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Health > Genetics
Panel endorses gene editing to avoid disease
Don't expect designer babies any time soon -- but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells.
 
Gene variants add 2 cm to your height
Researchers on Wednesday unveiled 83 rare gene variants which exert a strong influence on human height, with some capable of adding or subtracting more than two centimeters.
 
Research that mixes human cells into animal embryos could get U.S. government funds for the first time under a new proposal that has stoked concerns about ethics and the limits of science.
 
About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Monday.
 
Bangladeshi girl seeks help for rare hair condition
The family of a 12-year-old Bangladeshi girl who suffers from a rare condition that causes thick hair to cover her face and body have spoken out as they seek to fund surgery to give their daughter a chance at a normal life.
 
Genes contribute, slightly, to a person's education level: study
Scientists said Wednesday they had identified 74 genes that partially determine how far someone gets in school, depending on which variant of those genes a person possesses.
 
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.
 
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