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Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion

Most people remember the emperor: a vain ruler, swindled into paying for a nonexistent magical garment, parades in public, only to be embarrassed by a little boy. To me, the story is really about the swindling tailors. Audacious, imaginative, their true product is a persuasive illusion, one keyed to the vulnerabilities of their target audience. In contemporary terms, the story is about marketing; and as such, the tale is tailor-made for an examination of genetic ancestry tests, because these too...
Tags: Family, Science, Biology, Dna, Genetics, Innovation, Bioethics


Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, E Coli, Synthetic Biology, Escherichia coli


Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

Researchers create altered synthetic genome, in move with potential medical benefitsScientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, Genetics, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, E Coli, Synthetic Biology


It's time we stopped human evolution – geneticist

Measles cases in the US have hit a 25-year high, with 78 new infections in the past week alone. In a sign of the times, a cruise ship with hundreds of Scientologists on board was quarantined in St Lucia after one passenger was diagnosed with the disease. It's the sort of news you can expect when parents stop vaccinating their children, which many did from the 1990s onwards for fear that scientists were foisting remedies on them that were more dangerous than the diseases themselves.As society has...
Tags: Biology, US, Genetics, Nature, Innovation, Gm, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Vaccines, St Lucia


Geneticist: It's time we stopped human evolution

Measles cases in the U.S. have hit a 25-year high, with 78 new infections in the past week alone. In a sign of the times, a cruise ship with hundreds of Scientologists on board was quarantined in St. Lucia after one passenger was diagnosed with the disease. It's the sort of news you can expect when parents stop vaccinating their children, which many did from the 1990s onward for fear that scientists were foisting remedies on them that were more dangerous than the diseases themselves.As society h...
Tags: Biology, Genetics, Nature, Innovation, Gm, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Vaccines, St Lucia


Scientists discover why supermarket tomatoes taste so bland

Scientists compared the genomes of 725 wild and cultivated tomatoes (a pan-genome) to the tomato genome that's used to represent all varieties. The representative genome was missing thousands of genes present in the pan-genome, including one that's responsible for imparting flavor to the vegetable.The good news is that breeders seem to have recently began selecting for flavor, so it's possible that store-bought tomatoes could soon start tasting better. None Ever wonder why those pale-orange toma...
Tags: Food, Science, Usda, Genetics, Innovation, Heinz, Cornell University, Nature Genetics, Giovanni, Ithaca New York, Zhangjun Fei, James Giovannoni


5,000-Year-Old Grave Reveals Mass Murder of a Bronze Age Family

All 15 people found in a Bronze Age mass grave in southern Poland were killed by a blow to the head, yet their bodies were buried together with great care and consideration. Genetic evidence now suggests these individuals were members of the same extended family—a finding that’s casting new light on a tumultuous era…Read more...
Tags: Science, Genetics, Anthropology, Poland, Mass Graves


2 reasons why mothers far outnumbered fathers in human history

Studies showed that in human history, mothers often outnumbered fathers.This happened because of polygyny and migration patterns.Modern ratio of mothers to fathers is closer to 1 to 1. None In the course of human history, have there been more mothers or fathers? By the basic logic of it, there should be as many of one as the other. But there's nothing basic about about how humans procreate, pulling their kind forward through the eons by hook or crook. It turns out, there have been significantly ...
Tags: Parenting, Biology, Dna, History, Genetics, Innovation, Population, Evolution, Mother's Day


Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia

Northern Europeans who speak Uralic languages, such as Estonian and Finnish, can thank ancient migrating Siberian populations for their dialects, according to a fascinating new study that combined genetics, archaeology, and linguistics.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, Linguistics, Siberia, Languages, Speech


The strange genetic twist in Campbell's tomato soup

Breeders found a genetic tweak that made tomatoes easier to pick, but they didn't grow as well. Modern technology has revealed an ancient surprise hidden in the fruit.New research showcases how much we're still learning about crop gene editing. None It's certainly a classic: Campbell's Soup. How many lunchtimes have been elevated by its warm tomatoey goodness? To us, it's a comforting touchstone. To Campbell's, though, it's a business, and not just any tomato will do. What you may not realize ...
Tags: Garden, Florida, Genetics, Nature, Innovation, Plants, Botany, Crispr, Tomato, Biomechanics, Campbell, Campbell's, Lippman, CSHL, Lipmann, Zach Lippman


