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Family’s hereditary cancer gene found

When almost a third of a hundred members of one family had cancer, or were cured of cancer, researchers began to look for a cancer-causing gene in the family. They found it after fifteen years of genetic testing.

Scientists find genetic ‘ignition key’ in human embryos

New study identifies which genes are the first to be activated in a fertilised human egg. They hope the new results will help develop new infertility treatments.

Alzheimer’s prevention can vary between populations

A gene variation that protects against Alzheimer’s is missing in most Danes but not in other Nordic populations.

New study finds proof that creativity and mental illness are genetically linked

Being able to think out of the box puts you at a higher risk of developing certain psychiatric disorders.

Scientists find missing link of microorganisms

The tree of life has to be rewritten after a new type of microorganism was found recently in the depths of the ocean.

The gene that harms and protects us

Recent studies show that we all have a gene than can cause lethal blood clots, but also protect us against cell death during a stroke. This raises a dilemma for scientists.

Body can regain the ability to produce insulin

Researchers have discovered that patients with type 1 diabetes can regain the ability to produce insulin, by showing that insulin-producing cells can recover outside the body.

Our bodies are riddled with useless genes

New study finds abundance of "junk" genes in the human genome.

Schizophrenia and severe depression share biological process defect

Some of the most severe mental illnesses share the same defective coding of biological processes down to the cellular level.

Smoking gene could be causing weight increase in non-smokers

New study suggests relationship between smoking genes and increased weight.