genetics

PMDD

Women who suffer an intense form of PMS can now blame their genes

A severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) has a specific biological cause, according to research…

centenarians

Centenarians smoke, drink and eat badly. How do they get away with it?

‘The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that…

All of the major genes causing bowel cancer have been found

A study by London’s Institute of Cancer Research has identified five genes that appear to cause bowel cancer. The researchers…

Gene therapy reverses ‘untreatable’ sight loss in young men

British scientists have developed a new therapy which improves the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder called choroideremia.…

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

How did we become so blasé about sperm donation?

It’s a tricky thing asking for your money back when you’ve bought a baby. But some couples have tried to…

The Queen at 90 is as sharp as ever. What’s her secret?

The Queen turns 90 this week and although there will be no big-scale official celebrations, as there were for the…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

Researchers establish that more intelligent people do live longer

The link between intelligence and lifespan is genetic, according to new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers…

Thanks to worms, doctors may soon be able to predict how severe a genetic disease will be

Research published in the biomedical journal Cell has revealed that DNA can be used to predict the severity of genetic…