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Analysis and insight on the advancements in genetics. Stay updated as Singularity Hub discusses the most important trends in genetics research.

Will 23andMe Find Which Genes Make You a Life-Long Athlete?

Back in October, 23andMe generated a little PR buzz by examining the genetic codes of 100 current and former NFL players and comparing them to non professional athletes. That genome wide association study (GWAS)...

Genetically Modified Flowers That Can Smell Like Anything

Ever wanted a rose that smelled like bananas? Maybe a petunia that reeked of root beer? Researchers at the University of Florida Gainesville have isolated 13 genes in flowers that key for the blossom's...

Complete Genomics Secures New Customers, 500+ Orders for Whole Genome Sequences

Complete Genomics has made some heavy predictions about the number of whole genome sequences it will complete in the next five years, so you know we have to keep tabs on them and see...

Woman Seeks Husband for Health Insurance on YouTube

With the US economy in recession and socialized medicine unlikely, healthcare is becoming precious. How precious, you may ask? Well, Terri Carlson is willing to marry you for your healthcare. This 45 year old...

Database for Autism Holds Hope for Answers, Treatments

Those looking to better understand and treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now have a powerful new weapon in their fight. The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has developed the National Database for Autism...

Counsyl – Test Yourself for Genetic Risk Before Having a Baby

If you know that you're a carrier for a genetic disease, you can choose not to risk passing that disease on to your offspring. Yet so many of us don't know which maladies we...

Venter’s Successes in Creating Synthetic Life (video)

Craig Venter is pushing the boundaries of what humans can do with DNA and aims to create new life to serve our needs. At TEDMED this past year, he discussed what he and his...

Mouse Skin Into Neurons Without Need for Pluripotent Stem Cells

Conventional wisdom tells us that you can't teach an old cell new tricks. Scientists at Stanford University, however, have been able to change adult mouse skin cells into mouse neurons. Unlike previous work with...

Exclusive: Complete Genomics To Sequence A Million Genomes – CEO

"We Are A Data Company" Cliff Reid, CEO Complete Genomics Without a doubt the hottest company in the genomics sector right now is gene sequencing powerhouse Complete Genomics. In just the last four years...

Genetically Modified Rice and Corn To Grow in China, then the World

China grows a lot of rice - about 60 million tonnes a year. It also consumes most of that, only exporting around 1% of its crop. So, high demand for production with little fear...

Vanderbilt Launches DNA Biobank with 75,000+ Samples

Bioinformatics is big business. Leveraging computer science and information technology to find important trends in biological data is the best way to take advantage of advancements in genetic sequencing. But if you want to...

Illumina and Complete Genomics Competing for Sequencing Dominance

The ongoing race to become the household name for whole genome sequencing is speeding up. Industry giants Illumina (ILMN) and Complete Genomics have both made recent announcements which demonstrate how serious this competition really...

Cows Pave the Way for Profits (Dangers?) from Genetic Testing

While it may take years before widespread genetic testing changes humanity, animals are experiencing a difference today. According to Forbes, a single genetic test for breeding dairy cattle has almost completely replaced older pedigree...

Super Strength Substance (Myostatin) Closer to Human Trials

Get muscles now, ask me how. As published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the National Children's Hospital (NCH) and Ohio State University have proven that blocking myostatin in monkeys will lead...

4 Great Teams From iGEM 2009 (Videos)

iGEM harnesses two of the most potentially powerful resources on our planet: synthetic biology and youth. The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition took place during the Halloween weekend this year, as always hosted by...

Mine-Detecting Bacteria Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Video)

Synthetic biology and students are mixing with explosive results. Remember the international Genetically Engineered Machine competition we told you was coming? It happened, and while there were many amazing and interesting projects (we'll have...

Manipulating Just One Gene Makes a Smarter Rat

According to recently published results in PLoS One, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and East China Normal University have genetically engineered a rat to be significantly smarter than its peers. The...

Genome Study Reveals New Links to Parkinson’s

Affordable genetic testing continues to enable scientists to find exciting new discoveries that may help doctors predict, prevent, and treat disease. Two teams of researchers recently published in Nature Genetics (a Japanese team from...

Andrew Hessel’s Singularity University Talk on Synthetic Biology (Video)

Have you ever wished life was more like a video game? Well, Andrew Hessel is here to tell you that your biology is already more like a computer than you know. At his recent...

Complete Genomics and ISB Team Up for Huge Whole Genome Study

The era of genetic studies based on whole genome sequencing is definitely upon us. According to a recent press release, Complete Genomics will provide the Institute for Systems Biology with 100 (nearly) whole genome...

Open Hardware for Molecular Biology Experiments

Sure it takes years of training to become a world class biologist, but now you can have fun with their equipment without slaving away in academia. Pearl Biotech is selling an electrophoresis gel box,...

Yale Scientists Diagnose Illness Through Genome Sequencing

A doctor has some tried and true methods of helping her diagnose a disease: examining the lymph nodes, taking your temperature, that whole "turn your head and cough" thing. Now, we need to add...

IBM Hypes DNA Transistor, Genomes for Less than $1000

Sequencing your genome is going to be such big business that everyone wants to get in on it, even if they aren't ready. In a recent press release, IBM announced that it is working...

Disabling a Single Gene Extends Mice Life by 20%

We've known for a while that severely limiting your dietary intake, while somehow still managing to get all your necessary nutrients, can extend lifespan dramatically. Caloric Restriction (CR) can increase a mouse's lifespan by...

DNA Electronics Has a Hand Held Genetic Testing Device – Interview with CEO!

