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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...

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Stem Cell Advance May Bring New Treatments For Deadly Disease

AP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA...

Y Chromosome Does More Than Determine Sex, New Study Shows

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science

Men have lost most of the genes originally included on the Y chromosome during evolution, but those genes essential for survival have persevered, new...

Grisly Relic Tested For Beheaded King's DNA

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science

New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XV...

EXPLAINED: Why Neanderthals, Modern Humans Are So Different

Reuters | Sharon Begley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderth...

Bullying's Terrible Legacy: How Childhood Stress Can Change Our Genes Forever

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science
Sharon Moalem

Your body is in a constant state of transformation and regeneration, and your experiences, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, from bullies to crushes to sloppy joes, have all left an indelible mark within you -- and more importantly, within your genome.

Hacking Your Genome: How Insurance Companies Legally Discriminate Against You and Your Family

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Moalem

I always feel obliged to ask my patients to consider carefully what they might be getting themselves and their families into before they have any genetic testing or sequencing done that is not anonymous.

Do You Want Genetic Research to Move Forward? Then Start Sharing Data!

Isabel Duarte | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Isabel Duarte

Genetic research is still very expensive, and if one cannot reuse the data for further analysis, millions of dollars of public money will have gone to waste, harming most of all each and every individual waiting for a cure, while hindering the progress of genetic research.

Did Neanderthals Give Europeans Their Fat?

| Ann Gibbons | Posted 04.03.2014 | Science

Neanderthals and modern Europeans had something in common: They were fatheads of the same ilk. A new genetic analysis reveals that our brawny cousins...

Tree's Genome Is Biggest Ever Sequenced

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 03.22.2014 | Science

A loblolly pine tree on the 17th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia blocked so many of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s shots ...

Scientists Find Way To Create 'Mugshot' From Perp's DNA

natureheader | Sara Reardon | Posted 03.21.2014 | Science

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face. Researchers have developed a computer program that c...

Can Sex Explain Europeans' Skin Color Change?

| Michael Balter | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science

Why do some humans have lighter skin than others? Researchers have long chalked up the difference to tens of thousands of years of evolution, with dar...

Controversy Erupts Over Plan To Map DNA Of Medieval King

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

King Richard III has been dead for more than 500 years, but his bones continue to ignite fresh controversy. The medieval king, unearthed from a Leice...

Gills, Pills and Obesity Genes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.

Now! Later. No, Right Now! Maybe in a Bit.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why would those who intentionally but irrationally put things off, who don't seem pressured by time -- why would these same people also tend to make rash decisions, without thought or planning? Procrastination and impulsivity are the odd couple of the human mind.

Alzheimer's Could Be Detected Decades Earlier In Children Of Sufferers

Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty

While children of Alzheimer's patients face a higher risk of developing the disease, there is some good news on the horizon. Researchers say that the ...

Scientists Seek 'Code' Of Celebrated English King

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science

The genetic code of King Richard III, the medieval monarch whose body was found buried under a parking lot in Leicester, England, is set to be seque...

Gene Linking Intelligence To Brain Anatomy Identified Overseas

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | Science

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in th...

Is Disliking Veggies in Your Kid's Genes?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's perhaps a relief to know that our kids have a personality and innate tendencies before they were ever exposed to our influences, and the consolation -- there's also a limit to how much damage our inevitable shortcomings may do. But when it comes to food, that doesn't put us of the hook.

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

All cultural generalizations are wrong when it comes to individuals. We all know Europeans and Americans who are self-effacing and communitarian in their world view, and Asians who are fiercely independent. So why do some individuals conform to cultural norms and others not?

Adoption and Genetics: Implications for Adoptive Parents

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
E. Kay Trimberger

In 2006 I helped my 25-year-old son Jamal locate his biological families. I was unprepared for the discovery of how much he had in common with his birth parents, which led me to undertake my own search, a quest to understand genetics and how they might impact adoption.