- Scientists have identified 238 genes that, when removed, increase the lifespan of yeast cells; potentially some of these may be instrumental in the human aging process.
- Molecules known as MicroRNAs that are secreted in the mother's womb can change the genetic information of a child, even a donor egg child.
- Children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and their mothers are more likely to have shorter than normal telomere length: study.
- Scientists behind the discovery of a technology called CRISPR-Cas9 that allows researchers to edit virtually any gene they target are among the top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.
- People with a particular genotype respond more dramatically to both negative and positive childhood environments: study.
- A new study has found that height and BMI may be influenced more by genetics than anything else.
- The Human Genome Project gave researchers the first genetic sequence, but Obama plans to give Americans their own.
- Watch a paleoartist give a face to our newest genetic cousin, which archaeologists recently unearthed in South Africa.
- Pathway Genomics, a company known for pushing the boundaries of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, on Thursday will launch a cancer screening test designed to detect bits of cancer DNA in the blood of otherwise healthy people.
- Research involving genetic modification of human embryos, though controversial, is essential to gain basic understanding of the biology of early embryos and should be permitted, an international group of experts said on Wednesday.
- A genetic profile (based on a simple blood test) could be used to predict the onset of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, years in advance, say UK researchers.
- Researchers are uncovering clues to Europe's ancestry to help better understand the past.
Genetics deals with the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior, patterns of inheritance from parent to offspring, and gene distribution, variation and change in populations. Genes correspond to regions within DNA, a molecule composed of a chain of four different types of nucleotides—the sequence of these nucleotides is the genetic information organisms inherit.