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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.

'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 ...