Can science explain blue skin of Lord Krishna?
Religion interprets blue skin as the aura of a spiritual body; science considers it a rare genetic disorder
It's mama's fault
Scientists suggest a disorder that causes periods of ecstasy and depression is passed on through mothers.
A new class of mutations, involving
duplications instead of deletion or
'misspelling'and displaying queer patterns of
transmission, might be
Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize for experiments on cell recycling system
Ohsumi’s experiments helped us understand that mutations in autophagy genes can cause diseases like cancer
Biological molecules hold the key to understanding diverse life processes and to correct aberrations
Roller-coaster riders inside cells
Specialised structures such as chromosomes were thought to float haphazardly in cells. Now, researchers believe tiny motors guide them on …
Agouti : the prolific gene
A gene that determines coat colours in mice and affects cellular calcium might hold valuable clues to understanding human ailments like obesity
Why we don't know what causes most birth defects
Birth defects are a major cause of infant hospitalisation and deaths in the first year of life
Hunting for cure
By identifying the proteins with which the gene responsible for Huntington's disease reacts, researchers are optimistic of finding an antidote …
African health ministers launch campaign to arrest sickle cell disease
Approximately 1,000 children are born with the disease every day in Africa, making it the most prevalent genetically-acquired disease in the region
My genetic profile
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The alcoholic gene
Alcoholism and genes: a collaborative study is closing on in establishing a link between the two
Bone marrow transplantation shows promise of curing patients afflicted with sickle-cell disease
How eggs do it
Tiniest of errors in sex cell division can lead to abnormalities in offspring. Arshad Desai from Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego, …
Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
Genome editing and synthetic biology are giving rise to new forms of life. But do these organisms have conservation value as part of earth's …
Are your organs in the right place?
Scientists have hit on a gene that decides exactly where internal organs will be positioned in the body of a mouse
Protein provides clue to Alzheimer's disease
Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in treating this old-age disease, with the discovery that abnormal production of proteins, called …
The ethics of genetic combinations
The 17th International Congress of Genetics highlighted the role that genetic technology could play in shaping our world.
Ouch, it is a mutation
Do headaches, stomach upsets and several other minor ailments have their roots in the speed of genetic mutations?
Study finds genetic variants that increase ADHD risk
Researchers identify 12 regions in the genome, changes to which increase the risk of developing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Genes might be useful while treating kidney diseases
New study shows how genetic testing could be used to personalise diagnosis and manage kidney disease
DNA at play
Gene editing has taken the scientific world by storm. We take a look at the science, techniques and long-term ramifications
Pressed for sharing
The Uttarakhand high court order on Ramdev's firm to pay for use of bioresources has put herbal companies on notice
Why we should test everyone's genes to predict disease
If a test could reveal the diseases you and your family might be more likely to get, would you get it?
Victims of Bhopal gas tragedy continue to suffer damage in their DNA: new study
An increase in chromosomal aberrations was seen even in those who were not exposed or moderately exposed to the gas, shows the study