The Perilous Road Ahead: Designer Babies and Other Patented Life Forms… Where Will It All End?

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Genetic modification of humans appears to have been running alongside the genetic engineering of plants, being just a few years behind in terms of the technology being unleashed

A US patent has been filed for a DNA testing database, which would be used by prospective parents to find out which traits their future offspring might inherit. Continue reading

Positive Longevity

There is longevity in positivity.

Be positive… for your good health and for the health of those around you.

According to an article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “Positive emotions in early life and longevity: Findings from the nun study: by Danner, Snowdon and Friesen”, Continue reading

How Some People Live to the Age of 100, 122, or Even 150 Years Old

Advancements in medicine and technology have allowed us to stretch the limits of our maximum life span, and some scientists now believe it is possible to lengthen that span to 150 years and beyond.

     How would you like to live to the age of 100 … or 122 … or even 150 years?

     There is one major thing that limits the average human lifespan to 79 years old— Continue reading

New Study Shows How Copper Restricts the Spread of Global Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

New research from the University of Southampton has shown that copper can prevent horizontal transmission of genes, which has contributed to the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant infections worldwide.

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in bacteria is largely responsible for the development of Continue reading

Are Humans Devolving? Research Suggests Humans Loosing Intellectual, Emotional Abilities

[singlepic id=281 w=320 h=240 float=left]Have you ever wondered – and maybe even said out loud – why so many people seem downright dumb? According to a hypothesis just published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Genetics, maybe humans are becoming less intelligent. Continue reading

How to Slow Down Cancer Naturally

orgThe fatal nature of cancer lies doesn’t lie so much in the tumor that develops; it’s the spread of cancer throughout the body that’s most lethal. A new health breakthrough turned the tables a little bit and opted not to look at what natural substances can fight a tumor — but rather, which ones can slow the spread of cancer. And it’s led to some enlightening and positive news for treating cancer.

The unique study, Continue reading

Boost Your Immune System with Subconscious Mind Power

Did you know…that a LOT of people get well on their way to the doctor?

We have two different minds: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Some of us have learned how to control our conscious minds, but our subconscious minds are a bit more difficult to manage.

Your subconscious mind power has been downloading belief systems since you were in your mother’s womb. Continue reading

Planarians Offer a Better View of Eye Development

Planarian flatworms have come under intense study for their renowned ability to regenerate any missing body part, even as adults. But now they may take on a starring role as a model system for studying eye development and eye diseases in vertebrates, including humans.

This expansion of the planarian job description comes Continue reading

Getting Well on the Way to the Doctor

Did You Know… … that a LOT of people get well on their way to the doctor?

We have two different minds: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.  Some of us have learned how to control our conscious minds, but our subconscious minds are a bit more difficult to manage. Continue reading

Bee Research Sheds Light on Human Sweet Perception, Metabolic Disorders

A new-born honey bee worker (Apis mellifera) breaks free from her nursery chamber in the colony nest. A few weeks later, she will leave the hive in search for nectar and pollen to feed her siblings and mother queen. The genes vitellogenin and ultraspiracle, which regulate the bees’ behavioral transition to foraging tasks, also coordinate their carbohydrate metabolism, blood sugar levels, sweet taste, and several metabolic genes in adipose tissue. When vitellogenin and ultraspiracle are simultaneously suppressed in adipose cells, the bees develop a metabolic syndrome similar to Type 1 diabetes.
Photo by: Christofer Bang Continue reading

Male Fertility Genes Discovered

A new study has revealed previously undiscovered genetic variants that influence fertility in men. The findings, published by Cell Press on May 24th in the American Journal of Human Genetics, shed much-needed light on human reproduction and might provide answers for countless men suffering from infertility. Continue reading

Breast-Fed Babies’ Gut Microbes Contribute to Healthy Immune Systems

A new multi-university study reports that differences in bacterial colonization of the infant gut in formula-fed and breast-fed babies lead to changes in the expression of genes involved in the infant’s immune system.

The study, published in the April 30 issue of BioMed Central’s open access journal Genome Biology, is an Editor’s Pick. Continue reading

Vitamin K2: New Hope for Parkinson’s Patients?

Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken, associated with VIB and KU Leuven, succeeded in undoing the effect of one of the genetic defects that leads to Parkinson’s using vitamin K2. Continue reading

Sulfur in Broccoli and other Cruciferous Vegetables May Hold the Key to Healing Genetic Diseases

Our mothers were right. Broccoli is good for us, but possibly in ways our mothers never knew. Health practitioners and fitness experts around the world have heralded the benefits of broccoli for decades. Scientists have long demonstrated the antioxidant properties of broccoli. Many people know that broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, the big free radical scavenger vitamins. However, a brand new clinical study was just released in January 2012 which is getting scientists excited about broccoli – and other cruciferous vegetables – again. Broccoli, and similar vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower may be able to manipulate human genes. The secret ingredient is sulfur.

Sulfur in glucosinolate induces enzyme expression and activates detoxification

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts have been shown to reduce the risk of several degenerative diseases and conditions. The benefits of a diet rich in these vegetables have been well-documented in the medical literature for cardiovascular disease and cancer. What scientists are excited about now is a unique organic compound called glucosinolate, Continue reading

Improving Your Genetic Health

The genes you inherit from your parents strongly affect your health and longevity. But you can influence your genes in a healthy fashion using the proper herbs, nutrition and lifestyle choices. Research shows that the natural chemicals in particular foods and botanicals send signals to DNA, optimizing cellular function and keeping illness at bay. Even positive emotions can help DNA yield better health.

Redrawn Blueprints

We are all born with a certain genetic makeup, and scientists once believed that this blueprint was permanent and unchangeable — essentially that our DNA dictated our destiny. However, an exciting new field of genetic science is emerging which demonstrates that our gene expression can be influenced and altered for better or worse, based on internal and external triggers. These influences on our genes can change how we age, how our bodies react to lifestyle and environmental factors, how we resist illness and even how we gain weight.

Epigenetics is the study of how various factors affect our genes. Advances in this field are showing how environment, diet, lifestyle and even thoughts and emotions can have just as powerful an impact on gene function as biological lineage. Small changes in the expression of one master regulator gene, originating in a number of potential influences, Continue reading