genetics

‘Significant advance’ made in heart attack repair procedure

Researchers from the University of Alabama have made a significant advancement in repairing damaged heart cells after a heart attack,…

Cells can be ‘programmed’ to fight disease

Cells can be programmed to fight cancer, influenza and other serious health conditions according to new research by the University…

Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

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…