Genetic Science

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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How Close Are We to Growing a Square Tomato?

Scientists have discovered the two gene families that play key roles in making fruits and vegetables either round or long. So, could a square fruit be on the horizon?

DNA Evidence Uncovers Two Forgotten North American Migrations

North Americans have been moving south for tens of thousands of years.

Creating Superhumans Through Gene Manipulation and More

Superhuman powers are rare, but some do exist. But what if scientists used gene manipulation to create humans with super strength and abilities in the future — like super soldiers?

Composite Faces from DNA Help Solve Cold Cases

Composites from DNA in cold cases is helping investigators make predictions about the appearance of both suspects and victims in hopes of generating leads.

5 True Stories of Twins Separated at Birth

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?

NASA Twins Study Being Replicated on Everest

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?

Mysterious New DNA Structure Found in Living Human Cells

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.

Chimerism: You Can Be Your Own Twin

Tetragametic chimerism occurs when a single organism has two genetically distinct types of DNA.

Twin Monkeys First-Ever Cloned Like Dolly the Sheep

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.

Good Excuse, or Is There Actually a Cheating Gene?

The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."

Study Illuminates Genetic Origins of Skin Color Diversity

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.

Cancer Scientists Sniff Out the Genes Behind Durian's Famous Stink

Mapping the genome of the King of Fruits reveals the source of its smell, and may present opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals.

Commercial Ancestry Tests Can Reveal How Much Neanderthal DNA You Have

At least two commercial DNA testing services offer users information on heritage coming from coupling between ancient humans and other species.

DNA Researchers Call on Bone Hoarders to Share Bone Access

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.

If You Can Smell Asparagus in Urine, Thank Your Genetics

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.

Scientists Discovered Which Genes Cause Uncombable Hair Syndrome

A condition that causes unruly, silvery-blond hair has been traced to mutations in three genes.

10 Ways We're Using Data to Fight Disease

Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among many other applications. Where is this science headed?

Who Gets to Be Transhuman?

A transhumanist named Zoltan Istvan is running for U.S. president. Maybe it's time to learn a little more about the transhumanism movement.

Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments More Common in U.S. Than Previously Known

A new study catalogs the number of clinics performing stem cell "treatments" unapproved by the FDA, finding more than anybody realized.

Thought Experiment: What's Our Transhuman Path Beyond Earth?

Ever think about what an interplanetary human race might be like? We let our imaginations tackle that question in this thought experiment.

Kuwait to Collect DNA Samples From All Tourists, Visitors and Citizens

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?

There's a Genetic Reason Why Labrador Retrievers Are Obsessed With Food

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.

How CRISPR Gene Editing Works

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.

MC1R Gene May Have a Hand in How Old You Look

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.

Is Knowing Your Full Genome a Right or a Privilege?

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?