The Olympic Games and Genes

August 05, 2008
Just two weeks before the scheduled start of the Beijing Olympics, a German film crew caught a Chinese doctor on film offering to give athletes stem cell treatments to enhance...
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Needles in a Haystack

July 31, 2008
Even as the genetic studies on schizophrenia released this week illustrate our progress toward the ultimate goal of personalized medicine, they also bring to mind the challenges that still lie...
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Gene Wikiality

July 30, 2008
Two years ago Stephen Colbert, host of the news-parody show, “The Colbert Report” coined the word “wikiality” to describe a reality defined by the majority. “Nation, it’s time we used...
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Victor McKusick: 1921-2008

July 24, 2008
“Sometimes I feel like Sir James Murray must have felt while he was grubbing away at writing the Oxford English Dictionary,” the Washington Post once quoted Victor McKusick as saying....
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Selected to Elect?

July 23, 2008
On the heels of his previous paper finding that participating in political activities such as voting is influenced in part by genes, political scientist James Fowler and his graduate student...
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The true value of two-for-one deals

July 21, 2008
In a recent paper, Southern California researchers announced that political involvement has a genetic component. Though they stopped short of identifying a gene or genes at work, the researchers concluded...
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The family that spits together…

July 10, 2008
You’ve always known that you have your dad’s curly hair, your mother’s eyes, and your grandmother’s coloring. But now that you’ve got your data back from 23andMe, you find yourself...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Find Genetic Variants That May Influence the Risk For Obesity

July 06, 2008
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...
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Genetically Gauche?

June 26, 2008
Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie and Ned Flanders all belong to a group whose members have been referred to as weak, gauche and even downright sinister. These terms are used, in...
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A Genetic Look at “Guns, Germs and Steel”

June 20, 2008
What can we learn from studying how variations of human genes are spread out around the world? A lot, said population geneticist and Harvard junior fellow Sohini Ramachandran, who spoke...
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