Having boys or girls doesn’t run in the family

Having boys or girls is essentially random and doesn't depend on the parents' genes, researchers report.

U. Queensland | Feb. 27, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology genes parents sexes

‘Time machine’ shows pancreatic cancer cells team up

A tube that mimics the pancreatic duct could help researchers "go back in time" to see how pancreatic cancer develops and spreads.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer genes pancreatic-cancer

‘Google Earth’ of endometrial cancer may lead to new treatments

"This is like the Google Earth of endometrial cancer.… We tried to measure everything we possibly could. Then we searched for patterns."

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer genes tumors uterus

Gene ‘scorecard’ could personalize cancer diagnosis

A new "scorecard" that looks at 29 different genes could be a tool to improve cancer diagnosis. It may also help predict patient survivability.

National University of Singapore | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine blood-tests cancer genes medical-tests prediction

Some sorghum can ‘hide’ from witchweed

The parasite witchweed is one of the greatest threats to food security in Africa. New research identifies how some sorghum crops resist it.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture genes parasites plants

Revived woolly mammoth genes shed light on their final days

To study one of the last groups of woolly mammoths, researchers brought back some of their genes. The findings paint a grim picture of their slide to extinction.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured dna extinction genes woolly-mammoth

Gene variant speeds up Parkinson’s disease dementia

Targeting the gene variant may be a way to fight the spread of harmful proteins in people with Parkinson's disease, researchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains genes parkinsons-disease

How these pretty weeds resist Roundup

The morning glory is both pretty and a noxious agricultural pest. New research looks into its genome to find out how it resists glyphosate, AKA Roundup.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology flowers genes pesticides plants

Cat DNA map sheds light on rare syndrome

Researchers created a DNA map of a domestic cat with Chédiak-Higashi syndrome to find the genetic cause behind the rare condition.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Feb. 4, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cats dna genes

1 patient clarifies mystery of why common virus can turn deadly

A life-threatening cytomegalovirus infection only affects one in a million healthy people—it's so rare, researchers have hardly had a chance to study it.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine genes immune-systems infections viruses

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