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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.

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Are You BioCurious? Now You Can Join the Club, Use the Lab, Hack Your Biology.

The Do It Yourself community is breaking new ground. Forget learning how to knit, building your own computer, or fixing the molding in your house. DIY is hacking biology. That's right, genetic engineering, ecology,...
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The Battle Over Genetically Modified Food Continues – FDA Petitioned To Require GM Labels

Okay, think fast: how often do you eat genetically modified foods? *buzzer* I'm sorry, but the answer we were looking for is: “no one knows!”. Current FDA regulations don't require food companies in the...
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Four Years After Cloning, Drug-Sniffing Dogs Celebrate Remarkable Success in South Korean Airport

Some dogs are one in a million...so why not clone a million of them? Dogs are a staple in airports around the world, helping detect narcotics, explosives, and other banned substances. Incheon Airport in...
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Nike Makes Shoes From Back To The Future 2 – To Cure Parkinson’s!

Would you pay $4000 for a pair of sneakers? What if they glowed and came from the distant year 2015? ...What if they could help rid the world of a dreaded disease? Michael...

Complete Genomics’ Stock Plummets Despite Thousands of New Genomes On Order

Mo' genomes, mo' problems - it's as true for Complete Genomics as it was for Biggie Smalls. The Silicon Valley startup has a revolutionary approach to sequencing the complete DNA of a human being,...

AIDS Turns 30: Are We Close to a Cure?

On June 5th, 1981, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report told the world about five rapidly deteriorating men who arrived at clinics in Los Angeles. They exhibited a disturbing array of symptoms - swollen...

UK Plans for Human Animal Genetic Hybrids

Britain is planning for a future present when human and animal genes are mixed. As scientists continue to use human genes implanted in animals to create new medicines and understand our biology, it seems...

Arrested For a Crime, Get DNA Profiled — Even More States Now Collect Samples at Booking

It's getting harder to be a criminal...at least a career criminal. That's because 25 states now collect DNA for certain felony arrests, such as violent or sexual crimes. Furthermore, as of July 1, New...
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Belgian Blues Will Blow Your Mind, These Cows Are Totally Ripped

It's been more than a decade since humans have cracked their own genetic code, but we've yet to wake up to a world of engineered lifeforms on the Island of Dr. Moreau. While we're...

Miracle Powder Regrows Fingers, Now Thigh Muscle for Marine

It was only a year ago that ACell's "miracle powder" was sprinkled on amputated fingers and shown to stimulate the regeneration of fingertips. The world was both awed and skeptical of the powder's regenerative...

Complete Genomics Doing Well in 2011, Thousands More Genomes On Order

The company that could bring about the revolution in human genome sequencing is showing early signs of success in 2011. Complete Genomics is hoping to use a laser-tight focus on human genomes, and efficiencies...

Immortal Jellyfish Provides Clues for Regenerative Medicine

The search for the fountain of youth has been ongoing ever since man decided that dying wasn’t all that appealing. And now, it appears that this elusive holy grail has been found, albeit by...
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Organic Farmers Unite Against Monsanto In Battle For Future of Food

Another chapter in the ongoing David-and-Goliath-esque saga between organic farmers and the Monsanto Company kicked off recently with a lawsuit filed in federal court. The suit, titled Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et...

Free DNA Analysis From 23andMe – Good Gimmick, Tired Technology?

It's the biggest sale of the spring, and it's available right now in every cell in your body. Personal genomics pioneers, 23andMe are offering to give you a free DNA test if you order...

Future of Genetically Modified Rice/Corn in China May Be Both Certain and Delayed

Even as China rushes to expand its crops to feed its growing populace, it faces regulatory snags and pitfalls. The State Council recently discussed efforts to innovate China's industrial agriculture while keeping it independent...

Simple Blood Test Now Detects Prenatal Down Syndrome

Things are definitely on the move in the field of fetal screening. Researchers at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics have developed a test that analyzes maternal blood between 11 to 14 weeks...

Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast – Look At These Graphs!

You may know that the cost to sequence a human genome is dropping, but you probably have no idea how fast that price is coming down. The National Human Genome Research Institute, part of...

Woman Doesn’t Fear Reaper, Anything at All

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.” – Litany Against Fear, Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965) How many of us let fear guide us? How often do abstract notions of danger keep us from living...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion Torrent is a DIY biologist’s fantasy: it’s fast, compact, and...

Man Cured of HIV Using Stem Cells. Fluke or Hope?

Timothy Ray Brown has officially been declared cured of HIV. A US citizen living in Germany with HIV, Brown was treated for leukemia in 2007 at the Charite University of Medicine in Berlin. As...

Exclusive Interview with Complete Genomics – These Guys Get It

The future of human genetics will arrive when we understand how each gene in your DNA interacts with every other gene to form who you are. In order to get that understanding we're going...

Dolly Lives! The Original Cloned Sheep has Four New Copies

Surprise! The world's most famous cloned sheep, Dolly, has four living copies enjoying the sweet life in England. Dolly was the world's first cloned mammal, and a huge media sensation when she appeared. Professor Keith...

The Pills Have Eyes: Microchipped Medicine Is Coming

Open wide! Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the next 18 months. The chip-on-a-pill, developed by Proteus Biomedical (and...

New Colon Cancer Screening Tests the DNA in Your Poop (video)

Usually testing for colon cancer involves sticking things up your bum, but the newest tests for the disease are more concerned about what comes out. Exact Sciences (NASDAQ: EXAS) is developing a screening process...

