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Genetics

Keeping Your Heart and Brain Healthy: The Prevention of Heart Disease and Alzheimer's

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum

As we wait for the research to unfold, clearly more dollars need to be allocated to the world of Alzheimer's. In the meantime, we can say one thing with confidence: Watch what you eat very carefully, for the sake of your heart as well as your brain.

Where and When Did Humans Evolve?

Cadell Last | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

Our global presence is quite recent, and although we may look different, we are actually a genetically homogenous species compared to other great apes. This makes most of our differences superficial.

Mouse Study Suggests Surprising Role For 'Junk' DNA

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Face shape is largely determined by genetics, yet no two faces are entirely alike. How do genes bring about faces with subtle differences while avoid...

Could Roma Couple Have Blond, Blue-Eyed Child?

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

Updated at 1:44 p.m. on Oct. 25. A Roma couple in Greece was charged last week with abducting a young girl who was found living with them. What mad...

New Tests, Same Old Bias and Misinformation

Rachel Adams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Adams

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to recognize the accomplishments of people with Down syndrome and advocate for better resources, services, and research. And so the timing of Jane Brody's lazy and poorly researched piece on "Breakthroughs in Prenatal Screening" was particularly unfortunate.

Love, Loss and Conquering Cancer

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

There are many reasons cancer has become ingrained in the landscape of our lives. Cancer prevention should be on the top of every corporate spreadsheet. How would that change the way we do business? What could that do to expand corporate social responsibility?

The One Beauty Trait These Stars All Share

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.10.2013 | Style

Eye color, dimples and freckles are physical traits we inherit from our parents that are obvious to the naked eye. But when was the last time you look...

Amish at the Cutting Edge of Genetic Technology

Manoush Zomorodi | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Manoush Zomorodi

Two groups of people that shy away from many technologies -- Amish and Mennonites -- are actually on the cutting edge when it comes to genetics.

Tickling the Child Brain

Pascal Vrticka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Pascal Vrticka

Our findings on the neural basis of humor processing (in children) may provide some preliminary clues informing theories regarding humor evolution and function in humans.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

Pop A Pill To Forget Bad Memories?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.20.2013 | Science

What if you could forget bad memories simply by popping a pill? We're not there yet, but new findings reported by researchers at MIT suggest that we'v...

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think Y...

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

5 Reasons Republicans Should Embrace Obamacare... and Take Credit for It

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans would be far better served embracing Obamacare, labeling it correctly, taking credit for it, and using it to "prove" the virtues of free market competition.

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How Does The Brain Go From Unconsciousness To Wakefulness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachael Grannell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how the brain transitions from a state of unconsciousness to wakefulness. A barrier to awareness, c...

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Fathers (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic testing is a tremendous addition to our arsenal of tools to tackle family history riddles, and this is one of my favorite examples of how simple and effective it can be.

An Introduction to Genetics and Alzheimer's Disease

Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Fifty
Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D.

Currently, age is the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer's. However, family history also plays a role and should be taken into consideration as many look for answers about their risk for the disease.

The Future of Genetic Privacy

Dov Fox | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Dov Fox

That our DNA could serve as an eyewitness has powerful implications, beyond individual privacy, for the pervasive role of race in the investigation of crime.

Is There A Genetic Overlap Between Alzheimer's And Parkinson's?

Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty

For years, scientists have wondered about a possible link between Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, either in terms of genetics or environmental fa...

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Genetic 'Adam & Eve' Uncovered In Surprising New Study

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 08.02.2013 | Science

Almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago, new research suggests. And that ancient man likely shared ...

Abuse, Adoption and Epigenetics

Tim Spector | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Tim Spector

We are bombarded by often contradictory advice on how best to bring up our children. However, scientific evidence is usually lacking, and research has surprisingly failed to find a clear relationship between family environment and the child's resulting behavior.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

I Want Jeremy Yoder's Money

Baba Brinkman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science
Baba Brinkman

In a recent blog post, University of Minnesota biology post-doc Jeremy Yoder takes a hatchet to my campaign to promote "Don't Sleep With Mean People" as the new Golden Rule of sex. He dismisses the concept as "inane pseudo-scientific claptrap."