#DNA

Science & Technology | Biology & Medicine

Why plants don't die from cancer

Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by the hugely popular TV show of the same name, caused thousands of cancers, turned a once populous area into a ghost city, and resulted in

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

DNA and a Coincidence Lead to Arrest in 1999 Double Murder in Alabama

For 19 years, police were unable to identify the person who fatally shot two 17-year-olds. Then they turned to the technique used in the Golden State Killer case.

Books | Books

Two Sisters Bought DNA Kits. The Results Blew Apart Their Family. - WSJ

In an age of ubiquitous direct-to-consumer genetic testing, family secrets are almost impossible to keep. The Hurwitzes had no idea how much their lives would change when their test results revealed their parents’ hidden past.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt | TechCrunch

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of y

Science & Technology | Science

DNA recovered from snow helps scientists track elusive wildlife

Researchers are using environmental DNA to help monitor and measure populations of rare snow-dwelling species like Canadian lynx.

Politics | Op-Ed

DNA Doesn’t Define Who We Really Are | National Review

Should we cast aside our family heritage because of a pie chart on a DNA test?

Science & Technology | Science

Using DNA to identify deceased US troops - CNN

North Korea has turned over what they say are an initial 55 cases holding remains believed to be of US troops killed during the Korean War.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

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Psychology | Personality

Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism

A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to a growing body of research describing genetic contribut

Science & Technology | Science

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution

Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could deliver deep insights into evolution, including how new species emerge?

Health & Fitness | Health News

Could the DNA of these ‘super seniors’ hold the secret to healthy aging? - The Globe and Mail

A lucky few Canadians are able to stay active and keep their cognition sharp well into their 80s. What’s their secret? Researchers are looking at their DNA to find out

Sports | Sports

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth

Adopted in 1945 and raised in privilege, Palmer never thought too hard about his origins during his legendary MLB career. But his wife’s curiosity led to a discovery.

Science & Technology | Science

Siblings Can Have Surprisingly Different DNA Ancestry. Here's Why.

When it comes to tracing your roots through your genes, biological siblings may have less in common than many people expect.

Science & Technology | Science

Astronaut's DNA changed by time in space - CNN

Preliminary findings from NASA indicate that 7% of Scott Kelly's genes did not return to normal once he was back on Earth.

News | Interesting Links

In the DNA of an ancient infant, scientists find traces of the very first Americans - LA Times

All Native American ancestry can be traced to the same source population from a single migration event. Scientists came to this conclusion by analyzing the DNA of a baby girl who lived in Alaska about 11,500 years ago.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body

The human body makes tens of thousands of cellular proteins, each for a particular task. Now researchers have learned to create custom versions not found in nature.

Health & Fitness | Health News & Tips

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences could change the body right down to a genetic level.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

In a first, scientists rid human embryos of a potentially fatal gene mutation by editing their DNA

A mutation implicated in a heritable heart condition has been corrected in human embryos using the CRISPR–Cas9 genome editing technique. Are designer babies next?

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

Your choice of a life partner is no accident

Study uses DNA to discern people’s preferences in mates, and suggests how such choices shape our genomes

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

What police can learn about you from the skin chemicals on your cell phone

Police might one day be able to size up the habits and lifestyles of crime victims and suspects by analyzing the skin chemicals they leave behind when they touch their cellphones.

Health & Fitness | News Items

Rachel Yehuda Discusses How Trauma Can Affect Our DNA

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx is one of those out-of-the-way places where America warehouses the casualties of its wars. It’s a functional place, surrounded by a high fence, that looks like a cross between an urban com

Science & Technology | Tech

Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab | TechCrunch

Want to know if you have the "athlete gene" or if you're actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready,..

Pets & Animals | Cat & Dog Resources

Dog has been man's best friend for 33,000 years, DNA study finds

First domesticated dogs came about 33,000 years ago and migrated to Europe from south east Asia, rather than descending from domesticated European wolves 10,000 years ago as had previously been thought

Pets & Animals | Animals

Genes Confirm: Octopuses Are Brainy and Weird

Octopuses are known to be brainiacs — they can mimic flounder in a flash, unscrew themselves out of a sealed jar and even use coconut shells to build a mobile home. Determining how octopuses' brains and bodies evolved "represents

History | History

New genetic map of the UK shows which invasions created Britain's DNA

Britain has a long history of invasions: over the past two millennia, various armies from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons conquered the bulk of the British Isles. A new genetic analysis of the...

Health & Fitness | Exercise!

How Exercise Changes Our DNA - NYTimes.com

Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important step on the way to improved health and fitness.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israelis create DNA wire for computer of future | The Times of Israel

Wire made of four-stranded DNA could be part of self-assembling electrical circuit for tiny, powerful computer

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

How Iceland's Genealogy Obsession Leads to Scientific Breakthroughs

Icelanders love keeping track of how they're related, which has made them "the world champions of human genetics.”

News | Interesting Links

Molecular Visualizations of DNA

These DNA molecular visualizations were created for the multifaceted 'DNA' project, celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2003 of the discovery of the double h...