genetics

 
Gene-editing: Panel approval ushers in new era
Gene-editing: Panel approval ushers in new era
Last week, an influential American advisory panel supported the “editing” of genes — altering the DNA — that parents pass on...
New research proves society favours tall and skinny people
New research proves society favours tall and skinny people
Life favours the tall and skinny. For anyone going through life with their eyes open, this isn’t the greatest of revelations. But until now it...
The murky morality of biobanking
The murky morality of biobanking
Biobanks are in short supply in South Africa, a place whose inhabitants have some of the greatest genetic diversity in the world. These repositories of human tissue, used for health research, could save lives as scientists find links between diseases and population groups – and,...
Malaria gets its own barcode
Malaria gets its own barcode
Scientists have developed a genetic barcode that could help to track the emergence of drug-resistant malaria strains.
SA lights a torch in the genomic revolution
SA lights a torch in the genomic revolution
"Africa should not be neglected in the genomic revolution," Michele Ramsay, chairperson of the South Africa Society for Human Genetics,...
Scientists race to get ahead of mutating bird flu
Scientists race to get ahead of mutating bird flu
But scientists say there is no evidence so far that the H7N9 flu – now known to have infected nine people in China, killing three – is...
Genomics crucial to drug safety
Genomics crucial to drug safety
Three years ago, Theo Dingermann, a professor of pharmaceutical biology at Goethe University in Frankfurt, sent a glob of spit to the United...
Y chromosome lacks evolutionary X factor
Y chromosome lacks evolutionary X factor
Nature deals some unkind blows, but none is more hurtful to the pride of man than the looming demise of the Y chromosome.
Federal court upholds patenting on human genes
Federal court upholds patenting on human genes
A federal court said Friday that human genes can be patented, reversing a lower court's ruling that involved a test for breast cancer but which...
Gene therapy cures haemophilia in mice
Gene therapy cures haemophilia in mice
Doctors have treated a life-threatening blood disease by repairing flaws in the genetic code of a living animal.
New Down's test may replace surgery
New Down's test may replace surgery
Scientists have developed a blood analysis that tells expectant mothers whether they are carrying a child with Down's Syndrome and hope to offer...
Distinctive brain activity in autistic kids
Distinctive brain activity in autistic kids
The pattern of brain activity in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is markedly different from that of children without the condition,...

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