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Human Genome Project: New alcohol abuse study could help us unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It's been almost 20 years since Bill Clinton joined Tony Blair to announce the first rough sequencing of the human genome to tremendous fanfare. What have we achieved, so far?

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Genes and your Valentine prospects

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We wonder about many things when we are attracted to someone, and probably the list expands when we consider marriage. But are genes part of those considerations?

China's second gene-edited fetus is 12-14 weeks old

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

State media in China report that a preliminary investigation confirms that a second woman became pregnant and that she will be put under medical observation

Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The wider goal isn't to produce more tobacco but to apply the technique to wheat or soy beans, in order to meet mankind's growing appetite

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Experts warn that editing human embryos can create unintended mutations in other areas – so-called 'off-target effects' – which can have an impact through the lifetime

DISTURBING. Chinese scientist He Jiankui speaks on the stage at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on November 28, 2018.  Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment

Nov 27, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Shenzhen Harmonicare Women and Children's Hospital say in a statement that it suspects the signature on a document approving the experiment, specifically its adherence to ethical standards, was falsified


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China scientist claims world's first gene-edited babies

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Chinese university professor He Jiankui posts a video on YouTube saying his twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Gene-editing damages DNA more than previously thought – study

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The research shows 'changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now,' says Allan Bradley of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, who co-authored a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

May 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The two legends explaining the origin of the Inca civilization 'could be related,' according to the scientists' study

Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018.  Upon the many programs he foresees, Fujita and his team have been working since 2000 on ADN evidence attempting to determine the origins of the Inca Empire. / AFP PHOTO / Cris BOURONCLE

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Gene editing advance reverses disease in mice

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:40 AM

A gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 can be harnessed to simply change how genes are expressed, and jumpstart the healing process in certain diseases, says a report in the journal Cell

ALTERED. Scientists in the US say a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 suggests some diseases were reversed in lab mice. AFP photo

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Gene drive advocates and critics square off in Montreal this week in an obscure working group under the Convention on Biological Diversity

GENETIC LAB. In this file photo, doctor performs laboratory tests in the Genetic Research Center of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) Microbiology Research Institute in Tegucigalpa on February 5, 2016. Orlando Sierra/AFP

Would things change if we never ever say 'race' again?

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Race is a myth because each of us is jigsaw puzzle with 3 billion pairs that form a mosaic from various geographic origins

Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The researchers successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos was hailed as a technical feat by outside experts who called at the same time for deeper debate on the ethics of altering human DNA

What makes a dog man's best friend? It's in the genes

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Dogs that are extra friendly share certain genetic similarities with people who are born with a developmental disorder

FRIENDS. A pug dog and its owners have a drink in a cafe before attending PugFest Manchester, a festival celebrating pugs and pug cross dogs, held at MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, northern England on July 16, 2017. Oli Scarff/AFP

6 ways to get to eternity faster

May 04, 2017 - 7:00 PM

What science has to say about how we age faster

The Ivatan genealogy in my DNA

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A scientist traces his personal origins thanks to DNA

WATCH: Helping farmers through agricultural biotechnology

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:59 AM

The UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society strives to uphold awareness on the ways means and science behind agricultural biotechnology to help students and farmers alike

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Scientists and consumer groups say there is not enough evidence yet to shed light on the potential risks of gene editing particularly regarding its trickle down effects on the environment and the ecosystem

This photo taken on August 11, 2013 shows cows standing patiently as they are milked on a dairy farm near Cambridge in New Zealand's Waikato region. William West/AFP

UK first country to legally offer '3-parent' gene therapy

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED Britain s fertility regulator gives the green light for the country to become the first in the world to legally offer 3 parent baby fertility treatments

Fight over revolutionary genetic advance goes to court in U.S.

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:52 AM

A fierce legal battle over the patent for the revolutionary gene editing technique CRISPR Cas9 plays out in a US court with billions of dollars at stake

UK experts give green light to '3-parent babies'

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:41 AM

An independent panel of experts tasked with reviewing the safety of mitochondrial gene therapy said the practice should be cautiously adopted to prevent certain genetic diseases from being passed on to future generations

World's first baby born from 3-parent technique – report

Sep 28, 2016 - 3:32 PM

The world s first baby has been born using a controversial new technique by US scientists to include DNA from 3 parents in the embryo says a report

Jury out on 'Out of Africa' migrations

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:51 AM

3 studies present data from more than 280 diverse populations around the world but did not quite agree on what it all means

Scientists talking to an Aboriginal elder in the Kalgoorlie area in southwestern Australia in 2012. Credit: Preben Hjort, Mayday Film via Nature

Bayer sets $66B deal for Monsanto after lengthy pursuit

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED Regulators and Monsanto shareholders still have to approve the deal which environmentalists criticize as a marriage made in hell

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on September 14, 2016 shows the logo of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer (L, on September 8, 2016 in Leverkusen) and the logo of Monsanto at it's Belgian manufacturing site and operations centre (on May 24, 2016 in Lillo near Antwerp).  German pharmaceutical and chemical group Bayer is preparing to increase its takeover offer for US seeds and pesticides giant Monsanto for a fourth time, a report said on September 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ AND John THYS

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes ability to carry disease are pushing ahead raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world

Monsanto withdraws new GM cotton seed in India row

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The US agribusiness giant said it withdrew plans to introduce the seeds in July over regulatory uncertainty

