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Huge study finds 60 genetic causes of cancer

More than 60 parts of the genome can increase a person’s risk of cancer of the breast, prostate and ovaries, according to the largest ever genetic study.

Gene defect causes type 1 diabetes

A defect in a certain gene can cause diabetes. This discovery could lead to new and improved treatment for type 1 diabetes patients.

New method for analysing DNA

A new technique enables scientists to study genetic differences in cancer cells from the same tumour.

Why tumours become resistant to treatment

Scientists have identified three genes that could lead to a new understanding of why cancer cells become highly resistant to treatment.

Genes are regulated by microRNA sponges

The discovery of an underlying level of gene regulation in the body’s cells presents new opportunities for treating serious diseases.

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.