Genetics

Use of genetically modified mosquitoes considered in Houston

Mar 20, 2017

Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus

Cystic fibrosis patients surviving longer in Canada than US

Mar 13, 2017

Cystic fibrosis patients are living longer than ever, but new research shows Canadians have about a 10-year survival advantage over Americans with the same genetic disease

US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Mar 1, 2017

Federal officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat

Punitive damages allowed in farmer lawsuit against Syngenta

Feb 22, 2017

A Minnesota judge will let some farmers seek punitive damages against the Syngenta seed company for selling genetically modified corn seeds before China approved imports of crops grown from them

Could gene editing help avoid disease? Maybe

Feb 15, 2017

Altering human heredity sounds sci-fi, but a major new ethics report is leaving open the possibility that one day scientists might try that to fight some serious genetic diseases

No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease? Maybe

Feb 14, 2017

Altering human heredity sounds sci-fi, but a major new ethics report is leaving open the possibility that one day scientists might try that to fight some serious genetic diseases

Middleton plant laboratory turned into crop research center

Feb 4, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has turned a $10 million commercial biotechnology plant laboratory in Middleton into the hub of a new crop research center

Genes may help grocery tomatoes catch up to heirloom taste

Jan 26, 2017

Scientists have figured out how to add much needed taste to the bland, mass-produced grocery tomato

Volunteers get bit to test new strategy for malaria vaccine

Jan 4, 2017

Researchers create vaccine using living malaria parasites stripped of genes that make people sick

Study: As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies

Sep 28, 2016

A new study finds that evolution and genetics seems to have baked a certain level of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of that 'inherited' savage beast in us

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