Dec 25, 2014

Scientists fine genes linked to developmental disorders

British scientists said Wednesday they have discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability. The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe undiagnosed disorders and their parents, ...

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Dec 12, 2014

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird “family tree” ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify ...

Dec 5, 2014

EU moves to let member states block GM crops

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament and member states ...

Nov 27, 2014

DNA can survive trip to suborbital space and back

DNA molecules attached to the outside of a rocket may be able survive a trip to suborbital space and back into the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high temperatures, according to a study released Wednesday. The experiment, carried out on the TEXUS-49 rocket mission in ...

Nov 13, 2014

Gene study boosts interest in heart drug Zetia

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half. That discovery may have a big implication: A blockbuster drug that mimics these mutations has long been sold without evidence that it cuts the ...

Nov 13, 2014

World's oldest people share no genetic secrets: study

Think the reason some people live beyond the age of 100 is because of their genes? Think again. U.S. scientists said Wednesday that they have found no genetic secrets shared among a group of 17 people who have lived beyond age 110, called supercentenarians. ...