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Space: It Is NOT the Final Frontier

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

In 1966, American television was taken by storm with a different kind of series -- enter "Star Trek." It explored "brave new worlds" beyond what we ...

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...

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: We Can Win This Battle!

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

Thyroid disease is an epidemic affecting up to 20 percent of American women. The most common cause of low thyroid today is an autoimmune condition c...

Debate Flares Over Genetically Modified Embryos

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

Are scientists playing with fire? That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetical...

How Ancestry.Com Is Quietly Transforming Itself Into A Medical Research Juggernaut

Fusion | Daniela Hernandez | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

In 1984, a genealogy geek named John Sittner published The Source, a book meant to unearth and analyze never-before-seen records that genealogists...

Here to Stay -- Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Noah Williams | Posted 03.19.2015 | Teen
Noah Williams

When I was six years old I had my first massive stroke. It blew out the two main vessels in my brain. After the stroke, doctors informed my parents that I would probably only live to be about nine years old. Today I'm 17.

Shelter Dogs In California Find Forever Homes Faster Thanks To DNA Tests

The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

WATCH: Bill Nye Says He's 'Revised His Outlook' On GMOs

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science

Call it Bill Nye's big about-face. While the "Science Guy" has been a staunch defender of climate change research and the theory of evolution, he'...

Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

The data we generate in our digital lives can reveal important information, particularly about our health. For one, our social networks can be predictive of health outcomes and conditions, in part because of shared attitudes amongst social groups.

Insulin Resistance: The Real Reason Why You Aren't Losing Weight

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Weight problems aren't just about overeating or under exercising -- they're about metabolic changes that are collectively known as insulin resistance.

Bad-Boy Scientism

Pete Shanks | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Austen Heinz of Cambrian Genomics has been trolling hard lately. That is, he's been spouting provocative opinions to get attention. And it seems to be working, from his point of view.

To NIPT or Not to NIPT? That Is the Question

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

All parents want the best reassurance for their pregnancy and to protect their unborn to their greatest capability. What is imperative is that a woman understands her options concerning prenatal testing and the risks and benefits inherent in each.

What Caused This to Happen?

Thomas R. Insel | Posted 03.14.2015 | Science
Thomas R. Insel

The scientific answer to the question of "what caused this to happen?" is to cite a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, often expressed as a gene-environment interaction. The honest answer to the question of cause is that we don't know.

The Lyon Queen -- Dead, But Never Forgotten

Nessa Carey | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science
Nessa Carey

There is no doubt about the magnitude of the impact of Mary Lyon's work. Her achievements are all the more remarkable when you learn about the level of discrimination she faced as a woman in science.

Cancer and Random Genes: Fortune Favors the Prepared

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At this point, you should be scratching your head and asking: Didn't they study cancer occurrence in actual people? The answer is no. Didn't they show that lifestyle factors don't influence the rate of mutation? Again, the answer is no.

Pharmacogenomics and the Biology of Race

Myles Jackson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Myles Jackson

Rather, dividing humanity into racial groupings, pharmaceutical companies come across as caring about specific characteristics to which a group of individuals can relate and with which they closely identify. All of this results in the commodification and reification of race.

There's A Reason This Lonely Bird Has Such Freaky Feathers

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Science

You don't have to be an ornithologist to know that red northern cardinals are male and brownish-gray ones are female. But what about a Cardinalis ...

Who Are We? Of DNA, Drugs and Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It says something about who we are if we neglect the means already at our disposal to eradicate 80 percent of all chronic disease while holding out for some wonder drug. What it says is none too flattering. It's that time of year. It's time for us all to decide who we are.

A Year Nearly Donne: Reflections on the Family of Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Can we even really imagine a world at peace? Can we even imagine seeing one another past the primitive veil of xenophobia, and perceiving the family resemblance? Can we imagine a world where we pull on the common bond of our humanity, and it never breaks?

Ancient DNA Shows Horses Paid A Price For Their Domestication

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

Humans are believed to have domesticated the horse around 5,500 years ago. And the effects of domestication--including some deleterious ones--can be s...

DNA, Dunkin' and Dingbats

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

DNA, with rare exception, is not destiny. Dinner is -- to a far greater extent than most realize, or than our culture seems inclined to put to any good use. Lifestyle can alter gene expression; we can nurture nature.

Arin Greenwood

Science Explains Why Golden Retrievers Are Awesome

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green

Everyone loves golden retrievers -- of course; they're usually gorgeous with goofy, lovely personalities. But have you ever wondered what actually...

CRISPR Opportunities ... For What? And for Whom?

Pete Shanks | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

Money and deals are flowing into companies that promise to edit genes. Human, animal, plant, all kinds of DNA may be on the cutting board. And once the replacements are pasted in, the results could dramatically change our lives -- for better or for worse.

Genes May Play A Larger Role In Lou Gehrig's Disease Than Previously Thought

Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 12/07/2014 10:00 AM EST on LiveScience In most cases of Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AL...

The Regeneration Generation: A Conversation With Bob Hariri, Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Human Longevity Inc.

Robin L. Smith | Posted 01.26.2015 | Science
Robin L. Smith

Utilizing technological advancements in genomics, bioinformatics, computing and cell therapy, HLI plans to develop therapeutic solutions to some of the most complex yet actionable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. Bob recently sat down with me to discuss his current work on the frontiers of aging and cellular science.