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Four Different DNA Tests Reveal Four Different Genetic Results

Gizmodo writer Kristen V. Brown sent her DNA to multiple genetic testing companies and found each gave very different results. Brown breaks down her results and interviews the companies about their procedures to try to make sense of the varying results. Show More Summary

Making Good Bacteria Better, and Easy to Track, Thanks to Genetic Engineering

Using an approach that combines ultrasound imaging and genetic engineering of bacterial microbes, a team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), has created a powerful new system to track bacteria dispatched to deliver therapies deep inside the body.

VIZ Media Announces Release Date for Terraformars on Home Video!

In the deep silence of space, the planet Mars hisses with death. On Earth, a mysterious virus is devastating the human race. To find a cure and give humanity a fighting chance of survival, a multinational team of genetically modified citizens must race to the Red Planet and uncover its secrets. Show More Summary

Fanconi anemia: Insight from a green plant

(American Society of Plant Biologists) Fanconi anemia is a human genetic disorder with severe effects, including an increased risk of cancer and infertility. Research in plants helps us understand the disease in humans, showing how a key protein functions in the exchange of genetic material.

Fanconi anemia: Insight from a green plant

Fanconi anemia is a human genetic disorder with severe effects, including an increased risk of cancer and infertility. Work in animal systems has identified many factors involved in Fanconi anemia and showed that these factors function in repair of DNA. Show More Summary

Researchers find link between breast cancer and two gene mutations

(Springer) Individuals with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that has long been known to carry dramatically increased risk of colorectal cancer and uterine cancer, now also have an increased risk of breast cancer. This is the conclusion of a study in the journal Genetics in Medicine which is published by Springer Nature.

Should You Sell Your DNA On The Internet?

In October 2017, Vadim Pushkarev, a Moscow-based lawyer, uploaded his genetic code to a new service called Zenome that promised him more than just information about his ancestry. This company was offering cryptocurrency. More »     ...

Evolution, Accelerated (Rebroadcast)

Season 7, Episode 20 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner explores a breakthrough in genetic technology that has given humans more power than ever to change nature. So what happens next? Plus: some of the hoops we jump through to get ahead are poorly designed for girls and women. Show More Summary

Smart robotic implant developed to treat rare birth defect

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Oesophageal atresia is a rare genetic disease, in which the upper and lower sections of a baby's oesophagus don't connect – there's a gap between them. Scientists from the University of Sheffield and Boston Children's Hospital have created...Show More Summary

HIV-1 genetic diversity is higher in vaginal tract than in blood during early infection

(PLOS) A first-of-its-kind study has found that the genetic diversity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is higher in the vaginal tract than in the blood stream during early infection. This finding, published in PLOS Pathogens, supports the existence of a genetic bottleneck between the vaginal tract and the bloodstream.

Genetic sequencing points to endemic origin of monkeypox virus outbreak in Nigeria

(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists working to control a human outbreak of monkeypox virus (MXPV) in Nigeria performed genetic sequencing of patient samples, revealing that the outbreak likely originated from a source within the country. Show More Summary

Fragile X Finding Shows Normal Neurons that Interact Poorly

Neurons in mice afflicted with the genetic defect that causes Fragile X syndrome (FXS) appear similar to those in healthy mice, but these neurons fail to interact normally, resulting in the long-known cognitive impairments, shows a new study by a team of neuroscientists.

The World’s Only Known Albino Orangutan Is Moving To Her Own Personal Island For Safe Keeping

Orangutans are endangered creatures, but Alba’s rare genetic disorder makes her truly a one-of-a-kind ape.

New blood protein markers help track premature ageing disease

(Springer) Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is an extremely rare fatal genetic disorder which causes sufferers to age prematurely. In a new study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature, scientists have identified protein biomarkers which can be used to assess how HGPS patients have reacted to treatment. Show More Summary

Free musicians Akira Sakata, Masahiko Satoh, and Chikamorachi get even freer on new collaborative album, stop shy of forming a nudist colony (for now)

You think it’s liberating to let your body hair grow until it reaches the terminal length determined by your genetics? Well, the Family Vineyard label kindly requests that you try Proton Pump on for size — because, in addition to being...Show More Summary

A Centuries-Old Math Equation Used to Solve a Modern-Day Genetics Challenge

Researchers developed a new mathematical tool to validate and improve methods used by medical professionals to interpret results from clinical genetic tests. The work was published this month in Genetics in Medicine.

Timothy Ray Brown, cured of HIV, rallies public to support research funding

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In the 10th anniversary year since a bone marrow stem cell transplant cured Timothy Ray Brown of his HIV infection, despite disappointment over decreasing public desire to find a cure for HIV, Timothy Ray Brown remains optimistic that the scientific and medical communities can and will achieve this if properly funded.

Review examines the pros and cons of surgery to reduce the risk of cancer

(Wiley) Genetic testing is commonplace for many inheritable cancer syndromes, and with that comes the knowledge of being a gene carrier for some patients. Many guidelines recommend that gene carriers take certain steps, such as surgery, to reduce their risk of developing cancer. Show More Summary

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