How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, was arrested [June 2] at his home in Minnesota for the 1972 murder of Julie Ann ...
Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Genetic tests claiming to predict people’s intellectual aptitudes or how much education they are likely to get are readily available ...
Viewpoint: 'Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Viewpoint: ‘Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Advances in genetics have been revolutionized in the last few years. First came CRISPR, which can edit single genes, possibly ...
Does DNA 'determine' our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Does DNA ‘determine’ our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
Cappuccino or espresso? How genetics actively regulates the amount of coffee we regularly drink

Cappuccino or espresso? How genetics actively regulates the amount of coffee we regularly drink

Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favor the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee ...
For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

[A new] drug, called Lumakras, was approved [May 28] to treat a portion of lung cancer patients with a particular ...
Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Genetic genealogy debuted more than 20 years ago as a pastime for ancestry enthusiasts. The customer sent a saliva sample ...
Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

"The promise of genetic testing is that it can tell you more about the way you're built so that you ...
DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

A new startup called Orchid is offering the chance for couples planning a pregnancy to learn their odds of passing ...
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 ...
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 ...
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