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DNA Testing Company Teams With Pharmaceutical Giant GlaxoSmithKline

When people mail their spit to 23andMe, they are likely thinking mainly about how their genetic material can be used to reveal their personal ancestral history. For years, though, the spit of consenting customers has also been used for scientific research ― profitable scientific research at times. Now the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has made a $ 300 million, four-year commitment to support […]

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Americans Would Do Anything To Make Their Kids Smarter. Except Edit Their Genes.

Scientists are inching closer to successful human applications of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome-editing technology that helps them easily find, delete, and replace genes in any living organism. The benefits of such gene editing are obvious: Genetic mutations that cause birth defects or increase disease risk may one day be repaired in every cell, delivering a complete […]

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Boys more 'cliquey' than girls

Whether it’s due to popular teen films such as Mean Girls or gender stereotypes most people imagine girls form more cliques than boys. Yet a new study contradicts this, suggesting that boys are more likely to form tight-knit friendship groups. Researchers say analysing social mixing patterns is important for infectious diseases and vaccination planning. They […]