The Evolution of a Theory: Darwin and Evolution 150 Year Later

Biology has changed a lot over the past 150 years. Scientists have discovered entirely new forms of life, deciphered the molecular code of heredity and observed the machinery of life on the smallest dimensions. And through it all, one scientific theory has stood the test of time. New discoveries in ...

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Bicentennial Birthday: Darwin Day 2009!

Put on your party hat.  Tomorrow, in universities and public auditoriums, at festivals and museums, people around the world will be celebrating the life and works of one of the most influential scientific minds in history:  Charles Darwin.  February 12th is Darwin's 200th birthday, and this year - 2009 - also ...

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SNPwatch: Five New Studies Identify Genetic Variations Associated with Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attack

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Two Gene Variations Linked to Thyroid Cancer

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Taking Vitamin D Supplements In Childhood May Prevent Multiple Sclerosis Later

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common inflammatory disease that leads to the destruction of the insulating coating that surrounds nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Without this insulation, the electrical impulses the nerves are supposed to carry between the brain and rest of the body get confused or lost ...

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23andMe Science Advisor Wins Science Blogging Challenge

Russ Altman We're pleased to announce that 23andMe Science Advisory Board member Russ Altman has won the Nature Network 2008 Science Blogging Challenge for his blog, "Building confidence." Russ was commended for his insights about pharmacogenomics, science funding, the implications of rapidly ...

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Tonight on Frontline: My Father, My Brother, and Me

“It isn’t dramatic.  It’s a disease of inches.” This is how Dave Iverson describes Parkinson’s disease, the subject of his Frontline report “My father, My Brother, and Me.” The documentary uses his and his family’s experience with the disease as the backdrop for an exploration of current research aimed at ...

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SNPwatch: Mounting Evidence That FOXO3A Contributes To Human Longevity

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Study Identifies Genetic Variant Associated With Risk For Essential Tremor

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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The Story of Henrietta Lacks: A Lesson in Biology and Ethics

Editor's note: We posted this a couple of years ago, but in light on the historic agreement between the family of Henrietta Lacks and National Institutes of Health, we thought it worthy of re-posting. Also read Carl Zimmer's great piece in the New York Times. The post has been slightly changed from the ...

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