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Health > Genetics
The first examination of a long-extinct Neanderthal's Y chromosome suggests that fertility problems may have prevented Neanderthal men from successfully mating with modern human females, researchers said Thursday.
 
Genetic mutations that can be blamed for unusually high cholesterol are far rarer than previously thought, existing in only about 2 percent of the population, researchers said Sunday.
 
People who are born with genetically high cholesterol may be about twice as common in the United States as previously believed, according to new research published on Monday.
 
A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market, the Food and Drug Administration says.
 
Researchers have succeeded for the first time in reversing a degenerative illness in mice, using a revolutionary gene-editing technique that one day may help cure similar diseases in humans.
 
Scientists debate boundaries and ethics of gene editing amid fast-moving field
Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering -- a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.
 
Loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by 14 percent in older adults, according to a study published Monday that posits a physiological basis for the phenomenon.
 
Rite Aid adds prescription analysis to genetic test
Rite Aid is giving patients a chance to peek over their doctor's shoulder with genetic tests that help determine the effectiveness of some prescriptions.
 
Two years after personal genetics startup 23andMe was ordered by U.S. authorities to stop selling its DNA test kits, a revamped product has gained market approval, the company said Wednesday.
 
Foetuses burdened with a crippling form of brittle-bone disease will receive stem-cell treatment early next year in a pioneering trial, the lead researcher told AFP on Monday.
 
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