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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 10.25.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 10.21.2015 | 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 10.13.2015 | 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 10.12.2015 | 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 10.08.2015 | 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 10.15.2015 | 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 fascinating new...

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 07.06.2016 | 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...