Genetics is the study of genes, heredity and variation in living organisms. It involves research into the molecular structure and function of genes, particularly gene behavior in the context of a cell or organism. It also involves the study of patterns of inheritance and gene distribution, variation and change within populations.
Obesity, sex differences, irises, migraines, autoimmune disorders and Parkinson's ... these are just some of the things that genetic research in 2011 helped us understand.
January 5, 2012 4:59am |
Two research teams have completely sequenced the genomes of people who suffer from genetic disease -- and have come to a surprising twist in our understanding of how it's caused.
1 | March 12, 2010 11:03am |
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled companies can't patent human genes. That doesn't mean all is lost for biotech companies.
1 | June 13, 2013 2:29pm |
Two award-winning websites are meant to broaden and deepen our discussions about genes.
4 | February 17, 2010 4:00am |
Biosafety regulations barely exist in the United States, but this might not be for long. Will seed politics ignite change?
3 | June 7, 2013 3:15am |
Remarkably simple structural and developmental principles may ensure the human brain has exactly the right balance of complexity and order.
April 3, 2012 3:00am |
The most interesting genetic findings from 2010, according to genetics testing company 23andMe.
2 | January 13, 2011 5:13pm |
Will it be illegal for genetic tests to be sold directly to consumers?
9 | March 11, 2011 6:19am |
Scientists have created a new weapon against mosquito-borne diseases: genetically modified mosquitoes. But they could have unintended consequences.
4 | November 1, 2011 3:30am |
A Kickstarter campaign could release hundreds of thousands of synthetic biological weeds across the United States -- and so far, the government is doing nothing about it.
25 | June 13, 2013 1:43am |
California's proposed Genetic Information Privacy Act would require written consent for scientific use of your DNA. But scientists argue that it would significantly hinder research.
13 | May 21, 2012 3:54pm |
A genetics lecturer in China is getting students in her door by teaching genetics through the lens of the Harry Potter characters and plot lines.
January 10, 2012 4:06am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-read stories from the web. This morning we're reading about breakthroughs in genetic research.
1 | January 20, 2012 1:24am |
The way we treat cancer is about to change: Genome sequencing may enable us to attack the very genes driving an individual's disease.
2 | July 8, 2012 7:00pm |
There may be one specific trait that provides the exceptional talent found in all child prodigies. We spoke to the researcher who has discovered this link.
12 | May 31, 2013 5:00am |
Life Technologies aims to launch, by year's end, a machine that will map your whole genome for $1,000. Cue the revolution in medical prevention and treatment.
January 10, 2012 9:11pm |
About 96% of participants in recent genomic studies trace most of their ancestry to Europe. This new project, Roots into the Future, hopes to boost the diversity of genetic databases.
August 9, 2011 4:33pm |
The FDA thinks the consumer-to-direct DNA tests are medical devices that need to be regulated. What do you think?
4 | June 15, 2010 10:08am |
College students can have their DNA tested to find out if they should avoid milk or drink less alcohol. As the argument over regulation of the consumer DNA test heats up, it's clear that...
4 | May 21, 2010 4:45am |
The experiment will be conducted on members of the world's largest family afflicted with a genetic marker for the disease.
3 | May 17, 2012 7:26pm |