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The Presidential Commission and Synthetic Biology

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rugnetta

The promise of the field of synbio as a whole is that scientists will be able to employ this type of genome synthesis to create customized life forms for a wide array of purposes. The peril is exactly the same as the promise.

Gene Patenting Produces Profits, Not Cures

Harriet A. Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harriet A. Washington

Why is the industry permitted to pursue profits unchecked by considerations of health or affordability?

New Milestone in Genetic Testing

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rugnetta

Here is my latest article on the first study published by a Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing company: Defining the Boundaries of Genetic Testing N...

Unseen Forces and Your Health

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

Scientists believe the habit-mind is running our everyday life, and according to Dr. Lipton, it is also determining our genetics.

Tibetans Underwent 'Fastest Genetic Change Ever,' Study Finds

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ethnic Tibetans' ability to thrive in high altitudes with low oxygen is the fastest genetic change ever observed in humans, according to a study publi...

Studying Genes Can Predict Who Will Live To 100

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — The oldest among us seem to have chosen their parents well. Researchers closing in on the impact of family versus lifestyle find mo...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Exclusive: A Sci-Fi Horror Hybrid Comes Alive in Splice

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Vincenzo Natali director of the sci-fi movie Splice, "
Unlike a lot of Frankenstein-type stories it's not about the creature escaping into the world and wreaking havoc. It's the opposite."

Tara Parker-Pope Interviews Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times interviews Deepak Chopra deepakchopra.com ...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Not Quite Human - Splice

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In Volume 1, Episode 17 of the Cinefantastique Podcast, Dan Persons Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski delve into the worlds of science fiction, fa...

An Educated Medical Consumer: On Personal DNA Testing

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

My sense, as a physician and scientist, is that most of the personal genetics data that would be sold, or bought, is nearly useless to most individuals who are not ill.

Nell Painter's History of White People: It's Coming to an End

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Now that we are all supposed to have absorbed the genomics of it -- that "race" is a social concept, not a scientific one; a construction, not a fact -- she is asking: who invented "whiteness" as a human category?

Gene Patent Decision Emancipates Personalized Medicine

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

Right now, 20 percent of all human genes are patented.

Theory of Blacks' Intellectual Inferiority Rears Ugly Head at Harvard

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

Debates about genetic inferiority are not new. But it's surprising to find them at an institution of learning like Harvard.

Why You Should Know Your Genetic Health Profile

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

I did an interview with AccessDNA, a site devoted to helping people understand the genetics of rare and common disease. Knowing one's susceptibility might help them to make more informed decisions.

Scientists Bring Back Artificial Life -- and Our Fear of Frankenstein

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Ropeik

The ability to construct DNA and insert it into living reproducing cells has almost unimaginable promise. But scientists need to tell us what they are doing to keep their work safe.

Walgreens Halts Genetic Test Sales on FDA Concerns

Beth Pinsker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Pinsker

Earlier this week, Walgreens announced with great fanfare that it was selling a controversial over-the-counter genetics test. The drug store chain qui...

Egg Donation: More Money For Blondes? (VIDEO)

ABC News | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living

For women, egg donation may be very well be the next get rich quick scheme. That is, if you're genetically well-endowed. Women possessing "favorable a...

Mating Between Humans and Neanderthals Could Explain Glenn Beck

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"We believe that sex between a human and a Neanderthal may have resulted in several of the Fox News Channel's primetime hosts, including Glenn Beck," said a leading genetic researcher at UC Santa Cruz.

Gene Test Claims To Show What Diet Works Best

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Diet not working? Blame your genes. That's the pitch behind a new test that claims to show whether people will do better on a low-fat or a low-carb we...

DNA: The Road Of Discovery

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

We see only as far as our mind is willing to look. Fear keeps us on the safe ground of reason - sturdy, predictable, secure. But sometimes we are pushed to its edge by Nature herself.

Scientists Find Aging Gene: Key To Longer Lifespans?

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Molecular biologists have observed that people's cells often age at different rates, leading them to make a distinction between chronological and biol...

Understanding Why Peacocks Have Sex Can Change the World

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Vognar

The major reason for global political and personal problems is our misunderstanding of and blind conformity to cultural codes of attraction that reinforce insecurities and fear.

Hillary Clinton And George Stephanopoulos Are Likely Related, Henry Louis Gates Reveals (VIDEO)

abcnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Acclaimed author Henry Louis Gates is getting ready for the debut of his new show on PBS, "Faces of America," in which he explores the genetic history...

What Is Really on Trial in the Prop 8 Case?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

In controlled laboratory tests, University of Nebraska professor John Hibbing found that subjects who show strong physiological reactions to unpleasant stimuli also tend to oppose gay marriage.