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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows scientists to edit the human genome. Those two big stories bookended the year showing both the promise and peril of ...

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Itchy and Scratchy Genetics

Some of us are just tastier, or at least to mosquitos. Just in time for summer, a new study of twins by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, found that genetics may play a role in why some of us get bit more often by mosquitos than others. Beyond being the bane of summer ...

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Bug Bite Genetics

Some of us get mosquito bites that look more like marble-sized welts while others get bites that barely leave a mark. It turns out that our genetics plays a role in those different reactions, according to recent data compiled by 23andMe researchers. When a mosquito bites — it’s only the female that sips ...

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SNPWatch: Taking Stock of Dengue Shock

We all know that mosquitoes can be annoying. In many parts of the world, however, mosquitoes are more than just annoying--they are killers. Most people have heard of the mosquito-transmitted disease malaria, which has recently received much publicity through the work of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...

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