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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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

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

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

By Dave Roos

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

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

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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

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

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

By Kate Kershner

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

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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

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

Two female scientists behind CRISPR technology won the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry. What exactly is CRISPR and what does it mean for the future of disease?

By Meisa Salaita

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

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Scientists are discovering why some people break out into hives from physical contact like clapping hands or running.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

We love stories of twins who can sense each other's pain or know what the other is thinking. But is there really such a thing as "twinspiration" or is just coincidence?

By Karen Kirkpatrick

Fast-forward 60 years. Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror. My, you look amazing, and goodness you run a speedy ultramarathon for someone so "old." Is this what transhumanism is all about?

By Meisa Salaita

Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really bad for the environment and your health or just victims of bad publicity? We'll look at the pros and cons of this controversial subject.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Gene therapy is easy to describe on paper but much trickier to implement in human cells. Still, there are success stories. And 'bubble boy' disease, aka severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, is one of them.

By William Harris

We learned about BRCA1 in 1994. BRCA2 came along the following year. Fast-forward two decades and what do we really know about these two human genes and their connection to ovarian and breast cancers?

By William Harris

You might inherit your mother's dimples or your father's eyes. You may have your maternal grandmother's laugh. But can you also genetically inherit mental illness?

By Maria Trimarchi

If the vast majority of our DNA isn't coding for any protein, then what the heck is it doing there? For a while, scientists thought it was just sitting around and not doing anything. Now they know better.

By Kate Kershner

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Did you know that elements of your genetic code are patented? Companies and researchers can actually lay claim to sequences of genetic code. Is that as scary as it sounds?

By Michael Franco

The human brain, the most complex structure in the known universe, gets more capable with time. Could genetic enhancement, a form of bioengineering that may one day allow parents to choose specific traits for their children, impede human evolution?

By Jonathan Atteberry