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Rare Diseases Are More Common Than You Think

Kaylene Ready | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

Feb. 29 is a rare day, dedicated to an important cause called Rare Disease Day. It's okay if you haven't heard of it -- today is dedicated to some of the world's least known diseases, after all.

Some Autism Symptoms May Be Reversed By Gene Editing

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken a major step forward in the quest to find a genetic approach to treating autis...

Decoding the Dark Matter of the Human Genome

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

In 1994, researchers from Harvard and Stanford published a paper in which they described three mice: one was yellow and fat, one mottled and fat, and ...

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Clay Farris Naff

If religion were the vehicle that delivers morality, then atheists, the disaffiliated, and those who have never heard of God's laws should show comparatively inferior moral behavior. They don't.

Building the Family Tree of Humankind

Daniela Quaglia | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Daniela Quaglia

I am confident that each of you has been asking himself, at least once, questions on his genetic roots. Why do I look the way I do? Where did my gene pool originate? If you have, then you will be interested in the story I am about to tell you.

What Scientists Mean When They Say Race Is Not Genetic

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.10.2016 | Science

If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research will...

The Interesting Link Between Your Height, Your DNA, and Who You Find Attractive

Glamour | Posted 02.05.2016 | Weddings
Glamour

By Korin Miller, Glamour Photo: CN Digital Archive Your genes determine a host of things that make you, well, you. Your hair color, sex, eye color,...

The Next Trillion-Dollar Industry Could Be Built on Genetic Code

Dawn Nakagawa | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Dawn Nakagawa

Alec Ross served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation. During that role, he earned unique insight into the changing nature of technology. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," Ross not only lays out the key industries that will shape the 21st century, but also provides the geopolitical, cultural and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa sat down with Ross to discuss the book.

Scientists Take Major Step Toward Understanding Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.28.2016 | Science

A landmark new study sheds some light on how certain genes may influence the development of schizophrenia, a complex psychiatric condition that scient...

Motivations for Personalized Genetic Testing Include Explaining -- Not Just Predicting

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 01.20.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Last week, I invited the venerable Lee Hood to speak to us at Harvard Medical School, and I was reminded again of his prescience in describing and advocating for "P4 Medicine" -- or predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory medicine -- over 10 years ago, in 2004!

Aetna Promotes Genetically-Personalized Wellness Program, But Does It Really Work?

Cecile Janssens | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Cecile Janssens

When a company claims that it uses scientific evidence to build personalized prevention plans, it often means its experts picked risk factors and weight loss strategies from the scientific literature. It does not mean that the "blending," the design of these personalized plans, is supported by scientific evidence.

'Written in Fire,' A Conversation with Marcus Sakey

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Written in Fire is the gripping conclusion of The Brilliance Trilogy (following Brilliance and A Better World). In 1986, incredibly gifted people known as brilliants or abnorms were born, and thirty years later, constitute one percent of the U.S. population.

2015: High Five to the World

Chandan Joshi | Posted 01.06.2016 | Good News
Chandan Joshi

Bad news outsells good news, making news channels so depressing it's easy to conclude we spent all of 2015 killing each other! Truth is, we managed to move human civilization forward significantly!

Can Science Predict Political Turmoil?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.04.2016 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Does the rise of Trump herald an era of home-grown fascism? Human intelligence and vast quantities of metadata seem ill-equipped to help forecast geopolitical events at this scale. Despite decades of sophisticated political science and game theorizing, the truth is that we are very bad at anticipating great historic turns. Why?

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...

Genomic Sequencing: Just Another Tool in the Doctor's Bag

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 12.15.2015 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Futurists are predicting that genomic sequencing will profoundly disrupt the practice of medicine! But from the stethoscope to the x-ray, medicine has successfully integrated new technologies before. Will this be different?

Why the New Gene Editing Technology Matters

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 12.02.2015 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

The biologists have done it again. Not so long ago it was cloning and embryonic stem cells that challenged moral imagination. These days all eyes are ...

The One Thing You Probably Didn't Know About Inheritance

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.27.2015 | Science

Most of us learned in grade school that parents' DNA is passed on to their children, and that DNA is the only thing that gets passed on because memori...

Talk About It Over Turkey: The Power of Your Family History

Emily Mounts | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Emily Mounts

Now more than ever, we understand that nearly every single health condition is either primarily caused by, or its course influenced by, one's DNA.

Want to Lead a Happier Life? Talk to Your Genes

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD Genetics may be on the verge of solving a very complex question in a revolutionary but quite simple way. ...

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.

Scientists Map Acorn Worm DNA, And Learn A Lot About Humans In The Process

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Science

You'd never know at first glance, but human beings have a surprising amount in common with acorn worms. More than 500 million years ago, humans and th...

Many Children With Cancer Were Born With Genes That Increase Risk

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Gene sequencing of more than 1,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent were born with genes that increase...

Amplifying Evolution -- Scientific Pioneer, Dr. Kary Mullis

Lorie Karnath | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Lorie Karnath

Escaping the more stereotypical mold of the bench scientist, Kary Mullis demonstrates unique individualism not often found in today's convergence of academic conformity.

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 ...