Turns out, our ancient ancestors' consumption of fermented fruits created a genetic mutation that be the cause of alcoholism in people today.
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.
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.
The disease model of addiction offers addicts several ways forward—including getting drunk to beat alcoholism.
To better understand endangered species, study their genetics.
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
Genetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.
A study finds a new link between mutations and intellectual disability, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore non-genetic factors.
A study suggests that schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and creativity might share some common genetic roots.
A few weird possible explanations for a weird case.
Researchers are finding many genes unique to our species, but so far they reveal little about our most human traits.
An analysis of modern DNA uncovers a rough dating scene after the advent of agriculture.
An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to print and digital magazine subscribers.
Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys, and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.
Medicine, with few exceptions, grows by evolution, not revolution. And geneticists working on complex diseases have a long, difficult road ahead.
By imposing burdensome regulations on genetic testing, the FDA will put small, innovative players out of business and leave the field to "large commercial entities" with near-monopoly power and few incentives to keep up with the latest science.