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What You Should Know About Psychiatric Genetic Testing

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Managing medication for a mental illness can be a drawn-out, trial-and-error process for many patients. Now, the growing field of psychiatric genetic ...

Genomic Testing Makes Consumers Less Confident in Understanding Genetics (And That's Probably Okay)

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 10.06.2015 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

After reading a comprehensive report on their own personal genome, consumers reported knowing less about genetics than they did before. Wait, what? How could that be?

The Surprising Reason Some People Can’t Help Being Debbie Downer

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science

We all know that some people see a glass of water as half-full, while others see the same glass as half-empty. But why? According to a ...

Your Future Career in the Invention Garden

Kevin Folta | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Kevin Folta

Where are the future jobs? What if I told you that a high-value, high-tech field is poised to explode, and talented experts are desperately needed for the wave of careers that might rival the computer explosion of the 90's? Would you be interested?

Gene Differences Determine Which Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease - good news from a major study that...

Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

Is Bioethics Hindering Medical Progress?

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 09.18.2015 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

One has only to look at the many articles in journals addressing controversial issues to conclude that no unanimity exists and any restraint in research cannot be laid solely at the feet of bioethics.

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.

Why There's an Urgent Need for a Moratorium on Gene Editing

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

No one is prepared for an era when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Microsoft Word document. The government does not have any regulations on editing human DNA. The ethical concerns have not been fleshed out. There is no centralized risk-management inventory, listing which labs are doing what with CRISPR. It's all rather terrifying.

Genetic Tags Can Pass Trauma From One Generation to the Next

Dawson Church | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

With each new research finding, it becomes apparent how strong the effects of traumatic experiences can be in both brain and body.

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.

No, It's Not All How They're Raised

Trish McMillan Loehr | Posted 08.24.2015 | Good News
Trish McMillan Loehr

Please, pit bull lovers, stop saying "it's all how they're raised." I know you mean well. But if you truly believe "it's all how they're raised," no stray shelter dog or abused dog would be safe to place in a home.

The Risks of Turning Races Into Genes

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

By increasing the dialogue of how we tackle racial inequality regardless of whether we work in a laboratory or not, we can deconstruct the myth that race is found in genes and begin to search for the legal, economic, political and social forces that make the effects of race all too real.

When It Comes To Fitness, One Size Doesn't Fit All

Alena Hall | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

Only until recently did I realize that information about one's physical makeup is part of a science called phenotyping, and that such insight can be used to determine the types of exercise that will work with your body, not against it.

Can Gene Editing Provide a Solution to Global Hunger?

Utibe Effiong | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Utibe Effiong

The world needs more nutrient-rich, environmentally friendly food production. More gene editing in food crops makes sense, but only with prudent regulatory mechanisms in place to ensure the safety of these new approaches to food availability.

Here's Why You May Be Aging Faster -- Or Slower -- Than Your Friends

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty

Anyone who has ever attended a high school reunion will notice one thing -- how different everyone looks. Though attendees are the same age, some inev...

Blue-Eyed Boozehounds Can Now Blame Genetics, Study Says

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

Well, well, well. It seems that blue-eyed people — forever flaunting their sparkly, ocean-colored peepers —  have finally gotten the...

You Really Want To Know Why We Go Bald?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty

Damn you, genetic variant on chromosome 20! A new SciShow video that explains why people go bald says the genetic variant makes men seven times mor...

Pharmacogenetics: What It Is And Why You Need to Know

Dr. Soram Khalsa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soram Khalsa

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs. This relatively new field allows us to combine pharmacology and genomics to develop effective and safe medication dosages which are specific to an individual's DNA makeup. This means minimizing side effects from the drugs!

Were You Born to Cheat?

Robert Weiss | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Weiss

So even though humans cannot (yet) choose or alter their genetic coding, we are (except in a few extreme instances) able to decide what we want to do with that coding. So do we give in to every little impulse? Or do we place value on more than just what seems fun and interesting in the moment? Despite genetic predispositions, the choice is ours to make.

The Future of the LGBT Movement May Involve Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoltan Istvan

In the future, transhumanist technology and science will compliment the LGBT movement and help push it forward in the face of continued social oppression and closed-mindedness.

The Promise of Paleo-Epigenetics

Jennifer Raff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Science
Jennifer Raff

Thanks to new research in the field of ancient DNA, we are now a step closer to understanding how ancient environments and cultural practices may have affected the health of people living in past societies.

Conquering Cancer: Personalized Medicine Is the Future

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Imagine a world where treating cancer and other chronic diseases like diabetes is customized to your specific case? The possibilities of better treatments and even finding a cure is even closer with precision medicine and genomic testing

World's Largest Family Reunion: Genealogy or Preen-ealogy?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Megan Smolenyak

Here's my deepest concern about the Global Family Reunion: Has the marketing of it been so successful that we're in danger of changing the definition of genealogy? The interest in famous cousins has always been there, but has its prominence in the GFR's PR campaign been such that many will think that's the whole point?

Can We Clone a Neanderthal?

Quora | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science

Not with the technology available right now. In the next few years, it may be possible to come close, but there are a number of scientific limitations and ethical concerns that arise when you start thinking about this process.