Breakthroughs bring gene editing therapies into view

/ Oct 26, 2017

Breakthroughs bring gene editing therapies into view

Two teams of scientists on Wednesday unveiled a new generation of programmable molecular machines that can seamlessly repair tiny but deadly errors in the genetic coding of living organisms. Taken together, the technologies expand the reach and precision of gene editing, and open a path ...

/ May 23, 2017

'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of 52 genes linked to human intelligence, 40 of which have been identified as such for the first time. The findings also turned up a surprising connection between intelligence and autism that could one day help shed light on ...

/ Mar 10, 2017

Short, white men more likely to go bald: study

Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study. "It seems that men with a relatively shorter body height have a higher chance of losing their hair," said University ...

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 chamber ...