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Genetics

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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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.

Xavier Cortada's Art: Inspired by Science, and Uniquely Miami

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

Domestication and a Very Cute Puppy

Zach Dean | Posted 11.05.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Zach Dean

There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on t...

Chickens Really Don't Look Like They Used To

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.25.2014 | Science

Chickens have changed. Today's broiler chickens are several times larger than broiler chickens of past decades -- and a new study by researchers in Ca...

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

The Stupidity of the 'Smart Gene'

Jessica Cussins | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

All "genes of the week" have something in common: they never actually live up to their billing. For starters, it is never true that a single gene just does something.

Genetic Testing for All Women? Not a Solution to the Breast Cancer Epidemic

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Genetic testing is complex, and brings with it a wide range of medical, ethical and scientific issues -- despite years of medical training, even many physicians don't fully understand all the complexity involved.

Addressing a Diversity Problem in Human Genetics

Jennifer Raff | Posted 11.16.2014 | Science
Jennifer Raff

Less than 1 percent of the Ph.D.s in fields related to human genetic research go to Native Americans, and they make up less than one fifth of 1 percent of the members of the American Society of Human Genetics. This is particularly troubling in light of a history of exploitative genetics research with Native American communities.

'Evolution Right Now Is in the Marketplace'

Pete Shanks | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

George Church -- professor at Harvard and MIT, multifaceted researcher, entrepreneur, author and advocate of open-access genomics -- gives good quotation. The latest publication to exploit this is The Economist, which just ran a feature about him called "Welcome to my genome," which includes some of Church's predictions for human genetic modification.

The Bruise

Heather Lens | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

When we first got the diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis, it hurt, it hurt parts of me that I didn't know could feel pain. It left us hurt and bruised

7 Things You Need to Know About Google Calico

Abby Norman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Technology
Abby Norman

Since Google has some stake in 23andMe, you can be certain the genomics will be a major focus of Calico's investigations. Genetics too are known to play a role in disease and factors that influence longevity.

Blood Test That Allegedly Predicts Suicide Risk Only Looks Promising in the Media, Not in Science

Cecile Janssens | Posted 10.19.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This simple blood test for the prediction of suicide risks not only lacks a proper scientific basis but signifies unacceptable ignorance of the motives behind suicide thoughts and suicide attempts. Because of the complex nature of suicide, it is unlikely that a genetic test will ever be the key to prevention.

Genes Reveal Reason Pygmies Are So Short

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainfor...

A New Study on Parental Control Before Conception

Christopher Herz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Science
Christopher Herz

Everyone wants the best for their children. You can see it in the faces of parents shopping for strollers, preschools and nannies who speak five langu...

Genetic Hand-Me-Downs

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...

New Study Explodes Big Myth About Musical Ability

LiveScience | Jillian Rose Lim | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science

Practice doesn't always make perfect when it comes to becoming the next Mozart, a new study suggests. Researchers compared pairs of identical twins, ...

Is Postpartum Depression a Disease of Modern Civilization?

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Working with UCLA's Martie Haselton, Chapman University psychological scientist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook has been exploring the evidence from diverse sources to argue that postpartum depression is linked to early weaning, deficient diet, inactivity, not enough sunshine, and lack of family support.

These Big Guys Surprise Scientists With 'Superior Sense'

LiveScience | Laura Geggel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science

Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell. In ...

Anna Almendrala

Evidence That Friends Really Are The Family We Choose

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Sister from another mister. Brother from another mother. The family you choose. When it comes to describing your friends, those turns of phrase ma...