Genetics

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Alzheimer's gene may impact cognition before adulthood

A new finding suggests a gene linked to Alzheimer's may also be associated with lower IQ scores in childhood.

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Why are humans the only species prone to heart attacks?

Gene loss 2 to 3 million years ago may explain why coronary events are common in humans but rare in other animals.

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Regaining sight

Blind mice regain sight with a simple gene therapy that could be available to humans in three years.

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UC Irvine, UC Riverside scientists identify a new world for hackers

A sensitive DNA synthesis procedure will need more protection to ensure bioterrorists aren't listening in.

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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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