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Observing My Legacy In My Genes

Harry Ostrer | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Harry Ostrer

Jews have characterized themselves as a people, but with these genetic links, they are more like an extended family.

Surprising Research On Genetic Basis Of Female Homosexuality

Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/14/2012 12:02 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Straight women are much more likely to get themselves knocked...

DNA Is Not a Blueprint: How Genes Really Work

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

"Blueprints" is a poor way to describe genes. It is misleading to talk about genes as doing things by themselves. Traits emerge from the interactions of genes and a range of developmental and environmental influences, and similar DNA sequences often produce slightly different outcomes.

Gene-Screening Advance Promises Convenience But Raises Ethical Concerns

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goa...

Sparrow Study Yields Surprise About Female Infidelity

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Sarah Fecht  | June 6, 2012 | Infidelity is easy to explain in males. By sleeping around, a guy can potentially impregnate more females ...

How Science Fiction Hurts Gays

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

While science by itself cannot overcome the deep underlying causes of anti-LGBT prejuidice and discrimination, it can help to combat the myths and old wives tales that underlie so much of homophobia. Thats why it's important to distinguish what is science and what is science fiction.

Do Plants Think? Scientist Gives Surprising Answer

| Posted 06.06.2012 | Science

By Gareth Cook  | June 5, 2012 | How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,...

Science Fiction Or Science Fact? What Happened To The Gay Gene?

Marten Weber | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Ever since The Science of Desire by Dean Hamer (1993), the scientific world and gays and lesbians around the world have been plagued by the idea of a single gene controlling human sexual orientation. The specter of de-gaying by gene therapy has haunted us ever since.

The Chemical Exposure That Keeps Going and Going and Going

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.04.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

For many years it was thought that our genes were the whole game -- the stuff that determined our appearance, our aptitudes, and even our susceptibility to disease. But we now know it's more complicated than that. It turns out that not all of our genes are active. Some are turned "on" and others are turned "off."

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

What Scientists' Gene Feat Means For Picky Eaters

Posted 07.30.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/30/2012 01:07 PM EDT on LiveScience For years scientists have slaved away, trying t...

The Prostate Screening Predicament: What's a Guy to Do?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The USPSTF has moved on from ambivalence about prostate cancer screening with the PSA test, and inveighed decisively against it -- a recommendation that is apt to stoke the flames of competing passions, and generate a whole lot of heat but altogether too little light.

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Are Toxic Chemicals To Blame For Rising Rates Of Autism?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.24.2012 | Green

While pregnant with her son Edgar, Melissa Wolfe followed the lead of many a cautious woman before her. She took prenatal vitamins and ate organic veg...

Why Popular Pet's Origins Are So Hard To Trace

Posted 05.22.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/22/2012 07:39 AM EDT on LiveScience Humans' close relationship to dogs has so far obscu...

What Food Allergies Are Really About

Susan Weissman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Susan Weissman

For my son, Eden, food allergies are about how food makes him feel singled out.

Crew Members of the USS Monitor: Solving the Mystery of the Skeletons in the Turret 150 Years Later

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.13.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Who doesn't love a good history mystery? You don't have to be a Civil War buff to be fascinated with the attempt to identify the two skeletons found in the turret of the USS Monitor when it was raised from the ocean floor a decade ago.

Most People Fine With Food Biotechnology, Survey Says

Food Safety News | Posted 05.11.2012 | Food

While criticism of genetically modified foods has received widespread media attention in the past few years, consumers remain generally supportive of ...

Sharing Office Cubicles... and Diagnoses

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Coworkers occupy peculiar in-between roles in our lives. Most days, we spend at least half of our waking hours with them. Disclosing our personal problems to them can offer advantages, generating social support, or can prompt stigma and discrimination.

Mystery Of Horse's Origins Solved With Help Of Hair Samples, Math

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 05.08.2012 | Science

LONDON -- A genetic study of horses across Eastern Europe and Central Asia has traced the domestication of one of man's most powerful animal allies to...

Islanders' Genes Reveal Surprising Origin Of Blond Afros

| Ellen Loury | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

Pay a visit to Melanesia's Solomon Islands, 1800 kilometers northeast of Australia, and you'll notice a striking contrast: about 10% of the dark-skinn...

Why Are African Pygmies So Short?

Posted 04.27.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/26/2012 06:20 PM EDT on LiveScience Why the Pygmies of West Africa have such short st...

Gene Screens for Soldiers

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

What are the implications for society if a serious mental illness can be avoided by deliberately excluding some people from certain sorts of situations? Should our screening mechanisms become so heavy-handed, if the technology allows it?

Artificial DNA Can Do WHAT?

Posted 04.20.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, InnovationNewsDaily Contributor Published: 04/19/2012 04:26 PM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily Synthetic molecules resembling DN...

Research: Genetics Explain Why Some Are So Sweet

Posted 04.12.2012 | College

BUFFALO, NY -- New research from the University at Buffalo could explain why people are jerks -- and why some are so sweet. Michel Poulin, Ph.D., a...

Autism and Genes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

How we -- as individuals and as a society -- respond to burgeoning genetic discoveries will be as important as these discoveries themselves.