From Menarche to Menopause

May 14, 2012
Two universal milestones in a woman’s life are menarche, the first menstrual period in girls, and menopause, when menstruation stops. Research suggests that the age at which menarche and menopause occur is about 50% influenced by genetics.
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Lone Frank’s “Beautiful Genome”

October 05, 2011
Lone Frank, the award-winning Danish science writer, claims to be shy, but I don’t believe her. In a world where consumers are increasingly getting access to their own genetic data,  Frank turns to genetics for answers about her ancestry, her traits and her risks for diseases, and her prickly personality, bearing all in her entertaining and enlightening new book My Beautiful Genome: Discovering Our Genetic Future One Quirk at a Time.
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Biopunks, Science and Discovery

July 01, 2011
Marcus Wohlsen is on to something. An Associated Press science and biotechnology writer, Wohlsen is the author of the book BioPunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life. The book,...
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The Giggling Chimp: Researchers Draw Evolutionary Link Between Human and Ape Laughter

June 04, 2009
Great apes really do giggle when tickled, new research says – just like you and me. Researchers from the University of Hannover in Germany recorded the tickle-induced vocalizations from three...
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Scientists Publish Largest-Ever Study on the Genetics of Modern Africans

April 30, 2009
When scientific research is published, the authors often confess that they wish they’d collected more data. Critical reviews of research studies often say the same thing. Indeed, if there’s anything...
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Recommended Reading: The Stuff of Life

April 29, 2009
I spent the better part of my undergraduate career lugging around massive biology textbooks.   General biology, genetics, embryology: It didn’t matter, they all weighed a ton. I pored over...
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There’s More to Neanderthals than Meets the Eye

April 15, 2009
Over the past decade, there has been no shortage of studies focused on the relationship between Neanderthals and our own species, Homo sapiens. Researchers have dug deep into the fossil...
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New Study Provides More Genetic Evidence for Origins of African Pygmies

April 10, 2009
Ever since European explorers first came upon the African Pygmies in the mid-19th century, they have fascinated anthropologists and other researchers.   Their short stature (they rarely grow to over...
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The Genetics of Globalization

March 17, 2009
Before 500 years ago people rarely went far to find a mate, choosing a husband or wife from the locally available pool of men and women. But with the dawn...
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The Evolution of a Theory: Darwin and Evolution 150 Year Later

February 12, 2009
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...
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