Non-genetic factors may play significant role in species evolution

Non-genetic factors may play significant role in species evolution

An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ...
Why identifying 'autism genes' is so elusive

Why identifying ‘autism genes’ is so elusive

Researchers are unlocking the mystery of autism's origin. Yes, it's mostly 'in the genes,' but what that means is one ...
Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the 'dawn of civilization'

Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
Chasing origins of anorexia: Genetics may play role in the complicated disorder

Chasing origins of anorexia: Genetics may play role in the complicated disorder

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
Say that again? Drug treatment could help older brains distinguish sounds

Say that again? Drug treatment could help older brains distinguish sounds

Have you noticed that learning languages or musical instruments becomes harder as you get older? It may be because your ...
Vinegar may activate 'epigenetic switch' that could increase crops' drought tolerance

Vinegar may activate ‘epigenetic switch’ that could increase crops’ drought tolerance

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought ...
Mosquito suppression on 'continental scale' could be possible with CRISPR

Mosquito suppression on ‘continental scale’ could be possible with CRISPR

Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Trump isn't affecting human evolution and organic produce isn't helping your sperm

Epigenetics Around the Web: Trump isn’t affecting human evolution and organic produce isn’t helping your sperm

Is Donald Trump adversely affecting human evolution? One professor's opinion shows how the left politicizes science too; Men's Health quotes ...
Unrelated identical twins? Science of finding your doppelgänger

Unrelated identical twins? Science of finding your doppelgänger

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
Epigenetics Around the Web:  Q&A on hype of epigenetics and health link on Reddit Science 'Ask Me Anything'

Epigenetics Around the Web: Q&A on hype of epigenetics and health link on Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’

Epigenetics Literacy Project's Nicholas Staropoli took to Reddit Science to answer questions and debunk myths about the budding, yet controversial, ...
Is it possible to stop our muscles and bones from deteriorating as we age?

Is it possible to stop our muscles and bones from deteriorating as we age?

With age, the form and function of our bones and muscles drop off, putting us as increased risk for frailty ...
Tea may lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attacks by altering gene activity

Tea may lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attacks by altering gene activity

Tea has been linked to numerous health benefits, from a reduced risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure to ...
Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Editor’s Note: On Friday, June 2nd from 1pm–3pm EDT, ELP director Nicholas Staropoli hosted a Reddit-science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) about the hype surrounding ...
Eating broccoli can change your DNA, reduce prostate cancer risk

Eating broccoli can change your DNA, reduce prostate cancer risk

[A] new study has...found that sulforaphane—a compound abundant in broccoli—can help regulate long non-coding RNAs and, in turn, reduce the ...
Human 'tree rings'? Neuroimaging predicts life span and brain age

Human ‘tree rings’? Neuroimaging predicts life span and brain age

In recent years, scientists have plumbed the molecular depths of the body and surfaced with tell-tale biomarkers of aging, some ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Microbiome boom; and What links Native American repatriations to epigenetics? Nothing

Epigenetics Around the Web: Microbiome boom; and What links Native American repatriations to epigenetics? Nothing

This week’s features: CNN story on UCLA professor botches 'epigenetics and Indians'; and why you shouldn't trust personalized microbiome tests--yet ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Integrative medicine physicians and new book 'Born Anxious' fail Epigenetics 101

Epigenetics Around the Web: Integrative medicine physicians and new book ‘Born Anxious’ fail Epigenetics 101

A new book hyped by several sites is likely based on pseudoscience, which underscores why physicians need to be more ...
Childhood 'overgrowth'—often leading to facial distortions—found linked to cancer-causing genes, epigenetics

Childhood ‘overgrowth’—often leading to facial distortions—found linked to cancer-causing genes, epigenetics

Researchers have undertaken the world's largest genetic study of childhood overgrowth syndromes - providing new insights into their causes, and ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Marie Claire's missteps on probiotics and microbiome; Dad's role in fetal health

Epigenetics Around the Web: Marie Claire’s missteps on probiotics and microbiome; Dad’s role in fetal health

Missteps on science, journalism and advertising; Overhyping the epigenetic relationship between healthy fathers and healthy children ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: IFL Science doesn't f****** understand how humans 'inherit' modifications

Epigenetics Around the Web: IFL Science doesn’t f****** understand how humans ‘inherit’ modifications

The popular science site IFL Science whiffs at covering a major study; and can we please stop talking about 'space ...
Can epigenetics help fuel personalized medicine revolution in cancer treatment?

Can epigenetics help fuel personalized medicine revolution in cancer treatment?

Already, doctors, to some degree, use personal genomics tests that integrate our unique genetic makeup into clinical decision-making. However, there ...
Inheritance of epigenetic modifications observed through 14 generations in roundworms

Inheritance of epigenetic modifications observed through 14 generations in roundworms

To a degree, our lineage dictates how our genes are expressed, how we look, age, and live. However, a recent study ...
Could it be possible to slow, or even rewind, our body's aging clock?

Could it be possible to slow, or even rewind, our body’s aging clock?

Ageing in humans (and animals) can be seen as either an inevitable process of wear and tear or as an ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Evolution of instincts — How 'real' is behavioral plasticity?

Epigenetics Around the Web: Evolution of instincts — How ‘real’ is behavioral plasticity?

A researcher's decision to broadcast his controversial hypothesis about the evolution of instincts is irresponsible, and a study throws cold ...
Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

The more we learn about octopuses and squids, the more mysterious they become. The ability to edit their own RNA ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Epigenetics and health in 2030, botched vitamin B cure, and more

Epigenetics Around the Web: Epigenetics and health in 2030, botched vitamin B cure, and more

This week’s features: Vitamin B still won't protect you from air pollution, and epigenetics and the city of 2030. Plus, ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: No, income inequality does not cause epigenetic changes, botching Lamarck, and more

Epigenetics Around the Web: No, income inequality does not cause epigenetic changes, botching Lamarck, and more

A psychology professor claims that income inequality is causing epigenetic changes and a Huffington Post article on climate change and ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: No, Dr. Sarah Gottfried, we can’t control genes with lifestyle tweaks, and more

Epigenetics Around the Web: No, Dr. Sarah Gottfried, we can’t control genes with lifestyle tweaks, and more

This week’s features: An MD is pushing pseudoscience to sell her new book and a word of caution about epigenetics ...