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Can genes determine whether your kid aces the SATs?

More than ever, a child’s academic future depends on standardized testing scores. The pressure to perform well can be intense, ...
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FDA challenges stem cell companies, patients run out of time

Desperately ill patients may seek out stem cell solutions, but the FDA has expressed concern over the safety of some ...
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Bacterial genetics helps defeat antibiotic-resistant “super-bugs”

Genetic sequencing of antibiotic-resistant bacteria show us how they evolve -- and how to isolate and kill them ...
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The popular (and misleading) view of DNA

Despite push-back against genetic determinism ("DNA is not destiny"), there's is still a popular reluctance to reduce the prominence of ...
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The promising future of GM rice

Commercialized GM rice had not yet become a reality—farmers aren’t growing it and consumers can’t eat it. But varietals with ...
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The “right time” to have children

Are older parents trading the financial security of age for increased risk of disorders like Down syndrome, multiple or premature ...
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The “right time” to have children

Are older parents trading the financial security of age for increased risk of disorders like Down syndrome, multiple or premature ...
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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 ...
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Glaucoma risk depends on genetics and race

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

Genetic imprinting limits the scientific value of cloning a Neanderthal ...
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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 -- ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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; ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...