Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

Dec 15, 2016

Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

Scientists have sniffed out the reason why some people think their pee has a pungent, disagreeable smell after eating asparagus while others do not — it is due to their genes. French novelist Marcel Proust once fancifully described the smell as “transforming my humble ...

Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Dec 15, 2016

Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse, including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy. Researchers said on Wednesday they sequenced the genome of a seahorse species for the first time and identified the genetic underpinning for certain ...

Sep 26, 2016

Human genome editing

Given the potential benefits and risks of genome editing, the government should develop strict rules to regulate the technique.

Jul 1, 2016

Hundreds of U.S. companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'

Hundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concerns about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday. At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at ...

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Jun 3, 2016

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Scientists proposed a long-term project Thursday that involves creating DNA blueprints for making human beings, a prospect some observers find troubling. The researchers said they have no intention of using these genomes — huge collections of genetic material — to make people. Instead, they ...