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Genetics

Why are some moose white?

Photos of the popular white moose in Sweden’s Värmland County have been spread round the world in social media. Swedish scientists are now trying to find out why the animals are white.

Genetics have remained constant for 8,000 years in world’s melting pot

There is surprising genetic stability in one of the world's most culturally diverse regions: the meeting point between Europe and Asia.

Birdsong is genetically coded

Nature or nurture? Until now, ornithologists assumed that birds passed on their unique songs predominantly via social learning. But a new Swedish study shows that genetics may be a bigger factor.

Genetics may explain susceptibility to anorexia

Researchers have found a gene variant that is more common among people with anorexia. The finding suggests that anorexia is not simply a mental disorder.

Fewer born with genetic predisposition for education

A genetic predisposition towards education seems to also be associated with having fewer children, suggests a new study.

Humans and dogs: Is our friendship genetic?

Swedish researchers have discovered the genes that make dogs man’s best friend.

Genes shape our social ideological attitudes

Genes influence our ideological orientation towards topics such as border controls and attitudes towards religious extremism, but not on economics, shows new research.

Fruit fly urine helps scientists understand coeliac disease

Scientists do not know why some people develop coeliac disease. But fruit fly urine could hold some answers.

Immunotherapy does not work for everyone

New research reveals why some patients do not benefit from immunotherapy treatments.

VIDEO: What exactly is epigenetics?

Nature or nurture - that's only part of the question.