Latest Genetics News

High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they're marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment...

Time ticks away at wild bison genetic diversity

Nov. 3, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Evidence is mounting that wild North American bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across many of the isolated herds overseen by the U.S. government, weakening future resilience against disease and climate events in the shadow of human encroachment. The extent of the...

Scientists retract study suggesting mutation shortens life

Nov. 1, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have retracted a study that appeared to show people may live shortened lives if they carry a DNA mutation that reduces their chance of HIV infection. The study focused on people who carry a specific mutation in both copies of a gene called CCR5. It was published in June in the...

Measles saps kids' ability to fight other germs

Oct. 31, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system's memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings "immune amnesia." The body can rebuild...

The Latest: Standing ovation for Nobel winner

Oct. 7, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Dr. Gregg L. Semenza received a standing ovation from faculty members and students as he walked into an auditorium at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine in Baltimore. Semenza said he was in a...

Researchers harvest carrot varieties for nutrition, flavor

Oct. 5, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Orange, yellow, white and purple carrots of all shapes and sizes were harvested this week as part of a research trial to test carrots' genetic resistance to disease. The Skagit Valley Herald reports plant pathologist Lindsey du Toit said 220 breeding lines of carrots were planted...

Oregon State University gets $1 million to study hemp

Oct. 1, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

CORVALIS, Ore. (AP) — The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials. In a statement the university said...

Standing by Ellie: Man's loyalty to dog defies rare illness

Sep. 27, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — It's hard to regard Ellie as a menace. When Greg Manteufel is frustrated or feeling down, she sits by him. At night, she sleeps under his covers. At dinner, she's there next to him, knowing he'll throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of the vicious pit bull. "We love her...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 27, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHITE HOUSE DUSTS OFF MUELLER PLAYBOOK FOR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY Countermeasures include discrediting government officials at the heart of the story, dispatching allies to muddy the picture and leaning on...