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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.

'Adam' Is HOW Old?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science

How old is our most common male ancestor? A new study indicates that the guy scientists call "Y-chromosomal Adam," or "Genetic Adam," walked the Earth...

Ancient DNA Overturns Assumptions About Baby Killings

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

A new look at a cache of baby bones discovered in Britain is altering assumptions about why ancient Romans committed infanticide. Infant girls were ...

How The Hot Pepper Got Its Kick

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

Things are heating up in the world of genetics. The hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) is one of the most widely grown spice crops globally, playing an impo...

Tests Reveal Truth About Shocking Claim Of Titanic 'Survivor'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Everyone who survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic is dead, and now one of the tragedy's oldest mysteries has been laid to rest: DNA tests confirm ...

SOLVED: Mystery Of Ancient Warring Elephants

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The mystery of an ancient battle between two warring troops of elephants has been solved, thanks to a modern genetic analysis of the lumbering beast...

Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative -- A New Frontier 'Consciousome'

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The old model of the gene, which dates back to the discovery of DNA in 1953, says that our genes are fixed and unchanging.

Early Mammal Debate Heats Up

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Did the first mammal with a placenta live alongside the dinosaurs — or did it emerge after a gigantic asteroid wiped them out? This is the subject o...

So THIS Is Why Sharks Have No Bones

natureheader | Brendan Borrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

A funky-looking fish with an outsized snout has become the most primitive jawed vertebrate to have its genome sequenced. The DNA sequence of the eleph...

Y Chromosome Likely To Stop Shrinking, Scientists Say (Phew!)

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Despite theories that the Y chromosome may one day disappear, new research suggests not only that the chromosome will continue to exist but also that ...

How Your Body Responds to This Image May Predict Your Political Views: Surprising New Explanations for Political Differences

John R. Hibbing | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science
John R. Hibbing

Where people sit socioculturally often does not indicate where they stand politically. But maybe their biology does.

Disturbing Link Between Racism & Aging Revealed In New Research

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Scientists have long known that experiencing racism is bad for your health. In fact, racial discrimination has been linked to depression, cardiovascul...

New Discovery Could Help Reverse The Aging Process

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

A new genetic discovery suggests the battle against aging could be as simple as flipping a switch. Studies have shown calorie restriction can be ...

What Will Be The Big Science Stories This Year? Here Are 10 Good Bets

natureheader | Richard Van Noorden | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

Transgenic monkeys Several research groups, including a team led by geneticist Erika Sasaki and stem-cell biologist Hideyuki Okano ...

Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

I believe that the announcement by the FDA of the approval of the genome sequencing technology for medical applications is symbolic for the future development of personalized health care.

Doing the Genomic Revolution Right

Tricia Page | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Tricia Page

Clearly, the genomics revolution is here. Unfortunately, though, the very people we hope to benefit may be left behind.

Study Of Twins Reveals Surprising Link Between Genes, Political Views

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.19.2013 | Science

Where do we get our political beliefs? Are they drilled into us by our parents? Did we "borrow" them from friends and colleagues? There's no doubt ...

Cancer Genetics Pioneer Dies

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Janet Rowley, a pioneer in cancer genetics research, has died at age 88. Rowley spent most of her career at the University of Ch...

Which Parent Does My Son Take After? A (Borderline Rude) Tally

Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Children are like snowflakes -- annoying, loud, inconvenient, smelly snowflakes. They're all annoying and loud and inconvenient and smelly in their own unique ways.