Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity
Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity
The tool weighs millions of variants to determine how susceptible a person is to becoming obese.
Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity
Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity

The tool weighs millions of variants to determine how susceptible a person is to becoming obese.

The tool weighs millions of variants to determine how susceptible a person is to becoming obese.

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Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity
Genetic Risk Score Developed for Obesity
Kerry Grens | Apr 18, 2019
The tool weighs millions of variants to determine how susceptible a person is to becoming obese.
Gene Therapy Effective for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Gene Therapy Effective for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Shawna Williams | Apr 17, 2019
Researchers report they’ve found a way to restore immune function in infants with one form of “bubble boy disease.”
Image of the Day: New Apes
Image of the Day: New Apes
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 17, 2019
When compared to teeth from Homo erectus and orangutans, the remains from an ancient ape appear to belong to a new genus.
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 16, 2019
For primates, males’ fancier ornaments are linked with smaller testes, according to a new comparative study.
Astronaut Study Shows Some Lasting Changes from Time in Space
Astronaut Study Shows Some Lasting Changes from Time in Space
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2019
Scott Kelly’s physiology, gene activity, and mental performance changed after time aboard the International Space Station, but mostly returned to normal once back on Earth.
Monkeys Genetically Edited to Mimic Human Brain Development
Monkeys Genetically Edited to Mimic Human Brain Development
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 10, 2019
Rhesus monkeys engineered to express a human gene reportedly show delayed brain development and better short-term memory. Fellow scientists are raising ethical red flags.
Sydney Brenner, mRNA Discoverer, Dies
Sydney Brenner, mRNA Discoverer, Dies
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2019
One of the foremost molecular biologists of the 20th century, the Nobel laureate established C. elegans as a model organism, mapping its genes and development.
Q&A: Epigenetic Therapies for Breast Cancer
Q&A: Epigenetic Therapies for Breast Cancer
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 4, 2019
Breast cancer researcher and oncologist Nancy Davidson discusses what we’ve learned from the first wave of epigenetic trials for breast cancer, and what challenges lie ahead before such therapies reach the clinic.
Exosomes from Blood Carry RNA Signatures of Liver Cancer
Exosomes from Blood Carry RNA Signatures of Liver Cancer
Emma Yasinski | Apr 2, 2019
A small study finds that the tiny extracellular vesicles from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma have RNA content distinct from patients with cirrhosis only.
Image of the Day: High Contrast
Image of the Day: High Contrast
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 2, 2019
Of the Hemiptera bugs, milkweed-chomping Oncopeltus fasciatus have hung onto more smell and taste receptors than their liquid-guzzling relatives.