Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Our past understanding of the brain would suggest that new knowledge requires new brain cells, and as a result our ...
Who gave humans genital herpes? Maybe this ancient ancestor

Who gave humans genital herpes? Maybe this ancient ancestor

Genital herpes infects about one in six American adults. But who was patient zero, the individual responsible for this irritating scourge? Researchers in ...
If you could modify your children's genes, what would you change?

If you could modify your children’s genes, what would you change?

Scientists focus on gene editing to eliminate certain debilitating hereditary diseases, but the technology could accomplish a lot more. Recently, the ...
Obesity changes gene activity which may predict diabetes risk study says

Obesity changes gene activity which may predict diabetes risk study says

In what is being called the biggest study yet on the effect of body mass index (BMI) on DNA, researchers ...
Have we discovered the genetic mutation linked to increased risk for early-onset Parkinson's?

Have we discovered the genetic mutation linked to increased risk for early-onset Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain, but it's still not clear what causes ...
Unbreakable bones and four other bizarre human genetic mutations

Unbreakable bones and four other bizarre human genetic mutations

Strange genetic mutations often play into the storylines of Hollywood action films, but in reality...genetic mutations exist in the DNA of ...
Brain gene may be key to developing medications for Down syndrome

Brain gene may be key to developing medications for Down syndrome

Although it’s clear that Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the occurrence of an extra chromosome, the exact genes, ...
Banning gene editing to modify human embryos could be hasty

Banning gene editing to modify human embryos could be hasty

For many, the word “designer baby” brings to mind images of eugenics...As a result of this commonly shared fear, the ...

Gene mutation linked to aggression and healthy body weight

Acting aggressive and reckless when drunk could be a sign that you’re a complete jerk, or it could be an ...
GMO wine? Scientists developing hangover free nutritionally-enhanced vino

GMO wine? Scientists developing hangover free nutritionally-enhanced vino

Imagine wine, only better for you and without the hangover the next day. Researchers from the University of Illinois are ...

Blood based cancer test shows promise in mouse studies, detecting early stage tumors

Scientists are working to create a pill that would allow doctors to diagnose cancer with a simple blood test. The ...

After three-parent babies, are two-dad and two-mom babies next?

An international team of scientists have shown that it is possible to create human sperm and eggs from stem cells ...

Chocoholic? Only GMO cocoa may help meet your cravings

The world demands about one million more metric tons of chocolate than cocoa farmers are physically able to produce. By ...

Older moms carry more mitochondrial mutations, leading to more diseases

It’s a widely known truth that older mothers have increased chances of giving birth to children with a wide variety ...

How the environment shapes our genetic code

The fascinating field of epigenetics studies how different environmental influences actually have the power to change gene expressions in our ...