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Realizing the promise of newborn screening

Geneticist James P. Evans argues that it is time to start looking at genetic testing through the lens of disease ...
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Lily Grossman: Medicine — and hope — via genomics

The utility of whole genome sequencing is debated, but Lily Grossman's story offers compelling evidence for its potential ...
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Personal genetic tests can benefit everyone

Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of the personal genetics testing company 23andMe, says that knowing your genes could save your life ...
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Meritocracy: How social Darwinism made modern China

What role does DNA play in nation building? Can hundreds of years of natural selection provide the genetic basis for ...
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The genetics of mental illness and the allure of gene-ism

The current reality of mental illness is one of blurred boundaries; new genetic results showing coming ground among several disorders ...
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Return of the Neanderthals

Should scientists seek to clone our ancient hominid cousins? ...
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Genetic engineering may help in mapping the human brain

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, biology’s next big challenge will be to map the human brain, report ...
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Breast cancer genetic testing gets covered by health care reform

Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving thousands of dollars for women ...
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Gene therapy’s breakout moment

This could be gene therapy's breakout moment: speculative venture capital investors are realizing the potential of gene therapy and are ...
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“Adam” born 338,000 years ago in revised estimate

DNA collected from an African American suggests that the "genetic Adam" may have lived far longer ago than previously thought ...
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Synthetic biology comes down to Earth

The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Jim Collins, a Boston University bioengineer and founder of synthetic biology ...
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Brain-net: Telepathic mice first step in creation of biological computer

Using neurotechnology, scientists have created rats that can communicate telepathically across continents. Some neuroscientists think the experiments could lead to ...
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College genetics gets personal

Classes that deal with personal genetic results are popping up on college campuses with backing from 23andMe ...
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An embarrassment of “-omes”: Which ones matter?

Forget the genome. We're drowning in transcriptomes, epigenomes, and other -omes. How many of these categories are useful and how ...
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UK’s sale of personal gene data condemned as ‘unethical and dangerous’

Critics say companies could acquire personal information that would identify patients without their consent ...
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To claim someone has ‘Viking ancestors’ is no better than astrology

Exaggerated claims from genetic ancestry testing companies undermine serious research into human genetic history ...
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Detecting the ‘genetic’ characteristics of malware

The battle between malicious software and computer anti-virus programs is continuous and ever-evolving. But thinking of malware in a biological ...
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The brain is not computable

At this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a top neuroscientist dismissed the idea of ...
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Nutrigenomics: There is no universal healthy diet

The ubiquitous Food Pyramid (and newcomer MyPlate) offer the same dietary recommendations for everyone above two years of age, including ...
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New guidelines on testing kids’ DNA

When and how should parents have their children genetically tested? Ricki Lewis gives a Cliff’s Notes version of the new ...
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Napoleon Chagnon on the DNA of violence: Do killers have more kids?

In a review of controversial anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon's memoir "Noble Savages", Charles Mann explores the uncomfortable biological realities of human ...
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Searching for genius in the genes

Scientists have been able to isolate some genes connected to lower IQ, but the genes which help create high intelligence ...
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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 ...