If your computer and your DNA had a baby, it would be the SNP Dr. from DNA Electronics. SNP Dr. is the world's first hand held semi-conductor device that will be able to read...

New Study Detects Oral Cancer Via RNA in Spit

I can't believe the number of things you can find out about yourself by spitting in a cup. A recent study at UCLA demonstrated that certain strands of micro RNA (miRNA) found in your...

iGEM 2009: Synthetic Biology Competition Bigger than Ever this Halloween

Like some Frankenstein monster composed of space camp, graduate school, and science fair, iGEM is ready to spring to life this Halloween. The International Genetic Engineering Machine competition is now in its 6th...

Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness in Monkeys

If nature gave you some bum genes, you've got a chance of fixing them. Genetic treatments have allowed researchers to cure color blindness in two squirrel monkeys. As published this month in Nature, gene...

Illumina’s Genome Sequencing Service Gets First Customers

The race to provide you with access to your genome is really heating up. Industry leader Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN) has completed its first genome sequencing service for an individual at the low-low price of...

The Scoop on Zirus from CEO David Perryman

If the Home Alone movies taught me anything (and that's doubtful to begin with) it's that defeating the bad guys goes hand in hand with well-laid traps. Well, there are few bad guys as...

3 Genetic Variants Account for 20% of Risk for Alzheimer’s

  Two recent studies from Europe have shown that three genetic variants may be responsible for about 20% of the risk of developing Alzheimer's. This discovery not only could help scientists refine tests that let...

Sequenced Human Genomes Nearly Doubled Since March

Complete Genomics has had a busy spring. For those of you who missed our February story, or our recent article, CG is a human genome sequencing company that is focusing on economies of scale....

Dog Hair is Defined by Just Three Genes!

There are few species as diverse as man's best friend. Yet, every breed from the chihuahua to the great dane has much the same genome. A recently published article in Science, however, explains that...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

Monkey DNA Swap Paves Way to Engineered Babies

Great joke I just heard: How many monkeys does it take to make a baby? Answer: Three. Two for chromosomal DNA, and one for mitochondrial DNA. Ha ha ha... Yeah...maybe it's only funny to...

Get Your Entire Genome From Complete Genomics For $5000

It's getting progressively cheaper to sequence your entire genome. Earlier in June, Illumina announced it would provide sequencing for close to $50k, half of their original price. Not to be outdone, Complete...

23andMe Leading Way to Democratized Disease Research

Here's a riddle: What do you get when you mix American Idol with genetic testing for disease? The 23andMe research revolution. The same company that brought you affordable testing for common genetic markers has...

Genetic Testing of Chinese Children: Fraud and Future

Depending on who you ask the genetic testing of children is a nightmare, a science fiction ploy, or a day camp in China. At the Chongqing Children's Palace, more than thirty children aged three...

Britain vs. The Organ Black Market

Nations tend to fight over land, minerals, ideologies...and now organs. Public outrage spread through the UK earlier this year when it was discovered that foreign citizens were receiving the organs of dead Britons through...

Growing Mice From Stem Cells? The Real Story About The Stem Cell Breakthrough From Qi Zhou

Traditional media outlets have been tripping over each other this week with sensational titles such as "Chinese Scientists Reprogram Cells to Create Mice" to describe the work of Chinese stem cell researchers.  Indeed, the...
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Toyota Humanoid Robot Runs At 7 Km/hr

Props to the guys over at smart-machines for digging up an awesome video (see below) of the Toyota humanoid robot running at 7 Km/hr (4 mph), besting Asimo's 6Km/hr.  Making humanoid robots that can...

MIT is Organizing New Genetic Parts

If you want to check out a book you go to the library. If you want to get a copy of the latest DNA, you go to MIT's Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Started...

Prenatal Screening Could Eradicate Genetic Disease, Replace Natural Conception

Genetic birth defect screening is about to get faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive - all at once. A new technique could soon make genetic defects a thing of the past... and replace natural conception...

The Genetically Modified Food You Eat

Would you eat food that was genetically modified? You probably already have. Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA of commercial food for nearly two decades, and they've covered most of the food pyramid. ...

The Hub Goes To Scifoo 2009 – It Was Awesome! (scifoo09)

I just wrapped up an amazing weekend participating in the fourth annual scifoo gathering at Google headquarters (the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA.  The 2009 scifoo camp boasted a fascinating and stimulating array of...

Super Babies Reveal the Key to Strength Gene

It's known as myostatin, but it might as well be called kryptonite, because it's what keeps each of us feeling like Clark Kent. This protein tells your muscles when to stop growing, and in...

Artificial Life on the Horizon

Admit it: you wouldn’t mind winning a Nobel Prize. Well here’s a science project for you: reverse global warming, solve the world’s energy crisis, and pave the way for breakthrough antibiotics and vaccines… all...

Google, Papa Brin Step In For 23andme

Both Google and Sergey Brin have made an investment in personal genetics company 23andme in a series B funding round.  This comes on top of a previous investment from both Google and Brin in...

Another Step in Genetic Engineering: Glowing Primates

The primate family tree seems to have gotten a bit brighter lately.  Earlier, Singularity Hub reported on Ruby Puppy, the genetically engineered glowing dog, and now the puppy has been one-upped by a team...

From Dolly to Injaz: The Cloning Revolution Takes Off

Dolly was so 90's. Most of us are waiting for scientists to clone something awesome, like velociraptors or wholly mammoths... hell, even a giant sloth would be cool. But, to quote Dr....

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