Monday, 8 August, 2022

Topic: genetics

Gene editing might alter our DNA, but at the cost of our humanity

Several things can go wrong with gene editing, but bioethicists worry more about the possibilities of modified genes being passed on to future generations.

Genetic clustering: Economic inequalities seem now in line with regional differences

People are becoming increasingly clustered by certain types of genetics. Europe offers increasing evidence of this.

In a first, CSIR scientists map genes of over 1,000 Indians across 55 ethnic groups

The genetic data bank of Indian population may help develop personalised treatments and reveal the cause of diseases that are still not understood.

Most genetic studies use only white participants – and that affects public health

The effects of gene variants that are present only in the unstudied groups remain unknown, which means important clues about causes of diseases might be missed.

Economists should probably leave genetics to the geneticists as of now

To show conclusively that genes influence economic outcomes, economists would need to show a causal link between genes and economic performance.

Test for ‘fat gene’? Results are worse than worthless

A genetic test for predicting obesity is highly inaccurate and will warp children's views on their body image since many think they’re fat when in fact they're healthy.

How where you’re born influences the person you become

Although genetics certainly matter, the way you behave isn’t hardwired. Parenting too plays a role.

China condemns scientist’s claim of altering embryo genes but in a bind over its legality

Scientist He Jiankui's claim of altering genes of twin embryos has triggered a backlash from both the China government and scientific community. Shanghai: China is...

Inter-caste marriages are good for health of Indians. That’s what DNA testing tells us

Around 70 generations ago, Indians stopped inter-marrying and created endogamous caste groups.

On Camera


Opposition leaders protest outside Parliament | Representative image | ANI

Confused, aimless—why Opposition parties live up to Ronen Sen’s ‘headless chicken’ remark

From ‘compromising national security’ to 'playing havoc' with institutions, the Opposition continues to attack Modi while failing to reflect on own actions.
A suspension pylon in Tamil Nadu | Commons

You thought power subsidy is a Delhi-Punjab problem? Check out Tamil Nadu’s power sector mess

RBI data shows Indian discoms owe power generation firms over Rs 4.5 lakh crore, almost a third of which is owed by Tamil Nadu, where power subsidy cost is twice that of food subsidy.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.