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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 ...
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Geneticists developing hens resistant to flu deadly to humans

Research scientists at Australia's national science research agency are using a technique called gene silencing to “switch off” virus genes ...
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DNA evidence may not be an open and shut case

The belief that DNA samples mark out individuals like an infallible biological barcode is powerful. But the process of tying ...
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Claim of first human stem cell trial unravels

Claims by a Japanese scientist to have run a clinical trial in which reprogrammed cardiac muscle cells grown from induced ...
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Race and intelligence

There is no more explosive issue in human genetics than the issue of race and IQ. Ron Unz, a leading ...
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Genoeconomics: To uproar, researches say genetic diversity can predict economic success

A yet-to-be-published article in an upcoming issue of the prestigious American Economic Review by two economics professors, peer reviewed by ...
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Was Lamarck right? How epigenetics may work

While no biologist believes that organisms can willfully change their physiology in response to their environment and pass those changes ...
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‘Genetic signatures’ may predict prostate cancer

Researchers have identified genetic "signatures" for aggressive prostate cancer (the second most common cause of death in men, after lung ...
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How genetics shape political beliefs

Studies of identical twins unequivocally demonstrate the heritability of politically related behavior. What they do not do, though, is explain ...
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ACLU asks Supreme Court to rule on gene patents

The ACLU has petitioned the US Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit Court’s decision that an isolated DNA sequence ...
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Anti-genetics NGO slams technique to eliminate hereditary diseases as unethical manipulation

The Center for Genetics and Society, which opposes gene modification on ideological grounds, is portraying as unethical a fertility treatment ...
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Past and future: Re-examining Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned animal

Fifteen years ago, scientists in Edinburgh announced to the world an incredible breakthrough: the creation of the first cloned animal--a ...
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DNA test for babies speeds diagnosis

A new technique for quickly analyzing the DNA of newborns zeros in on mutations that can cause disease, demonstrating that ...
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Association between obesity and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

It's hardly shocking, but a National Institutes of Health funded study finds that people with a genetic proclivity for obesity ...
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Zombie alert? Male DNA found in women’s brains might prevent disease

Male DNA found in the brains of women appears to have come from male fetuses they carried when pregnant, and ...
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In breakthrough, geneticists find 4 distinct types of cancer leading to new treatments

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of ...
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Genomic studies find all humans did not originate in East Africa

The largest study of genetic variance across present-day populations in southern Africa suggests that there is no single place in ...
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What does the $1000 genome mean for you?

The cost of genome sequencing is starting to sink into the affordable range. Should you save up and get one? ...
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Using race in medicine

Racial categories are currently ubiquitous in medicine and medical research. How are these categories determined? Is there uniformity from one ...
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Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...
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Re-evaluating the junk DNA discovery

Over the last few days, several interesting blog posts and pieces have cast doubt on those front-page claims that our ...
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Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale - but ...
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Personal genomics: New drugs target common cancers

Tens of thousands of Americans with tumors from certain types of lung cancer have mutations that might be treated by ...
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Maverick ethics professor: “It’s our duty to have designer babies”

Julian Savulescu, the Oxford University professor of ethics controversially argues that “breeding better babies” is our human imperative ...
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Transhumanism series premiers on web

A new high-profile digital series H+ portrays a world in the not-so-distant future in which transhumanism has moved from the ...