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COPD lung disease ages the body

If you are one of the many people who suffer from the COPD lung disease, your cells may wear out prematurely, new study shows.

Cloned pigs help fight human killer disease

Scientists have created a genetically modified pig that can develop human-like atherosclerosis. This may lead to completely new possibilities for diagnostics and treatment of this deadly disease.

Create a cheap baby in India

New technology is opening up for limitless opportunities to create and have children – across bodies and borders. Consequences include children becoming stateless citizens, and it will be more difficult to identify who the father and mother really are.

Humans have added new bones to the pig

A mapping of the pig genome sheds light on how pig farming has changed the animal over time. The new findings could be of great benefit to medical research.

Sudden cardiac death may be caused by faulty gene

Danish scientists have discovered a gene mutation which can lead to sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young people. The discovery may help solve the riddle of sudden deaths among pro athletes.

Genetic defect may give us more vitamin D

A special genetic mutation is known to cause eczema and asthma. But people with this mutation also have more vitamin D in their blood.

Male gene teaches us about breast cancer

Men with breast cancer have a special gene variant, new study shows. The discovery provides new answers to why both women and men get breast cancer.

Oysters are more complex than we think

Scientists have finally mapped the genome of oysters. This has given us new knowledge about life on the sea bottom and provides insight into the creation of pearls.

Children of older men have more DNA mutations

The father’s age is decisive in determining how many mutations a child has in its genome – the older the father is, the higher the number of mutations is, and the greater the risk is that the child will develop e.g. autism and schizophrenia.

How babies get heart defects

Scientists have mapped the network of genes, proteins and environmental factors that together led to a heart defect in one percent of all children born each year. Better diagnoses and treatments will soon be available, says researcher.