genetics


10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016: DNA App Store

An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions. Availability: this year While driving and listening to National Public Radio one day, Justin Kao heard about…


Engineered gene drives and the future

Engineered gene drives, which have the potential to spread desirable genes throughout wild populations or to suppress harmful species, have received a lot of recent attention because of their potential to control organisms, such as mosquitoes that carry diseases such…





Immune System Offers Major Clue to Schizophrenia

Researchers carry out gene studies to track the cause of schizophrenia at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winning a rare insight into the cause of schizophrenia and possible ways to treat it, scientists in Boston say they have identified…


New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can’t detect. In a study led by Duke University, researchers used a technique called whole-transcriptome sequencing to screen for blood-borne diseases in wild lemurs, distant primate…


New tool puts accurate DNA analysis in fast lane

Rice University scientists have developed a tool to speed the design of molecular diagnostics that depend on the specific recognition of pathogen DNA and RNA. The Rice lab of bioengineer David Zhang introduced a method that cuts the time required…