Wonder How You'll Do in College? Look at Your Genes

Families and schools have a substantial influence on whether or not young people go to college but no effect on how well students perform once they get there, according to the first study of genetic and environmental influences on higher education. In an effort to disentangle the factors that determine college enrollment and performance, researchers […]

Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD

Enlarge (credit: Wyss Institute, Harvard) If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection is, but the arrows point in the same direction: genetics helps determine someone’s risk for ADHD. Beyond that, we still have myriad questions and not many answers—which genes play a […]

Chinese scientist claims he edited babies’ genes with CRISPR

A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies using the CRISPR/Cas9 tool. He Jiankui (pictured) told the Associated Press that twin girls, Lulu and Nana, were born earlier this month following embryo-editing using CRISPR to disable the CCR5 gene, which allows the HIV virus to infect cells. An American scientist, Michael […]

How Your Genes Could Be Used to Cure Cancer

Judy Perkins, a 52-year-old breast cancer patient, had been in remission for a decade when her cancer returned with a vengeance. She stopped responding to treatment and was grappling with a terminal diagnosis. But then Perkins learned about a National Institutes of Health trial that involved the extraction of immune cells to treat cancer. She […]

Breast cancer cure hope: Scientists discover genes linked to risks of developing cancer

SCIENTISTS have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer – paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study has said. A team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London identified a “treasure trove” of specific genes involved in raising a woman’s risk of developing the condition.