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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Narwhal puppy doesn’t have an extra tail, University of Idaho professor says

Fanciful descriptions of “Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn” – the puppy who appears to have a tail growing from his forehead – are all over social media. But a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

Murder trial in Washington highlights growing use of genetic genealogy to solve cold cases

A cold case murder trial in Snohomish County will be the first to include genetic genealogy as an investigative tool as law enforcement embraces technology to solve crimes.


Not a morning person? These genes may be to blame

In a new study of 450,000 people, researchers identified 351 genetic variants that were associated with chronotype – the scientific term for when a person prefers to sleep and wake.


North Central High School students’ genetic work on worms could help scientists make breakthroughs

A grant is helping North Central High School teach students genetics through worm research.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018

WSU scientist working on a CRISPR way to bacon

Jon Oatley is trying to devise ways to feed a growing world and to that end, he has genetically modified pigs to be sterile.


U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene.


In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull …


Judge to decide if man can plead insane based on genetics

A judge will decide next month if the Selah man accused of shooting two MoneyTree employees can plead insanity based on genetics.


Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using artificial DNA to create semi-synthetic bacteria – and now they’ve found the altered bugs can produce proteins unlike those found in …


Researchers study the genetics of bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep living in decades past along Idaho’s Salmon River from Riggins to its East and Middle forks far upstream were more genetically diverse, and the different groups of sheep …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017

Nobel in physiology, medicine awarded to three Americans for discovery of ‘clock genes’

Three Americans – Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young – have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on molecular mechanisms that …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care

In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments …


Front Porch: Genomics exciting window into us all, Stefanie Pettit writes

We used to call it genetics, and, for most of us, it didn’t get more complicated than maybe learning a little about Gregor Mendel’s study of peas in science class …


OSU scientists sequence genome of beaver, school mascot

Scientists at Oregon State University have sequenced the beaver genome thanks to a 2015 crowdfunding effort. The Register-Guard reported that the funding drive raised $20,001 from 103 donors. OSU used …


As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies, study says

As a group, mammals average a lethal violence rate against their own of about three killings of their own species in 1,000 deaths. The “root” violence rate of early humans …


Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, …


UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects

The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …


Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, skin and smoking habits

It’s been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health.


The Rock Doc: Love of coffee might be genetic, research shows

Like millions of Americans, my day starts by plugging in the coffeepot. In my case, it’s an old-fashioned percolator. It clears its throat and brews my coffee while I rub …


‘It was never never’

For many parents, the moments when a child reaches another milestone of development are notable but inevitable. For Michelle and Tim Nagle, those moments were massive. And until they happened …


FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, …


Medical examiner seeks genetic clues to shooter

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s chief medical examiner says he’s seeking genetic clues to help explain why a shooter killed 20 children and six adults in a Newtown elementary school.


Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands …


Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes …


Court to decide if human genes can be patented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether companies can patent human genes, a decision that could reshape medical research in the United States and the …


Study: Aspirin may help treat some colon cancers

NEW YORK (AP) — Aspirin, one of the world’s oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that’s thought …


Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James …


Voice software helps study of rare Yosemite owls

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace. The unique Great Gray Owls of Yosemite, left to evolve after glacial ice …


Calif. initiative will test appetite for GMO food

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about “produced with genetic engineering?” California voters will soon decide whether to require certain raw and processed foods to carry such …