A project funded by a research agency of the US Department of Defense is now giving rise to concerns about being possibly misused for the purpose of biological warfare. The programme called 'Insect Allies' intends for insects to be used for dispersing genetically modified viruses to agricultural plants in fields.
Research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells, essential for the brain and nervous system.
Genes regulating important biological processes are incapable of adapting to new sleeping and eating patterns and most of them stay tuned to their daytime biological clock rhythms.
The assumption that present-day people are directly descended from the people who always lived in that same area -- is wrong almost everywhere. Instead, the view that's emerging is that human populations are moving and mixing all the time.
Technology could be used to wipe out malaria carrying mosquitos or other pests but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban. The use of genetic extinction technologies in bioweapons is the stuff of nightmares.
Epigenetics does not involve changes to the DNA sequence, but are changes that modify gene expression. A person's epigenome is inherited, but it is also reversible based on what you eat, whether you exercise, and even where you live, for example.
Drosophila share 60 per cent of human DNA, making them perfect for research that has led to vital strides in treating cancer, autism, diabetes and many other ills.
Study indicates that we inherit more than just genes from our parents. It seems to be that we also get a fine-tuned as well as important gene regulation machinery that can be influenced by our environment and individual lifestyle. These insights can provide new ground for the observation that at least in some cases acquired environmental adaptations can be passed over the germ line to our offspring.
Research suggests that intergenerational inheritance of gender-specific traits may better be explained by highly stable features of the social environment.
Researchers found that CD38 and CD157 genes that regulate oxytocin, the supreme human social hormone, are associated with the sociality of young individuals. Why some individuals seek social engagement and friendship while others shy away, may well be dependent on the expression and sequence of two genes in their bodies.
Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish.
Our genes influence performance on the Eyes Test. This study demonstrates that empathy is partly genetic.
Epigenetic mechanisms appear to explain -- at least in part -- how environments in infancy and childhood are "remembered" and have lasting effects on inflammation and risk for inflammation-related diseases.
Early life stress encodes lifelong susceptibility to stress through long-lasting transcriptional programming in a brain reward region implicated in mood and depression, according to a study.
Those taught genetics first improved their test scores by an average of seven per cent more than those taught evolution first.
A cup of tea a day can keep dementia away, and this is especially so for those who are genetically predisposed to the debilitating disease, according to a study.
Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes in the brain in a way that increases people's risk for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
A synthetic biology company says it is developing a fragrance line that will contain smells from plants that have gone extinct in the last 200 years.
Researchers have demonstrated that the diets of organisms can affect the DNA sequences of their genes.
Sensitivity to noise may be rooted to one's genetic profile.