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Genetics

Autism and Genes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

How we -- as individuals and as a society -- respond to burgeoning genetic discoveries will be as important as these discoveries themselves.

Check This Box: Science Is Getting Easier/Harder/Both/Neither?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

We seem to be in a transition period from a marvelously rich era of discovery in the last thirty years to an era in which new concepts and methods will be required to gain access to another range of powerful discoveries.

What I Think About When I Think About Sex

Rob Brooks | Posted 06.03.2012 | Science
Rob Brooks

It takes something as profound as love to trick us into putting aside our conflicting interests and mistrust long enough to mate, and sometimes even to raise a family together.

Selfless Genes: A New Revolution in Biology

Jonathan Gottschall | Posted 06.02.2012 | Science
Jonathan Gottschall

Darwin and E.O. Wilson agree: no matter the species, if you have intense and sustained group-level conflict, selfless genes beat selfish genes; they beat them bloody; they beat them every single time.

'Green' Scientists Offer Controversial Blueprint For 'Engineered Humans'

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/30/2012 07:27 AM EDT on LiveScience So far, conventional solutions to global warming ...

PHOTOS: Artist's Famous Flowers Were Mutants, Gene Study Says

| Ferris Jabr | Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

The word “sunflower” brings to mind a mane of vibrant yellow petals encircling a dark whorl of seeds. But not all sunflowers are alike. Some sunfl...

UConn's Role in Shaping the Future of Medicine

Susan Herbst | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Susan Herbst

"Personalized medicine" is opening the door to a whole new world of medical care -- one that would offer a tailor-made approach to treating and preventing health problems in individual patients.

Genetics as Rohrshachs: Pondering Genes and Fate

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"I always knew I shouldn't have stayed in that job and that apartment," a social worker with breast cancer and a mutation for the disease recently tol...

DNA Study Shows Color Of Neanderthal Eyes

| Traci Watson | Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

In museums around the world, reproductions of Neandertals sport striking blue or green eyes, pale skin, and gingery hair. Now new DNA analysis suggest...

WATCH: How To Extract Your Own DNA

Posted 03.13.2012 | Science

At 40,000 times thinner than a human hair, our DNA isn't usually much to look at. But if you're curious about your genetic material and don't happen t...

Bee Study Showing Bugs' 'Personalities' Has Biologists Buzzing

Posted 03.09.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/08/2012 02:09 PM EST on LiveScience Like humans and other vertebrates, some bees are ...

WATCH: What Gorilla Genes Reveal About Human Evolution

AP | By ALICIA CHANG | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- Take a trip to the zoo and you can see gorillas are a lot like us. But a new DNA study says we're even more similar than scientists tho...

Am I My Genes? The Question Of Fate, Free Will And Genetics

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Some feel that God is the ultimate cause of disease. Others don't know what to believe and ponder the "cosmic roll of the dice." "There has to be a purpose to all this happening," one woman told me. "There has to be."

Ancient Bone Discovery Sheds Light On Animal Adaptation To Climate Change

Posted 02.04.2012 | Green

A recent discovery at a goldmine in the Yukon may help scientists better understand how animals have adapted to climate change in the past. A team ...

Is Infidelity Genetic?

Vicki Larson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

When it comes to matters of the heart, love has less to do with the heart and more to do with the brain.

Men of the USS Monitor: Daniel Moore, African American Sailor and Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Daniel Moore was one of the 16 sailors who went down with the USS Monitor. A former slave from Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy but would sadly have little time to enjoy his freedom before sacrificing his life in the service of his country.

The Rising Tide of Empathy

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

Moving into 2012, we have renewed opportunities to manifest vital aspects of our humanity. Delivering aid to the needy, helpless and downtrodden is not just the right thing to do, it's an important aspect of how we're wired.

The Context of Sex

Carin Bondar | Posted 03.07.2012 | Science
Carin Bondar

We're not the only girls in the animal kingdom who fall for the wrong guys, strategize about finding 'Mr. Right' and occasionally fend off the advances of unwelcome suitors. Like many other ladies, from beetles to chickens to dolphins, we're generally the 'choosy' sex.

A Secret Code in All of Us

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Anne Wojcicki

I feel giddy about the potential genetic discoveries in the coming decade. It's an incredibly exciting time. Questions that have circled in my head for 32 years may soon get more clarity.

WATCH: Huge Implications For 'Spider Silk'

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Science

Hybrid silkworms that can produce a composite of worm and spider silk in large amounts have been created by scientists from the University of Wyoming....

Our Bodies: With Us Or Against Us?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Can we prevent weight gain and obesity? The answer is self-evident in our rear-view mirror.

Men of the USS Monitor: County Galway, Ireland is Home to Another American Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Thomas Joice (who sometimes went by Joyce) was one of the 16 men who went down with the USS Monitor on Dec. 31, 1862. Some years ago, I researched him for a documentary and have continued to look into his past from time to time.

The 'Best Kept Secret' to Understanding Your Health Risks

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Evidence strongly dictates that a key ingredient of putting together a long-term plan for aging well is to comprise a detailed family history.

USS Monitor: Could William Bryan Be One of the Skeletons in the Turret?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Launched in Brooklyn on January 30, 1862 and lost in a storm off Cape Hatteras on December 31st of the same year, its legacy has far outlasted its duration.

How DNA Can Help You Find The Perfect Lover

Lone Frank | Posted 01.07.2012 | Books
Lone Frank

A Swiss company called GenePartner ("Love is no coincidence") has taken the search for a mate to a new level by developing a biological matching syste...