Scientists say they can predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, by looking at their DNA. Experts have analyzed the combined effect of genetic variations that influence lifespan to produce a scoring system. People who score in the top ten per cent of the population might expect to live up to five years longer than those who score in the lowest ten per cent, they say.
Cancer first develops as a single cell going rogue, with mutations that trigger aggressive growth at all costs to the health of the organism. But if cancer cells were accumulating harmful mutations faster than they could be purged, wouldn’t the population eventually die out? To get at the heart of the matter, a team of scientists wanted to get a new hint at cancer vulnerability from a mutational perspective by probing the most famous cultured cancer cells, HeLa cells.
The western world’s most common genetic disorder is a ‘stealth condition’ that causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat.
As the population of a fir tree in China dwindles, researchers are racing to replicate its cancer-fighting molecules.
Fecal transplants could be used to treat intestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease — and perhaps even help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer — if we can unlock the secrets of the gut-rejuvenating ‘super donor,’ say researchers.
New research reveals a new approach to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that may eventually make it possible to reverse memory loss, a hallmark of the disease in its late stages.
A team of investigators has used a novel research method to strongly support physical activity as a preventive measure for depression.
Mutations in a gene known as interferon regulatory factor 6 that cause cleft lip and palate also are implicated in neural tube defects such as spina bifida, suggests new research.
Regular use of a common type of medication, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, significantly improves survival for a third or more patients with head and neck cancer, a new study has found.
Patients undergoing long-term treatment with steroids may suffer from metabolic side effects. Researchers have now pinpointed a mechanism that leads to so-called steroid diabetes. Their findings have been published in Nature Communications.