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How Ancestry.Com Is Quietly Transforming Itself Into A Medical Research Juggernaut

Fusion | Daniela Hernandez | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

In 1984, a genealogy geek named John Sittner published The Source, a book meant to unearth and analyze never-before-seen records that genealogists...

How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

With such a powerful tool at their disposal, it was inevitable that the government's collection of DNA would become a slippery slope toward government intrusion.

The Secret To A Happy Marriage May Be In Your DNA

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.23.2015 | Weddings

The secret to a happy marriage seems to be a never-ending topic of discussion, but Robert Levenson, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, is taking a...

FDA Approves 23andMe's DNA Test, But Not the One It Halted Earlier

Cecile Janssens | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Cecile Janssens

FDA's decision to approve 23andMe's Bloom syndrome carrier test is a first step for the online offer of medical genetic testing, but the real regulatory breakthroughs have yet to come.

World's Data Could Fit On A Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive And Survive Thousands Of Years

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 02.23.2015 | World

The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We could ...

DNA on the Couch

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

My experience, as well as newer theories about psychotherapy, all tell me that it's not what we say, but rather the power of the therapeutic relationship that often makes the biggest difference. Maybe someday we'll discover that it leads to epigenetic changes later in life.

Newly Discovered DNA Clock Runs Too Fast -- Scientific Evidence Can Hardly Keep Up

Cecile Janssens | Posted 04.07.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

Aging is a process that changes the entire body and expectedly on a detailed molecular level too. Future research will identify novel biomarkers that indicate faster or slower aging on the basis of which predictive tests can be developed. But we are not there yet. And likely not even close.

Insulin Resistance: The Real Reason Why You Aren't Losing Weight

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Weight problems aren't just about overeating or under exercising -- they're about metabolic changes that are collectively known as insulin resistance.

Mystery Of 'Kennewick Man' Skeleton May Soon Be Solved

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.22.2015 | Science

It's been called the most important ancient human skeleton ever unearthed in North America. But "Kennewick Man"--so named because it was found in 1996...

Before Your Favorite Teacher Dies

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Marty Kaplan

Maybe not everyone had a Mr. Jaeger to open their minds to wonders they never knew existed, and to find gifts in their head, stamina in their gut and hopes in their heart they didn't know they had. But if you were lucky enough to have at least one teacher like that, I hope you were able to tell him or her how grateful you are before it turned out to be too late.

The Secret That Will Start You On The Path To A Better Life

David Kanegis | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Tired of the rat race, looking to eliminate stress, worry over family, health, work and finances? Want to stop smoking, lose weight, find true love? Looking to improve relationships, want to feel more relaxed? Desire a fit, flexible and creative mind poised to seize new challenges?

Who Are We? Of DNA, Drugs and Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It says something about who we are if we neglect the means already at our disposal to eradicate 80 percent of all chronic disease while holding out for some wonder drug. What it says is none too flattering. It's that time of year. It's time for us all to decide who we are.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

Commercial DNA Testing May Cause Harm, Scientific Studies Show (if You Read Through to the Study Limitations at the End)

Cecile Janssens | Posted 02.21.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

"No evidence of harm" is not the same as "evidence of no harm." All studies had serious limitations that may have made the results more positive than justified, which the researchers often acknowledged.

Ancient DNA Shows Horses Paid A Price For Their Domestication

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

Humans are believed to have domesticated the horse around 5,500 years ago. And the effects of domestication--including some deleterious ones--can be s...

DNA, Dunkin' and Dingbats

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

DNA, with rare exception, is not destiny. Dinner is -- to a far greater extent than most realize, or than our culture seems inclined to put to any good use. Lifestyle can alter gene expression; we can nurture nature.

Man's Quest for Immortality

Carlos S. Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Carlos S. Moreno, Ph.D.

One of the things that makes us uniquely human is the awareness of our own mortality. We all know that we have a limited time on this Earth, and what we do in life often is defined by how we deal with this unmovable truth. Many seek immortality through their religious beliefs in life after death.

Can We Change Our Genes?

Jess Ly | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

What if someone was to tell you that you can change your genes? What would you say? The long-standing nature vs. nurture debate has fueled many fir...

Disgraced Scientist's Nobel Prize Sells For Record Sum

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science

How much is a Nobel prize worth? If you're James Watson, who shared a 1962 Nobel for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA, it's worth...

Xavier Cortada's Art: Inspired by Science, and Uniquely Miami

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.

The Vagina Bio-Hack That Wasn't: How Two 'Startup Bros' Twisted the 'Sweet Peach' Mission

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

There's nothing inspiring or empowering about two male CEOs taking credit for a young woman's work while twisting the entire purpose from being about reproductive health to being little more than a joke. But a 20-year-old ultrafeminist scientist who's about to launch her own company? That will be something to watch.

Gruesome Text Messages: Convicted Sex Offenders Allegedly Debated Killing Final Victim

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and AMY TAXIN | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare ...

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part II)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA testing can sometimes provide truly miraculous results for adoptees wishing to pursue information about their birthparents.

Siblings Who Were Both Abandoned At Birth Have Emotional First Meeting

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.12.2014 | Good News

These siblings shared an incredible reunion that would result in a precious connection. Janet Barnicoat, who lives in Hesperia, California, had be...

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part 1)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An adopted person can -- sometimes -- be fortunate enough to find the identity of their biological mother and father through one of the major commercial DNA tests available today. And they can potentially learn quite a lot from it.