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When You First Meet Your Spouse, Who Thinks About the Possibility of Breast Cancer?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I wanted so desperately to start a family with this man -- to produce little people who were essentially products of our love. Hearing the very sobering news that part of his DNA could cause our daughter to experience any type of pain in the future, well, it's painful for me to even type.

Parting Ways: A Brief Look Into Male-Pattern Baldness

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

To understand male-pattern hair loss, properly known as androgenic alopecia, one must understand the life cycle of a normal scalp full of hair.

Swimming in the Educational Gene Pool? How Far Can Children Go With the Genes They Have?

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Our educational attainment is a mix of our biology and what we do with it. Let's help all children reach their highest potential and not blame them for the genetic pool they swim in. Genes are not destiny.

Is Inequality in Our Genes?

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Inequality is part of modern humanity, but the ways in which it is maintained and exploited are not fixed in our culture or in our genes. Maybe we need to take a lesson from our recent and distant ancestors and act socially, cooperatively, to mediate and moderate the ways in which inequality plays out in our society.

Catherine Pearson

How Your Genes Shape Your Desire For Thinness

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

If you're a woman living in the U.S., you can hardly turn a corner without walking smack into an image idealizing thinness, whether it's a model on a ...

How My Sister's Death May Have Saved My Life

Lisa Jey Davis | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Lisa Jey Davis

If you have relatives who've suffered from breast or ovarian cancer (even pancreatic or prostate cancers), then ask about genetic testing and don't allow the fear of the unknown to jeopardize your health. I'm here to cheer you on. We are all here to cheer you on.

Genetics and Personalized Drug Therapy of Hypertension: Don't Expect Too Much

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Unlike the treatment of cancer, the future of personalized drug selection in treating hypertension is not likely to result from filling in a genetic map. It lies instead in understanding better, and making better use of, the clinical clues that can guide us.

Cara Santa Maria

How To Clone A Horse

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 10.01.2012 | Science

How do you feel about cloning animals? Have you ever hoped you could make an exact copy of your furry loved one? A woman named Kit Knotts did just...

Innovation, Demand to Fuel Personalized Medicine Progress

Charles Buck | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Charles Buck

In this era of global political revolution, fueled by an ongoing communications technology revolution, there is a quiet but equally profound revolution afoot in health care. It's called, simply, personalized medicine.

How The Tabby Got Its Stripes

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 09.20.2012 | Science

NEW YORK -- How does a tabby cat earn its stripes? With the right DNA. Scientists say they've found the gene that sets the common tabby pattern &ndas...

New Findings on X-Ray Risks Pose Dilemma for Young Women Prone to Developing Breast Cancer

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Last week delivered some disconcerting news for people with a specific, strong inherited high risk for developing cancer.

Save Our Species!

Matt Kohn | Posted 11.14.2012 | Entertainment
Matt Kohn

Before long, you are on earth and in space, and feeling around your own brain, and your connection to the global history uncovered through anthropology and archaeology. Never will you be just a tourist at a World Heritage site, but a witness.

Cara Santa Maria

Redhead Genetics: What Does The Future Hold?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.14.2012 | Science

Happy Roodharigendag (that's Redhead Day in Dutch). It's a summer festival that takes place the first weekend in September in the Netherlands. This ye...

Anthropology and the Assault on Common Sense: Critical Thinking About Being Human Is a Useful Hobby

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
American Anthropological Association

Rather than assuming that there is one way to be human, one set of human behaviors that lie in our genes or our culture, and one way to experience the spiritual and transcendental, anthropologists know that there are many ways to be and become human.

Do You Know Your Family Health History? Find Out on Labor Day Weekend

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Most of us don't realize that our family tree plays a pretty important role in determining our own health. Beyond Dad's freckles, Mom's blue eyes and Grandma's math gene, what else has been passed down for generations? Health issues are inherited and knowing your history is critical.

Fearless Eating: It May Be In Our Genes

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

It makes sense that food neophobia likely evolved, as the researchers state, to prevent mammals from eating poisonous foods. It makes sense that neophobia was important enough to our survival that it became a part of our DNA.

Could THIS Be Your Next Hard Drive?

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Science

By John Bohannon When it comes to storing information, hard drives don't hold a candle to DNA. Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a si...

What If

Christine Eads | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Eads

What if, at your fingertips, you had all the information that could tell you all you needed to know about every disease and/or illness you may contract for the rest of your life?

Is There A 'Battle Of The Sexes' When It Comes To Height?

Posted 08.08.2012 | Women

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 08/07/2012 07:08 PM EDT on LiveScience For women looking to pass on their genes, it pay...

Devastating News: Billionaire Denies Rumors Of Real-Life Jurassic Park

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.03.2012 | Business

Rumors are running wild that a real-life Jurassic Park is in the works, but after the man behind the project has denied the claims, only one question ...

A Second Chance to Be a Genetic Pioneer

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.02.2012 | Science
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy -- DNA testing done for the purpose of learning about one's roots -- has been around for about a decade, but a recent development suggests that we've reached the pioneering sweet spot.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 07.30.2012 | Books

"The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code" Little, Brown $25.99 What is it about? Th...

Personalized Biological Testing in Psychiatry: Inevitable Reality or Impossible Dream

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Personalized psychiatric diagnosis has great promise and may be one of the few ways out of the current impasse -- the constant flow of group mean studies giving non-replicated or barely-significant differences.

Your Genes, Your Identity... and Your Family Secrets

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.11.2012 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Klitzman talked to patients who are at risk of inheriting genetic mutations that increase their likelihood of serious illness. He wanted to know whether they would get tested for the gene and how their decisions would affect the way they perceived themselves and their future.

'Super Vision' Really Exists In Some People, Research Suggests

Melissa Cronin | Posted 06.29.2012 | Science

The world is a colorful place, and scientists suspect that it's a lot more colorful for some people than for others. Preliminary research suggests tha...