Verve Has Top Cardio-Geneticist, $58.5M to Aim CRISPR at Heart Attacks

A new startup wants to edit out the world’s biggest killer. Prominent cardiologist and geneticist Sekar Kathiresan is heading up a new company, Verve Therapeutics, that will develop gene-altering medicine to prevent heart attacks. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide.“Imagine an injection, once in life, that safely confers enduring protection against heart attack in adults,” said Kathiresan, the director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General ...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Massachusetts, Funding, US, Trends, Vc, Genetics, Heart Attack, Venture Capital, Disease, Genomics, Biotech, Verily, Life Sciences, Editas Medicine


Evidence of Arsenic-Breathing Microbial Life Found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers working off the coast of Mexico have discovered evidence of arsenic-breathing life in oxygen-starved waters. These resilient microbes are a vestige of Earth’s ancient past, but they could also be a sign of things to come under the influence of climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Mexico, Earth, Genetics, Microbiology, Pacific Ocean, Arsenic, Extremophiles, Microorganisms


Homeland Security to Start DNA Testing Asylum Seekers as It Tries to Back Up 'Fake Families' Scare Tactic

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will start using Rapid DNA tests on some asylum seekers at the U.S.–Mexico border next week, according to a new report from CNN. The tests are intended to determine whether adults and children who are traveling together are actually family members.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Dna, Immigration, Dhs, Cnn, Genetics, Ice, Homeland Security, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, DNA tests, DNA testing, U S Department of Homeland Security, President Trump


Across the world, women outlive men — here's why

What could add almost four and a half years to your life?Being a woman, according to new data from the World Health Organization, which explores access to and attitudes towards health, as well as how this plays into life expectancy.More than 141 million children will be born this year, and the boys will live 69.8 years on average, while the girls will clock up 74.2 years – a difference of 4.4 years. Life expectancy at age 60 is also greater for women than men, the data shows.While the report on ...
Tags: Health, Death, Gender, Biology, China, Aging, Women, Genetics, Innovation, Who, World Health Organization, Bahrain, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Statistics, India Azerbaijan Armenia, Kuwait Bhutan


Across the world, women outlive men. This is why.

What could add almost four and a half years to your life?Being a woman, according to new data from the World Health Organization, which explores access to and attitudes towards health, as well as how this plays into life expectancy.More than 141 million children will be born this year, and the boys will live 69.8 years on average, while the girls will clock up 74.2 years – a difference of 4.4 years. Life expectancy at age 60 is also greater for women than men, the data shows.While the report on ...
Tags: Health, Death, Gender, Biology, China, Aging, Women, Genetics, Innovation, Who, World Health Organization, Bahrain, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Statistics, India Azerbaijan Armenia, Kuwait Bhutan


Your DNA Results Can Screw Up Your Workout

Clearly, some amount of fitness is genetic: you can’t expect everybody who follows the same workout to have identical results. It’s tempting to get tested to see whether you personally have the same genes as elite sprinters or weightlifters. But DNA tests can’t tell you much about your fitness, and it turns out that…Read more...
Tags: Nutrition, Fitness, Weight Loss, Genetics, Dieting, Exercise, Lifehacks, Strength


Did humanity evolve to have psychopaths?

It's tempting to think of psychopathy as a kind of aberrant mental condition, but several studies suggest that it may be an evolutionary strategy.A study compared the genetic profiles of psychopaths with individuals who were more likely to have children younger and more frequently and found significant overlap.This suggests that the qualities that bring about psychopathy are also qualities that encourage more frequent reproduction, making psychopathy an advantageous strategy. None From an evolut...
Tags: Psychology, Dna, Genetics, Innovation, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Jorim Tielbeek, Tielbeek


New fossils suggest human ancestors evolved in Europe, not Africa

The jaw bones of an 8-million-year-old ape were discovered at Nikiti, Greece, in the '90s. Researchers speculate it could be a previously unknown species and one of humanity's earliest evolutionary ancestors. These fossils may change how we view the evolution of our species. None Homo sapiens have been on earth for 200,000 years — give or take a few ten-thousand-year stretches. Much of that time is shrouded in the fog of prehistory. What we do know has been pieced together by deciphering the fos...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Biology, Australia, Germany, Dna, Africa, History, Genetics, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Primates, Apes, University of Toronto


Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

DNA research adds to evidence soldiers heading east struck up relationships with localsCrusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives.The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Religion, World news, Genetics, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity, Lebanon


With 35 different in-home health diagnostic tests now on offer, Everlywell raises $50 million to expand

Venture capitalists are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into healthcare startups pitching lower cost alternatives to traditional services and one of their primary targets is diagnostics. As investors look to back services that can pitch lower cost alternatives to customers, companies like EverlyWell, the Disrupt Battlefield alumnus which just raised $50 million in new financing start to look more appealing. Since its launch on our San Francisco stage in 2016, EverlyWell has expanded from...
Tags: TC, Fatigue, Biology, San Francisco, Tech, Genetics, Illness, Genetic Testing, Pain, Cvs, Goodwater Capital, Executive, 23andMe, Humana, Physician, Highland Capital Partners


A Baby Was Born With DNA from 3 People. Here’s How That’s Possible

The landmark birth raises ethical concerns
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Genetics, Reproductive Health


Scientists Could Soon Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth—but Should They?

