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Genetics

Who Owns Your Genes? Congress Should Decide -- and Soon

Emma Ambrogi | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science
Emma Ambrogi

When a biologist isolates a bacterium and sequences its genome, the results are her intellectual property. She is free to publish the sequence or share it with other biologists in whatever manner she deems appropriate.

Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Daniel A. Bell

"The wall between machines and humans, between computer science and biology, is collapsing and I think the next century and probably the future of life itself will be shaped by this algorithmic view of the world."

Don't Ban CRISPR- At Least Not Yet

Caitlin McCarey | Posted 05.10.2016 | College
Caitlin McCarey

Imagine a world where genes that cause serious, debilitating diseases could be deleted from your genome just as easily as you delete a typo using Microsoft Word.

When It Comes to Genetic Genealogy, Women Need Not Apply

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I observed that genealogy is now officially a TV genre. One of the reasons I felt confident in making this claim is the frequency with w...

Scientist J. Craig Venter on science, adrenaline, and the meaning of life: Darwin Barks

Steve Chapple | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Steve Chapple

La Jolla, Ca. Darwin the poodle bursts into Craig Venter's capacious office on Torrey Pines Road just as he is explaining the meaning of life. I...

The Hunt for Cures for Orphan Diseases

Robin L. Smith | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science
Robin L. Smith

Each year in the United States four million babies are born. Each birth is a time of great rapture and joy because of the tremendous amount of love an...

Climate change alters genes of a mustard plant

Steve Franks | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
Steve Franks

While some species are declining or going extinct as a result of climatic changes, others may be able to adapt. Understanding how they do so is important for conservation. Examining how climate change alters species gives us the opportunity to increase our understanding of evolution.

These Policies About Down Syndrome and Abortions Roll Back Women's Rights

Lee Lee | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Lee Lee

To be clear, Ohio's HB 135 and Indiana's HB 1337 use sympathy and pity toward a minority group as a tool to garnish rights from a large swath of the general population: ALL women. However, these regulations victimize people who live with Down syndrome even more than people who don't.

AmbryShare Restores Genes to the Public Domain

Amal Cheema | Posted 04.01.2016 | Science
Amal Cheema

"As a stage four cancer survivor, I find it shocking that public and private laboratories routinely lock away vital genomic information. That practice...

How Ancestry.com Is Digitizing Your Family History Back To The 12th Century

Quora | Posted 03.28.2016 | Technology
Quora

There is a natural and universal desire to know who we are and where we come from. Ancestry gives people the tools to discover more about themselves by uncovering unique family stories and documents, by connecting with relatives (known and unknown), by building out their family tree, and through our AncestryDNA test.

How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells and Genes

Debbie Hampton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Debbie Hampton

Every minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.

I Am My Mother's Chimera. Chances Are, So Are You.

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have allowed us to probe much deeper into a person's genome, to the point that today scientists believe that chimerism could be far more common than what we originally thought.

What Child Prodigies Can Teach Us About Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.16.2016 | Science

From a 17-year-old math whiz with two college degrees to a 12-year-old jazz pianist nominated for a Grammy Award, how does a child come to develop the...

The War On Bacteria -- Who Are We Really Harming?

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

As a physician, my passion lies in caring for people helping them to achieve optimal health. To do so, I work very closely with the trillions of tiny patients within each person I meet. Only by considering the entire population and understanding the deep implications, can we find true health. Bacteria are our greatest allies. It's time to treat them as such.

What the Supreme Court's Infamous 1927 Eugenics Decision Tells Us About Filling Justice Scalia's Seat

The National Book Review | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The Supreme Court has had a clear pattern in its worst decisions: it has wrongly sided with the powerful interests in society over the powerless.

Why We Need to Stop Referring to Babies as 'Normal'

Anneliese Lawton | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Anneliese Lawton

Many wished us well and hoped that our baby would be born "normal" rather than healthy -- and each time someone wished our baby be born normal, my heart ached. In one sense, I understood that their intentions were well-meant, but in another sense it was clear that if my child was born with physical or mental differences, my child would not fit into society's definition of normal.

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 02.12.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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 02.09.2017 | 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 02.05.2017 | 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 02.04.2017 | 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...