Researchers get gene drive to push mice beyond Mendel

Enlarge (credit: Rene Schwietzke) Gene drive is both a promising and disturbing technology. It allows us to engineer a stretch of DNA that, once inserted in a specific location in an organism’s genome, will convert other versions of the gene so that they also carry the insert. Once started in a population, gene drive will […]

Bob's Burgers Sneak Peek: Dirty Dancing Spells Disaster for Gene

Is Gene ready to be the Patrick Swayze to Courtney’s Jennifer Grey? (Spoiler alert: No, no he is not.) The middle Belcher child receives an offer he can absolutely refuse in this exclusive sneak peek from Sunday’s Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 8:30/7:30c) when Courtney’s dad requests that he fill in for her partner at an upcoming […]

Gene editing crunches an organism’s genome into single, giant DNA molecule

Enlarge / Individual chromosomes (right) have a complex organization when packed inside a cell’s nucleus (left). (credit: Thomas Ried/NIH) Complex organisms have complex genomes. While bacteria and archaea keep all of their genes on a single loop of DNA, humans scatter them across 23 large DNA molecules called chromosomes; chromosome counts range from a single […]

Could This Sideburn-Sporting Scientist Crack the Autism Gene Puzzle?

OZY brings to you Medical Breakthroughs, a series about transformative cures and approaches — and the people behind them. Brian O’Roak loves Gaelic football, a fast-paced game with 15 players; a round ball that can be carried, kicked or passed; and a bunch of complex rules. Which makes perfect sense when you discover that O’Roak […]

Meet Maged1: The gene behind cocaine addiction and associated behaviors

While the release of dopamine in our brains when we eat, sleep, have sex and do drugs is a known phenomenon, scientists have discovered the gene that controls how much of it you get, and why you may be addicted. Published in EMBO Reports, the discovery was made by a Belgian team from the Université […]

Researchers find a gene that lets bacteria kill all male flies

Enlarge (credit: Katja Schulz) A number of bacteria that infect insects have a simple and brutal way of increasing their transmission: they kill off all the male progeny of the females that they infect. There’s actually some evolutionary logic to this. The bacteria can get transmitted to the eggs of the females they infect but […]

Diabetes GENE discovery sparks hope for 'personalised treatment'

They will also reveal for the first time exactly how the condition develops, in a study set to pave the way for new “personalised treatments” to prevent its onset. The new research could help doctors understand a patient’s individual risk of developing diabetes and what they should do to reduce it. Previous research had linked […]