CASH CROP. Indian workers unload cotton from a truck at a cotton processing and packaging industry in Kadi, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on December 3, 2014. Sam Panthaky/AFP

Scientists look into rice that can tolerate salty conditions

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:03 AM

A team of researchers led by prominent Filipino American scientist Michael Purugganan will study the response of rice in saline soil conditions under a 4 year US 4 million grant from the US National Science Foundation

Farmers collects rice for the winter-spring crop on a field in the outskirts of Hanoi on March 2, 2016. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

US finds GMO mosquitoes won't harm environment

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Male mosquitoes are engineered in an approach that Oxitec says can reduce the populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread human viral diseases

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

SC reverses earlier ruling on Bt talong, GMOs

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:23 AM

These cases which stemmed from respondents petition for Writ of Kalikasan were mooted by the expiration of the Biosafety Permits and the termination of Bt talong field trials subject of the permits

Nobel winners slam Greenpeace on GMO crops

Jun 30, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Addressed to the global environmental group the United Nations and governments the letter says Greenpeace has misrepresented the risks benefits and impacts of genetically altered food plants

STANDING UP FOR GOLDEN RICE. Pro-GMO scientist Wayne Parrot holds up a jar of conventional rice on one hand and a jar of Golden Rice on the other. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Too soon to release GM mosquitoes to fight Zika –US study

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:05 PM

With new gene editing techniques modifications can quickly spread through a population via a gene drive greatly increasing chances that the altered gene will become widespread

ZIKA MOSQUITO. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Bayer CEO invites environmental groups to discuss Monsanto bid

May 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Environmental groups fear the possible merger of Bayer and Monsanto would lead to Monsanto s genetically modified crops being marketed in Europe

epa05324526 (FILE) A file picture dated 06 March 2006 shows the headquarters of the German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. According to media reports on 23 May 2016, Bayern AG announced a 62 billion US dollar cash offer, 122 US dollar per share, including debt, to buy US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. The American multinational biotechnology company Monsanto released earlier on 19 May 2016, a statement in which the company disclosed that they had received a takeover bid by the German pharmaceutical and chemical group. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Monsanto: $62B Bayer bid too low, but open to talks

May 25, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Monsanto says the Bayer proposal is incomplete and financially inadequate but it is willing to have continued and constructive conversations

epa05324524 (FILE) A file picture dated 21 October 2003 shows the logo of German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG shining above the company's plant in Leverkusen, Germany. According to media reports on 23 May 2016, Bayern AG announced a 62 billion US dollar cash offer, 122 US dollar per share, including debt, to buy US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. The American multinational biotechnology company Monsanto released earlier on 19 May 2016, a statement in which the company disclosed that they had received a takeover bid by the German pharmaceutical and chemical group. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Loss of Y chromosome linked to Alzheimer's disease – study

May 24, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Researchers say [loss of Y] may serve as a predictive biomarker for a wider range of health problems

Bayer targets Monsanto in biggest-ever German takeover bid

May 23, 2016 - 2:14 PM

4th UPDATE Germany s Bayer offers 62 billion for US agriculture group Monsanto

This file photo taken on July 24, 2013 shows a logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer on an overpass at its Berlin headquarters. John MacDougall/AFP

Bayer, Monsanto in merger talks

May 19, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Bayer executives recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition of Monsanto Company

This file photo taken on July 24, 2013 shows a logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer on an overpass at its Berlin headquarters. John MacDougall/AFP

Love in the time of insomnia

May 13, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] If you or a loved one had a fatal disease would you abandon your careers and register for a PhD to do research to find a cure? One couple did

Genetic causes for high cholesterol are rare – study

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A lot of other causes can lead to high bad cholesterol such as poor diet and lack of exercise

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 13: A mans finger is pricked to test his cholesterol at the City of Newark's free homeless health fair at the Department of Child and Family Well-Being on August 13, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Department of Child and Family Well-Being in partnership with other health organizations gave free medical examinations to the homeless including screening for high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. Rick Gershon/Getty Images/AFP

US gives tentative OK to testing genetically modified mosquitoes

Mar 12, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The aim is to eliminate wild mosquito populations that spread infectious diseases such as Zika dengue chikungunya and West Nile

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Neanderthal DNA redraws human out-of-Africa timeline

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:17 AM

The new research published in Nature provides the first genetic evidence that some Homo sapiens left the African continent at least 100 000 years ago tens of thousands of years earlier than widely assumed

EVOLUTION. A visitor looks at 'El Neandertal Emplumado,' a scientifically-based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. Cesar Manso/AFP

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Feb 15, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity

AGRICULTURAL TREASURES. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Enchong Dee, advocates urge presidential bets to adopt green agenda

Feb 07, 2016 - 4:05 PM

The Green Thumb Coalition vows to engage candidates and the voting public by raising the debate on 9 environmental issues

Britain grants first licence for genetic modification of embryos

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:03 PM

The decision makes Britain one of the first countries in the world to grant this type of authorization for experimentation on human embryos

The SC's Bt talong decision: Error in precaution?

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The Supreme Court s judgment of the relative safety of Bt talong can be challenged for lack of rigor leading to injustice or worse willfully exposing farmers and consumers to greater risks

A Filipino Greenpeace activist wearing an eggplant costume and fellow protesters hold up signs against GMOs, during a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City, June 5, 2012. Rolex dela Peña/EPA