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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.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Are There Genetic Markers for Concussions?

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

Researchers have found links between certain genes and a football player's susceptibility to getting a concussion. It's a scientific detective story, of sorts.

The Future of Cancer Research -- Whole Genome Sequencing

Jack Hidary | Posted 02.03.2014 | Science
Jack Hidary

While death rates have come down substantially in heart disease, morbidity rates in cancer have not changed significantly in 30 years. This despite billions of dollars of cancer research.

Lisa Belkin

Will Anxious Parents Have Anxious Kids?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The sins of the father. The traumas and memories, too. Researchers have found evidence that we (well, mice) really can pass life experience down t...

Ask the Mutant: A Difficult Gift to a Child

Eva Moon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Eva Moon

BRCA is a difficult gift. Having a hysterectomy and double mastectomy was no picnic, but I've learned so much, gained new insights and made so many friends I never would have met otherwise. It's led me down paths I never expected, but in spite of it all, I love my life and I'm glad I was born.

FDA Just Banned 23andMe's DNA Testing Kits, and Users Are Fighting Back

Berin Szoka | Posted 01.26.2014 | Technology
Berin Szoka

Today, the FDA shut down further sales of the saliva home-test kit, citing the "potential health consequences that could result from false positive or false negative assessments for high-risk indications.

More Than a Compelling Journey Around New York City

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Susan Sacirbey

Having a family member stricken with the disease can be a catalyst for activism on political, human rights, medical, and educational levels.

How Joblessness Makes Men Age Faster

Posted 11.21.2013 | Fifty

More bad news about joblessness. And, no, we're not talking about the unemployment rates. New research suggests long-term unemployment could actual...

Commercialized Genomics: Caveat Emptor

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Steve Heilig

But again, personal genetic tests are now available and being pushed at us aggressively -- sometimes with fishy-looking endorsements attached.