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Neanderthal Genes Suspected
in Severe COVID Cases
Sep 22, 2023 11:45 AM CDT
Neanderthal Genes Suspected in Severe COVID Cases
Study looks at a hard-hit city in Italy
- Individuals who suffer a severe COVID-19 infection may perhaps blame genes inherited from our cousins the Neanderthals. A new study focused on the northern Italian city of Bergamo, an early epicenter found to have one of the world's highest COVID-19 death rates, links a set of DNA variants, or...
You and Your Doppleganger
Share More Than Looks
Aug 25, 2022 12:25 PM CDT
You and Your Doppleganger Share More Than Looks
Study shows that unrelated look-alikes also share genes and even behaviors
- Studies of twins are common. Studies of unrelated people who could pass for twins, not so much. But in Cell Reports , researchers dug deep into the phenomenon of dopplegangers—look-a-likes who are aren't actually related—and discovered that they share far more than superficial appearances, reports Science Alert . An...
Babies Is Let
Out of Prison
Apr 6, 2022 12:33 PM CDT
Scientist Behind Gene-Edited Babies Is Let Out of Prison
He Jiankui was convicted, sentenced in China in December 2019
A Chinese biophysicist jailed in China for his role in helping to create the world's first gene-edited babies is a free man once more. The release of He Jiankui, who was convicted and sentenced to three years behind bars in December 2019 on charges of practicing medicine illegally,...
Woman Sues Fertility Doc
for 'Medical Rape'
May 26, 2021 6:44 AM CDT
Woman Sues Fertility Doc for 'Medical Rape'
Says he used his own sperm, without permission, to impregnate her
- Another heartbreaking story of an allegedly unethical fertility doctor: In New Jersey, Bianca Voss, 75, learned last year that her daughter Roberta's father was, allegedly, the very OB-GYN who was supposed to have artificially inseminated her using sperm from an anonymous donor almost four decades ago. The bombshell came...
DNA Slavery Study
Jul 24, 2020 12:20 PM CDT
DNA Slavery Study Yields Surprises
More enslaved people came to the US from Nigeria than previously thought, researchers say
- Using historical records has been the most traditional way to shed light on the dark stain of slavery in the United States. Now, per new research that the
calls "the largest DNA study to examine African ancestry in the Americas," gene analysis is helping put more pieces...
Seen Across Species,
the Ladies Have It
in case you missed it
Mar 28, 2020 7:00 AM CDT
In Phenomenon Seen Across Species, the Ladies Have It
Female mammals typically live longer, likely owing to genetics
- It's not just in human populations that females tend to live longer than males. The same trend has been seen in mammals such as elephants, lions, and orcas, according to a new study. Indeed, demographic data for 134 populations of 101 mammalian species shows females outlive males in 60%...
For Gene Editing,
a 'New Frontier'
Mar 4, 2020 8:34 AM CST
For Gene Editing, a 'New Frontier'
If deemed safe, scientists hope for widespread use of CRISPR procedure inside patients' bodies
- "We literally have the potential to take people who are essentially blind and make them see." Those are the attention-grabbing words of Charles Albright, the chief scientific officer at Editas Medicine, which is sponsoring a study to wield DNA technology in a novel way: edit genes using the...
3 Cheetahs, 2 Cubs,
One 'Big Breakthrough'
Feb 25, 2020 9:50 AM CST
3 Cheetahs, 2 Cubs, One 'Big Breakthrough'
Birth via surrogacy allows for greater genetic diversity
- Ohio has welcomed two new scientific marvels—the first ever cheetah cubs born via in vitro fertilization. Cheetahs are a vulnerable species, with only 7,500 left in the wild. They also have low genetic diversity owing to a mass die-off about 10,000 years ago. That's made breeding...
Do Humans Have a 'Gay Gene?'
Big New Study Thinks Not
Aug 30, 2019 8:47 AM CDT
Do Humans Have a 'Gay Gene?' Big New Study Thinks Not
Sexual orientation is instead a complex stew of genetics and environment, say researchers
- Humans do not have a "gay gene" that determines their sexual orientation, according to the largest study (by far) ever conducted on the issue. Researchers studied the genomes of 470,000 people, hunting for a pattern to explain human sexuality, reports Live Science . They found five genetic markers deemed...
