Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A nonprofit research institute in San Diego will receive more than $35 million to design plants to fight global warming.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the grant from...
BERLIN (AP) — A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, according to a study...
WASHINGTON (AP) — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but...
LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) — Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has...
Last year it was dicamba, this year it’s 2,4-D
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A volatile weed killer linked to cancer and endocrine issues will likely be sprayed on millions more acres of soybeans and cotton across the Midwest and South starting this...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A panel of top scientists concluded Thursday that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and...
What my DNA told me: Avoid fast food, eat vegetables
NEW YORK (AP) — Avoid fast food, eat vegetables and exercise. It sounds like generic health advice, but they're tips supposedly tailored to my DNA profile.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Detectives investigating the 3-decade-old slaying of a Navy recruit used genealogical research involving DNA to track down and arrest a suspect who was a one-time Navy...
NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial...
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators say a laboratory in Maine is receiving a federal grant to advance its research of drug addiction and the role genetics play in...
New lab for grape research to be built in Finger Lakes
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal lab for grape research will be built in New York's wine country.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced $68.9 million in funding to build a new...
Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.
Scientists don't know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising new questions for doctors as the space agency aims to send people to Mars.
Patients with rare form of Alzheimer’s participate in study
ST. LOUIS (AP) — They lovingly call each other X-Men, named after the comic book team of mutant superheroes.
They have a rare genetic form of Alzheimer's disease that makes up just 1 percent of cases. It strikes early — in their 30s and 40s — and decimates families.
Those with the genetic mutation have a near certainty they will develop the disease and a 50 percent chance of passing it on to their child.
Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate
NEW YORK (AP) — As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man's best friend is under the microscope, too.
Genetic testing for dogs has surged in recent years, fueled by companies that echo popular at-home tests for humans, offering a deep dive into a pet's genes with the swab of a canine cheek. More than a million dogs have been tested in little over a decade.
Hemp firm partners with UA researchers to develop cannabis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas company plans to work with the University of Arkansas to grow, research and process hemp flowers for the budding cannabis oil industry.
Fayetteville-based Arkansas Hemp Genetics LLC says it has secured a partnership with the university's horticulture department to research industrial hemp for the first time since its prohibition after World War II.
Maine rep says new GMO labels aren’t consumer friendly
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic congresswoman is pushing back against the federal government's plan to place labels on foods that were produced with genetic engineering.
Rep. Chellie Pingree, an organic farmer who has been in office since 2009, has often focused on food issues during her time in Congress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new standard for labeling genetic engineered food, she said, is "an insult to consumers."
Michigan geneticist 1st Rhodes Scholar from Saudi Arabia
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan scientist is the first Saudi Arabian Rhodes Scholar.
Majd Abdulghani is among 100 scholars from across the globe expected to join University of Oxford in the fall. The Rhodes Trust said this week it's the most geographically diverse class in its 116-year history.
Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry say that excessive concerns about genetically modified foods and other substances can inhibit mankind from benefiting from developments in the field.
Frances Arnold from the United States and Gregory Winter of Britain made the comments Friday ahead of Monday's presentation of the prize.
South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer
MIAMI (AP) — A worldwide search is on to find blood donors with a rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.
Zainab Mughal has neuroblastoma and needs life-saving transfusions. But finding compatible donors is immensely challenging, because she's missing a common antigen most people carry in their blood, called "Indian B."
Recap of Chinese scientist’s remarks at conference
Another gene-edited baby may be on the way, scientist says
HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.
The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, revealed the pregnancy Wednesday while making his first public comments about his controversial work at an international conference in Hong Kong.
The Latest: Scientist reports 2nd gene-edited pregnancy
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on a scientist's claim to have made the world's first gene-edited babies (all times local):
A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.
The researcher, He Jiankui (HEH JEE-ahn-qway) of Shenzhen, revealed the possible pregnancy Wednesday while making his first public comments about his controversial work at an international conference in Hong Kong.
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2nd possible gene-edited pregnancy reported
Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies
HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.
