Could Gene Modification Be a Skeleton Key for Curing Alzheimer's?
While CRISPR technology is generating a new wave of optimism for curing neurological diseases, experts warn that it has to be one part of a larger approach.
Genetic Tests Like 23andMe Promise the Moon and Stars—but What Can They Actually Tell Us?
The darker side of DNA tests reveals itself when a company overpromises their diagnostic abilities, providing an avenue for people to seek astrology-style answers to questions that should be addressed by medical experts.
Scientists Partially Revived the Brains of Dead Pigs. Here's What it Means for Neurological Research.
Federal regulation of research tissue from the deceased is prefaced on the assumption that the dead (tissue) stays dead. A new experiment suggests otherwise.
After the Golden State Killer's Apprehension, People Are Concerned About the Privacy of Genetic Tests. They Shouldn't Be.
The Joseph DeAngelo case has raised concerns about the privacy of data produced by consumer genetic tests. But really, law enforcement should be using DNA evidence more often.
Could Gene Reactivation Be the Answer to a Severe Neurodevelopmental Disease?
Children suffering from Rett Syndrome may have found hope in a drug combination that could potentially reverse disease symptoms by adjusting natural cellular functions.
What's the Point of Genetic Studies of Sexual Orientation?
Good science can combat misinformation, but it won't resolve public debates over homosexuality.
What Can 'Drunken Monkeys' Teach Us About Alcohol Addiction?
Turns out, our ancient ancestors' consumption of fermented fruits created a genetic mutation that be the cause of alcoholism in people today.
The Future of Medicine Depends on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
Biomedical researchers can see a future where genetic tests are used to treat and prevent many diseases before major symptoms even present themselves. But that future won't be possible without strong insurance protections for pre-existing conditions.
The Messy, Complicated Nature of Assisted Reproductive Technology
As we wrote earlier this year, the technology can be used in a plethora of positive ways, but there is far from a legal consensus.
Five Studies: New Approaches in Treating Addiction as a Disease
The disease model of addiction offers addicts several ways forward—including getting drunk to beat alcoholism.
The Importance of Diversity to an Animal's Survival
To better understand endangered species, study their genetics.
Why We Should Think Twice About Giving Genetic Tests to Our Kids
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
The Complicated Science—and Conflict—Behind Identifying the First Native Americans
Genetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.
Genes May Cause Educational Struggles for More People Than We Ever Expected
A study finds a new link between mutations and intellectual disability, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore non-genetic factors.