Ethical frameworks, rules, laws: all try to have their say.
CRISPR technology could have momentous effects if it's used to edit genes that will be inherited by future generations. Researchers and ethicists continue to weigh appropriate guidelines.
Bacteriophages are viruses that attack and infect bacteria.
While some viruses make us sick, others can fight against bacteria, or protect us from more harmful viruses.
A Russian scientist is preparing to do germline gene editing. Here's why that's a problem.
If you’ve got the raw data, why not mine it for more info?
New research investigated who uses the wide array of tools available to people who've received their own raw genetic data and want to maximize what they learn from it.
Screening millions of healthy people for their risk of disease can be cost-effective. But it raises ethical and regulatory concerns.
As DNA testing becomes cheaper, it becomes more feasible to screen large numbers of healthy people for their risk of disease.
Researchers have discovered a lineage of yeast species that ignores the laws of cell growth.
Yeast isn't just important for the foods we consume. A rogue lineage of yeast species that evolves faster than any other is revealing secrets that may help illuminate the molecular causes of cancer.
The NHS's plan to offer genome sequencing to the general public, for a fee, raises many important questions.
Researchers find 351 genetic variants associated with a person's chronotype. Before this study, we knew of only 24.
Genes aren't destiny, but you don't need epigenetics to make the case.
Scientists edge closer to truly personalised medicine thanks to advances in genome sequencing.
Indigenous Australians must be involved in research around provenance and country. Here, representatives of the Willandra Aboriginal Elders visit the Griffith University ancient DNA laboratory.
Museums around the world hold remains of Aboriginal people that were often taken without permission and in the absence of accurate records. New DNA methods may help return these items to country.
‘Amphy’ has features of both simple and more complex forms of life – and so can help us understand important steps in evolution.
The marine creature amphioxus allows scientists to explore some of the steps that took place as simple creatures evolved to become complex animals.
Some forms of obesity severely disrupt the metabolic pathways that keep us healthy.
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Body mass index is often used to gauge health. But there may be more accurate measures. A report on your blood metabolites, your metabolome, may distinguish healthier-obese from sicker-obese.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
You've heard of the genome, and possibly the proteome – all the proteins in the human body. But have you heard about the glycome – the collection of sugars – that may hold the key to diagnosing disease?
We need to know gene editing technology is precise before we try to use it to cure diseases.
A new study found the Cas9 gene editing scissors don't stop cutting after we tell them to.
Water sampling for eDNA analysis.
Photograph credit: Katrina West.
DNA sequencing means a scientist can take a bucket of seawater and ID every fish in the area. Now we need a universal 'biobank' of samples to make a truly powerful environment monitoring tool.
Koalas spend a large part of the day sleeping - while their digestive enzymes get to work.
The koala genome, published today, gives us new and valuable information to aid conservation of this marsupial. It identifies special genes that evolved to adapt the koala to its unique lifestyle.
The Canada 150 Sequencing Initiative will sequence the genomes of 150 organisms important to Canadians, publishing the results in public databases.
By sequencing the genomes of other species, we can better understand our place in natural history.
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We now have the capacity to quickly and cheaply sequence an individual's genome and scour it for disease-causing genes. But how much, and what type, of information does a parent-to-be want to know?