what would be lost.
One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel items and then make them – and have the results match the intent.
Humans have a deep history of viral infections, the evidence for which dates back to ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies.
Big data is all well and good, but if we want medical breakthroughs, we'll need big theory too.
Rotifers are tiny creatures found in ponds or puddles and can reproduce without sex. The theory says they should not have survived so how have they done it?
How has a retrovirus survived intact within the human genome for millennia, and how has it affected us?
The link between season of birth and the risk of having allergies is well known. A new study sheds light on why this link exists.
Antarctica's blue whales all feed in the same place. But a new genetic analysis suggests they are actually three separate populations that breed in different parts of the globe.
Scientists used to think that the 98% of human DNA that didn't encode proteins was junk. They don't think that anymore.
When you enter a Chemmart pharmacy, it's hard to miss the posters and brochures promoting its “revolutionary myDNA test”.
Many of the genes and transcripts associated with schizophrenia are only found in humans, which makes studying the disorder difficult. But scientists are slowly making progress.
Human population groups worldwide are highly homogeneous genetically. They are in fact 99.5% similar and their anatomical features vary in an uncorrelated fashion over the landscape.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
Research on how our lifestyles affect our genes raises the possibility of giving your future kids a better start in life before they're even born.
The most important lesson? Always read the small print.
When men deny the paternity of children, many South African women feel like they have no recourse. Making DNA tests affordable and accessible could change this.
New research suggests how we could prevent genetically modified organisms from surviving - and potentially spreading - in the wild.