'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.
Possible Key To Weight Loss? Researchers Find 'Master Switch' To Crank Up Fat-Burning
Researchers say new science on a “metabolic master switch" may hold the promise of someday making a dent in the obesity epidemic. They've found a possible "third knob" for affecting obesity, separate from diet and exercise -- getting fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.
Calling All Gene Detectives: Solve Diagnosis Mysteries To Win Contest, Play Role In Film
Call them "the undiagnosed" -- patients, possibly millions of them, who are clearly sick but remain unsolved diagnostic mysteries. Now, a work-in-progress documentary chronicles their plight and a contest calls on gene detectives to help five patients find answers -- and possibly give the film some happier endings.
Q&A: A Taste Of The Looming Ethical Debate On Gene-Editing Humans
Some scientists are saying we need a broad societal discussion of whether we should use powerful new gene-editing tools to tinker with humanity's heredity. A leading bio-ethicist offers a taste of what that conversation may sound like.
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.