On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent isolated human genes that are naturally occurring.
Researchers say that a blood test may soon identify which pregnant women are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression, so they can seek treatment that could control their symptoms.
Genetic testing can be both a boon and a curse, experts say, since more information often means more, and often confusing, options.
The actress made the difficult decision to remove both her breasts before she developed breast cancer, but her genetic makeup means her children may be at increased risk of the disease as well.
While more effective chemotherapy agents have improved cancer survival, not all patients benefit from the drugs.
Unhealthy food environments and sedentary lifestyles certainly contribute to obesity, but they can’t entirely explain weight gain. The latest research points to four new genes that could contribute to the most extreme cases of …
Almost every toddler will sniffle through a cold by the time they are three, but if they wheeze while they’re sick, they may be at higher risk of developing asthma.
Testing for fetal abnormalities can alert expectant parents to potential health problems to come. And it’s the parents who should decide on how to act on those results, right?
It may be the ultimate test of a parent’s devotion
Curious about how a disease gets started? Researchers may soon be able to “street view” the inner workings of the human body.
Diverse mental illnesses may actually represent variations on a common theme rather than separate disorders.
Should worried parents be able to test their babies for diseases they may develop down the road, just because they’re curious? Should worried teens be able to screen themselves, without parental knowledge, for disorders that …
Genes connected to the two disorders may only be active for a brief window of time.