Top 10 features on genetics in 2008

December 25th, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 25 (ANI): New Scientist has outlined the top 10 articles on genetics that it carried in the year 2008.

The top 10 best features on genetics in 2008 are:

Me and my genome
For around 1000 dollars, you can now have your DNA analyzed and get an unprecedented glimpse of your own genetic blueprint.

DNA dating: Can genes help you pick a mate?
Online dating has really taken off, but why do so many relationships fizzle when the people actually meet? Perhaps it’’s because they”re not biologically compatible, say two companies that offer to test potential partners for genetic suitability and weed out the non-starters.

Are political leanings in the genes?
According to an emerging idea, political positions are determined by biology to a large degree and can be stubbornly resistant to reason.

Genes make mice squeal during sex
Genes have been identified that cause mice to produce ultrasonic squeaks of delight just before they have sex.

Cloning resurrects long-dead mice
Healthy mice have been cloned from the cells of dead mice that had been frozen for 16 years, raising the possibility that endangered species could be cloned from old carcasses. The finding also raises hopes of being able to resurrect extinct animals that have been frozen in permafrost, such as the woolly mammoth.

Genetically modified humans: Here and more coming soon
A research team in the UK is trying to create three-parent embryos in order to prevent children from inheriting a rare group of serious diseases caused by faulty mitochondria.

MicroRNAs: The cells little emperors
An entirely new type of drug is being developed that targets minuscule snippets of RNA which influence just about every process in our bodies. Blocking these tiny RNAs, or mimicking their effects, could lead to new treatments for everything from infections and cancer to ways to help repair damaged organs.

Solar-powered sea slug harnesses stolen plant genes
A lurid green sea slug has been discovered that runs on solar power, photosynthesizing with chloroplasts stolen from the algae it eats.

Cancer special: Living with the enemy
Personalised cancer treatments are on the way that should remove many of the side effects associated with traditional chemotherapy, and pave the way for longer, healthier lives.

Goldmine bug DNA may be key to alien life
A bacterium nicknamed the bold traveler has been discovered 2.8 km below the Earths surface in a goldmine. Its unique ability to live in complete isolation of any other living species could be the key to life on other planets. (ANI)

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