Bringing an extinct species back to life was once firmly in the realm of science fiction, but as genetic engineering advances rapidly, the prospect of a woolly mammoth again breathing and walking on Earth seems almost within reach. Before fully resurrecting the mammoth, synthetic biologists at the Revive and Restore…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Genetics, Extinction, Mammoths


Baby with DNA from three people born in Greece

Experimental IVF, which involves extra egg from female donor, criticised by UK expertsA baby with DNA from three people has been born in Greece following a controversial fertility treatment.The baby boy, weighing 2.9kg (6lb), was born on Tuesday and both he and his mother, who is 32, are said to be in good health. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Greece, Biology, World news, Genetics, Fertility problems


Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Your DNA says a lot about you, and it’s likely that either you or a relative is represented in one of the DNA databases that are now being used to track down criminals. But mailing in a vial of spit does not automatically put you in a database that law enforcement can access. Your privacy risk depends which type of…Read more...
Tags: Crime, Privacy, Dna, Data, Genetics, Genome, Lifehacks, Forensics


Gimlet's Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well, folks, it’s just a few hours shy of the turn of the month, and you know what that means: April Fool’s Day. Yes, it’s that special time of year when insipid brands, mean-spirited teens, and tech titans compete to be the first to trick you into thinking they released Skittle’s... For Men, that it’s a good idea to…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science Fiction, Politics, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Internet, Climate Change, Drugs, Africa, Environment, Vampires, The Magicians, Department Of Defense, Smartphones


Scientists find genetic mutation that makes woman feel no pain

Discovery in 71-year-old Jo Cameron may aid development of new pain relief treatmentsDoctors have identified a new mutation in a woman who is barely able to feel pain or stress after a surgeon who was baffled by her recovery from an operation referred her for genetic testing.Jo Cameron, 71, has a mutation in a previously unknown gene which scientists believe must play a major role in pain signalling, mood and memory. The discovery has boosted hopes of new treatments for chronic pain which affect...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, Genetics, Human biology, Jo Cameron


Testosterone Increases The Aggressiveness Of Some Men More Than Others, Depending On Their Personality And Genes

By Emma Young. The findings could have real-world implications, especially for the treatment of testosterone deficiency.
Tags: Psychology, Genetics, Biological, Emma Young


Are genetic tests useful to predict cancer?

The health secretary’s call for tests to be rolled out on NHS was met with controversyThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, this week shared his shock at discovering that he is at greater than average risk for prostate cancer, despite having no family history of the disease.The revelation came after he took a predictive genetic test that assesses risk for 16 common diseases, including coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and breast and prostate cancers. Continue reading...
Tags: Cancer, UK news, Matt Hancock, NHS, Health, Cancer research, Medical research, Genetics, Science


Scientists reactivate cells from 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth

The team managed to stimulate nucleus-like structures to perform some biological processes, but not cell division.Unless better technology and DNA samples emerge in the future, it's unlikely that scientists will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.Still, studying the DNA of woolly mammoths provides valuable insights into the genetic adaptations that allowed them to survive in unique environments. None A team of Japanese and Russian scientists has successfully "reawakened" cells from a 28,000-year-...
Tags: Japan, Science, Animals, Cnn, Mit, Genetics, Innovation, Yuka, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Iritani, George Church a Harvard, Iritani


Scientists grow 'mini-brain on the move' that can contract muscle

Cambridge researchers grew ‘organoid’ that spontaneously connected to spinal cordScientists have grown a miniature brain in a dish with a spinal cord and muscles attached, an advance that promises to accelerate the study of conditions such as motor neurone disease.The lentil-sized grey blob of human brain cells were seen to spontaneously send out tendril-like connections to link up with the spinal cord and muscle tissue, which was taken from a mouse. The muscles were then seen to visibly contrac...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Society, Mental Health, Genetics, Schizophrenia, Medical Research, Stem Cells, Cambridge, Epilepsy, University of Cambridge, Motor Neurone Disease