Genetics

Hunger Gene

Anyone who’s ever struggled with their weight knows all the tricks for taming appetite: don’t eat mindlessly in front of the telly, don’t bolt your food and resist the triggers for non-hungry eating like boredom and stress. But what if you’d acquired a faulty gene that gave you such a […]

Tall people are healthier

New research shows that if you’re above average height you’re general standard of health will be higher too, although you are slightly more at risk from certain cancers. Not only do tall people have an advantage when it comes to reaching stuff on high shelves, it turns out they’re healthier […]

Road to “designer baby”?

Germany Approves Genetic Testing For Human Embryos In a conscience vote held Thursday, the German parliament approved the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a procedure in which one or two cells are extracted from a developing embryo in order to test for genetic disorders, according to Reuters reports. In […]

Gene tests for IVF embryos legalised

Couples using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can have embryos screened to ensure their child will not develop any serious hereditary disease or disability under a milestone law passed Thursday by Germany’s parliament. Within limits, couples will be allowed to have embryos meant for IVF implantation tested. Only healthy embryos would […]

Turmeric Can Combat Cancer

…….. Having “bad genes,” does not at all mean you’re doomed to suffer some inevitable fate. Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely their environment. This environmental information—which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions, and more—can create […]

Family of twins plead for deaths

DELHI – The impoverished family of Indian conjoined twins won worldwide sympathy when they rejected the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi’s offer to pay for surgery to separate them. They feared that one or both might die in the operation and could not bear to lose either. Five years later, […]

China establishes gene bank

Beijing, Jun 18 (PTI) China has established a national gene bank in southern Guangdong province”s Shenzhen city to safeguard the country”s genetic information, a media report said today. Qi Chengyuan, the chief of National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC), said the establishment of the national gene bank will help China […]

Humans are evolving slower than thought

Humans might be evolving slower than scientists had thought, according to a new analysis of the genomes of two families, but there is a huge variance between people. The researchers, reporting their findings June 12 in the journal Nature Genetics, based their measurement of evolution speed on the number of […]

A Simple Exercise To Boost IQ

Can we make ourselves smarter? In recent decades, scientists have accumulated increasing evidence that our intelligence, at least as measured by the IQ test, is sharply constrained by genetics. Although estimates vary, most studies place the heritability of intelligence at somewhere between 50% and 80%. It’s an uncomfortable fact, but […]