DNA holds the information of where we all come from; a route map that can be used to discover how we spread all over the planet. The Genographic Project aims to discover the patterns of human migration from the point our ancestors left Africa 60,000 years ago.
Tay-Sachs disease is a rare genetic disorder that affects nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord causing severe mental and developmental retardation.
Spina bifida is the most common neural tube birth defect in the United States. At the present time the causes of spina bifida are unknown, though it is strongly believed that both genetics and the environment are contributing factors.
Scientists have now discovered that esophageal cancer, the sixth most dangerous cancer type in the US, has a significant genetic basis. For the first time, specific gene variations have been identified for this type of cancer.
For the first time in history the complete genome of a cancer patient has been completely sequenced to establish the genetic mutations that had caused the disease. It’s a massive breakthrough in cancer research.
As genetic research progresses new sets of genes, related to diseases and disorders are discovered. A recent discovery of genes that increase the risk of lung cancer may open up the door for new treatment and diagnostic options.
Researchers have, for the first time, found the genes involved in the growth of the tumors known as infantile hemangiomas, the most common type of tumor found in children.
Anencephaly, a rare birth defect, has a genetic cause. The gene responsible for anencephaly has been discovered in mice, opening up the door to genetic testing and therapies for this genetic disorder.
Kartagener’s syndrome is a rare genetic disorder also known as PCD. What causes it? What are the symptoms? How is PCD treated? Find out below.
Genetic disorders come in a variety of forms. This article looks at how the possession of an extra chromosome produces a genetic disorder known as Klinefelter’s syndrome.
Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that restricts the body’s ability to clot blood. In its most severe form even something as trivial as a minor injury can lead to death.
Learn how biodiesel manufacturing can be streamlined by using sonochemistry
Do you know that sound can affect chemical reactions? You probably know ultrasound applications for imaging in healthcare but there are many industrial and laboratory applications of sound in many fields such as manufacturing, chemistry, and even food processing. Learn about Sonochemistry.
Viruses have an amazing mechanism of propagation. They are inert in that they do not have the components to reproduce that cells usually possess. Yet they are extraordinarily successful in spreading themselves around. Here’s how.
Does cheating have a genetic basis? Is it possible that if you have a specific variant of a gene (a monogamy gene) you may be more prone to cheating and be less faithful in your relationships? A new study has some startling answers.
Gene therapy is a technique that introduces an altered gene into a person’s body to carry out the work of a mulfunctioning gene. The procedure aims to treat or cure diseases that have been caused by faulty genes.
For the first time ever, researchers have discovered the gene mutations that cause the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. The same mutations also play a role in non-inherited forms of the disease. The findings mean that early diagnosis will be possible and it paves the way for new treatments.
Genetic disorders are diseases or conditions that are caused by abnormalities in genes or chromosomes. Some are known at birth, whilst others make an appearance later in life.