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How Your Genes Shape Your Desire For Thinness

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

If you're a woman living in the U.S., you can hardly turn a corner without walking smack into an image idealizing thinness, whether it's a model on a ...

How My Sister's Death May Have Saved My Life

Lisa Jey Davis | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Lisa Jey Davis

If you have relatives who've suffered from breast or ovarian cancer (even pancreatic or prostate cancers), then ask about genetic testing and don't allow the fear of the unknown to jeopardize your health. I'm here to cheer you on. We are all here to cheer you on.

What Is Health For?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health readily takes on moral overtones. Those who have it can seem bossy, or boastful, or self-righteous. All of this goes away, I think, when we recognize that health is just a currency. Like any other, it takes some work to acquire it -- but when you do, you can spend it as you see fit.

The Paradox of Gay Genes

Simon LeVay | Posted 12.01.2012 | Science
Simon LeVay

One of the commonest questions I get is this: If being gay is genetic, and gay sex doesn't produce children, why don't those genes die out?

What The Latest Scientific Findings About Kids Of Divorce Reveal

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

One of the most consistent research findings that explore the effects of divorce on children is that the results are inconsistent.

Why Do We Love Meat? It's In Our Genes

Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home

Kangaroo ham. Rhino pie. Trunk of elephant. Horse's tongue. Domestic life was a trifle off at William Buckland's home. Some visitors to his Oxford, En...

Your Genes, Your Identity... and Your Family Secrets

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.11.2012 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Klitzman talked to patients who are at risk of inheriting genetic mutations that increase their likelihood of serious illness. He wanted to know whether they would get tested for the gene and how their decisions would affect the way they perceived themselves and their future.

Genes May Play Role In Educational Achievement, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.05.2012 | Education

Whether a student graduates high school or achieves a college degree could depend partly on genetic factors beyond their control, according to a natio...

Rat Study Links Chronic Stress To Common Mood Disorder

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Science

By Gisela Telis on 25 June 2012, 3:15 PM Stress really does mess with your mind. A new study has found that chronic stress can create many of th...

Observing My Legacy In My Genes

Harry Ostrer | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Harry Ostrer

Jews have characterized themselves as a people, but with these genetic links, they are more like an extended family.

DNA Is Not a Blueprint: How Genes Really Work

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

"Blueprints" is a poor way to describe genes. It is misleading to talk about genes as doing things by themselves. Traits emerge from the interactions of genes and a range of developmental and environmental influences, and similar DNA sequences often produce slightly different outcomes.

Gene-Screening Advance Promises Convenience But Raises Ethical Concerns

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goa...

What Scientists' Gene Feat Means For Picky Eaters

Posted 07.30.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/30/2012 01:07 PM EDT on LiveScience For years scientists have slaved away, trying t...

Islanders' Genes Reveal Surprising Origin Of Blond Afros

| Ellen Loury | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

Pay a visit to Melanesia's Solomon Islands, 1800 kilometers northeast of Australia, and you'll notice a striking contrast: about 10% of the dark-skinn...

Why Are African Pygmies So Short?

Posted 04.27.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/26/2012 06:20 PM EDT on LiveScience Why the Pygmies of West Africa have such short st...

Big Pharma Company Battles To Buy Gene Science Firm

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday its $2.6 billion bid for long-time partner Human Genome...

Iconic American Tree Poised For Comeback, Gene Scientists Say

Posted 04.16.2012 | Science

By: OurAmazingPlanet Staff Published: 04/16/2012 09:23 AM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet Once plentiful, the American chestnut tree has largely disappear...

What I Think About When I Think About Sex

Rob Brooks | Posted 06.03.2012 | Science
Rob Brooks

It takes something as profound as love to trick us into putting aside our conflicting interests and mistrust long enough to mate, and sometimes even to raise a family together.

Genetics as Rohrshachs: Pondering Genes and Fate

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"I always knew I shouldn't have stayed in that job and that apartment," a social worker with breast cancer and a mutation for the disease recently tol...

Review: 'Am I My Genes?'

Catharine Stimpson | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Catharine Stimpson

Was I more than my genes? Did I have an open future, free will, even a soul? Or was I only my genes? Was I a pre-determined gene machine?

Are Criminals Born That Way? What Study Says

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science

Genes, Criminal Behavior Linked In University Of Texas Study

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

5 Apples A Day May Actually Keep The Cardiologist Away

Posted 12.24.2011 | Fifty

Just when the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" seems to lose any real meaning behind that condescending rhyme, science steps in to rev...

8 Surprising Facts To Put The Nature Vs. Nurture Debate To Rest

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

I teamed up with the well-known developmental psychologist David S. Moore to list eight facts about genes, twin studies and the heritability statistic that may come as a surprise to many people, even biologists!

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Hyman, MD

The decoding of the human genome at the dawn of the millennium carried the hope and promise of the beginning of the end of human suffering.