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Health > Genetics
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen American patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
 
Researchers unveiled a high-resolution "map" Wednesday of gene activity in a human fetus brain, which they said should lead to better understanding of developmental disorders such as autism.
 
Neanderthal DNA more common than thought
Next time you call someone a Neanderthal, better look in a mirror. Many of the genes that help determine most people's skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern human genome.
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Research conducted by Academia Sinica (中研院) in which scientists established the connection between autism and defective neural development was recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
 
A class action over birth defects linked to the morning sickness drug thalidomide was settled in an Australian court Monday, with the British distributor agreeing to pay victims AU$89 million (US$81 million).
 
Rising agrochemical use in Argentina sees jump in disease rates
Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn't trained to use protective gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he's a living skeleton.
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The testes and sperm of bulls abandoned in the evacuation zone around the battered Fukushima nuclear plant were not affected by chronic exposure to radiation, a Japanese academic study has found.
 
Scientists have unraveled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening up potential new ways to fight a growing global health problem.
 
A DNA flaw may explain why people with Type-2 diabetes are more prone to blood cancers than the rest of the population, a study said Sunday.
 
The British government said on Friday it would pursue a radical fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo, setting the stage for it to become the first country to offer the treatment.
 
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