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Genetics uses information from one or two genes to explain a disease or condition, whereas genomics examines all of the genetic information to determine biological markers predisposing an individual to disease. This category includes news on DNA, genes, microRNAs, chromosomes, inheritance and evolution.
Updated: 20 hours 38 min ago

Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:00
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance.
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Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:00
In the largest study of its type, researchers find several new prostate cancer drug targets by harvesting and analyzing reams of genetic data.
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How the brain's 'immune memory' may lead to Alzheimer's

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:00
A new study shows that the brain's immune cells retain a memory of previous inflammation, which causes them to react differently to toxic brain proteins.
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'Mutant ferrets' shine a light on human brain evolution

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:00
While using a novel, genetically modified ferret to investigate microcephaly, researchers stumble across clues as to the evolution of our large brains.
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Could your fitness boost your kids' brain power?

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:00
Adult male mice exposed to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise boost learning ability in offspring through altered sperm RNA, study shows.
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Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:00
A gene that predisposes people to store excess fat on their belly rather than their hips increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly.
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Being a 'night owl' could kill you, study finds

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:00
If you're a 'night owl,' you might want to change your bedtime habits; researchers reveal that late nights could raise the risk of early death.
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Blocking melanoma's 'escape route'

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:00
A new study finds that, as melanoma tries to evade treatment, it differentiates into four subtypes. Some of these are vulnerable to treatment.
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What to do about brown spots on your teeth

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:00
Brown spots can form anywhere on the teeth, including between teeth or on the tooth surface. These brown or yellowish stains can result from dental procedures, but they more commonly indicate cavities or a buildup of plaque. Here, learn about the many causes, and potential ways to remove these stubborn stains.
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This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:00
One gene variant makes us eat more sugary foods but causes our overall body fat levels to be lower. Is this really as good for our health as it sounds?
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Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:00
In a first-of-its kind study, scientists use human neurons to study and correct the damaging effects of the APOE4 gene, a well-known genetic risk factor.
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Is blood actually blue?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:00
Some people believe that blood is blue when it is in the body and only turns red when it interacts with oxygen in the air. In this article, we investigate this and other myths and facts about the blood. Which animals have blue blood? How much blood is in the human body? Why is blood red? Find out all this and more.
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Why does cancer arise? Landmark study provides unique insight

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 17:00
A huge study published in a slew of papers has analyzed over 11,000 tumors from 33 cancers and reclassified them by their genomic and molecular makeup.
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Space travel may hold the key to cardiac repair

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:00
New research — conducted both in space and on Earth — suggests that simulated microgravity could be used to boost stem-cell therapy for cardiac repair.
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Newly created compound boosts anti-cancer immunity

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:00
The results of a study that took years to conduct are finally in: scientists have devised a compound that can boost our immunity against cancer.
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New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:00
Researchers have uncovered new mechanisms by which a protein called APC can prevent colon cancer, a discovery that could lead to new drug treatments.
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How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:00
New research finds that a genetic mutation makes lung cancer cells morph into gastrointestinal cells. The mechanism may explain drug-resistant lung cancer.
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Gene study solves mystery of 'alien' skeleton

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 19:00
Researchers have not only confirmed that the 'Ata' skeleton is human; they have also uncovered gene variants that may explain its serious bone deformities.
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