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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Composites from DNA in cold cases is helping investigators make predictions about the appearance of both suspects and victims in hopes of generating leads.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 1, 2018
What happens when twins are reunited decades later? And how in the world can you explain separated twins giving their firstborn son or their family dog the same exact name?
By John Donovan
A NASA study of astronaut Scott Kelly showed that spending time in space altered the expression of some of his genes. But does being on a mountain cause similar effects?
By Patrick J. Kiger May 16, 2018
In addition to the double-stranded spiral, a four-stranded tangle, known as an i-motif, has been shown to exist throughout our genetic material.
By Amanda Onion Apr 25, 2018
Tetragametic chimerism occurs when a single organism has two genetically distinct types of DNA.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 21, 2018
Scientists in China successfully cloned the first-ever primates using the same method that created the world's most famous sheep — a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Jan 26, 2018
The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."
By Dave Roos Dec 20, 2017
A groundbreaking study finds light skin pigmentation gene variations originating in Africa, eroding the notion of race as a biological characteristic, and shedding light on cancer and evolution, too.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 6, 2017
Mapping the genome of the King of Fruits reveals the source of its smell, and may present opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 10, 2017
At least two commercial DNA testing services offer users information on heritage coming from coupling between ancient humans and other species.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 31, 2017
A recent letter in the journal Nature claims that access to ancient human remains should be more open, especially in light of advancements in analysis techniques.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 23, 2017
Is it better to be grossed out by the smell of your asparagus pee, or not to be able to smell it all? A new study explains why some of us can detect this unique odor.
By Jesslyn Shields Dec 14, 2016
A condition that causes unruly, silvery-blond hair has been traced to mutations in three genes.
By Kate Kershner Nov 30, 2016
Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among many other applications. Where is this science headed?
By Meisa Salaita
A transhumanist named Zoltan Istvan is running for U.S. president. Maybe it's time to learn a little more about the transhumanism movement.
By Robert Lamb Jul 6, 2016
A new study catalogs the number of clinics performing stem cell "treatments" unapproved by the FDA, finding more than anybody realized.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 30, 2016
Ever think about what an interplanetary human race might be like? We let our imaginations tackle that question in this thought experiment.
By Robert Lamb Jun 24, 2016
The Gulf country says collecting genetic DNA samples will help combat crime and terrorism. What if info is stolen? And can a government be trusted to not cross the line?
By Patrick J. Kiger May 19, 2016
A new study shows the DNA of Labs may make them beg, scavenge and pay attention to food more intently than other breeds. And there are implications in that for humans.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 3, 2016
Genetic modification just became fast, easy and cheap, thanks to CRISPR technology which allows you to take out bad genes out of DNA — like for diseases — and insert good ones. Learn all about gene editing at HowStuffWorks.
Researchers have found if you have certain versions of the MC1R gene, you look about two years older than you really are. And no amount of spray-on tan can change that.
By John Donovan Apr 28, 2016
You want to know what your 6 billion letters of genetic code say about you, and one company wants to tell you. Will it ever get the chance?
By Lauren Vogelbaum Apr 6, 2016
There's no federal standard for tagging food that's been made with genetically modified ingredients. And U.S. lawmakers are divided as to what that would look like.
By Sarah Gleim Mar 15, 2016
Scientists are discovering why some people break out into hives from physical contact like clapping hands or running.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Feb 16, 2016
Whenever scientists decide to get together and argue their side, it often means that the technology in question is a game-changer. That technology is gene editing.
By Julie Douglas Dec 2, 2015
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