Gene tweaking helped humans walk upright: Study

Researchers at Stanford University have identified a change in gene expression between humans and primates that may have helped give us an edge to walk upright.

Know how father`s diet affects RNA of his sperm

In two recent studies, researchers have found that a father's diet affects the levels of specific small RNAs in his sperm, which in turn can affect gene regulation in offspring.

Gene-editing technique could treat muscular dystrophy

A gene-editing technique has shown promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy among boys which is characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

CRISPR – Science's Breakthrough of the Year!

CRISPR – Science's Breakthrough of the Year!

CRISPR came on top of Science's annual list of scientific breakthroughs given fresh demonstrations of its muscle this year.

Gene that triggers sepsis identified

Sepsis is a severe whole-body infection that occurs as a complication to an existing infection, and if not treated quickly can lead to septic shock and multiple organ failure, with death rates as high as 50 percent. 

Identifying signs of faster ageing

 A new gene research has identified the signs of faster ageing process.

Scientists find gene linked to Parkinson's disease

 British researchers said they have identified a new gene linked to nerve function, that could hold the key to treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease.

Genes can predict sexual orientation in men

 In a first, scientists have developed a method that can almost accurately reveal the sexual orientation of men just by looking at some specific genes.

Steep weight loss in older women indicates Alzheimer's risk

Evidence suggests that body weight change may aid in the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease.

New genetic test speeds up Ebola diagnosis

Researchers have developed a new DNA test that can be used to rapidly diagnose Ebola and other pathogens such as Chikungunya and hepatitis C virus.

Genes behind lung disease in smokers decoded

British researchers have discovered six independent genetic variants associated with lung health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- revealing association with lung disease and smoking behaviour.

Indian-origin scientist spots new cancer gene mutations

 In a discovery that could lead to more targeted and effective treatments for certain lung and prostate cancers, a team of researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has identified two new cancer-causing gene mutations.

Gene magnifies impact of trauma

 Ever wondered why some, but not all adults who have experienced sexual or physical abuse as children go on to develop long term depression? This could partly be due to their specific genetic make up, suggests new research.

Gene responsible for fracture risk identified

An international team of researchers has identified a gene responsible for bone mineral density and fracture risk.

New species of human relative discovered in South Africa

New species of human relative discovered in South Africa

Scientists have discovered a new species in the human family tree - a small creature with a tiny brain - after examining a huge haul of fossilised bones found in a dark chamber of a South African cave, raising intriguing questions about our evolutionary past.

New gene discovery could improve wheat production

New gene discovery could improve wheat production

 Researchers have discovered a new wheat gene that helps the plant adapt to different climates and maximise grain production.

Gene potentially linked to liver damage identified

 Researchers have identified a gene which may be associated with the initiation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common cause of liver damage.

Gene that can cause nearsightedness identified

Researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia in people who spend at least an hour each day in childhood reading or doing other "near work."

Faulty genes may lead to cerebral palsy

 Generally known to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke and infections in the developing brain of babies, cerebral palsy (CP), the most common cause of physical disability in children, may also have genetic roots, says a new study.

Newly identified gene may increase inflammation in asthmatics

In a breakthrough discovery, Australian scientists have revealed that a gene named PAG1 is more likely to increaseinflammation in people suffering from asthma.