genetics

Coronavirus: who are the ‘super-survivors’?
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Coronavirus: who are the ‘super-survivors’?

Centenarians part of a ‘special group’ who are more likely to survive coronavirus
17 Apr 2020
Where was the Garden of Eden? DNA has the answer
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Where was the Garden of Eden? DNA has the answer

Researchers say they have located the origin of modern humans in southern Africa
29 Oct 2019
Are left-handed people genetically smarter?
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Are left-handed people genetically smarter?

Variants in newly identified gene show differences in brain structure which could result in better verbal skills
6 Sep 2019
‘Gay gene’ debunked by scientists
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‘Gay gene’ debunked by scientists

Largest study of its kind finds sexual preferences are influenced by complex mix of genes, environment and life experiences
30 Aug 2019
China confirms gene-edited babies
Dr He Jiankui faces the death penalty in China over gene-edited babies
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China confirms gene-edited babies

Investigators say Dr He Jiankui acted alone and faces death penalty
22 Jan 2019
How the shape of your skull can reveal Neanderthal DNA
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How the shape of your skull can reveal Neanderthal DNA

Scientists uncover traces of Neanderthal genes linked with ‘less round brains’ in modern humans
14 Dec 2018
World’s first genetically altered babies born in China
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World’s first genetically altered babies born in China

If true, breakthrough ‘would be profound leap of science and ethics’ despite condemnation from medical profession
27 Nov 2018

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Stephen Hawking predicted race of superhumans
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Stephen Hawking predicted race of superhumans

Late physicist feared abuse of genetic modification technology may lead to two-tiered society
15 Oct 2018
Designer babies: the arguments for and against
Newborn babies at hospital
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Designer babies: the arguments for and against

Debate intensifies as UK ethics body gives go-ahead to gene editing for non-medical reasons
17 Jul 2018
Why are scientists genetically editing pigs?
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Why are scientists genetically editing pigs?

Breakthrough in making the animals resistant to disease poses ethical and legal dilemma
21 Jun 2018
Genetic profiling: A fast-track ticket to optimal health
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Genetic profiling: A fast-track ticket to optimal health

iamYiam founder Lorena Puica explains why she left a high-flying career in investment management to launch an innovative health service
18 Apr 2017
Major blood cancer is actually 11 distinct diseases
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Major blood cancer is actually 11 distinct diseases

Discovery could help patients with acute myeloid leukaemia receive far more tailored treatment
9 Jun 2016
Scientists take 'very positive step' towards cancer vaccine
Cancer
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Scientists take 'very positive step' towards cancer vaccine

Genetic breakthrough sees patients' immune systems tricked into attacking tumours
2 Jun 2016
Da Vinci code: DNA could solve mystery of Leonardo's grave
Leonardo Da Vinci
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Da Vinci code: DNA could solve mystery of Leonardo's grave

Remains could unlock a wealth of information about painter's life – and show us how he really looked
6 May 2016
'Youth' gene may explain why some people age well
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'Youth' gene may explain why some people age well

Gene linked to pale skin and red hair can have an effect on how old you look, say scientists
29 Apr 2016
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