DNA

Studying Sharks Could Be The Key To Finding A Cure For Cancer

Sharks are stronger than many realize, Gizmodo is reporting. While everyone knows of their physical strength and the size of their massive teeth, not many people are aware that sharks have strong DNA — strong enough to ward off...
Related topics: Cancer, Oncology, Genetics

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Dna Variants Significantly Influence Body Fat Distribution

Researchers have identified multiple genetic variants associated with how the body regulates and distributes body-fat tissue. The new findings broaden the understanding of how genes can predispose certain individuals to obesity.
Related topics: Genetics, Medical Research, Obesity

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How 3d Arrangement Of Dna Helps Perpetuate The Species

From fathers to children, the delivery of hereditary information requires the careful packing of DNA in sperm. But just how nature packages this DNA to prepare offspring isn't clear. Using new technology to reveal the 3D organization of DNA in...
Related topics: Genetics

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This Japanese Submarine Has Aircraft Carrier Dna (and For A Frightening Reason)

WarIsBoring Security, The idea behind the I-400 class was to bring the aircraft close enough to mount attacks against the continental U.S.—which given the immense distances across the Pacific continues to be a problem today for potential...
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After You Spit Into A Tube For A Dna Test Like 23andme, Experts Say You Shouldn't Assume Your Data...

It may be getting easier to link your private and anonymized DNA data to your identity. That means the genetic data you share with a testing company — which may include sensitive health information like your risk of cancer — could one...
Related topics: Genetics, DNA Test, Cancer, Oncology

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Study Examines How Compound Damaged Dna To Understand Its Connection To Cancer

In an effort to understand how colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, may be connected to the development of colorectal cancer, researchers are exploring how the compound damages DNA to produce DNA adducts.
Related topics: Medical Research, Genetics, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Oncology

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Another Dna Cold Case Arrest

While I’m a confessed technophobe in terms of a lot of the exciting new technology coming our way (looking at you, killer robots), even I have to admit that advances in technology are going a long way in fighting violent crime. That fact was...
Related topics: Genetics, Robots

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Sensitive Sensor Detects Down Syndrome Dna With Blood Test During Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional noninvasive prenatal tests for the condition are unreliable or carry risks for the...
Related topics: Genetics, DNA Test, Blood Test, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Birth Control - Contraception

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Millions Of People May Be Giving Away Their Privacy Through Ancestry Tests

According to a study by MIT Technology Review, more than 26 million people have taken DNA tests. Although it may be cool to learn more about one’s heritage and family tree, there are real reasons to be concerned about the potential for privacy...
Related topics: Genetics

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Inside The Nypd's Out-of-control Dna Collection Practices

The NYPD is going to great lengths to collect, and permanently store DNA from everyone they can - guilty or innocent, according to the NY Daily News.   Whether it be going door to door, bribing people with cigarettes, or simply demanding cheek...
Related topics: Police, Genetics

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Why Too Much Dna Repair Can Injure Tissue

Researchers have discovered how overactive DNA repair systems can lead to retinal damage and blindness in mice. A DNA repair enzyme called Aag glycosylase becomes hyperactive, provoking an inflammatory response that produces necrosis, leading to...
Related topics: Genetics, Medical Research, Blindness, Ophthalmology, Enzymes

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Bill And Melinda Gates Shined A Spotlight On At-home Dna Tests Like 23andme, Calling Them One Of...

In their yearly letter, Bill and Melinda Gates called personal DNA tests, such as the kind 23andMe offers, the second-biggest surprise of 2018.  The Gateses shined a spotlight on the tests' surprising utility in two divergent areas: crime and...
Related topics: Bill Gates, Genetics

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More Than 26 Million People Have Added Their Dna To Four Leading Ancestry Databases: Report

Millions of people have willingly given up their privacy via their own DNA, thanks to the growing popularity of at-home ancestry tests. More than 26 million people have taken DNA tests from at least one of the four major consumer genetics companies,...
Related topics: Genetics

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How Heavy Drinking Might Boost Your Appetite For Alcohol

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 -- Binge and heavy drinking may trigger DNA changes that make your booze cravings worse, a new study says. "We found that people who drink heavily may be changing their DNA in a way that makes them crave alcohol even more,"...
Related topics: Alcohol, Genetics, Medical Research

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I Revisited My Ancestrydna Test 3 Years Later And Found Some Surprising Changes To My Results

I first took Ancestry's DNA test three years ago, and found out that my family history was more complex than I initially thought.  In September 2018, Ancestry updated its ethnicity estimates. As part of the update, my results got a lot more...
Related topics: DNA Test, Genetics

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New Evidence Supports ‘grandmother Hypothesis’ — Although With Caveats

The “grandmother hypothesis” — the evolutionary proposition that women live long past their reproductive years in order to help their grandchildren survive and pass on their DNA — has received support from two new studies. But the studies,...
Related topics: Genetics

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Dna-methods Reveal The Web Of Life

Modern DNA-based methods provide entirely new insight into the interaction between different species in nature. Researchers can finally reveal the details of who is eating whom, who pollinates what flower and who lives on whose skin or feathers. A...
Related topics: Genetics

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Dog Dna Testing Takes Off, And Generates Debate

As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man's best friend is under the microscope, too.
Related topics: Genetics, Debate, Microscopes

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With Ancient Human Dna, Africa's Deep History Is Coming To Light

In 2010, extraordinary circumstances allowed geneticists to reconstruct the first full genome of an ancient human: the DNA came from a hairball, frozen 4,000 years in Greenland soil. Since then, methods have improved so much in cost and efficiency...
Related topics: Genetics

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Butterflies Are Genetically Wired To Choose A Mate That Looks Just Like Them

Male butterflies have genes which give them a sexual preference for a partner with a similar appearance to themselves, according to new research. Researchers observed the courtship rituals and sequenced the DNA from nearly 300 butterflies to find...
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