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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...

Rachel Tepper

What Spells Difference Between Adventurous, Picky Eaters?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Tepper | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science

"You know what I’d like is the apple pie a la mode," Meg Ryan's character says to a befuddled waitress in the 1989 film, "When Harry Met Sally." "Bu...

Glow-In-Dark Plant Project Sparks Major Debate

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science

Among the many projects attracting crowd-sourced funding on the Kickstarter website this week are a premium Kobe beef jerky, a keyboard instrument cal...

The 'Angelina Effect' in Four Charts

Brian Reid | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Reid

Angelina provides an interesting look into how the famous can drive conversations about health. She is a celebrity of status, and her story is both dramatic and complicated.

Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.

Six Action Rules From Business Genetics

Richard Koch | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Richard Koch

Last week we saw that value is driven most fundamentally not by companies but by valuable economic information -- "business genes" -- that companies make themselves the best vehicles for. So what should executives do, to help their companies and their careers?

EXPLAINED: How Rare Tiger Got Its Coat

Posted 05.24.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/23/2013 12:21 PM EDT on LiveScience The strikingly beautiful, milky coats of white tigers ...

Angelina Jolie, Doctors, Patenting Genes, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Angelina Jolie's openness about her decision to undergo mastectomies because of the BRCA1 mutation can help inspire countless women to face this difficult decision. Yet several obstacles exist that deserve attention, concerning doctors and costs of testing.

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.