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Human Genome Project

The Promise of Genomic Medicine Is Just Beginning

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Vivek Wadhwa

Hardly a week goes without the announcement of a major scientific breakthrough in genomics. The early triumphs are being seen with rare inherited diseases -- which together afflict more than 25 million Americans.

DNA Sequencing Holds Center Stage

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

The death of British biochemist Fred Sanger last week gives us a reason to reflect on one of his two discoveries that earned him the Nobel Prize: a method to sequence the genetic code of a segment of DNA.

From the Inside: Looking into the Human Gene Project [Infographic]

VisualNews.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
VisualNews.com

Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it's hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world.

It's Not Just the Genes

Eric E. Schadt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Eric E. Schadt

In a relatively new field called multiscale biology, big data is helping us learn from a massive body of information, as well as the networks they form that define the complex biological processes at play within any living system, that we could not have understood if we stuck with looking at smaller collections of factors in isolation.

You Will Die Itchy and a Little Fat

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

American! Are you bored? Jaded by the government shutdown and the squishy Tea Party imbeciles that caused it, but not quite yet completely paralyzed with fear that the world is closing in around you?

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part IV: The BRAIN Initiative and the Politics of Experience

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Developing a better understanding of, and effective treatments for, mental-health disorders is a very ambitious task for BRAIN. Although those actually involved in BRAIN stop short of saying the we can find the sources for these things and cure them, there is hope that this is where we are headed.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part II: Why Are the Human Psyche and Behavior So Complicated?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The very inconclusiveness of the Human Genome Project as detailed in part one is pushing us to conclude that we were only looking in the wrong place when we put a microscope to our DNA. Instead, we have determined to look to the brain directly.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part I: The Disappointment of the Human Genome Project

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The ideal image many people had of the genome as a straightforward template that stamps out human beings in a predictable way was, and is, a fantasy. And this is nowhere more evident than in the case of human personality traits and mental illness.

Science Education Fuels Innovation

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Anne Wojcicki

April 25th is DNA Day. I know, you probably had no idea. If you are like a lot of Americans, you don't give much thought to DNA or genetic science in general. You should.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

From Junk DNA to Junk Economics to BRAIN Science: Beware the Sovietization of Big Science

Bill Frezza | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

This is a good time to examine President Obama's recent attempt to bring more of American science under centralized direction and control.

Where do I sign up for my computer brain?

Mark McClelland | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science
Mark McClelland

If you could transfer your mind into a body that needs no sleep, suffers no pain, is made entirely of replaceable parts, and might allow you to live forever, would you? Add to the bargain a vastly improved IQ and the ability to retain everything you learn. It's the promise of mind uploading -- the transfer of a human mind into a computer -- and it may be feasible during the lifetime of today's teens. The implications are profound, and reach into every aspect of who we are and what we are capable of.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 7): Reductionism

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Reductionism has its limitations. Is a human being -- one who bristles at injustice, weeps at Pachelbel's Canon, loves her children, is awestruck by beauty, and craves chocolate -- simply the product of Pavlov's conditioned reflexes to stimuli?

Can Science Figure Out Consciousness?

Allen Frances | Posted 04.20.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

President Obama will soon declare a second "decade of the brain." The project is a good idea, but don't hold your breath that it will lead to any quick clinical breakthroughs or deep insights into human consciousness.

Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

Dr Rupert Sheldrake | Posted 01.31.2013 | Religion
Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith.

Gene Patents

Myles Jackson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Science
Myles Jackson

When one thinks of patents, one generally thinks of mechanical contraptions, the products of a creative genius, such as Thomas Edison. Rarely does one think of human genes. Alas, since 1982 the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on human genes.

The Value of ENCODE

Nessa Carey | Posted 11.24.2012 | Science
Nessa Carey

Creating a drug to target just one regulator may have little impact. But the more we understand the regulatory networks involved in health and disease, the more chance we have of identifying the key vulnerable pinch points in our organ systems.

Dependent on Government? You Bet They Are!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Some things are actually worth paying for....

PHOTOS: This Week In Science History

Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

Did you know you owe your teeth to a 15th Century emperor? This week marks significant strides in history for dental care, but that's not all. The...

Time for Another Human Genome Project?

Andrew Hessel | Posted 05.14.2012 | Science
Andrew Hessel

The scientific charge to read a human genome started gaining traction 25 years ago. Now it may be time to think about writing one.

Low-Cost DNA Decoder Promises Medical Revolution

AP | By MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 01.11.2012 | Science

NEW YORK -- A biotechnology company announced it has developed a machine to decode an individual's DNA in a day for $1,000, a long-sought price goal f...

Science And Spirituality Can Transform Our World .. Together

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 11.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

Darwinian narratives of "survival of the fittest" and mechanistic Newtonian physics are increasingly being seen as elements of a far greater and richer tapestry. Compassion and empathy seem to be hard-wired into us.

Can You Evolve On-Demand?

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

We spend a lifetime learning the details of our culture and the tools of intellectual inquiry. But we invest virtually no energy in mastering our own consciousness.

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Hyman, MD

The decoding of the human genome at the dawn of the millennium carried the hope and promise of the beginning of the end of human suffering.

Contagious Transcendence--The Christmas Truce of 1914

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven and Michael Meloan

A mysterious peace swept across the Western Front on Christmas Eve 1914. The Western Front, during World War I, was a system of trenches lined by woo...