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Turns out DNA isn’t the only genetic material — Elucidating the mechanism of inheritance through through sperm

May 24, 2019

We now know living organisms’ gametes aren’t the exclusive vehicles of DNA. “It was said that DNA is…
Researchers First to Use CRISPR/Cas9 to Control Genetic Inheritance in Mice

January 24, 2019

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed the world’s first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic…
Giraffes inherit their spots from their mothers

October 4, 2018

Giraffes are huge. They are 5-6 meters tall and weigh 800 kg. It is difficult to hide when…
A Drop of Insight: how genes get passed from parent to child

May 28, 2018

We know a lot about how genes get passed from parent to child, but scientists are still unraveling…
Working Wonders: Gene therapy for patients with a form of inherited blindness

March 26, 2018

Harvard Medical School researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear made medical history this week by performing the first…
Active Genetics Technology Opens New Horizons

February 7, 2018

In 2015, University of California San Diego biologists Ethan Bier and Valentino Gantz developed a breakthrough technology known…
Diabetes gene found that causes low and high blood sugar levels in the same family

January 16, 2018

The research carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and Vanderbilt University, and published…
Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us

October 26, 2017

Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people. Even in developed countries lots of people are…
Stem cell breakthrough unlocks mysteries associated with inherited heart condition

August 31, 2016

Using advanced stem cell technology, scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have created a…
Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

July 9, 2016

The study, published in Science by researchers at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and…
Scientists find potential treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia

February 17, 2016

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified synthetic RNA and DNA that reverses the protein deficiency causing…
Equal inheritance growing less common, study finds

February 9, 2016

Anyone counting on an inheritance should be aware that in recent years, parents have become increasingly likely to…
Born to Break: Inherited Disease Sheds Light on Bone Loss

January 14, 2016

Fragile bones are usually an old person’s affliction, but sometimes children are born with them. Now, a team of…
Fat in the Family?

August 21, 2015

Like many other conditions, obesity is caused by an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. While efforts to…
Siblings of children with schizophrenia show resilience to the condition as they grow up

August 7, 2015

Fundamental differences between how the brain forms during adolescence have been discovered in children with schizophrenia and their…
Starvation Effects Handed Down for Generations

August 3, 2015

Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in…
Chromosome shattering may be a hidden cause of birth defects

March 19, 2015

The human genome can be very forgiving. When children inherit chromosomes from their parents, some minor genetic changes…
New mechanism of inheritance could advance study of evolution, disease treatment

February 3, 2015

For more than a century, scientists have understood the basics of inheritance: if good genes help parents survive…
First evidence to suggest autistic symptoms may be prevalent in unaffected mothers

April 7, 2014

All eyes and ears are on autism this month following the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.…
Gene therapy leads to robust improvements in animal model of fatal muscle disease

January 23, 2014

The treatment restored muscle function and prolonged lives in animals with a condition similar to X-linked myotubular myopathy…
Fly dreams and the boundaries of evolutionary science

January 3, 2014

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Credit: Wikipedia In 2002, Secretary of state Donald Rumsfeld made a statement regarding weapons of mass…
Mice can inherit learned sensitivity to a smell

December 3, 2013

Trauma can scar people so indelibly that their children are affected. History provides examples of generations traumatized by…
Mice can ‘warn’ sons, grandsons of dangers via sperm

December 2, 2013

A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows lab mice trained to fear a particular smell can…
Towards a better understanding of inherited hearing loss

October 16, 2013

A team of researchers led by Dr. Michel Cayouette made an important discovery, published online yesterday by the…
Personality is the result of nurture, not nature, suggests study on birds

June 13, 2013

Personality is not inherited from birth parents says new research on zebra finches. External factors are likely to play…
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