What secrets will your DNA give away?
When you send off a cheek swab to one of the private genome companies, you may sacrifice not just your own privacy but that of your family and your ancestors.
When the Human Genome Project completed its work in 2003, the entire human genome was published in book form.
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In 2003 the Human Genome Project "cracked the code of life", yet parts of our DNA remained unidentified. A new study fills out our genetic blueprint by using a nanotechnology-based technique.
Babs turned to technology to clone her dog Sammie.
Humans, and indeed pet dogs, are more than just products of genes – even before the moment of conception, environments play a vital role in shaping us.
A new study of ancient Botai horses turns our knowledge about wild and domestic horses on its head.
The genome is becoming the unit of currency for all kinds of genetic testing.
Do you own your own genetic data? The future of genomic databases is almost here, and now is the time to figure out how we are going to allow this information to be used.
If we could test the genome of all Australians we could better target preventive health campaigns.
If you could take a test that would reveal the diseases you and your family might be more likely to get, would you want to do it?
The genetics of Indonesian people are a mix between different groups of humans.
I try to learn who are the ancestors of Indonesian people through genetics. The genetics of Indonesian people are a mix between different groups of humans.
From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.
Most people will be much better off putting the money spent on a genetic test towards a gym membership, or a pair of trainers.
We may be heading for a future where it will be considered immoral to have a child with a partner who isn't 'genetically compatible'.
Editing DNA has the potential to treat disease by repairing or removing defective genes.
William Isdale speaks with University of Queensland Professor Peter Koopman about CRISPR technology.
What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world?
Xue and Bloom
New genetic technologies are letting us look at flu evolution right where it starts: within individual people, while they're sick.
Professor Samir Brahmachar: ‘Why should drug discovery be kept in the Wright brothers’ era of trial and error?’
Professor Samir Brahmachari's innovative Open Source Drug Development allows thousands of researchers to work together to discover novel therapies for under-studied diseases.
Laboratory mice are among the first animals to have their diseases treated by CRISPR.
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A new research paper reports dangerous side effects in CRISPR-edited mice. Some scientists are pushing back, placing blame for the unwanted mutations on the experiment, not the technique.
The advent of genetic technologies has been reducing the time and cost attached to diagnosing rare genetic diseases.
Precision editing DNA allows for some amazing applications.
Researchers are starting to harness the potential of this much-hyped gene editing technique – with coming applications in medicine, biology and agriculture.
Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time… but how accurately?
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How do scientists figure out when evolutionary events – like species splitting away from a common ancestor – happened? It turns out our DNA is a kind of molecular clock, keeping time via genetic changes.
How does one set of genes result in huge horns in males and none at all in females?
How can the same basic genome produce such different forms in the two sexes of a single species? It turns out one gene can encode for various things, depending on the order its instructions are read.
Tools of diabetes treatment almost always include improved diet and regular exercise.
Diabetes, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., remains a difficult disease to treat. Read how an algorithm devised by MIT researchers could help.
Dental calculus deposits show this Neadertal was eating poplar, a source of aspirin, and moulded vegetation including Penicillium fungus, source of a natural antibiotic.
Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC
Neanderthals had a very varied diet based on what foods were available to them where they lived. They also knew what to eat when they were sick.