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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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DNA may be future goldmine for marketers

In the not-too-distant future, marketers might turn to an unexpected source for clues to everything from vacation preferences to buying ...
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New business plans for direct-to-consumer gene testing industry

Two of the major players in the gene testing industry -- 23andMe and Family Tree DNA -- along with upstart ...
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Genetically reprogrammed AIDs virus rescues girl from cancer

In the first of its kind experimental treatment, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used a disabled form of the virus that ...
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Prenatal diagnosis story shows challenge of genetics reporting

The New England Journal of Medicine reported this week that prenatal diagnosis with gene chips is superior to conventional chromosome ...
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Geneticists and physicists collaborate on a DNA dark matter detector

DNA may help out in the hunt for dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 25 percent of the ...
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UK could miss out on the genomics revolution

The UK has a huge opportunity to lead the world in disease discovery, treatments and cures. But support from the ...
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Genetic screening: Do you really want to know what might eventually kill you?

Americans spend more than $5 billion annually on genetic testing for everything from Alzheimer's to breast cancer to Huntington's disease, ...
Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Science 2.0 founder Hank Campbell responds to Neo-eugenics

Eugenics is attempting a 21st-century comeback. This has a lot of people scared. But it also has a lot of ...
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Harvard’s Richard Lewontin mangles population genetics review

Discover's blogger Razib Khan's dissects Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin's biologically troublesome take-down of two books on "Jewish genetics". Lewontin ...
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New eugenics and the question of personal choice

Eugenics is back in the headlines. Our ability to examine and manipulate our genes is more advanced than ever. But ...
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Human enhancement: Resistance is futile?

In the next few decades we may well see see technology currently used to aid the sick and disabled -- ...
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First gene therapy to go on sale in 2013

The first gene therapy to be approved in a regulated market was announced by the European Commission. The therapy, available ...
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First gene therapy to go on sale in 2013

The first gene therapy to be approved in a regulated market was announced by the European Commission. The therapy, available ...
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Frozen egg banks – A “paradigm shift” for the fertility industry?

Advertising for frozen egg banks has recently kicked into high gear. The spread of large frozen egg banks also see ...
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Arthur R. Jensen, who sparked debate about the genetics of IQ, dies

Jensen is most famous for arguing that the gap in intelligence tests between blacks and whites was due to genetic ...
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Center for Genetics and Society escalates attack on life-saving gene therapy

CGS, a "progressive" but uber conservative-minded advocacy group that opposes many medical technology innovations is continuing its campaign against gene ...
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Children and DNA

DNA provides the operating instructions for our cells that influence everything from a person’s hair color to susceptibility to disease ...
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Eugenics reconsidered

Eugenics was embraced and even promoted by progressives 100 years ago as a tool to make the world a better ...
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Political incorrectness alert: Genes and hormones likely influence women’s votes

CNN has been widely ridiculed this week for posting and quickly taking down a story about new research regarding how ...
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Craig Venter’s vision to print life, generate vaccines

Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine and inject it at home, contagion averted ...