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.
The discovery of the DNA double helix 60 years ago proved to be a headache for the Nobel organization as the feat became nominated for prizes in different categories at the same time, Nature reported on Wednesday.
Fainting may be in our genes, which may explain why keeling over at the sight of blood tends to run in families, according to researchers in Australia.
Scientists said Sunday they had found mutations in 26 genes that may cause oesophageal cancer, a breakthrough they hope will lead to new drugs for the deadly and increasingly frequent disease.
Researchers in Japan have moved one step closer to clinical trials using adult stem cells in a therapy they hope will prove a cure for common sight problems, an official said Thursday.
A day after an exhaustive national report on cancer found the United States is making only slow progress against the disease, one of the country's most iconic -- and iconoclastic -- scientists weighed in on "the war against cancer." And he does not like what he sees.
Gene detectives on Sunday said they had pinpointed how a hospital superbug arose in North America in the early 2000s and spread to Europe before becoming a source of global concern.
Up to 100,000 Britons suffering from cancer and rare diseases are to have their genetic codes fully sequenced and mapped as part of government plans to build a DNA database to boost drug discovery and development.