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Podcast: The surprising science of epigenetics—How a family of ‘Mickey Mouse mice’ overturned our understanding of heredity

Kat Arney takes a look at the world of epigenetics, finding out if more than DNA passes on to the ...
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Searching for your doppelgänger: Why it’s not so unusual to find a twin

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
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Can we ‘program’ people through epigenetics to enjoy exercise?

Some people wake early every morning to run, bike, swim, or lift. For others, finding the motivation to work out ...
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Inherited learning appears to be real, through epigenetics. But we still aren’t sure how it happens

[S]ome researchers have found evidence that even some learned behaviors and physiological responses can be epigenetically inherited. None of the new ...
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4 things to know about epigenetics, including that most changes are not passed on to offspring

Far more is unknown about epigenetics than is known. Let’s have a look at what we do know ...
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Epigenetics could alter the way we breed crops for drought and climate change

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
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Can frequent exercise epigenetically slow the aging process?

Research under way in Melbourne is showing that exercise can, literally, make your body younger. … [Researcher Sarah] Voisin tells ...
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New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

Epigenetics, the study of mechanisms by which genes are turned on or off without altering their genetic code or DNA ...
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Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin’s belief that mutations are random and neutral

When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he ...
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Epigenetic clues could assist crime investigations by revealing age range, lifestyle habits of suspects

[The] field of forensic epigenetics [uses] the markers that sit on top of DNA and modify it’s expression, rather than the ...
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Gene silencing could ‘fool’ plants into surviving harsh environments

By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering ...
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Epigenetic changes in plants could help produce food crops better suited to harsh environments

The sequence of genes passed on to daughter cells or offspring isn't the only factor that determines the traits of ...
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How can seemingly-unique animals be genetically the same?

More and more, biologists are discovering that organisms thought to be different species are, in fact, but one. A recent ...
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Genes play a role in educational achievement, but not as much as your parents’ education does

What's more important, genes or environment? …The advent of genomics has given us a new perspective on the role of ...
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How do you know ‘pseudoscience’ when you see it?

Ontario Correactology Health Care Centres offer 'natural' ways to manage pain, but they're not scientifically proven ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
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Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
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Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
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Battle over America’s waistline: How obesity affects having children and their health

On one side are social forces behind a “fat acceptance” movement seeking to normalize obesity or at least reduce discrimination ...
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Genetic therapies won’t solve depression anytime soon

Can a better understanding of the genetics of depression lead us to safer, more effective treatments for the disease? ...
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Will epigenetics play central role in advancement of precision medicine?

For many treatments it remains to be proven whether a drug's epigenetic actions, rather than another mechanism such as stimulation ...
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Is natural sleep the only kind that counts? Or can we make that artificial, too?

Around the world, people spend billions on sleep. Everyone is looking for a good night's rest. But, amidst all of ...
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Why Americans respond to drug placebos more than any other nationality

Remarkably the placebo effect--a fake treatment in which a person taking an inactive substance like sugar, water or saline solution ...
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Obesity is in our head and in our genes

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
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Is there a genetic switch that causes ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)?

We don't know the causes of ALS in most patients, but about 10 percent of cases are thought to be ...