If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.
From a scientific perspective, the results are fascinating and world-first. From a personal perspective, what I saw will stay with me for a long time.
There are many ways to make a vaccine. In a time of crisis, the more paths towards success the better.
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Under pressure to develop a coronavirus vaccine, researchers have turned to protein synthesis, genetics and hybrid viruses. It is likely a mix of these approaches will be used to fight the coronavirus.
World Down Syndrome Day recognizes people living with Down syndrome and those who support them.
World Down Syndrome Day is marked on March 21 annually. Canadian scientists have helped improve the quality of life of those affected.
Designed for your body.
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PODCAST: The second episode of our series on the personalisation of healthcare focuses on your diet.
Through public genome sequences, a team in Berlin perfected a molecular diagnostic protocol to detect the 2019-nCoV more than a week before the first case was confirmed in Germany.
Frontier research initiatives to tackle the 2019 coronavirus seem to be dominated by institutions in China, the US, Japan and labs across Europe. Very little seem to be coming form Indonesia.
Many genetic abnormalities involve the oral and dental region of the face.
Dentists need to have a sound understanding of genetics to treat and manage patients effectively.
Tomatoes’ ancestors looked very different.
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Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.
No one knows exactly how AI-based DNA analysis software works, so it can't be scrutinised in court.
Bioinformatics can be applied to a range of problems, such as understanding the genome sequence of organisms or coming up with new drugs.
It is never too late to start exercising to improve your memory.
Physical inactivity contributes to dementia risk as much as genetics, according to research.
Australians can now have their say on the issues around mitochondrial donation.
Should Australia allow the creation of babies with DNA from more than two people? This reproductive technology could prevent babies being born with mitochondrial disease, so the simple answer is yes.
What happened to make plague able to cause devastating epidemics, as in this depiction from 1349?
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People caught and died from plague long before it caused major epidemics like the Black Death in the middle ages. Could what scientists call cultural resistance be what kept the disease under control?
A study claims the first humans lived in a wetland around what is now northern Botswana.
It's likely our species doesn't actually have a single origin.
The talamanca hummingbird, or admirable hummingbird, is found in Costa Rica and Panama.
How many genes do you really need? Are there any that we can lose? Researchers are now identifying species that have streamlined their genome to adapt to a particular lifestyle.
Miners working at Bersham Colliery near Wrexham in Wales, 1960.
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People who moved away from Britain's coal-mining areas have genetic profiles linked to higher educational attainment and better health than those who stayed.
Close up of ‘Segment of aself’.
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It is essential that scientists seek to understand the unique experiences of individuals with schizophrenia.
CRISPR has many applications, including targeted gene therapy, but the precision of the technology still has a way to go.
CRISPR technology is continually improving to make it more specific, but serious consideration should be given to when and how CRISPR is safe for gene editing.
Having a hallucination or delusion doesn’t necessarily mean you have a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia.
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As many as one in ten people will have a psychotic experience in their lifetime – and researchers now know your genes play a role.
Dugongs are rare and elusive.
While the other members of the Sirenia are found in the Atlantic, the dugong is the only sea cow found in the Indian Ocean and south-western Pacific. This highlights its deep African connections.