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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 ...

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

Are You More Than Your Genes?

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion

What if you could know the future of your health -- what diseases you might get and how you might die? Would you want to know even if you couldn't cha...

I Can't Erase the Past -- I Learned So Much From It

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

Our daughter celebrates her birthday each June. I can't help but measure her birthdays with an equal sense of apprehension and elation. She's a teenag...

The Science of Denial

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 10.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In the past, I ignored Risch's attempts to belittle and minimize those of us who study the role of the genome in human sexuality and focused on our own research. But given his power as President of the ASHG to derail the entire field, it is time for people to understand the history of his opposition.

Dangers of New ACS Mammography Guidelines: Underestimated Risk and Delayed Diagnoses

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The assumption that we can accurately identify who is just at average risk of breast cancer is a dangerous default. Risk is complex, poorly understood, and it's often inconsistently assessed over time.

Greeks Gone West: The Geneticist Helping To Treat 'Gigantism'

The Huffington Post | Nick Graham | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

Constantine A. Stratakis - Greeks Gone West by HuffPost_Greece In the third episode of HuffPost Greece's video series 'Greeks Gone West,' we introduce...

The Epigenetics of Sexuality - Wrong on So Many Levels

Nessa Carey | Posted 10.13.2016 | Science
Nessa Carey

The ludicrous amount of coverage of a basically uninterpretable experiment suggests a surprising amount of interest in the basis of sexuality, and I am even more irritated by this than I am by poor use of statistical analyses.

Genetic Testing: A Key Campus Resource for Mental Health

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Mental illness is among the biggest issues today's college campuses are struggling with. Often times it isn't until after something devastating happen...

The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Silvia Camporesi

The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.

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 10.02.2016 | 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 fascinating new...

Your Future Career in the Invention Garden

Kevin Folta | Posted 10.01.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.18.2016 | 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.