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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.

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.

Scientists Say Proof Of Jack The Ripper's Identity Is Fatally Flawed

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.19.2015 | Science

Who was Jack the Ripper? Last month the author of a new book entitled Naming Jack The Ripper said he had irrefutable evidence that the notorious s...

Scientists Find Another Reason To Avoid Sugary Sodas

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Science

Soft drinks have been linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. And now a new study suggests that drinkin...

Ripped From the Headlines: A Discussion About the Latest Jack the Ripper News

Davian Hoffman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Crime
Davian Hoffman

Last month, new discoveries about the identity of Jack the Ripper hit the news and, as expected, debate took over about the validity of the claim, specifically the items and processes involved.

The Stupidity of the 'Smart Gene'

Jessica Cussins | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

All "genes of the week" have something in common: they never actually live up to their billing. For starters, it is never true that a single gene just does something.

Is De-Extinction a Mammoth Risk? Reviving the 'Un'Grateful Dead

Peter Getty | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

As with any promising new technology, voices have risen in opposition to it, and there are some valid concerns.

Sex And 'The Starbucks Effect'

Daniel M. Davis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Daniel M. Davis

Scientists compared the differences in genes between friends and strangers across nearly 2,000 people and they found that friends tend to have a more similar set of genes than strangers. Perhaps it's "The Starbucks Effect" -- if two people like the smell of coffee maybe they're more likely to hang out together.

Northwestern and Michigan Are Partners in the Pursuit of Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

Steve Drizin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Although Michigan and Northwestern may battle one another in Big Ten sports, although our universities may fight each other for the best and the brightest students, we have become powerful partners in the pursuit of justice.

Where Do We Come From?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 10.20.2014 | Weird News
Denise M. Wilbanks

My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.

Blood Test That Allegedly Predicts Suicide Risk Only Looks Promising in the Media, Not in Science

Cecile Janssens | Posted 10.19.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This simple blood test for the prediction of suicide risks not only lacks a proper scientific basis but signifies unacceptable ignorance of the motives behind suicide thoughts and suicide attempts. Because of the complex nature of suicide, it is unlikely that a genetic test will ever be the key to prevention.

CVGPS: Plotting the Best Route to Health for Each, Every Person

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Back in 1948, in the early days of cardiovascular research, a fascinating new project began featuring 5,209 residents of Framingham, Massachusetts. T...

'The 6th Extinction:' A Talk with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.

New Study Explodes Big Myth About Musical Ability

LiveScience | Jillian Rose Lim | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science

Practice doesn't always make perfect when it comes to becoming the next Mozart, a new study suggests. Researchers compared pairs of identical twins, a...

Views From Down Under -- Trauma

Fiona Werle-Schupp | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Werle-Schupp

I recently attended a trauma workshop for therapists and what I took from this session really made me sit up and take note. Australia is holding a Roy...

Personal Genomics for All

Dr. Ken Chahine, Ph.D., J.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Science
Dr. Ken Chahine, Ph.D., J.D.

Working with a team of geneticists, bioinformaticists, statisticians and data scientists who study these patterns, we're exploring the genetic backgrounds of people with long standing documented histories in a variety of regions around the world.