A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

Results from a new cell study suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can bring about long-term gene expression changes. The ...
‘The One’ on Netflix claims to find your soulmate based on your DNA. What’s the reality?

‘The One’ on Netflix claims to find your soulmate based on your DNA. What’s the reality?

The Netflix drama The One centres around a geneticist who invents a new matchmaking service. It uses DNA to help people ...
1 percent of European couples are at risk of having a child with a severe recessive genetic disorder

1 percent of European couples are at risk of having a child with a severe recessive genetic disorder

Based on 6,447 exome sequences of healthy, genetically unrelated Europeans of two distinct ancestries... researchers calculated that each individual is ...
Do omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements lower heart disease risk? Only for people with specific genes, researchers find

Do omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements lower heart disease risk? Only for people with specific genes, researchers find

[N]ew research from a team led by a University of Georgia scientist indicates that taking fish oil only provides health ...
Cilantro is one of the most loved — and hated — herbs. Why does it taste like soap to some people?

Cilantro is one of the most loved — and hated — herbs. Why does it taste like soap to some people?

Coriander, also known as cilantro, is one of the most commonly used herbs in the world, but a preference for ...
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

To understand the similarities and differences between the genetic patterns of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, the research ...
Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

Can training make you a premier long distance runner — or are your abilities determined at birth?

All of our skeletal muscles are made up of a combination of two types of fibre: slow-twitch muscle fibres and ...
Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed ...
One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in human history, responsible for the deaths of about a billion people in the ...
Podcast: Are you a genetic superhero? Finding the hidden powers in our genes

Podcast: Are you a genetic superhero? Finding the hidden powers in our genes

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores the science behind so-called ‘genetic superheroes’, and why you might also have hidden powers within ...
COVID’s Achilles’ heel: Will the DNA of disease-resistant patients offer clues to blocking the virus?

COVID’s Achilles’ heel: Will the DNA of disease-resistant patients offer clues to blocking the virus?

Mayana Zatz, director of the Human Genome Research Centre at the University of São Paulo has identified 100 couples, where ...
Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children's deaths

Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children’s deaths

Kathleen Folbigg is in jail for killing her children as infants between 1990 and 1999.  [Recently] her supporters released a ...
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Why your sex designated at birth may not match your genetics

Why your sex designated at birth may not match your genetics

There are lots of different conditions that fall under the umbrella of intersex. In humans, the phenotypic sex is usually ...
Vaccine clinical research trials skewed towards White Americans, marginalizing minorities, study finds

Vaccine clinical research trials skewed towards White Americans, marginalizing minorities, study finds

An analysis of the demographics of a decade’s worth of vaccine clinical trials has found that Black Americans, Latinos, American ...
When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

Early last spring, [twin] sisters from Rochester, Mich., checked themselves into the hospital with fevers and shortness of breath. While ...
The Human Genome Project has a diversity problem. Here’s what’s being done to address it

The Human Genome Project has a diversity problem. Here’s what’s being done to address it

The Human Genome Project shed light on our species in 2001, but it was a patchwork of different humans' genes ...
Healthy weight gain? Genes that increase the risk of obesity may protect as many as 45% of overweight people from heart disease

Healthy weight gain? Genes that increase the risk of obesity may protect as many as 45% of overweight people from heart disease

People living with obesity tend to have unhealthy glucose and lipid levels in their blood, as well as high blood ...
Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Our DNA holds thousands of dead genes and we’ve only just begun to unravel their stories. But one thing is ...
Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

[20 years after the Human Genome Project,] many of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research — including ...
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 ...
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