Landmark Gene-Editing Work
May Help Restore Vision
Jul 25, 2019 12:42 PM CDT
Landmark Gene-Editing Work May Help Restore Vision
Researchers will use CRISPR technology to try to help patients with rare disease
- Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness, per the AP . People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to...
Woman Feels No Pain,
Didn't Realize It
Until Age 65
Mar 28, 2019 9:15 AM CDT
Woman Feels No Pain, Didn't Realize It Until Age 65
Jo Cameron has been through several operations and childbirth without painkillers
- It sounds like something out of a superhero movie: There's a woman living in Scotland who feels no pain. In a case report on Jo Cameron in the
British Journal of Anaesthesia
, scientists say they discovered two genetic mutations at play (one on a previously unidentified gene) and that...
Nov 28, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Scientist Behind Gene-Edited Babies Speaks, to Condemnation
He Jiankui speaks publicly about the allegedly genetically edited babies
- The Chinese researcher who has rattled the scientific world with his claim that he created the world's first genetically edited babies spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, and he made a revelation, though an unclear one at that. While speaking at the Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong...
Be Tied to This
Type of Cancer
Feb 16, 2018 2:34 PM CST
Women's Paternal Grandmas May Be Tied to This Type of Cancer
Women's risk for ovarian cancer may be passed down from the father's side of the family
- Sons inherit a baldness gene from their moms, and now scientists are pointing to another parent-child link on the opposite side. Per the BBC , fathers can pass down a gene mutation to their daughters that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, per a study published Thursday in
Could Mean Pig
Organs in Humans
Aug 11, 2017 9:34 AM CDT
Big Breakthrough Could Mean Pig Organs in Humans
Scientists who've created genetically modified piglets say perhaps in 2 years
- Pig organs have long been eyed as transplant options for humans, as the organs are about the same size and pigs are plentiful, but it's been challenging to overcome the human immune system's possible rejection of such organs. Now, in what one medical expert tells the
Scientists Just Achieved
'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jul 30, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
Scientists Just Achieved 'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
Japanese team engineers the first blue chrysanthemum
- A development of "great impact" has been made in the world of flowers—specifically among chrysanthemums, which researchers have just turned a true-blue hue for the first time, per
. The magazine explains that vibrant blue flowers are hard to find in nature—only a few species exist, and...
Woolly Mammoths Could
Be 'De-Extinct' in 2 Years
Feb 16, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Woolly Mammoths Could Be 'De-Extinct' in 2 Years
According to a 'maverick geneticist'
- This whole nostalgia thing is getting out of control because scientists are about to bring back the woolly mammoth, the
reports. Harvard professor George Church—who New Scientist calls a "maverick geneticist"—is leading a "de-extinction" team that says it's about two years away from...
We're One Step
Closer to Test
Feb 15, 2017 7:47 PM CST
We're One Step Closer to Test Predicting Baldness
Researchers indentify 287 genes linked to hair loss
- Guys, if you've ever wished you could look into a crystal ball and see if hair plugs are in your future, scientists have good news. Using data from 53,000 men in the UK, they've come up with a DNA-based algorithm that could someday predict whether one is...
When We Have
Kids, How Many
May Be Partly
Nov 2, 2016 9:05 AM CDT
When We Have Kids, How Many May Be Partly Genetic
DNA variants can also predict probability of a woman remaining childless
- For the first time, scientists have identified areas of DNA—specifically, 12—associated with reproductive habits, in this case the age when men and women have their first kid and how many kids they have. Reporting in the journal
, researchers at the University of Oxford analyzed more than...
in Fridge May
Oct 18, 2016 8:27 AM CDT
Keeping Tomatoes in Fridge May Mar Flavor Forever
Flavor alteration takes place in the genes, making it irreversible
- It may seem practical to keep fruits and veggies from spoiling by storing them in the fridge, but there's one variety that should stay out on the counter. The
New York Times
reports on new research out of the University of Florida that finds when tomatoes are harbored in...
3-Parent Baby Born After
Sep 27, 2016 2:26 PM CDT
3-Parent Baby Born After 2-Decade Ban
With mom's nuclear DNA, donor's mitochondrial DNA, and dad's sperm
- A 5-month-old born using a "revolutionary" genetic technique is said to be the world's first baby created using DNA from three parents since the technique was banned about two decades ago,
reports. The boy, IDed by the International Business Times as Abrahim Hassan, was born in...
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