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U.S. Approves Genetically Engineered Apples

By | February 16, 2015

Apples genetically modified to resist browning can be commercially planted in the U.S., the government ruled last week.

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Finch Findings

By | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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FDA Head Leaving Post

By | February 6, 2015

US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg is stepping down after six years on the job.

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UK Supports Three-Parent IVF

By | February 3, 2015

Parliament today voted to allow techniques that could help couples produce babies with a reduced chance of passing on heritable mitochondrial diseases.

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Methylation Predicts Mortality

By | February 3, 2015

A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.

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Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk

By | January 22, 2015

In a mouse model of a rare disease, scientists have figured out how to reduce the elevated cancer risk tied to a gene therapy treatment.

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Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness

By | January 21, 2015

A point mutation analysis of the entire human genome finds that alterations to as many as 7.5 percent of nucleotides may have contributed to humans’ evolutionary split from chimpanzees.

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IOM Urges Data Sharing

By | January 15, 2015

The Institute of Medicine says results from human clinical trials ought to be made available to independent researchers within 18 months.

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23andMe Partners with Pfizer

By | January 13, 2015

The personal genomics company strikes yet another deal to glean biomedically relevant information from its user data.

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Corn Chronicle

By | January 8, 2015

A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize clarifies the crop’s checkered domestication history.

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