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Head for numbers? Brain anatomy best predictor of math aptitude

Children who are good at math may literally have a brain for numbers. New research indicates that the physical structure ...
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Charlemagne for everyone! Royal DNA all around

Everyone who lived a thousand years ago who has any descendants today is an ancestor of every European ...

Protein complex mutated in about 20% of all cancers

The following is an excerpt of a longer piece. You can find a link to full story below. Researchers identified ...

Biological secrets of the criminal mind

The following is an excerpt. What is science revealing about the nature of the criminal mind? Adrian Raine, a professor ...

There’s a genetic goldmine in the Black Sea

The following is an excerpt. The Black Sea sediment record has a terrific variety of past plankton species that left ...

“Jews a genetic race” theory attacked by DNA expert

The following is an excerpt. Scientists usually don’t call each other “liars” and “frauds.” But that’s how Johns Hopkins University ...

Using DNA technology tack mosquitoes and fight malaria

The following is an excerpt Malaria is responsible for about 700,000 deaths annually in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and a team ...

Improved DNA sequencing helps leukemia treatments

The following is an excerpt. ST. LOUIS – Doctors can now view patients’ leukemia from the equivalent of a helicopter ...

Israel Police skirt law, create migrant DNA database

The following is an excerpt. Police have been collecting for over a year now the DNA of African migrants who cross into ...

The genetics of gender and sexuality

The following is an excerpt. This week Camila Ruz meets Dr Helena Cronin, co-director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social ...

Unlocking crime using biological keys

The following is an excerpt. Bad brains result in bad behavior. A new body of knowledge is documenting beyond reasonable ...

Sixty years of a (flawed) DNA worldview

The following is an excerpt. The popular notion of the double helix being the main and the only player in ...

You own your DNA, but who owns your genes?

The following is an excerpt. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union and a host of co-plaintiffs appeared for oral ...

Turning off cancer’s “master regulator”

The following is an excerpt. Researchers have identified a gene that, when repressed in tumor cells, puts a halt to ...

A new way to create genetically modified mice to model human disease

The following is an excerpt. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch, who helped transform the study of genetics ...
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Bad brains: Did my DNA make me do it?

Are perpetrators of violence suffering from a medical condition that demands a public health reaction that might radically alter the ...
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The evolution of prenatal disease

Scientists have begun to tease apart the interactions between evolution, genetics, disease, and pregnancy ...
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Cancers united by common genetic patterns

Evidence grows that cancers are best defined by their genetic fingerprints, not their organ of origin ...
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Could dwarf lemur genomes hold the key to long-distance space travel?

Two species of dwarf lemur hibernate, an unusual trait in primates. By mining the genomes of these species, scientists might ...

Stem cells may aid in sports injuries

The following is an edited excerpt.  Until recently, I didn't know that I could use stem cells to help heal ...

Made-to-order embryos: You want to sell what?!

 This is an excerpt. With political dividing lines carved deep into the collective consciousness, wading through the ethical minefield of ...

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

This is an edited excerpt. Efforts to sequence the human genome have revealed genetic risk for disease, and taught us ...

What big data can tell you about your genome

Faster and cheaper computing power and software has meant that decoding work on the human genome, which took months of ...

Participants in Personal Genome Project identified by privacy experts

This is an edited excerpt. In 2006, the Personal Genome Project (PGP) was launched to collect genomic information from 100,000 ...

Scottish scientists make embryonic stem cell find

Scottish scientists have made a discovery which sheds light on how embryonic stem cells develop and grow.  The researchers at ...

Genetic mutation linked with typical form of migraine

The following is an excerpt. A UC San Francisco-led research team has identified a genetic mutation that is strongly associated ...

Even if gene therapy does work, how will a stretched NHS foot the bill?

The following is an excerpt. Gene therapy is one of those medical "breakthroughs" that has unfortunately failed to live up ...

Junk DNA and 5 other examples of human evolutionary remnants

The following is an excerpt. People have speculated over the nature of seemingly useless physical characteristics in living things for ...