Should Lance Armstrong be celebrated as a pioneer in human enhancement?

Should Lance Armstrong be celebrated as a pioneer in human enhancement?

Technology and medicine are helping humans to go above-and-beyond our evolutionary limitations. As self-enhancement becomes more socially acceptable, allowing doping ...
Glaucoma risk depends on genetics and race

Glaucoma risk depends on genetics and race

Research may soon reveal the genetic variation that underlies ethnic disparities in glaucoma risk ...
Neanderthal cloning: Morally wrong and scientifically challenging

Neanderthal cloning: Morally wrong and scientifically challenging

Genetic imprinting limits the scientific value of cloning a Neanderthal ...
Biotech firms lobby states to limit generic drug competition

Biotech firms lobby states to limit generic drug competition

Some of the nation’s biggest biotechnology companies are lobbying state-by-state to limit competition from genetic drugs; this could add billions ...
Ten years after launch of Human Genome Project, the future is here

Ten years after launch of Human Genome Project, the future is here

In April 2003, for the first time, anyone could freely read the fundamental instructions needed to make a human body ...
Bionic eyes may soon be available in the U.S.

Bionic eyes may soon be available in the U.S.

For people with retinitis pigmentosa -- a rare genetic disease that damages cells in the back of the eye -- ...
Orphan genes spawn from junk DNA

Orphan genes spawn from junk DNA

Despite orphan genes' seeming incompatibility with evolutionary theory, they're actually an example of natural selection at its finest ...
Using genetics to predict succeptibility to depression

Using genetics to predict succeptibility to depression

Current genetic tests for major depression have more to offer as a curiosity to a diagnostic or preventative tool. This ...
Human bone reveals ancient gene flow patterns

Human bone reveals ancient gene flow patterns

A 40,000 year old leg bone found outside Beijing reveals this man was related to the ancestors of many present-day ...
Human enhancement could turn soldiers into weapons that violate international law

Human enhancement could turn soldiers into weapons that violate international law

Memory-erasing drugs to ward off PTSD; co-opting the physiology of dolphins and sled-dogs to work all week without sleep few ...
Stem cell showdown: Small business versus the FDA

Stem cell showdown: Small business versus the FDA

In Texas, the science of stem cells has collided with a governor’s ambitions, a businessman’s optimism, a doctor’s faith, and ...
Can genomics help developing countries face their growing burden of disease?

Can genomics help developing countries face their growing burden of disease?

For low-income countries, establishing health care genomics is expensive and requires infrastructure and skilled human resources that may be lacking ...
Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

New research refutes a 2011 study which raised concerns over the side-effects of induced pluripotent stem cells as a treatment ...
Are we entering the age of $1 million medicine?

Are we entering the age of $1 million medicine?

More than a quarter of the new medicines approved in the United States last year were designated for rare or ...
Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost

New research refutes a 2011 study which raised concerns over the side-effects of induced pluripotent stem cells as a treatment ...
Ron Unz on genius, IQ, race and meritocracy

Ron Unz on genius, IQ, race and meritocracy

What is the nature of intelligence and genius? Literally thousands of studies definitively show that DNA plays a dominant role; ...
Bacteria or virus? Your genes can reveal what ails you

Bacteria or virus? Your genes can reveal what ails you

What's giving you the sniffles? Is it a virus or bacteria? Your genes may offer an easy way to check: ...
Harvard scientists sequence entire genome from single cell

Harvard scientists sequence entire genome from single cell

The notion that police can identify a suspect based on the tiniest drop of blood or trace of tissue has ...
Public health genomics: 15 years on

Public health genomics: 15 years on

Genomic research was widely expected to transform medicine, ushering in a new era of personalized healthcare and disease prevention, but ...
Nature creates genetically modified organisms -- including humans

Nature creates genetically modified organisms — including humans

Despite some concerns over the transfer of DNA from one organism to another to create genetically modified crops and animals, ...
Young and carrying a deadly gene: Do you really want to know?

Young and carrying a deadly gene: Do you really want to know?

Most people have a deep intuition that a life lived clear-eyed has inherent value, independent of whether the truth makes ...
Genetic effects on intelligence and society

Genetic effects on intelligence and society

Fewer subjects are more controversial than the study of genetics and its relation to just about every facet of human ...
Gene technology innovations reshaping future of medicine

Gene technology innovations reshaping future of medicine

The ability to map human DNA cheaply and quickly is yielding a torrent of data about the genetic drivers of ...
Evolution may contradict 'dumb jock' notion

Evolution may contradict ‘dumb jock’ notion

According to a popular stereotype, intellectual achievement and athleticism are inversely linked. Now a controversial view of evolution suggests that ...
DNA tests target Native Americans

DNA tests target Native Americans

The Center for Genetics and Society, which takes an ultra-conservative view of genetic screening and genetic technology, takes a one-sided ...
The (epi)genetics of homosexuality

The (epi)genetics of homosexuality

Although scientists have spent the last few decades scouring our genome for a “gay gene,” a new paper suggests it ...
Body builders: Making artificial organs from cells

Body builders: Making artificial organs from cells

Ready-made organs have been a science fiction fantasy for decades. New “bioartificial” organs, made from plastic that’s seeded with stem ...
Scientist uncover clues about the evolution of hands

Scientist uncover clues about the evolution of hands

Fossils show that limbs evolved from fins, and a new study reveals how it may have happened. Spanish scientists injected ...

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