10 New Genetic Discoveries — And The Diseases They Could Treat

For years, scientists have recognized that many of the world's most dangerous diseases have an underlying genetic component. Even your susceptibility to conditions like heart disease and lung cancer, diseases closely tied to lifestyle factors like smoking and lack of exercise, are believed to be heavily influenced by… » 8/29/11 10:25am 8/29/11 10:25am

A Cure for Progeria, the Disease that Makes Children Die of Old Age

One in every 4 million children suffers from a genetic disorder called progeria that causes them to age prematurely — developing wrinkled skin and baldness before the age of 10, and usually dying of heart disease or stroke by puberty. The disease has always intrigued researchers interested in unlocking the genetic… » 10/06/08 3:34pm 10/06/08 3:34pm