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Recollections of the Big Bang

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.31.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

About 13.8 billion years ago, the hydrogen in my body emerged from the Big Bang. It spent eons just hanging around in the rapidly expanding and cooling universe. As stars became supernovae, the other elements in my body were forged and ejected into space.

On the Perils of Genetic Testing

Mona Gable | Posted 08.21.2014 | Books
Mona Gable

In the fall of 2010, as my brother was dying of colon cancer, I learned a terrifying secret. He also had Huntington's disease, a horrific brain disorder that is passed down in families. Suddenly, even as I was losing my cherished sibling, my childhood soulmate, I was also grappling with my own possible death.

Parenting News From The Future

David Vienna | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
David Vienna

This generation of flawless people are blamed for the death of the website Awkward Family Photos, which suffered a lack of content in recent years. So, a growing trend among new parents is to insert flaws into the genetic makeup of their unborn child or, get this, skip genetic alignment.

Who Owns Your Genetic Data? Hint: It's Probably Not You

Techonomy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Science
Techonomy

As we move closer to an era when a sequence of every human genome is the norm, an important question looms. It seems intuitive to many of us that each person owns his or her genetic data and therefore should control access. But the reality is more complex.

A Troublesome Controversy

Pete Shanks | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

As Nicholas Wade's new book demonstrates, the category error that confuses human genetic variation with socially constructed race remains all too common.

The Coming Era of Personal Genomics

Techonomy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

If the idea of having everyone's genome sequenced at birth brings to mind images from "Blade Runner" or "Gattaca", you're not alone.

Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

Regulator Weighs In On Safety Of Three-Parent Embryos

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe...

What Women Need To Know On The Road To Leadership, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

There are a few important skills women need to take with them on the road to leadership, and Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, helped ...

The Confidence Gene, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the science behind confidence, Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, explained the extent to which this gene can be manip...

Confidence Do's And Dont's, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, supplied us with a few important and surprising “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to con...

Why Sports Are Great For Girls, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about how to instill self-confidence in young girls, Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, had a few words of wisdom to share f...

Being Married To The White House Press Secretary, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Since Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, is married to The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, we just couldn’t resist picking he...

Claire Shipman With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

It was such a pleasure to have Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, as my guest on Mondays With Marlo. A successful news anchor, accompl...

Two Mistakes Women Make In The Workplace To Undermine Their Confidence, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, shared some valuable insights about the mistakes women make in the workplace—often unknowingly—t...

A Troublesome Response: Nicholas Wade Still Avoids the Debate About Race and Genetics

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.31.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

In his response to comments by me, Jon Marks and Jennifer Raff, Wade does not take on any substantive aspect of the debate; rather, he misrepresents the science again and takes a shot at our credentials as scholars. Here is a very quick response to his comments, in hopes of correcting the record and getting this debate back to the science.

Nicholas Wade and Race: Building a Scientific Façade

Jennifer Raff | Posted 07.27.2014 | Science
Jennifer Raff

Wade can't justify his first and primary point: his claim that the human racial groups we recognize today culturally are scientifically meaningful, discrete biological divisions of humans. This claim provides a direct basis for the whole second half of the book, in which he makes speculative arguments about national character.

Mutant Mice's Odd Behavior May Yield Key Clues About Autism

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Science

It's not every day you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism. ...

Researchers Promise New Genetic Test for Alcoholism for Which They Found No Scientific Evidence

Cecile Janssens | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This is an unexpected claim, because the study itself shows that the genetic test did not predict alcoholism at all; the researchers demonstrated that the predictive ability of their test was not better than tossing a coin. This incorrect interpretation of genetic prediction studies is common, unfortunately.

WATCH: Surprising DNA Link Has Scientists Rethinking Evolution Of Birds

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 05.23.2014 | Science

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Research linking New Zealand's diminutive kiwi with a giant extinct bird from Africa is prompting scientists to rethi...

The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Wade's approach to race is particularly dangerous because his argument is that he is just a defender of scientific truth and that a cabal of left-leaning academics is obfuscating reality with oppressive, even fascistic, denials of the truth about race. Unfortunately, he is either ignorant of the actual data and diversity of research or he is willfully avoiding them.

Human Gene Found In Dogs

LiveScience | Elizabeth Palermo | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dogs and people have more in common than a love of Frisbees and long walks on the beach. A new study finds that certain dogs, just like certain huma...

Ancient Teen Sheds Light On First Americans

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are bolsteri...

Review of A Troublesome Inheritance

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
American Anthropological Association

That is because the nature of the intellectual terrain -- the authoritative story of where we came from and who we are -- lies on the contested turf of human kinship, and everybody thinks they own a piece of it.

Mystery Of Bears' 'Heart Attack Diet' Finally Solved

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - How do they do it? How do polar bears have such an incredibly high fat diet and get so fat - munch...