Scientists uncover genes that could hold key to how humans evolved

New computational analysis finds that more than two dozen human zinc finger transcription factors, previously thought to control activity of similar genes across species have in fact human-specific roles and could help explain the evolution.

Gene therapy restores immunity

Eight infants with the life-threatening inherited disorder received experimental gene therapy. They experienced substantial improvements in immune system function and normal growth up to two years after treatment.

Three-person baby born in medical 'revolution'

A team of Greek and Spanish doctors announced Thursday the birth of a baby using DNA from three people after a controversial fertility treatment that has provoked intense ethical debate.

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

A new U.S. study challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception and founds that poverty leaves a mark on nearly 10 percent of the genes in the genome.

First semi-identical twins identified in pregnancy

Boy and girl twins in Brisbane, Australia, have been identified as only the second set of semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins in the world - and the first to be identified by doctors during pregnancy.

Tests suggest scientists achieved first 'in body' gene editing

Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease.

First gene-edited babies claimed in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies—twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

Discovery of first genetic variants associated with finding meaning in life

This is the result of research conducted with over 220,000 individuals. For the first time the researchers identified two genetic variants for finding meaning in life and six genetic variants for happiness.

Nobel Prize in chemistry honors 'the power of evolution'

American Frances H. Arnold has won half of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work in changing how chemists produce new enzymes, sharing the prize with another George Smith, and Gregory Winter.

World's biggest advance in blood pressure genetics

Over 500 new gene regions that influence people's blood pressure have been discovered in the largest global genetic study of blood pressure to date, led by UK.

New CRISPR Method That 'Skips' Over Gene Sections

Scientists have discovered a new technique that can leave out particular sections of a gene, essentially 'skipping' them. New method, called CRISPR-SKIP, could be used to control how genes are expressed and regulated.

Scientists ID 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment

International research team has identified more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment. With more than 1.1 million participants from 15 countries, the study is among the largest human genetics studies to date.

New tool predicts eye, hair and skin color from a DNA sample

An international team has developed a novel tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material, even a small DNA sample.

New platform transforms gene editor into precision tool

Researchers have developed a new platform that makes CRISPR less like a cutting tool and more like a word processor with a search-and-replace function.

Harvard scientists map how a single cell builds an entire organism

Harvard researchers reported how they systematically profiled every cell in developing zebrafish and western claw-toed frog embryos to establish a roadmap revealing how one cell builds an entire organism.