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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...

Rat Study Links Chronic Stress To Common Mood Disorder

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Science

By Gisela Telis on 25 June 2012, 3:15 PM Stress really does mess with your mind. A new study has found that chronic stress can create many of th...

Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Perhaps many reading this will consider me a relic to place so much weight on accuracy. If so, I suppose it's an occupational hazard as a genealogist's worth is measured largely in credibility, but what do you think?

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...