'Genetic Superheroes': Rare Exceptions Resist Mutations Thought To Be Disease Destiny
A new study suggests there are "genetic superheroes" -- rare people whose genes suggest they should be sick or dead, but aren't. An expert says we should be careful about acting on our genetic data, and we desperately need more research to match genes with medical records.
The Complex Interplay Of Genetics And The Placebo Response
A provocative new paper introducing the concept of a "placebome" -- that is, the complex interplay between genetics and an individual's response to placebos -- raises questions that might ultimately lead to changes in how clinical studies of drugs are evaluated.
Biggest Gene Study Finds New Clues To Obesity, Apple Vs. Pear Shapes
The biggest study ever of the genetics involved in obesity tends to point to the brain as a driver of overall obesity but hormones and the fat cells themselves as important for whether you carry more fat on your upper or lower body.
Please Discuss: 'Gene Drives,' Sci-Fi Scary Or Cool Leap Forward?
Scientists call for a public discussion about "gene drives," a novel genetic technology -- still confined to the lab -- that offers the promise of fighting malaria and improving agriculture but also carries the risk of unforeseen environmental consequences.
Tinkering With Baby's Genes: FDA Reviews Controversial Fertility Technique
A reproductive biologist from the Oregon Health and Science University has asked the federal government for permission to test an unprecedented gene manipulation technique in people. If he succeeds, women with mitochondrial diseases will be able to have their own, biological children, without passing on their disease. But some others worry that this research will open up an ethical Pandora's Box, legitimizing human gene manipulation.