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.
The world manufactures over 5 million tons of nylon, which depends on fossil fuels. Duke researchers studying tumors stumbled on a way to produce nylon from sugar.
September 25, 2012 1:40pm |
In multiple studies crossing many different diseases, those who are overweight have a significantly higher survival rate than normal-weight people suffering from the same illnesses.
14 | September 21, 2012 4:00am |
Scientists have found a way to use transgenic maize to produce an expensive drug for a rare, life-threatening disease.
September 19, 2012 10:02pm |
Scientists are beginning to come up with a way to help patients who need organ transplants: to create them a new organ using their own cells.
1 | September 18, 2012 3:00am |
This could help restore senses and cell function to people with genetic disorders called ciliopathies, which cause extra digits, obesity, blindness, and loss of hearing or smell.
September 13, 2012 10:42pm |
A breakthrough in our understanding of 99% of our DNA could lead to new drugs and broadens our understanding of the cause of diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis.
2 | September 12, 2012 3:00am |
Disappointing clinical trial results are driving researchers and drug developers to rethink their approach. Should the focus be on drugs for people before the onset of symptoms?
September 9, 2012 8:43pm |
As drought ravages much of U.S. farmland, Monsanto sees a 24% rise in stock shares with its drought-tolerant GM corn.
9 | September 5, 2012 6:58am |
Insights about human origins derived from studies of our ancestors' DNA might also illuminate some of our current social woes.
15 | September 4, 2012 3:00am |
A team of researchers have used biological ingredients to build flexible muscle cells for advanced robots.
September 3, 2012 2:06am |
Scientists have found a link between Internet addiction and a genetic mutation involved in nicotine addiction.
5 | September 1, 2012 9:54pm |
Scientists have developed a forensic test that can predict the eye and hair color of a possible suspect using trace DNA left at a crime scene.
September 1, 2012 12:46am |
Horses with this genetic mutation can move in more ways. Walk, trot, gallop, and pace! Could this help explain the genetics behind human neuromuscular disorders?
1 | August 29, 2012 10:15pm |
Using a technique called optogenetics, Retrosense Therapeutics wants to restore vision in blind patients by giving light sensitivity to neurons that don't normally possess it.
August 28, 2012 3:28pm |
Transgenic goats produce milk with the breast milk enzymes and proteins that human babies need most.
5 | August 28, 2012 5:36am |
Researchers have developed an easier way to figure out our internal body time. This 'molecular timetable' could help doctors synchronize drug delivery to the internal clock, for better efficacy.
3 | August 27, 2012 10:06pm |
Scientists coded an entire book into DNA, giving a glimpse of a future in which a thumb-sized device could store as much information as the entire internet.
1 | August 20, 2012 3:01am |
"The Morning Briefing" as SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about interesting uses for DNA.
August 19, 2012 11:59pm |
The quest for a "male pill" has trudged on for years with little success, but a recent breakthrough might give men a new form of protection.
4 | August 17, 2012 3:00am |
Scientists may have uncovered the cause of a deadly snake disease, along with its surprising link to the viruses that cause Ebola and hemorrhagic fever in people.
August 16, 2012 12:22am |