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Giving My Birthday Away to a Terminally Ill Friend

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

One of my dearest friends, Charlotte, is dying of cancer. Her doctors are not promising her any more birthdays, so I've decided to give her mine: September 29.

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think You ...

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

Guess What? Racism Isn't Good Science

Jesse Larner | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Jesse Larner

I think it's fair to say that Richwine is making a fraudulent argument that, contrary to his claims of good science, is the product of his own personal and ideological needs rather than of any good data. The interesting question is why he needs to do this.

Change Our Story: Man Made Extinction Event

Peter Buffett | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

As we grow into being as a child, we shift from a baby absorbing energy to someone actively engaging and responding. Creating an "impression" on the world as the world creates an impression on us.

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic testing is a tremendous addition to our arsenal of tools to tackle family history riddles, and this is one of my favorite examples of how simple and effective it can be.

Visitors of Social Networks: Media, Mindnets and Gaming, Oh My!

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

For any of us who are experiencing the "paraphernalia with which to communicate" in the 21st century, the question "Is anybody really listening?" could expand to include, "Is anybody really understanding what they are listening to?"

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live at...

Weird Organism Points To 'Fourth Domain' Of Life

natureheader | Ed Yong | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science

The organism was initially called NLF, for “new life form”. Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, evolutionary biologists at Aix-Marseille Uni...

Do Animals Go to Heaven? Reflecting on Our Relationships to Non-Human Life

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

When we ask such a question or "Do animals have souls?" what are we are really saying? We are revealing a deeper existential and theological question about how human beings relate to other living creatures.

DNA Technique Offers New Vista On Invisible Life

| Elizabeth Pennisi | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

Microbes are everywhere—even inside us. But because so many of these bugs won't grow in the lab, scientists have had a tough time figuring out just ...

How Can Scientists Solve Case With 50-Year-Old DNA?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science

The news that 50-year-old DNA provided a break in the Boston Strangler murder case may have you wondering: just how long does DNA last? Yesterday, in...

DNA Study Reveals American Dogs' Surprising Ancestry

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

European colonization of the Americas brought smallpox, starvation and warfare that decimated indigenous populations. But the canine companions that ...

Ancient Icy Lake Teeming With Complex Life?

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Science

Microbes that live inside fish intestines are among the array of life that appear to have been found in ice drilled from above Lake Vostok, the deepes...

Sharing a Past and a Future

Hugh Aldersey-Williams | Posted 09.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Browne-like, I wonder what a Leakey 200,000 years hence -- quite likely on present trends of the family's dedication to this field -- might deduce from our remains. And what might they miss? What could they never know?

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Sisters (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

A Tale of Two Sisters shows how genetic genealogist Bill Hurst made clever use of DNA testing to solve a long-standing history mystery in his family.

Old Bones Shed New Light On Ancient Disease

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

Researchers ambitiously have reconstructed the genomes of both modern and medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for leprosy in a new study. ...

The George Zimmerman Game Show/Sports Spectacular Is Underway

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

Either Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood or he didn't. I'm here to tell you, Trayvon Martin smoking marijuana and/or having been suspended from school is not in any way connected to why George Zimmerman killed him.

Nothing Sacred, Nothing Secret

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

Your DNA is being filed away in a national data base, and your phone calls -- within and outside the U.S. -- are being tapped and stored by your government. There is one thread linking these two stories: our government's frightful and fanatical intrusion into our personal lives.

Are DNA Profiles the New Social Security Number?

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

First, although Maryland's law was limited to collection from those arrested for "serious" offenses, nothing in the opinion suggests that this limitation is of constitutional importance. In fact, the opinion's reasoning suggests the contrary. What is a "serious" offense, anyway?

The Business Implications of DNA Databases

Brad Reid | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

In this age of electronic databases and mandatory information reporting by businesses, as well as individuals, the use of database warrentless searches is likely to increase and may well meet judicial approval in the absence of limiting legislation.

Old Leaves Reveal Cause Of Great Famine

| Posted 05.23.2013 | Science

By Ann Gibbons More than 1 million people died of starvation and disease during the Irish Potato Famine (also known as the Great Famine), between 1...

Wrongful Conviction Hearing a Revelation

David Protess | Posted 07.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Truth be told, slurs are common around the water cooler, reflecting a dehumanizing view of criminal defendants that comes from years of locking them up, one person of color at a time.

DNA Points To Surprising Origin For Ancient Island Civilization

natureheader | Posted 05.15.2013 | Science

By Ewen Callaway When the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges ...