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Some Women Are More Likely To Have Twins. Here’s Why.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Tia Ghose Published: 05/02/2016 03:04 AM EDT on LiveScience Twins tend to run in families, and now researchers have identified two genes that make...

Transhumanism and Our Outdated Biology

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Biohackers and reporters gather to watch Zoltan Istvan undergo a chip implant -- Photo by Roen Horn This essay below is adapted from the philosophi...

Vegetarianism: Nutrition Science Meets Media Nonsense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The study does not report that vegetarianism increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, or any other bad outcome. Nothing of the sort. Not even close.

Time Traveling in Cuba Through My Grandmother's Journal

Alyssa Ramos | Posted 03.07.2016 | Travel
Alyssa Ramos

Traveling to Cuba was never something I ever considered, even though both sides of my family have their roots there. Growing up as a Cuban-American du...

Scientists Might Just Have Discovered How To Prevent Gray Hair

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.06.2016 | Fifty

Scientists have long known that genes determine our hair color -- and when that hair turns gray, it's believed that it's partly due to genetics and pa...

Why Are Latinos More Likely to Be Happy?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Latin Americas and Scandinavians are more likely to be chipper than, say, the Chinese or the Iraqis (of course, there are very real non-genetic reasons for their respective unhappiness too). Is it possible, then, that as more Hispanics intermarry and intermingle and inter-you-know-what, they will spread their happiness genes among more and more Americans?

The Science Behind How 'Tuxedo' Cats Get Their Patchy Fur

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science

From the two-tone coats of cats that look like they're sporting dapper tuxedos to the distinctive piebald patterns flaunted by some horses, many anima...

DNA Is Not Destiny? Well, Duh

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A high profile paper just published in the highly prestigious journal Nature suggests that overwhelmingly, cancer results from "extrinsic factors," na...

How Your Genes Influence What Medicines Are Right for You

The Conversation US | Posted 11.22.2015 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Pharmacists, physicians and researchers have tried for decades to understand why the same medication, at the same dose, can work well for some people but not for others, or why some people need higher or lower doses of the same drug, or why some people have side effects, while others do not.

Gene Manipulation In Human Embryos Provokes Ethical Questions

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science

A team of Chinese scientists raised eyebrows in April when they modified the genetic code of human embryos to correct the gene defect that causes the ...

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 26: Chin Up

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I'm not sure what's more disturbing: the news that babies are born with 300 bones and yet as adults, we only have 206. Or the fact that I learned that...

Who Owns Your Genes?

Footnote | Posted 11.23.2015 | Science
Footnote

New forms of genetic testing can predict whether a couple will have a child with cystic fibrosis, guide doctors in selecting the most effective chemotherapy for a breast cancer patient, and help researchers unlock the causes of Alzheimer's. But they also raise serious ethical questions.

Evolution Will Change How You See the World

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 09.10.2015 | Science
Lawrence Rifkin

When the idea of evolution sinks in - really sinks in - evolution hits home with power and an emotional rush.

What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment.

Just One Night Of Bad Sleep Can Alter Your Genes

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.01.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that skimping on sleep can screw with our health and biological clock, which helps our bodies adapt to the daily cycle of d...

Mindful Evolution: Can You Guide What Your Genes Are Doing?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

Human beings are unique in the scenario of life on Earth--that much is obvious. We are guided by awareness, and to implement our wishes, dreams, and i...

What Causes Thyroid Disease?

Alan Christianson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan Christianson

One of the most useful reasons for understanding why you have thyroid disease is this: By knowing how it happened, the steps that will help you feel better become more apparent.

The Nature-Nurture Debate May Finally Be Settled

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.29.2015 | Science

It's an age-old debate: do our genes make us who we are, or is it the environment in which we were raised? There's long been agreement that both "...

The Blurred Lines of Genetic Data: Practicality, Pleasure and Policing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

A new rumor is spreading that Apple may be leveraging its ubiquity to encourage iPhone owners to participate in DNA testing, perhaps to bulk up the medical data-collecting capabilities of its ResearchKit.

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.

How The Lives Of Your Grandparents Could Affect How You React To Stress

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

If you won't take measures to reduce your stress levels for yourself, at least do it for your grandchildren. New research suggests that you can ac...

The Hope in Nurture Over Nature

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Is your health determined by the genetic code you inherited from your mother and father? Or do you have the ability to impact your fitness and longevi...

Sizing Up Your Genes

Melanie Young | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

What I appreciate about Angelina Jolie Pitt's candidness about her decisions is that she opens up the conversation and brings women's health issues top of mind. Everyone seems to zero in on breast cancer and not nearly enough people focus on the cancers that can brew "down there."

Using Music to Help Change Your Genes

Dawson Church | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

That song you can't get out of your head might be doing something more than prompting you to hum the tune, according to a new scientific study on genes and music.

Mitochondrial Mission Creep and the Cloning Connection

Pete Shanks | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

On Tuesday February 3, the UK House of Commons voted in favor of legalizing nuclear transfer so that a small number of women with a particular subset of mitochondrial disease could try to have unaffected and genetically related children.