20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

The Human Genome Project — which built the blueprint, called the human reference genome — has changed the way medical ...
Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

Skeletal muscle comprises fast-twitch (white) fibers that fatigue quickly and slow-twitch (red) fibers that are more resistant to fatigue. The ...
Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Africa was on February 14, 2020 in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
20 year anniversary of the mapping of the human genome: What does the future hold?

20 year anniversary of the mapping of the human genome: What does the future hold?

The coalescence of bioinformatics and computational biology around algorithms has... given rise to new institutional forms and new markets for ...
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Why cousin marriages can wreak genetic havoc on children

The link between cousin marriages and genetic disorders in offspring is a growing problem in several countries ...
The potential downside of genetic health screenings

The potential downside of genetic health screenings

Doctors are increasingly testing people’s genes for signs of hereditary risks for cancer, said Dr. Allison Kurian, a medical oncologist ...
China bets big on precision medicine, leading the world

China bets big on precision medicine, leading the world

Precision medicine — using genetic information to determine treatments — enables healthcare to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach where ...
Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Here’s how biotechnology is offering new hope for personalized cancer treatments

Cancer occurs when mutations, or accidental changes, take place in the DNA of specific cells or tissue within the body ...
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Can we have an open debate about IQ, genes, and group differences? Reassessing the legacy of James Flynn

I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intelligence was quite meaningless, so I tried ...
Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

California-based 23andMe will merge with Virgin Group’s VG Acquisition Corp and raise a further $250 million from new investors, [British ...
Human behavioral ecology: The tight ‘evolutionary embrace’ of culture and genes

Human behavioral ecology: The tight ‘evolutionary embrace’ of culture and genes

[Research by Toman Barsbai and colleagues shows] that adaptation to local ecological conditions is an important determinant of variation in human ...
Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

With the dramatic expansion of new blood tests, many more pregnant mothers are testing their fetuses for 'defects' such as ...
Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

No one should underestimate the complexity and difficulty of deciding whether to test for Down syndrome or terminate a pregnancy ...
How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

The dramatic arrest in 2018 of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was all the more astounding because of how detectives said ...
Vegetarianism might be in your genes: Study suggests genetic predisposition to a meat-free diet

Vegetarianism might be in your genes: Study suggests genetic predisposition to a meat-free diet

Analysis of the genomes of British vegetarians found a link between their rejection of meat and mutations in their DNA ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Genetic genealogy launched 20 years ago with a whimper. Here’s where we are now

Genetic genealogy launched 20 years ago with a whimper. Here’s where we are now

Lots of people have had more time to focus on genealogy in 2020, so let’s take a look at what’s ...
Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

[Researchers Svante] Pääbo and colleague Hugo Zeberg announced that the major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals… By ...
People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

A new study of thousands of COVID-19 patients has revealed eight genetic sequences that are more common in people who ...
How our genes shape our facial features

How our genes shape our facial features

"The face tells the outside world about your identity, who you are related to, where your ancestors come from and ...
Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Unlike the wildly popular Netflix chess-themed series The Queen’s Gambit, female players have struggled to climb to the top of ...
Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Henk-Jan Guchelaar knows all too well the serious problems that the side-effects of medication can cause. As a professor of clinical pharmacy at the ...
7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

7,000 and counting – That’s how many diseases are linked to mutations that could be corrected with gene editing

Researchers have already identified DNA errors as the cause of nearly 7,000 diseases. Thankfully, the growing world of genome editing could ...
Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Reopening cold cases: The new tools revolutionizing DNA crime detection

Puzzle solvers by nature, genealogists tie the loose ends of a person’s familial tapestry for answers… It’s an emerging practice ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

Drive for an hour at 65 mph on an interstate alongside other vehicles moving at similar speeds. Then take an exit ...
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Free will vs genetics: How much do our genes shape our actions?

Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our ...
What does it take to run a 2-hour marathon? (It's in the genes, and East Africans have them)

What does it take to run a 2-hour marathon? (It’s in the genes, and East Africans have them)

Elite runners need a specific combination of physiological abilities to have any chance of running a sub-two-hour marathon, new research shows ...
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