If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.
EXCHANGE: Researchers examining how dogs got to Americas
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas.
That's part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, based on dog remains, including two dogs buried back to back in an Illinois site just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing
OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty.
A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.
Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.
Gene editing promises to boost nutrition in foods
Florida pythons never stop eating. It could help them spread
MIAMI (AP) — Fueled by bountiful swamps that provide a steady supply of marsh rabbits, deer, wading birds and other meals, Burmese pythons in Florida have rapidly adapted to become hardier and more resistant to cold than their Asian cousins, a new study has found.
And that supercharged evolution should serve as a warning not just for Florida, but the entire U.S.
NSF invests in major genetic project at Maine ocean lab
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation is providing $6 million to a Maine ocean science lab to help develop new genetic research technologies.
The money is going to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which says the new effort will launch next week with a goal of unlocking the genomic data of microscopic organisms that play a role in the world's climate.
MU researchers study cat genomes to treat human allergies
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cat genome sequences don't just tell us about cats anymore. The work of University of Missouri researchers is unlocking cat genomes so they can help us better understand human diseases.
Texas A&M earns USDA approval for cottonseed genetic process
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world's leading sources of protein-rich food.
DNA testing IDs Nevada residents prone to heart attacks
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jordan Stiteler joined thousands of other Nevada residents in a DNA testing program known as the Healthy Nevada Project to verify her Swedish ancestry.
But the 29-year-old Reno resident instead found out how important genetic testing can be in catching potentially big health problems early, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported earlier this month.
Lab to study impact of genetics, microbiome on substance use
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine laboratory will receive nearly $4 million to study the role of the microbiome and genetics in substance use disorders.
The human microbiome is the full assortment of bacteria, viruses and other microbes than inhabits the human body. Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, which got the grant, says there's mounting evidence that the microbiome of the gut plays a big role in behavioral response to addictive drugs.
Study: DNA websites cast broad net for identifying people
NEW YORK (AP) — About 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage may be identifiable from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they've never made their own genetic information available, a study estimates.
And that number will grow as more and more people upload their DNA profiles to websites that use genetic analysis to find relatives, said the authors of the study released Thursday by the journal Science.
Genetic glitch increases men’s risk of impotence, study says
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they've located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man's risk of impotence, a step that might someday lead to new treatments.
Most impotence isn't caused by genetics but rather things like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, smoking, drug and alcohol use, stress or anxiety.
Genetic glitch increases men’s risk of impotence, study says
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they've located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man's risk of impotence. The finding may someday lead to new treatments.
Most impotence isn't caused by genetics, but rather things like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, smoking, drug and alcohol use, stress or anxiety.
Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon
NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.
Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they've found a new way to help determine whether specific genetic abnormalities are likely to make people sick, a step toward avoiding a vexing uncertainty that can surround DNA test results.
Researchers used genetic engineering to create thousands of tiny variations in a gene linked to breast cancer, and tested each one in a lab to predict whether it would promote the disease if it appeared in a person.
4 honored for genetic research and developing anesthetic
NEW YORK (AP) — Four scientists have won prestigious medical awards for genetics research and development of a widely used anesthetic nicknamed "milk of amnesia."
Winners of the $250,000 awards from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation were announced Tuesday. The prizes will be presented later this month in New York.
Researchers use DNA to ID shark tooth taken from boy’s leg
ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A tooth taken from the leg of a boy bitten at New York's Fire Island National Seashore has been identified as that of a sand tiger shark, after a DNA comparison, researchers announced Wednesday.
Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt
PHOENIX (AP) — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it's too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed.
Researchers win prize for restoring children’s eyesight
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers in the United States and Britain are sharing a 1 million-euro ($1.16 million) prize from a Portuguese scientific foundation for developing revolutionary gene therapy that has restored the sight of children.
The Lisbon, Portugal-based Champalimaud Foundation's annual Vision Award was given Tuesday for work on the treatment of children blinded from birth by genetic disease.