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LOTS Of Neanderthal DNA May Hide In Modern Humans

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.29.2014 | Science

At least one-fifth of the Neanderthal genome may lurk within modern humans, influencing the skin, hair and diseases people have today, researchers say...

So THIS Is Why Sharks Have No Bones

natureheader | Brendan Borrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

A funky-looking fish with an outsized snout has become the most primitive jawed vertebrate to have its genome sequenced. The DNA sequence of the eleph...

New Discovery Could Help Reverse The Aging Process

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

A new genetic discovery suggests the battle against aging could be as simple as flipping a switch. Studies have shown calorie restriction can be ...

Of Skin and Kin at Christmas

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

How misleading our superficial differences! How right we are to think of a human family, and indeed, an extended family in which all of our planetary cohabitants are cousins, at one remove or another.

Slipping Into Your Holiday Genes

Dr. Pamela Peeke | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Pamela Peeke

Get out there and randomly, anonymously gift people you don't know. Then sit down and really think about what you can do to give of yourself to family and friends. Their deep gratitude will fill you with endless joy, as you slip into your holiday genes -- all year long.

Study Of Twins Reveals Surprising Link Between Genes, Political Views

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.19.2013 | Science

Where do we get our political beliefs? Are they drilled into us by our parents? Did we "borrow" them from friends and colleagues? There's no doubt ...

WATCH: Personal Genetic Testing Saved My Life

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the Google-backed startup 23andMe to stop providing health information to the customers who purch...

Cell Phones And Cell Biology: Are We Selling Out?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

'Tis the season to, well, buy stuff. Increasingly, the stuff we buy is electronic. In fact, not only that, but increasingly the stuff we buy with is electronic, too. We are using gizmos to shop for gadgets, or possibly gadgets to shop for gizmos.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Esquire: Don't Believe Its 'New Way of Killing Cancer'

Paul Raeburn | Posted 02.05.2014 | Media
Paul Raeburn

If you're looking for "a whole new way of killing cancer," don't turn to the journals. You'll find it in Esquire.

My Cancer Story, My Genes, My Information

Joanna Rudnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanna Rudnick

All of us have cancer narratives that shape our lives, and we have little choice about how those narratives begin. But we do have a choice about how we respond. We can control our own information, and we can make it public and accessible to everyone who is working towards a better future for us and our children.

Ooh Sexy Genes! Our Immune System Genes, that is.

Daniel M. Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Daniel M. Davis

While mainstream science focused on how certain genes work in the immune system, others - by and large, working away from the limelight - have found evidence that these same genes can also influence sexual attraction.

What REALLY Kills Us

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.

Discovered! New Clues To The Causes Of Alzheimer's

Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty

New genes linked to late-onset Alzheimer's have been discovered, giving scientists clues on how to create better drugs to fight off the disease. Resea...

It's Not Just the Genes

Eric E. Schadt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Eric E. Schadt

In a relatively new field called multiscale biology, big data is helping us learn from a massive body of information, as well as the networks they form that define the complex biological processes at play within any living system, that we could not have understood if we stuck with looking at smaller collections of factors in isolation.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

Weight Is Not a Choice

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We do indeed have stunning potential control over our health, and should make better use of it. Our feet and forks are, or should be, the master levers of medical destiny. But even the best application of skill-power will not turn weight into a behavior. Weight is not a choice, and we should all choose to recognize that.

Rachael Grannell

How Does The Brain Go From Unconsciousness To Wakefulness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachael Grannell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how the brain transitions from a state of unconsciousness to wakefulness. A barrier to awareness, c...

Henrietta Lacks' Genes and All of Yours?

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.

This Person's Genes Can Impact Your OWN Aging Process

Posted 08.26.2013 | Fifty

Mothers play a vital part in determining how quickly their children grow old by passing on genetic mutations that speed up the aging process, ultimate...

Exercise Is Medicinal

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

My advice for a healthy life is to get out and be active. Think of it as investing in what I call a "health pension" -- investment in your health now for the years ahead. It could be the best thing you can do for your future.

Is There A Genetic Overlap Between Alzheimer's And Parkinson's?

Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty

For years, scientists have wondered about a possible link between Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, either in terms of genetics or environmental fa...

Bedroom Eugenics: Breeding Humans for Kindness

Baba Brinkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Baba Brinkman

Like the Golden Rule, "Don't Sleep With Mean People" is easier to embrace in principle than in practice, but also like the Golden Rule it can make a difference even if you fall short of perfection.

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...

The Supreme Court's Gene Patenting Decision Was Personal

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was advised to be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Like thousands of women before me, and thousands since, I had the devastating experience of making life-altering decisions based on the results of one test.