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Scientists Manipulate Genes to Make Old Organs Young Again (in Mice)

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh showed this week that they could teach an old mouse's thymus to bounce back to a healthy, youthful state, simply by manipulating a single protein that controls gene expression. It's the first time scientists have been able to regenerate a living organ by gene manipulation, and it could have huge implications in health science. Read More >>

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Scientists Genetically Modified Trees So They Can Make Greener Paper

Wood scientists just announced an exciting breakthrough in tree research. They've come up with a way to make more environmentally friendly paper—by genetically modifying trees. And it's not just the paper industry that will benefit. Read More >>

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These Eerily Accurate Mugshots Were Created From DNA Alone

Everyone knows that DNA can be invaluable when it comes to solving crimes. But now genetic analysis can be used to generate incredibly precise mugshots of criminals, too. Read More >>

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Would You Customise Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favour of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a foetus—has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal treatments and eugenic experiments? Read More >>

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Your Sperm are Ticking, Mutating Time Bombs

Everyone knows that as men age so do their sperm, slowing a little and becoming less... potent. But research suggests that sperm actually mutate with age—which in turn could increase the chances of fathering a child with a genetic disorder. Read More >>

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The Science of Marrying Your Cousin

In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted. Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children. Read More >>

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The World's Oldest Tumour is 11,000 Years Old and Spread By Dog Sex

Somewhere 11,000 years ago, something weird happened to a dog. It got cancer—and the really damn freaky part is that the cancer could survive even outside of its canine host. That unknown dog is long dead now, but its tumour cells have improbably lived on, continuing to sprout on the genitalia of dogs all over the world. Read More >>

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Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Stop Six People Going Blind

A team of surgeons in Oxford have used a pioneering new form of gene therapy to stop six of their patients going blind and it's hoped the technique could be used to treat blindness more generally. Read More >>

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Music Doesn't Make Your Child Smarter, So Cancel Those Tuba Lessons

Today's research on the poor brains of lab-children has debunked one of the more popular myths about music, with researchers claiming there's no link between early music lessons and a child's later intelligence. Read More >>

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Good GCSE Results? Thank Your Parents, as it Might all be Genetic

Soon, a DNA test might be able to tell you whether it's worth revising for exams or not, as new research suggests that genetic factors are much more important than schoolwork or home life when it comes to determining future exam successes. Read More >>

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A Crash Course in How Genomes are Sequenced

Everyone's heard of DNA, genetics and genome sequencing, but you might not actually know exactly how scientists go about making it all happen. This TED Ed video explains, nicely and simply, how it works. Read More >>

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Scientists Found the Wolverine-Healing Gene

Deep within our bodies are all kinds of genes that turn on and off over the years, including the very genes that make you grow a body in the first place. This is where scientists are looking for the magical code that could enable us to regrow organs and regenerate limbs. One Harvard researcher thinks he might have found it. Read More >>

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Would You Eat This Cheese Made from Human Armpit Sweat?

Folks often shy away from fancy cheese because it smells like feet. But what if the cheese was actually made from feet—or rather, the bacteria that makes your feet stink? A couple of bio-hacker artists decided to explore that possibility. And it sounds really gross. Read More >>

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Why Are Taller People Generally More Intelligent? It's All to Do With Sex and Your Parents

Although there are exceptions to the rule, taller people generally have a higher IQ. It's all in the genes, but both height and intelligence are highly complex traits, which aren't down to just single genes, but a whole raft in combination. So why are they linked? It's all to do with sex and your parents, although hopefully not both at the same time. Read More >>

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Sequence Your DNA In an Hour on This Tiny Chip

Diagnosing genetic disorders and devising personalised therapies just got a lot easier, or at least quicker. Panasonic and Belgian research lab IMEC have created a small chip that tests DNA in under an hour. Read More >>

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The Human Cells We Use For Research Are Kind of a Genetic Disaster

It turns out that the human cells scientists have studied the most, and used in research for more than 60 years have some unexpected and pretty intense genetic mutations. Good thing they weren't used as part of 60,000 published papers. They were? Oh geez. Read More >>

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