Sexual orientation can’t be explained by genetics alone

Just recently, the largest twin study to date examining genes’ influence on homosexuality was published in the journal Psychological Medicine ...

Chocoholic? Only GMO cocoa may help meet your cravings

The world demands about one million more metric tons of chocolate than cocoa farmers are physically able to produce. By ...

Older moms carry more mitochondrial mutations, leading to more diseases

It’s a widely known truth that older mothers have increased chances of giving birth to children with a wide variety ...

Humans possess more extensive virome than previously thought

Your body is a wonderland… for viruses, found a new study published in BMC Biology. This research was a peek into The Human ...

How the environment shapes our genetic code

The fascinating field of epigenetics studies how different environmental influences actually have the power to change gene expressions in our ...

Couple with history of obesity arrested because of son’s weight

A couple in the United Kingdom has been arrested for neglect and child cruelty for letting their 11-year-old son become ...
Have a taste for liver? Food preferences might be hard wired

Have a taste for liver? Food preferences might be hard wired

Geneticists have found 17 new genes that help determine what foods people enjoy most. But these genes aren't related to ...

Breast cancer gene also raises risk of lung cancer in smokers

After comparing the DNA of 11,348 Europeans with lung cancer and 15,861 cancer-free patients, researchers found a particularly strong contention ...

Down syndrome and leukemia risk explained by genes

In science, technological advances often serve to deepen medical mysteries, as researchers peel away the next layer of the onion ...

Everyday forgetfulness may have genetic basis

New research shows that everyday forgetfulness may be caused by a certain gene variant, offering a genetic explanation for people ...

New York City student ancestry project to analyze DNA

“I’m part Neanderthal,” Rachel Bruton, a member of National Geographic’s Explorer Programs team, told Medical Daily. “I consider it bragging ...

Angelina Jolie’s preventative mastectomy drew attention, but didn’t make people more informed

In modern medicine, few major diseases lack for celebrity representation. But a new study may discredit the cherished notion of ...

DNA test links genes to suicide in antidepressant users

When a patient first begins to take antidepressants, there is actually a chance that person may commit suicide within the ...

Can coffee and beer influence aging?

We know that your choice of coffee or beer affects your mood — but can it influence your genes as ...

Chronic stress impacts genes, causes inflammation

Stress: It’s a common, and sometimes unavoidable, affliction in the modern world. Adults and even sometimes children are faced with ...

Scientists shrink brain cancer with new gene regulation technology

A new drug from Northwestern University shrinks an incurable form of brain cancer in mice, paving the way for a ...

Ethnicity might determine the bacteria in your mouth

Fingerprints are one of, if not the only things unique to each and every individual. For this reason, it makes ...

Genetic mutation linked to eating disorders discovered

Although prevalence of eating disorders cannot be tracked precisely, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder together may affect five ...

Dentist buys John Lennon’s tooth at auction in hope of creating a clone

Dr. Michael Zuk didn’t blow $30,000 on John Lennon’s tooth for its medical significance or second-hand value. When the Canadian dentist purchased ...

Scientists ID genetic basis for late-onset Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease affects one in eight elderly Americans. The disease is thought to simply be a part of getting older; as one ...
How much does genetics dictate your mood and mindset?

How much does genetics dictate your mood and mindset?

Optimism and pessimism are not purely genetic: we have some control over our perception of the world ...

Scientists map duck genome to study bird flu

The following is an edited excerpt.  Avian influenza or bird flu viruses are known to hide out in ducks, yet ...

Genetic variant linked to variation in patient reponse to blood thinner

The following is an excerpt. The discovery of a genetic variation in some blacks that affects response to the blood ...

Mistakes in ‘junk DNA’ linked to cancer

The following is an excerpt. "Junk DNA" makes up about 98 percent of the human genome, an enormous accumulation of ...

Senate rejects GM food labeling measure, farmers relieved

The following is an edited excerpt. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to the 2013 U.S. Farm Bill ...

Genome sequencing should be universal, benefitting all

The following is an excerpt. The promise of personalized medicine with genome sequencing might soon imbue humanity with terrific powers ...

Mutations behind inflammatory disease were an adaptation

The following is an excerpt. Multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases may result from mutated genes that were once positive ...

Kissing swaps genes along with spit

The following is an excerpt. Kissing is a physically affectionate act of pressing the lips against someone or something. The ...