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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.

Overcoming Genophobia

Misha Angrist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Misha Angrist

DNA in a test tube is prosaic: the "stuff of life" looks a lot like what emerges from a child's runny nose. But there has long been something taboo in that tube.

Do Genes Determine Your Sleep Quality?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

I predict that we'll find future associations between genes and sleep disorders, which can help us understand why someone can get away with just four hours a night while others require nine hours.

'Designer Genes'

Steven Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Potter

As I explain in "DESIGNER GENES," the revolution is ongoing and there may indeed be no stopping it now. The human species is about to undergo an incredible transformation.

What Genetics Can, and Can't, Tell Us

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

We have emerged into the post-genetic-inheritance era, where we are facing the limitations on what our DNA can tell us about ourselves and how we can modify our lives.

Merkel Calls For Dismissal Of German Author

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

BERLIN — Germany's central bank distanced itself Monday from a board member who stereotyped Muslims and Jews, saying his remarks were harmful and vi...

How You Nuture Your Health Could Change Your Genetic Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What this study suggests is quite provocative enough for now: take good enough care of yourself, and even your genes will get a makeover.

10 Ways Your Food Can Bring Out the Best in Your Genes

Dr. Frank Lipman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Frank Lipman

Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we "communicate" with our genes -- through our diet, our lifestyle and the environment we bathe them in.

Gene Patenting Produces Profits, Not Cures

Harriet A. Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harriet A. Washington

Why is the industry permitted to pursue profits unchecked by considerations of health or affordability?

Walgreen To Sell Genetic Test Kits

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., will start selling genetic testing kits at many of its stores later this month, accor...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

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