DNA magnify

Biotech a drug discovery engine

Ray Blanco | 
We sometimes hear about diminishing returns in cancer research and development in the big pharmaceutical companies. They tell us, traditional ...

Radical life extension is already here, but we’re doing it wrong

Ross Andersen | 
Over the past twenty years, biologists have begun to set their sights on the aging process itself, in part by ...
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The biology of political narcissism: Donkey brains vs. Elephant grey matter

Jon Entine | 
Anti-Republican science writer Chris Mooney stirred a hornets nest of controversy with the publication of his recent book, The Republican ...

FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

Samer Fakhri | 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a groundbreaking trial by the University of Texas Medical School at ...
crossing over

As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

Amy Dockser Marcus | 
The cost of mapping a person's full genetic profile has been dropping quickly. Now, doctors are struggling with a new ...

Risk and DNA: In search of the money gene

Leon Neyfakh | 
What makes someone want to start a business? That was what the young economist Philipp Koellinger was trying to figure ...

Genetics of homosexuality: “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t publish”?

Jon Entine | 
Critics of homosexuals portray it as a “deviant” lifestyle choice and a violation of God’s will. Some religious conservatives argue ...
woman and doctor

Will Gattaca come true?

Mara Hvistendahl | 
Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically- and raise tricky ethical questions.A scientist ...

Combating depression with green care therapies

Caitlin Kight | 
One example of a promising but under-studied therapy is "green care" or "care farming," a type of intervention that uses ...
old age

Your genes decide how old you get

Kristien Sjogren | 
If your grandparents were able to celebrate their 90th birthday there’s a good chance you might do the same. Our ...
Legacy book

Jews are an ancient Middle Eastern ‘tribe’, genes reveal

Jon Entine | 
In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at ...

Synthetic DNA is tomorrow’s medicine

Kristian Sjogren | 
An international team of researchers has created revolutionary proteins that can copy synthetic genetic material – the so-called XNA (Xeno-Nucleic ...

Real “Beautiful Mind”- College dropout became mathematical genius after mugging

Neal Karlinksky | 
Jason Padgett, 41, sees complex mathematical formulas everywhere he looks and turns them into stunning, intricate diagrams he can draw ...
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