BGI – China’s Genomics Center Has A Hand in Everything

When it comes to genomics, China seems a little like the proverbial kid in the candy store - she wants a taste of everything. Of course, unlike the child, China might be making a...

23andMe Raises $22 Million in Funding – SNP Genetics Isn’t Dead

23andMe, one of the pioneering companies of personal genetics, is ramping up for another round of growth. According to a recent press release, the Mountain View based DNA analysis business raised more than $22...

Complete Genomics Gears Up for IPO This Week

Open up your financial umbrellas, Complete Genomics is going to make it rain. The Mountain View startup has built a name for itself as one of the premier providers of whole genome sequencing for...

Genetic ‘Secret’ Shows Why Some People With HIV Don’t Get AIDS

If you've ever taken a class on sexually transmitted diseases, you were probably taught this fact: once you contract HIV, you will eventually get AIDS. Yet for about 1 in every 300 people this...

GATC To Sequence 100,000 Genomes by 2014

Europe's leading genetic sequencing provider, GATC Biotech, recently announced that it would sequence 100,000 human genomes by 2014. Based in Germany, GATC plan on using sequencing technology from other industry leaders, including Illumina's HiSeq2000...

Gene Therapy Looks To Have Cured Man With Blood Disease

Gene therapy is making a difference in the lives of patients. A phase I/II clinical study run by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Paris has added a new gene into...

Genetically Modified Salmon Could Be On Your Plate Soon

This past Sunday (September 19th) the US FDA held one of the final meetings needed to approve genetically modified salmon for human consumption. If approved, the salmon would be the first transgenic animal available...

The Craig Venter Interview Gives a Grim Perspective on Genetics

"We have learned nothing from the genome." That's the grim message that J. Craig Venter recently gave Der Spiegel in an amazing interview. Venter, decoder of the human genome and creator of the world's...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain,...

Berkeley Won’t Give Personalized Results to Students for Genetic Tests

UC Berkeley sparked a bit of controversy earlier when they announced they would be giving 5000 incoming freshman the option of taking a simple genetic test. Now, the "Bring Your Genes to Cal" program...

Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented

Here’s a disconcerting thought: for the past thirty years, genes have been patentable. And we’re not just talking genetically modified corn – your genes, pretty much as they exist in your body, can and...

This Fall, Don’t Forget Your DNA on Your Way to College

Thanks to new programs at UC-Berkeley and Stanford University, some students around the country have a new item to add to their back to school lists this fall--DNA samples. While the two programs are set...

Unleashing the Power of the Savant Brain in All of Us

What if you had perfect pitch, a photographic memory, and astounding artistic ability? Allan Snyder thinks you already do. Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney...

Cloning Extinct Species: How Close Are We?

For as long as life has been a feature of this planet, natural selection has been wiping out species with subpar adaptive strategies. Among the casualties: dinosaurs, mammoths, Neanderthals, and all manner of...

Open Science Summit 2010 – Thursday Review

Over the next few days, Singularity Hub will be bringing exclusive coverage of the Open Science Summit 2010 taking place in Berkeley, CA this weekend. The conference is bringing together a wide range...

DNA Factory Plans to Open Within 6 Months

Good news for all you aspiring Craig Venters out there. Before the end of the year, synthetic biologists will have a stocked factory of DNA building blocks with which to remix microbe life...

Watching Genetically Engineered Cells Kill Cancer In Real Time

What if you could not only beat cancer, but watch your body do it? Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center are using gene therapy to teach immune cells how to attack cancer,...

How Do People Respond to Bad Genetic News? Just Fine.

If you were going to get Alzheimer’s disease, would you want to know? Or is genetic ignorance bliss? The new era of commercial genetics is putting all sorts of predispositions right at...

New Gene Therapy Trials To Test Cure For Bubble Boy Syndrome

New research sponsored at Children’s Hospital Boston will use gene therapy to fix the malfunctioning DNA of children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), popularly known as the bubble boy syndrome. SCID cripples the...

Potential Flaws in Longevity Genetics Study

Here at Singularity Hub, any study that shows the genetic origins of extreme longevity – especially one showing huge effects and published in a journal as prestigious as Science – is basically our bread...

Genes Are Secret to Longevity, Scientists Can Predict Using Genome

Researchers in Massachusetts have discovered a host of genetic variations that may be responsible for living past 100. Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study, and colleagues examined the genes of 1055...

FDA Will Regulate Commercial Genetics

The New York Times reports that last week the FDA announced plans to regulate commercial genetics companies like 23andMe and deCODE. The agency sent (and posted) letters to five major genetics companies, claiming...

New Research Sheds Light on Autism’s Genetic Causes

Autism remains one of the most poorly understood and troubling developmental disorders of modern medicine. But the genetic revolution could turn that around. Recent research by the groundbreaking Autism Genome Project has...

Can DNA Prove Your Nationality?

Controversy surrounding a new proposal in the United Kingdom is proof that genetics is starting to shape the world. In 2009, the U.K. Border Agency (UKBA) unveiled a program that would genetically test East...

Two Genes Help Explain How Tibetans Survive in High Altitude

Researchers from the University of Utah and Qinghai University in China have discovered two genes which assist ethnic Tibetans survive in the high altitude of the Himalayas. Their study, recently published in the journal...

Crizotinib Targets Gene To Stop Lung Cancer Tumors in 90% of Treated Patients

The drug Crizotinib (PF0234-1066) was shown to shrink or stabilize tumors in about 90% of the patients who took it. Dr. Yue-Jue Bang of Seoul National University presented these results at the annual meeting...

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