Modi bets on GM crops to feed India

Feb 22, 2015

Modi bets on GM crops to feed India

by Mayank Bhardwaj

On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government’s reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops. The GM mustard planted in ...

Map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code, unveiled

Feb 19, 2015

Map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code, unveiled

Scientists for the first time have mapped out the molecular switches that can turn genes on or off in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells, an accomplishment that reveals the complexity of genetic information and the challenges of interpreting it. ...

Feb 12, 2015

Widest gene study shows complex scale of obesity

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem, researchers said on Wednesday. Investigators said they netted more than 100 previously-undiscovered gene variants that play a part in obesity’s complex processes. Some ...

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 1, 2015

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

A British company’s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents. As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at change.org urging ...

Feb 1, 2015

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up. At the heart of the “precision medicine” initiative, announced on ...

Genes may contribute to criminal behavior

Jan 24, 2015

Genes may contribute to criminal behavior

by Mariette Le Roux

Is a violent criminal born that way, or shaped by childhood experiences and circumstances? Delving into one of the oldest questions in psychology, some scientists have suggested genes may contribute to roughly half of the influence — by affecting complex brain chemistry, for instance. ...

Jan 22, 2015

New IVF techniques produce healthier babies: study

Better techniques and policies have given children born from artificial fertilization a much better chance of survival and good health, a Scandinavian study said Wednesday. Doctors looked at data from 1988 to 2007 from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for more than 92,000 children ...

Jan 15, 2015

Tanzania bans witch doctors to stem grisly albino murders

Tanzania has banned witch doctors to try to stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft. “These so-called witches bear responsibility for the attacks against albinos,” interior ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said Wednesday. The ban follows the kidnapping ...