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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."

How Can Scientists Solve Case With 50-Year-Old DNA?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science

The news that 50-year-old DNA provided a break in the Boston Strangler murder case may have you wondering: just how long does DNA last? Yesterday, in...

Boy Or Girl? Mammals Study Suggests A Mother's Body May Choose

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.11.2013 | Science

Mammals can skew the male-female ratio of their offspring in order to maximize their reproductive success, new research finds. The study, published ...

DNA Study Reveals American Dogs' Surprising Ancestry

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

European colonization of the Americas brought smallpox, starvation and warfare that decimated indigenous populations. But the canine companions that...

DNA Stories: A Tale of Two Sisters (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

A Tale of Two Sisters shows how genetic genealogist Bill Hurst made clever use of DNA testing to solve a long-standing history mystery in his family.

Can You Turn Off Your Fat Genes?

Ben Greenfield | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to do very well on a diet and exercise plan, while others seem to fail with the same plan? Much of this is due to the fact that everyone has a unique body type that will respond differently to a specific workout or nutrition plan. This is a concept known as "somatotyping."

It's Not in Your Head, It's in Your Body

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

The 1998 study known as the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study clearly shows with a gigantic amount of evidence that our life stories matter a great deal to our health.

The Slippery Meaning of Angelina and BRCA

Dalton Conley | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science
Dalton Conley

Before long the gene for breast cancer may be associated with lower odds of contracting the disease thanks to the steps women with the now-dangerous alleles take to mitigate their risk. In the not-so-distant future, BRCA1 mutations may predict mastectomies, not breast cancer.

SOLVED: Mystery Of Zoo Celebrity's Curious Color

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

A famous albino gorilla that lived for 40 years at the Barcelona Zoo got its white coloring by way of inbreeding, new research shows. Snowflake was ...

FREAKY: Is THIS The Future Of The Human Face?

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.11.2013 | Science

What might humans look like in the distant future? Nickolay Lamm, a Pittsburgh-based artist, has created four sci-fi-like illustrations showing one...