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Genetics is the study of cellular science. It furthers our understanding of how DNA and the genetic make-up of species and can lead to cures for diseases and shape our future.

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Is it ethical to use stem cells?

Stem cells hold the promise of helping us treat a host of diseases and conditions, from spinal cord injuries to Parkinson's. And yet the use of these special cells is quite controversial -- because of where they come from.


10 Ways We're Using Data to Fight Disease

 10 Ways We're Using Data to Fight Disease

Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among other applications. Learn about data science at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How CRISPR Gene Editing Works

 How CRISPR Gene Editing Works

CRISPR technology which allows you to take the bad genes out of DNA. Learn all about gene editing at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can twins sense each other?

 Can twins sense each other?

We love stories of twins who can sense each other's pain or know what the other is thinking. But can twins really sense each other? Find out. See more »

How Transhumanism Works

 How Transhumanism Works

Transhumanism is all about living an extremely long, intelligent and healthy life. Get the scoop on transhumanism and if it will become a reality. See more »

10 Misconceptions About GMOs

 10 Misconceptions About GMOs

Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really bad for the environment and your health? Learn about 10 GMO misconceptions at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Gene Therapy Works

 How Gene Therapy Works

Gene therapy is easy to describe on paper but much trickier to implement in human cells. Learn now gene therapy works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How BRCA Genes Work

 How BRCA Genes Work

BRCA genes stand as a success story of modern genetics. Learn more about BRCA genes and breast cancer at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are mental illnesses genetic?

 Are mental illnesses genetic?

Your genetic makeup is what makes you who you are. Find out if mental illness is one of the things humans inherit from their parents. See more »

Is the DNA between genes really junk?

 Is the DNA between genes really junk?

Is the DNA between genes really junk? Find out if the DNA between genes serves a purpose or is just junk at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Who Owns Your Genes? The Gene Patent Quiz

 Who Owns Your Genes? The Gene Patent Quiz

Gene patents are a topic of debate in the scientific community. Who owns your genes? Test your knowledge with this gene patent quiz. See more »