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Scientists manipulate mosquitoes in malaria fight

Scientists working on malaria have found a way of genetically manipulating large populations of mosquitoes that could eventually dramatically reduce the spread of the deadly disease. Full story

Vertex cystic fibrosis drug meets study goals

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday that its potential cystic fibrosis drug improved lung function in a key late-stage study. Full story

Shar-Peis' New Wrinkle: Skin Gene Also Can Make Them Sick

A genetic mutation has been fingered as the likely cause of a fever disorder in Shar-Peis, the wrinkled dogs from China, which not only could improve treatments for the animals but could teach us about human fever disorders, such as familial Mediterranean fever syndrome. Full story

Gene mutation may increase asthma risk

A genetic mutation that protects people from the disease schistosomiasis, caused by parasitic worms, may increase their risk for asthma, according to new research. Full story

Gene test finds disease risk in parents

A new test for genetic mutations in parents might help prevent conception of babies with deadly inherited diseases, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. Full story

'Impulsive' Gene Identified in Finnish Men

Being impulsive at the shopping mall is one thing, but the personality trait at the extreme is linked to violence and criminal behavior. Now scientists have found a gene mutation behind such impulsive behavior. Full story

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  Cody's story

Cody McCasland, 7 years old, suffers from a gene mutation which caused deformities in his lower spine. He has no knee joints nor tibia. On prosthetics, he’s now living a happy and exciting life… giving back and charming everyone from Ellen to Oprah.

  The Angelina effect

Dr. Susan Domchek, an oncologist and executive director of the Basser Research Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, Sue Friedman, founder of “Force,” which spreads awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, and NBC News Producer Ali Weinberg join MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to talk about Ange