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No, tongue folding is not a genetic trait

Esther Inglis-Arkell | io9 | 
Rolling your tongue is not a genetic trait. Most of the people reading this were told, at some point during ...

Newcomers to Hawaii drive anti-GMO activism against local farmers and scientists

Mark Strauss | io9 | 
After Hawaii banned GMO crops, local farmers say they have no idea whether their plants are illegal or not. Plus, ...

‘Preppers’ join anti-GMO movement in search of healthier post-apocalyptic lifestyle

Mark Strauss | io9 | 
Activists championing organic foods have found support among preppers (people preparing for the end of civilization). They're sympathetic to the ...
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GM crops safe but ecological concerns need to be examined, regulated

Rachel Mitchell | io9 | 
Scientists have demonstrated that genetically modified organisms have no measurable negative impacts on human health. Indeed, they may hold the key ...

Anti-GMO activists hijacked Indian farmer suicides story for their own agenda

Mark Strauss | io9 | 
Of the many horror stories we hear about GMOs, few are as heart-rending as the one about how nearly 300,000 ...

Cooking, farming and other ways our culture can change our genes

Jason Goldman | io9 | 
The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance ...

Scientists create genetically modified cells that fight HIV

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
The treatment is considered radical, and the results were drawn from a small scale human trial, but for the first ...

Does cilantro taste like detergent to you? Food preferences are hard-wired

Lauren Davis | io9 | 
Ever wonder why some people think cilantro tastes like detergent while others scatter it over everything? Or why brussels sprouts ...

What if natural products came with a list of ingredients?

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Processed foods are notorious for their jaw-droppingly long lists of chemical-laden ingredients, each one sounding worse than the last. But ...

Human family dynamics explained through the lens of bird evolution

Joseph Bennington-Castro | io9 | 
Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could ...
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Bio-artist uses bacteria and antibiotics to color textiles

Lauren Davis | io9 | 
Bio-artist Anna Dumitriu uses deadly bacteria, such as MRSA, and antibiotics to color textiles in an attempt to challenge the relationship ...

Scientists Use a Mutated Virus to Build a Better Battery

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
By unleashing a genetically modified virus onto microscopic electrode wires, researchers from MIT have shown that the performance of lithium-air ...

DNA testing Q&A with Duke professor

Ria Misra | io9 | 
Misha Angrist is an assistant professor at Duke who specializes in personal genomics. He deals with questions such as what ...

Bioengineered patch regrows damaged bones inside the body

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Researchers from the University of Iowa have developed a remarkable new procedure for regenerating missing or damaged bone. It's called ...

Genetic analysis shows “Yeti” is actually a polar bear hybrid

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Aw, shucks. Science goin’ off and ruining everything again for cryptozoologists. The latest blow comes from a UK geneticist who ...

How artificial chromosomes could transform humanity

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to ...

The idea of open-sourcing GE attracts more interest

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Frederick Kaufman has penned a provocative article for Slate's Future Tense column in which ...

Traces of Neanderthal DNA in human genes suggest complex ancestry

Annalee Newitz | io9 | 
The following is an excerpt. Thirty years ago, anthropologists were divided into two camps: Those who believed that humans had ...

Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Science fiction's favorite moral quandaries are suddenly pressing concerns ...

How do identical twins develop different personalities?

Joseph Bennington-Castro | io9 | 
The following is an excerpt. Find a link to the full story below. Despite having the same genetic makeup, identical ...
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Could dwarf lemur genomes hold the key to long-distance space travel?

Joseph Bennington-Castro | io9 | 
Two species of dwarf lemur hibernate, an unusual trait in primates. By mining the genomes of these species, scientists might ...

10 unusual genetic mutations in humans

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
The following is an excerpt. No two people are alike, due to the subtly different ways our genomes are expressed ...

GMOs are one solution to an ancient puzzle

Robert Gonzalez | io9 | 
The following is an excerpt. For decades now, GMOs have been railed against for producing food aplenty, but at grave ...

Is China selectively breeding a new generation of genius babies?

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
The following is an excerpt. There's a provocative and somewhat disturbing article  over at Vice about China's recent foray into genetics and the country's ...

Debunking the “humans are getting dumber” study

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
A new study published in Trends in Geneticsis suggesting that humans are slowly but surely losing their intellectual and emotional ...

Researchers create an animal entirely from stem cells

George Dvorsky | io9 | 
Biotechnology is getting into some pretty interesting territory these days. The latest breakthrough comes from Kyoto University where research scientists ...
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