Nov 19, 2015

Many children with cancer born at risk: U.S. study

Gene sequencing of more than 1,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent were born with genes that increase their risk of developing cancer, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. Of the children with cancer risk genes, only 40 ...

Oct 9, 2015

Scientists discover reason why elephants rarely get cancer

Despite their considerable size, elephants rarely get cancer, and scientists said Thursday they have discovered the secret to the creatures’ special protection. It’s in the genes. Elephants have 38 additional modified copies of a gene that encodes p53, a compound that suppresses tumor formation. ...

Sep 25, 2015

Some secrets of cheese fungi revealed in genome study

Makers of Roquefort and Camembert could benefit from a new genetic study of 14 fungal species found in cheeses, French researchers said Thursday. But the study, published in the journal Current Biology, also raises questions about food safety due to the transfer of genes ...

Sep 11, 2015

Drug genes transferred from plant to plant

Researchers on Thursday said they have identified the genes that enable an endangered Himalayan plant to produce a chemical vital to making a widely used chemotherapy drug, and inserted them into an easily grown laboratory plant that then produced the same chemical. The endangered ...

Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold

Jul 3, 2015

Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold

Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers. An exhaustive genetic analysis of these bygone Ice Age giants and their living cousins, Asian and African elephants, has ...

Secret to restoring the scent of roses is found

Jul 3, 2015

Secret to restoring the scent of roses is found

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. These days, many kinds of roses have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that. A study of roses that do have a strong scent revealed a previously unknown chemical process ...