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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Scientists studying the effects of the potentially game-changing gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have found it can cause unexpected genetic damage that could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.
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 […]
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 […]
A GENE that makes humans eat more sugar can also lower body fat, new research suggests. Scientists have known that a version of the gene FGF21 makes people consume more carbohydrates.
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 […]
SCIENTISTS are preparing to unveil the genes they believe can actually protect people from Type 2 diabetes.