How Food Babe mobilized an army against GMOs and chemicals

How Food Babe mobilized an army against GMOs and chemicals

Over the past three years, Vani Hari has rapidly become one of the most popular voices on nutrition in mainstream ...

Trouble settling down? Sexual promiscuity may be hardwired in genes

Next time your significant other catches you in bed with someone else, try this defense: "Don't take it personally, babe ...

Screening for rare disorder saves couple from second childbirth nightmare

A Colorado couple has two healthy children thanks to sophisticated genetic screening. They were able to choose disease-free embryos over ...
Mother Jones's missed opportunity to reverse GMO safety consensus denialism

Mother Jones’s missed opportunity to reverse GMO safety consensus denialism

A year ago, Mother Jones published a balanced report on crop biotechnology, embracing the global consensus that GMOs are safe--a ...
Designer children? Will movement for 3-parent babies change how we view parenthood?

Designer children? Will movement for 3-parent babies change how we view parenthood?

Last week members of the British House of Commons passed a bill legalizing mitochondrial DNA transfers--a process that combines three ...

Should human genetic modification always be considered taboo?

Want to see what a genetically modified human looks like? Just glance in the mirror. You are the result of ...

Is century-old remedy the solution to antibiotic resistance?

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, scientists have amassed a medical arsenal of more than 130 antibiotics. The drugs ...

Obesity linked to our nervous system

The team scoured DNA libraries of more than 300,000 people, constructing the largest-ever genetic map of obesity. Looking for consistent ...
Coming age of Xenotransplantation: Would you accept an organ from a pig to save your life?

Coming age of Xenotransplantation: Would you accept an organ from a pig to save your life?

21 people die every day in the US awaiting a transplant. A shortage of organs means a shortage of organs ...
Was Beethoven's music inspired by genetic mutations for arrhythmia?

Was Beethoven’s music inspired by genetic mutations for arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia is a largely a genetic condition that can greatly hinder--or in the rare case of Beethoven, inspire--life. New research ...

Drug-resistant malaria may pose enormous threat, doctor warns

Despite a sharp drop in malaria-related deaths over the past decade, a veteran doctor here, in the heart of the ...

Discussion with Mary-Claire King: Breast cancer gene discoverer

There has never been a scientific career quite like Mary-Claire King’s. Years ago, her doctoral thesis concluded that humans and ...
Obesity pill shows promising results

Obesity pill shows promising results

Forget the so-called "miracle" diet pills that claim to rev up metabolism. Slowly but surely, we're entering a new era ...
Challenge to Apple, Facebook: Unfair to prioritize egg-freezing over childcare

Challenge to Apple, Facebook: Unfair to prioritize egg-freezing over childcare

The pressure is immense. In stepped a few corporate giants with a plan meant to help young (and youngish) women ...

How do viruses become contagious?

Here are two recent stories about viruses. They started out alike, and ended up very differently. In October, a woman ...
DNA testing under fire in wake of fake herbal supplements investigation

DNA testing under fire in wake of fake herbal supplements investigation

An investigation using DNA barcoding of four giant retailers--Walmart, GNC, Target and Walgreen's--finds most supplements do not contain the herbs ...

Does harder living translate to shorter lifespans?

A common belief among human life history researchers is that "harsher" environments - i.e., those with higher mortality rates and ...

What’s lurking in New York City’s subway?

The Wall Street Journal released an interactive map of the bacteria in New York’s subway system. And as expected, it's ...

How oncologists sort through masses of genetic data

Whether they are concerned with a mutation of a single gene, or mutations in a combination of two or more ...

Neuroscientist explains interrelation of pain and pleasure

The rate at which someone strokes your hair can cause feelings of pleasure or annoyance — too slow is repulsive, ...

Precision medicine is a big step in the right direction

Re “ ‘Moonshot’ Medicine Will Let Us Down” (Op-Ed, Jan. 29): Michael J. Joyner asserts that precision medicine, an exciting ...

Woman’s rapid weight gain raises questions over fecal transplant

The case of a normal-weight woman who rapidly became obese after receiving a fecal transplant from an overweight relative has ...

More potential health benefits found from drinking red wine

Researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine report that a compound found in common foods such as ...

In retrospect, Obama’s personalized medicine initiative is nothing new

In the State of the Union speech delivered on January 20, President Obama made the first announcement of what seems ...

Genome tracking tech could make improve food safety and reduce food fraud

An apple can kill, a sprinkle of sprouts can send you to the hospital and your succulent, pan-seared red snapper ...

Obesity becoming less severe in young children

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in ...

Gut microbes may be engineered to fight vitamin deficiency

It's easy to forget how horrifying the effects of a vitamin deficiency can be. Each year, up to 500,000 children ...

Neurological impact of premature birth starting to become known

Thanks to medical advances since the 1970s, premature infants — those born before 37 weeks of gestation — are increasingly ...