Environmental exposures cause aging. We should know more about them.

Why do our bodies age at different rates? Why can some people run marathons at the age of 70, while ...
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Prickly challenges of breakthrough fetal brain research: Learning about human differences

The brain remains an inscrutable mystery. A new research project gives us a peek at brain gene activity during fetal ...

Marmosets offer clue to human stillbirths, programmed while mom is in grandma’s womb

One way to learn about reproductive health is to observe how our primate cousins have babies. And a new study ...

Father’s age may be overblown as risk factor for autism

It’s difficult to pick up a newspaper these days and not see a reference to the apparent increase in the ...
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We can read your DNA … but how well can we understand it?

The Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson has penned an important reminder that "the facts about your genes are not necessarily facts ...

Gene changes, diabetes continuing legacy of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge

Cambodia’s diabetes clinics are overflowing. On its surface, it looks like little more than another country’s growing pains as it ...
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Mother’s diet during conception may lead to epigenetic consequences and disease

A study following mothers in rural Gambia, where the rainy and dry season make for major seasonal changes in diet ...

Study aims to measure impact of genes vs. environment during fetal development

A recent study led by A*STAR's Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) found that genetics as well as the environment ...
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Lamark Redux: Is epigenetics rewriting his legacy?

Evolutionary biologist Josh Mitteldorf looks back on the discredited scientist's views of evolution in light of our new knowledge of ...

Epigenetics might explain how humans differed from Neanderthals despite very similar genes

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species ...
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It’s time for a cancer genomics revolution

Cancer genomics has produced some major successes; genetically tailored drugs are around the corner in the UK. But as this ...

Mechanism for epigenetic inheritance found in sperm

A solution may be nigh to one of the biggest mysteries of biology – how the effects of a person's ...
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Why you may not want to get off the couch to run: The skinny on genes and exercise

Genes underlie our ability to exercise, but for some, genes also appear to contribute to the irresistible urge to stay ...

Epigenetic studies provide intriguing results, but are hard to replicate

Obesity may be written not only in the genes, but also on top of them. One of the largest studies ...
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Epigenomic boom over hyped?

Epigenetics promises to explain the relationships between our genes and environments, but some scientists argue it may be going too ...

Epigenetic changes may spur autism

Recent findings suggest that certain environmental factors can influence the development of autism spectrum disorder. About one in 100 people ...
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Revisiting the “gay gene” controversy: Homosexuality is only a disorder if society makes it one

Earlier this year, findings shared at the annual AAAS meeting triggered a firestorm of "gay gene" headlines and reactionary op-eds ...

Scientists discover epigenetic mechanism linked to obesity-related disease

In one of the largest epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) to date, published in The Lancet, scientists have identified a new ...
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The selfish gene debate: The power of stories in science and society

Science writer David Dobbs wrote an article late last year calling for a new narrative to help us understand evolution ...

Chemotherapy induces long-lasting epigenetic changes in blood cells

Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue and other debilitating symptoms that persist months to years after their course of treatment ...
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Multiplex babies? New wrinkle on ‘new eugenics’ and the debate over 3-parent IVF babies

While the debate rages on about 3-parents IVF, there is already talk about an even more radical procedure: babies made ...
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Was Lamarck right? Epigenetic research suggests we might inherit learned traits. But how?

It seems almost certain that epigenetic effects -- an annotation to DNA that changes how genes are expressed -- can ...
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Video: When it comes to sports success, genes matter most

David Epstein, author of "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance" discusses the ways that human biological ...
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Genetic odd couple: Humans traveling with (friendly?) infection-causing African bacteria for 100,000 years

Helicobacter pylori, which causes ulcers and stomach cancer, maybe the oldest our oldest bacterial infection: genetic studies suggest it came ...

Genetic switch controls muscles aging

It is a sad fact that old age brings diseases. Many may not be life-threatening, but they make life less ...
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Brain science pioneer shifts focus of NIMH to basic neuroscience and genetics

Drain science pioneer Dr. Thomas R. Insel, now director of the National Institute of Mental Health, has sharply shifted the ...
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Ouch! Epigenetic changes dial your pain threshold up or down

If you flinch where others merely frown, you might want to take a look at your lifestyle. That's because environmental ...

Epigenetic changes up your cancer risk as you age

Researchers from the NIH say they have demonstrated that a subset of human genomic sites that become increasingly methylated with ...
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