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Gene Leads to Nearsightedness When Kids Read

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015
by Alex Muller

Vision researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia, but only in people who spend a lot of time in childhood reading or doing other 'nearwork'.

A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Aug, 2015
by Alex Muller

Researchers have unveiled a new pathway that controls human metabolism by prompting our adipocytes, or fat cells, to store fat or burn it away.

Gene therapy's 'temporary benefits' for retina disease

Posted in Medicine on 4th May, 2015
by Alex Muller

Two trials of gene therapy on an inherited form of blindness in children have shown some patients' eyesight can be improved, but only temporarily.

Mitochondria editing tried in mice

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015
by Alex Muller

Researchers have developed a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases, a study in mice shows.

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015
by Alex Muller

A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region.