Genetics

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Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?
The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?

Philip Ball

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Epigenetics, the misunderstood science that could shed new light on ageing
The study of the epigenome came with claims that trauma could be inherited, but now researchers are more excited about its potential to measure the risk of disease

Laura Spinney

10, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Animals farmed: UK supply chain crisis, meat plant workers exploited and Billie Eilish’s Cop26 plea
Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the web

Clare Horton and Tom Levitt

05, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Gene editing will just perpetuate disastrous factory farming | Letters
Instead of trying to cosh nature into submission, our farmers should be improving the health of the soil and the diversity of their crops and animals

03, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Dutch scientists may have solved mystery of why some twins are identical
Discovery of DNA modifications raises hope of treatment for disorders that particularly afflict twins

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

29, Sep, 2021 @1:41 PM

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Gene editing ‘would allow us to create hardier farm breeds’
The biotechnology is comparable to traditional breeding methods and vital to create livestock resistant to disease, droughts and heatwaves, says group

Robin McKie Science and environment editor

26, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Children of the 90s: third generation joins pioneering UK study
Grandchildren, their parents and the original participants gather for 30th year of Bristol health project

Steven Morris

16, Sep, 2021 @1:51 PM

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Success of past rewilding projects shows path to restoring damaged ecosystems
Concept is now widely accepted after initial controversy around projects such as Yellowstone wolves – though opposition remains

Stephen Moss

13, Sep, 2021 @6:23 PM

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Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction
Scientists set initial sights on creating elephant-mammoth hybrid, with first calves expected in six years

Ian Sample Science editor

13, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Kathryn Paige Harden: ‘Studies have found genetic variants that correlate with going further in school’
The behaviour geneticist explains how biology could have an influence on academic attainment – and why she takes an anti-eugenics approach

Zoë Corbyn

12, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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UK scientists win £2.2m Breakthrough prize for DNA reading advances
Creators of next-generation genome sequencing take science’s most lucrative award

Ian Sample Science editor

09, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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‘Genetic fossil’: intact DNA from woman who lived 7,200 years ago discovered in Indonesia
Skeleton of hunter-gatherer found in Leang Panninge cave sheds light on ancient human migration

Donna Lu

25, Aug, 2021 @5:30 PM

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