Epigenetics of exercise: Our muscles appear to have ‘molecular memory’

Epigenetics of exercise: Our muscles appear to have ‘molecular memory’

Our muscles may actually possess a molecular memory in the form of epigenetic marks on our DNA. According to a ...
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Epigenetics and doping: Steroids may have long-lasting performance enhancing effects

Editor's note: E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria in Canada [Olympic ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
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Some cases of autism may have epigenetic origins

Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism spectrum ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
How plants learn and use memories for prediction and decision-making

How plants learn and use memories for prediction and decision-making

[Editor's note: Laura Ruggles is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia.] The idea that plants can ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
Skin color and 'race': Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
Cuddling may change your baby's epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

Cuddling may change your baby’s epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A ...
Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
Lung cancer progression linked to enzyme that promotes epigenetic changes

Lung cancer progression linked to enzyme that promotes epigenetic changes

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from Nanjing University in China have identified an enzyme that promotes lung ...
Can't get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Can’t get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Being apathetic may feel like following the path of least resistance. But studies of apathy in the brain show otherwise ...
Video: Combating aging in our lifetime

Video: Combating aging in our lifetime

[A] new video from Kurzgesagt presents several technologies close to completion that could make a big impact on how we ...
Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

[Editor's note: Osagie Obasogie is a professor of bioethics at the University of California-Berkeley.] Set in the not-too-distant future, the ...
Two of a kind? Twins offer unique glimpse into human development

Two of a kind? Twins offer unique glimpse into human development

In the world of genetics, identical twins offer a valuable source for study. And they've shown that our genetic makeup ...
How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

Scientists at Vanderbilt University say they have discovered a nongenetic cause of resistance to cetuximab, a therapeutic that is used ...
Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Studies have shown that males and females metabolize drugs differently, suggesting we should be spending more time studying those differences ...
Pro fighters monitored to shed light on early signs of trauma-induced brain damage

Pro fighters monitored to shed light on early signs of trauma-induced brain damage

Researchers have enrolled close to 700 mixed martial arts fighters and boxers, both active and retired, in the past six years ...
'Final-cause thinking': Does biology and evolution need to be 'purposeful'?

‘Final-cause thinking’: Does biology and evolution need to be ‘purposeful’?

In the world of evolutionary biology, in particular, there is still a huge amount of final-cause thinking, despite the fact ...
Viewpoint: We need to change the way autism research is funded

Viewpoint: We need to change the way autism research is funded

[Editor's note: John Rodakis is the founder and CEO of N of One: Autism Research Foundation.] Robert Naviaux, a professor ...
Beyond designer babies: What's the future of ‘bio-modifications’?

Beyond designer babies: What’s the future of ‘bio-modifications’?

Vanderbilt University professor Michael Bess's presentation, “Our Grandchildren Redesigned,” was presented at the Dawn or Doom conference on [September 27]. Bess ...
Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can't be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
Avoiding PTSD: Genetic tests could help military screen optimal combat candidates

Avoiding PTSD: Genetic tests could help military screen optimal combat candidates

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...
Can epigenetics change the way we breed crops for drought and climate change?

Can epigenetics change the way we breed crops for drought and climate change?

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

A new study being peddled by anti-GMO activists suggests that table vinegar may be equal or superior to advanced breeding ...
Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Molecular biologist Ken Witwer: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way our genes work? ...