Genetics

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Risk tolerance: It's in your DNA

Large study identifies genetic variants linked to risk tolerance and risky behaviors.

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Bulldogs’ screw tails linked to human genetic disease

Scientists find the genetic basis for these dogs’ appearance, and link it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans.

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The mystery of the super-ager

Researchers are trying to figure out the secret to some elderly people's success.

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Sex chromosomes hold the secret to female longevity

Two X’s and ovaries extend life and protect mice from aging.

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What’s so controversial about the first gene-edited babies? Experts explain

Researcher He Jiankui’s announcement of the first babies with DNA edited as embryos causes concern.

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Could a drug prevent hearing loss?

A single gene plays a critical role in noise-induced deafness — but an experimental drug appears to provide protection.

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The first genome surgeons

CRISPR opens door to new type of medicine: “genome surgery.”

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Sex on the kitchen table

Now that professor Norman Ellstrand has your attention, he’d like to teach you about plant reproduction.

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Cracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicine

The long sugar chains covering our cells could provide answers to cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

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Deciphering dementia’s gender gap

UC Irvine researchers win grant to explore why Alzheimer’s affects more women.

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