Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Ed Cara | 
Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious ...
precision 4 10 18

Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Kristen Brown | 
Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
human africa fossil 34727

Discovery of ancient finger in Saudi Arabia suggests humans left Africa 20,000 years earlier than assumed

George Dvorsky | 
It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil ...
face 4 9 18

Why humans and Neanderthals look so different

George Dvorsky | 
Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had heavy eyebrows, huge noses, and large, long faces that bulged forward. Using 3D computer ...
Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

Ed Cara | 
A small new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience seems to offer some insight into what’s happening in the brain while we’re on ...
3-26-2018 transgender-paige-master768

75% of transgender women report ‘positive changes in their life satisfaction’ after surgery

Ed Cara | 
While many transgender people opt for gender-affirming surgeries, little research has been done to examine how such operations may affect ...
3-20-2018 gettyimages-758292097

Possible breakthrough in one-a-day male birth control pill?

Ed Cara | 
One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much ...
Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Kristen Brown | 
In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite changes. In other words, the ...
cycling 3 16 18

Staying ‘highly physically fit’ could stave off dementia by nearly 90%

Ed Cara | 
The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published [March ...
Can Halo's brain-zapping headsets improve athletic performance?

Can Halo’s brain-zapping headsets improve athletic performance?

Kristen Brown | 
Equinox jumped at the chance to offer Halo Neuroscience’s brain-zapping, supposedly performance-enhancing headsets as part of its advanced personal training ...
23andMe map 43726

23andMe adds 120 geographic regions to make genetic ancestry results more precise

Kristen Brown | 
If you’ve ever taken an ancestry DNA test, you probably already know that the results aren’t exactly precise. Sometimes you wind ...
cancer 3 7 18

Consumer genetics first: 23andMe gets OK to sell limited DNA test for cancer risk

Kristen Brown | 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared 23andMe to sell directly to customers a DNA test for gene mutations ...
2-28-2018 ben-greenfield

Big breakthrough? Man’s penis injected with stem cells at controversial clinic

Kristen Brown | 
Ben Greenfield is a cult figure among fitness fanatics, a guru to the sort of nerds who devote themselves to ...
2-26-2018 ganji1HR

Video: Watch DNA organization in real time

Kristen Brown | 
Your body is truly amazing. Every cell inside of it is capable of organizing massive messes of DNA into chromosomes ...
olympic 2 26 18

Quest to find ‘Olympic genes’ comes up short—so far

Kristen Brown | 
In 2014, the former Soviet nation of Uzbekistan announced a plan that it hoped would give it a leg up ...
2-22-2018 1060x600-efb348bbb6b1a68022ca0defec9e5c19

Controversial natural supplement kratom draws FDA’s ire after Salmonella outbreak

Ed Cara | 
It’s no secret that the Food Drug Administration isn’t a fan of kratom, a popular herb purported to help people with digestive ...
2-21-2018 shutterstock_402771094-1440x810

Cutting through the ‘dieting din’: Your DNA won’t help you lose weight

Kristen Brown | 
Many consumer DNA testing companies have pledged to cut through the dieting din with personalized advice. Different diets work for ...
2-20-2018 worried-your-child-might-have-autism

Blood test predicts autism with 90% accuracy

Ed Cara | 
New research, published Sunday [Feb. 18] in the journal Molecular Autism, might provide one of the first steps needed toward developing an accurate ...
black 2 16 18

CRISPR ‘black box’ tells us what’s happening inside human cells

Kristen Brown | 
To get a peek inside the cell, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed a sort ...
tests 2 12 18

‘Inherently imperfect’: Why ancestry tests are often misunderstood

Kristen Brown | 
It’s right there in the fine print of any consumer DNA test, if you bother to read it: DNA testing ...
biohacker 2 8 18

DARPA: Biohackers should ‘think deeply’ about using themselves as research guinea pigs

Kristen Brown | 
[DARPA biotechnology director Justin] Sanchez was not only [at Body Hacking Con] to promote the agency’s expansive research portfolio. He ...
ears 1 31 18

Replacement ears for children grown from their own cells in Chinese lab

Ed Cara | 
Chinese scientists say they’ve accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine—giving someone a new, ...
1-28-2018 parents-and-crying-baby-at-home

‘Genetic nurture’: Parents’ genes affect how they raise their children

Kristen Brown | 
A new paper [January 26] in Science suggests a fascinating new twist on this interaction between our genes and our environment. Our ...
smallpox 1 25 18

Questioning the decision to resurrect smallpox relative in the lab

George Dvorsky | 
In an effort to develop a safer vaccine substitute, Canadian researchers have resurrected a close relative—the extinct horsepox virus—from scratch ...
pest 1 24 18

Targeting invasive pests with genetically tailored poison in New Zealand

Kristen Brown | 
Recently, New Zealand has been at the center of a heated debate over whether it is either feasible or ethical to use ...
spit swab 48357

‘An awful lot of spit’: Consumer DNA test market booms as consumers ‘take control of their health’

Kristen Brown | 
When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after ...
1-17-2018 biohacking

Should the FDA have a say in ‘do-it-yourself’ biohacking?

Kristen Brown | 
In the past few months, the possibility of do-it-yourself genetic engineering has exited the realm of the purely hypothetical. ...
Mushrooms 58574

CRISPR food coming soon: USDA decision speeds up regulatory process for gene-edited crops

Kristen Brown | 
In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant Camelina sativa, an important oilseed crop that ...