The mitochondria is where almost all the energy our body requires is produced, so defects in this DNA can cause serious problems. Mitochondrial DNA is unique because it is inherited only from the mother. But why?
Deaths due to heat waves in India are usually reported as class- and gender-neutral numbers, hiding the irony of global warming that those least responsible for it are affected the most by it.
HGP-Write has been envisioned as an effort to synthesise one nucleotide at a time to piece together the entire human genome. What could go wrong?
When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.
Afraid of being judged, some journalists avoid reaching out, while others don’t even know the problem exists.
Aarathi Prasad’s new book tells how the ‘possession’ of a woman by the Goddess or a ghost is widely used in India to account for – and sadly eclipse – symptoms of psychiatric conditions.
Himanshu Bansal wants to perform an experiment that will revive brain-dead people. However, he may have skipped some regulations while his previous research raises serious ethical and scientific questions.
Experts noted that Brazil was entering winter months, when mosquito disease transmission is lower, and said that there was no reason to decrease travel to the country.
According to the report, malnutrition– either undernourishment or obesity– is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of children under five worldwide and, together with poor diets, is the number one driver of disease.
Like many parents, Sandy is concerned about how much time her 18-month-old spends in front of screens. Weighing up the available evidence, Olivia Solon explains that she might be worrying too much.
The Genomic Data Commons will centralise, standardise and make accessible data from some of the largest cancer genomics datasets in the world. The information will be made available at no charge to any cancer researcher.
The cancer risk, if any, from cellphone-use continues to be low. After all, there has been no noticeable increase in brain tumours in various countries for the past several decades.
Marian Partington is working to forgive Rosemary West – one of her sister’s killers – because she thinks the only way to break the cycle of female violence is to understand it.
Sofosbuvir, a single drug to treat hepatitis C viremia, has been hailed as a “milestone” because of its efficacy. But as two charts show, what could be the point if its cost is prohibitive?
Contradicting what the health ministry said in March, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board now recommends banning plastic bottles for medicines.
The tobacco industry and its political backers have delayed the implementation of an important anti-smoking measure even as countries around the world are moving to the next stage of reform.
Any use of antibiotics promotes the development and spread of superbugs – multi-drug-resistant infections that evade the antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs designed to kill them.
The study said continued surveillance to determine the true frequency of the gene in the US is critical.
The largest study to have investigated the association of leisure-time physical activity on the risk of 26 types of cancer found higher levels of exercise resulted in a 7% lower risk.
The lack of specific guidelines from professional bodies until now will have contributed to reticence among some doctors to prescribe Entresto – but cost is also an issue.
“I’ve been lucky to have had mentors who don’t look at us as women but as scientific colleagues. That’s why you aim for areas of excellence because that’s where you find people like that.”
Ketamine belongs to a class of drugs that block cellular receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate, an important chemical that is the brain’s chief means of activating neurons.
The long-standing distinction between rice and wheat agriculture persists and plays an important role in shaping the landscape of sexual attitudes in the country.
He deserves credit for popularising yoga as an effective way of physiotherapy but by making specious claims, he is doing a disservice both to himself and to his followers.
Faso Soap is designed to repel mosquitoes for up to six hours after being applied. The soapy water, once thrown away in the street, can also hinder the insects from breeding in stagnant water.
According to the WHO, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. The challenges in tackling the disease include the facts that people are tested too late and that the turnaround for most tests is long.
The sex ratio of children ever-born (that is, including children who died at birth or later) to all women was 895 in rural areas but 878 in urban areas.
Naysayers have forwarded unsubstantiated claims about lack of vaccine safety to already-settled debates about the vaccine’s potential to encourage risky behaviour.
The Indian Patent Office’s decision marks a setback for patient groups who said the move could stop affordable copies of the Sovaldi drug.
Fifteen million of women who have had seven or more children live in rural India.
As people have very strong feelings about third-party access to medical records, all of this has caused a bit of a scandal.
NSS data reveals that a majority of rural and urban populations did not get proper medical treatment because of the expense.
Researchers are trying to fill in the blanks between the genetic blueprint (genotype) and psychiatric disorder (psychiatric phenotype).
The laser technology, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2009 as a surgical tool to treat brain tumours, involves a small laser-tipped probe that heats up and kills tumours from the inside out.
It is no wonder that between 66% and 75% of clinical trials whose results are published in the major medical journals are funded by the drug industry.
As resistance to antibiotics peaks, alternative strategies to fight infection, like boosting our body’s innate immunity, are being explored.
Rather than introducing transgenes from other species, why not use the genetic variation naturally present in mosquito populations?
The fact that women can get periods in space was once used as an argument that women shouldn’t be astronauts.
Sugary sodas are often seen as an innocuous product, a small part of our global consumer culture. Marion Nestle looks behind this façade in her book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).
Results of the analysis shouldn’t come as a surprise – they’re small pieces of an interconnected chain of problems bereft of any clear beginnings or endings.