Podcast: Who should have access to gene-editing tools?

Podcast: Who should have access to gene-editing tools?

Scientists and researchers from major labs are putting their minds and grant dollars into gene editing tools like CRISPR, which ...
How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Podcast: CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna addresses ethics of human genome editing

Podcast: CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna addresses ethics of human genome editing

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9. They ...
Five new genetic links to autism found

Five new genetic links to autism found

Five novel genetic variants have been linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study. The research, released ...
Health or ancestry? How to choose the right genetic test for you

Health or ancestry? How to choose the right genetic test for you

Every so often, someone asks me which [genetics] test I recommend. And my answer boils down to one question: What ...
Mom was right: Teenagers’ brains can’t process what’s important and what’s not

Mom was right: Teenagers’ brains can’t process what’s important and what’s not

Adults are generally pretty good at being able to tell when a situation is worthy of extra time or concentration ...
How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

[W]hen we talk about the autism spectrum – we are all “a bit autistic” – and we all fit somewhere ...
Viewpoint: How to choose the right consumer genetics test to map your family tree

Viewpoint: How to choose the right consumer genetics test to map your family tree

Every so often, someone asks me which [genetics] test I recommend. And my answer boils down to one question: What ...
Why life-saving gene therapy isn't available yet to children who need it most

Why life-saving gene therapy isn’t available yet to children who need it most

[The first patient to permanently edit his DNA,] Brian Madeux, 44, of Arizona, is part of a clinical trial testing ...
Senator Chuck Schumer sounds alarm over personal genomics privacy

Senator Chuck Schumer sounds alarm over personal genomics privacy

[W]ith the holiday season in full swing, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on [November 26] called for more scrutiny into popular ...
Viewpoint: Newsweek's surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

Viewpoint: Newsweek’s surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

[Editor's note: Dr. Charles Dinerstein is a retired vascular surgeon.] In a nod to science, Newsweek reported that there might be genetic underpinnings ...
Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Drug addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Once addicted, it’s not only about pleasure seeking or choice, but chemical reactions ...
Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Eager to speed development of revolutionary treatments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would expedite approval of ...
Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...
Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could ...
Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

New research gives expectant mothers reason to be more cautious with air pollution, which can cause damage to the critical ...
How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

Gene therapy, which modifies a person’s DNA, has long been thought of as a way to treat genetic diseases—and, more recently, ...
Video: Here’s how CRISPR gene editing works

Video: Here’s how CRISPR gene editing works

Gene editing is in the news a lot these days, but what is it exactly? Gene editing is the process ...
Have humans or any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have humans or any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
Checkpoint inhibitors fight cancer–but can have nasty side effects

Checkpoint inhibitors fight cancer–but can have nasty side effects

Yale University immunologist Kevan Herold spoke about a few of his newest diabetes patients to an unlikely audience: oncologists and ...
Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged ...
Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Scientists are slowly uncovering the genes and mechanisms that cause mental health disorders, but we are a long way from ...
Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

It’s because of the stem cells. Cornell University researchers determined that for testicular cancer, those cells are more capable of responding ...
Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

New research now shows that some humans possess a genetic equivalent to [an anti-aging] drug. A small number of Amish people in ...
'Fault-free obesity': How much are fat-storing genes causing expanding waistlines?

‘Fault-free obesity’: How much are fat-storing genes causing expanding waistlines?

Obesity is often attributed to a simple equation: People are eating too much and exercising too little. But evidence is ...
Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

[Editor's note: Michael White is a genetics professor at Washington University in St. Louis.] [S]cientists have developed an easy way to ...
Gene therapy boost: FDA positions for faster reviews of new treatments

Gene therapy boost: FDA positions for faster reviews of new treatments

The Food and Drug Administration on [November 16] issued new guidelines to speed the introduction of treatments involving human cells ...