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Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

Ancient Mummy Gives Up Genetic Secrets

natureheader | Posted 04.15.2013 | Science

By Jo Marchant The ancient Egyptians could soon be getting their genomes sequenced as a matter of routine. That’s the view, at least, of the first ...

Supreme Court To Weigh Patentability Of Human Genes

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

* Oral arguments begin Monday in Myriad Genetics patent suit * Legal issues center on whether genes are products of nature * Critics say patents...

Rat Study Points To Surprising Cause Of Laziness

Posted 04.09.2013 | Science

By: Live Science Staff Published: 04/09/2013 08:26 AM EDT on LiveScience New research might help explain why some people have trouble getting off ...

Why Science and Education Are Blowing Up Online (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.08.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

We're geeking out in the What's Trending studio with a huge science-fueled chat, featuring NASA's Flight Director and iconic Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi, Veritasium's Derek Muller and I Fucking Love Science's Elise Andrew.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Your DNA Contributes To Humanity's Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

Our human lineage is not actually linear. In fact, it's more of a branching tree, telling the story of our origins in Africa and our migrations throug...

Why Some People Age Faster Than Others

Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jaimie Dalessio Scientists are learning more and more about what makes some people age faster than others and the consequences of that accel...

Science in the Service of Human Rights: Argentina 37 Years After the Coup

Alex Stern | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Alex Stern

Almost everyone knows that DNA identification has been used to free the falsely convicted from prison. Less known is the powerful and admirable role that DNA identification has played in redressing one of the most horrific aspects of the Dirty War (1976-1983) in Argentina.

Weird Microbe Has HOW MANY Sexes?

| Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By Beth Skwarecki If you thought the battle of the genders was complicated, try having seven sexes. When Tetrahymena, a single-celled creature co...

Math Was Right

Ian Stewart | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ian Stewart

Neither molecular biology nor mathematics alone can explain how developing organisms grow and change. We need both, working together.

Historic DNA Letter Expected To Bring Big Bucks At Auction

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 03.23.2013 | Science

NEW YORK -- Sixty years ago scientist Francis Crick wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son saying he and a colleague had discovered something "very bea...

Have Deadly Viruses Finally Met Their Match?

Posted 03.21.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/21/2013 12:05 PM EDT on LiveScience A single compound could stop several viruses, including ...

Fossilized Toe Yields Detailed Map Of Protohumans' DNA

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

BERLIN — Researchers in Germany said Tuesday they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome and are making it fre...

The Moment I Knew My Son Was Really Mine

2013-02-28-brainchild1.jpg | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

Written By Betsy Fife Archer For Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers When my son was born, the midwives remarked in awe how much he loo...

The British Embryo Authority and the Chamber of Eugenics

Stuart A. Newman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Science
Stuart A. Newman

The genetic design of future offspring, even with the limited objective of making these future children more "normal," will open the door to attempts to pick and choose other characteristics.

New Look At Ancient Mud Yields 'Unexpected Discovery'

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer Published: 03/07/2013 10:01 AM EST on LiveScience The story of life on Earth keeps getting stranger...

Regulate BPA out the Door

Molly Rauch | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

What's wrong with the system? Why don't our regulations prioritize the prevention of chronic health problems due to massive exposures to questionable chemicals?

Skull DNA Points To MUCH Older Date For Dogs' Domestication

Posted 03.07.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/06/2013 05:04 PM EST on LiveScience A canine skull found in the Altai Mountains of S...

A Recipe For Life: 4 Ways To Change Your DNA

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Reasonable lifestyle changes make a huge difference in living longer, healthier lives, and are simpler than you think. Like I tell my clients, it's the small changes that add up to a winning recipe.

What Genetics Tells Us About Anxiety: Not Much

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

For several days this month, one of the most emailed articles in the New York Times was "Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?" The article purports to explain why some children fold under the pressure of taking tests.

Humans Are Unique Animals Because Evolution Gave Us Angst

Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Science
Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D.

Philosophers and scientists have long debated whether there is something unique about Homo sapiens that sets us apart from all of the other animals. It's not a question of whether we should feel like special humans - it's a question of whether in some way we are actually special animals.

Should 'Designer Babies' Be Banned?

Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/18/2013 11:55 AM EST on LiveScience NEW YORK — The increasing power and accessibility of ...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 3: Then and Now

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Only by knowing Mik-tal's endowment to us can we hope to meet the challenges of the modern world. Our efforts to find our way home begin by knowing where home is, and where we are now. Our efforts to achieve dietary health begin by knowing ourselves.

Former Vice President Al Gore: Six Drivers of Global Change

92nd Street Y | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, with Charlie Rose here at 92y last week. In this cl...

4 Reasons I'm Glad I Look Like My Mother

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Anthonia Akitunde

I can now appreciate what my mom has done for me -- and this face is a part of that.