Who’s a clever boy?
The study of human intelligence dates back well over 100 years. And the core disagreement between researchers and theorists is whether differences are genetic or largely influenced by the environment.
People who believe their problems have biogenetic causes tend to opt for biomedical treatments.
Biological and genetic explanations of mental illness can weaken people’s sense of control and optimism, and create a bias against effective psychological interventions.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world.
The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
A baobab in Tete Province, Mozambique.
Why are African baobab trees found in India? Genetic research is starting to shed light on the answer.
Tick tock, tick tock… You can’t hide from the molecular clock.
The molecular clock is helping us deepen our knowledge of evolution and completing the tree of life. But how does it actually work?
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness.
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Scientists have discovered that the high pressure in the eye that occurs with most common forms of glaucoma can trigger two genes that work together to cause vision loss, which may help pave the way for new glaucoma drugs.
If genetics are not considered when translocating lions, their evolutionary line could be affected.
Genetics need to be considered when relocating lion populations because they a play a role in the animals' evolutionary line.
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.
The California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides, has distinctive blue ‘eye’ spots on either side of its head.
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A peek inside the genome of the octopus gives some hints as to what makes it such a remarkable creature is so many ways.
Scientists have discovered that a single gene may reveal a weakness in the development of schizophrenia that could help doctors prevent the condition.
Writing out a cure?
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In the age of the human genome, it's tempting to think genetic research could solve every disease and disorder.
It’s naive to pretend there are no profound genetic and epigenetic differences between the sexes.
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What produces the differences between men and women? Are they trivial or profound? Are they genetic or environmental, or both? And are men really closer genetically to chimpanzees than to women?
Now that we know there’s a gene for intelligence, are we going to start breeding little Einsteins?
Recent research out of the UK has identified a genetic “general academic achievement factor”. Does this pave the way for genetically testing babies for intelligence?
Family resemblance isn’t only down to genes, but also to the influence of the environment on those genes.
Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations prompted Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy and surgery to remove both ovaries.
What if you could take a simple test to reveal your individual risk of developing a range of cancers and hundreds of other diseases?
Andy Murray triumph at Queen’s on June 20.
The genetics behind sporting ability are getting more complicated all the time - so don't waste your money on online tests.
A new technique could help uncover previously unknown genetic factors contributing to susceptibility to TB.
Although one third of the world's population have the TB bacterium, the disease only develops in 10%, which may be linked to genetic factors.
Paleo-no diet for me but burger diet not too good either.
Our bodies are more adapted to modern living than some diets make out.
Sequencing the genome.
We are entering a new age of genome sequencing, but we have to draw some ethical lines
Australia’s Federal Court last year rejected Ms D'Arcy’s appeal and ruled companies could patent genes they isolated.
The High Court challenge is the last resort for Ms D'Arcy's test case against companies patenting human genes and has implications for patients, clinicians and researchers.