What a Mom Eats at the Time of Conception Might Change Her Baby's DNA

A new study in a rural region of The Gambia indicated that the DNA of infants changed based on whether they were conceived during the dry season (when rice, millet, peanuts, and cassava dominate the diet) or the rainy season (when leafy green vegetables supplements the aforementioned staples). » 4/29/14 5:00pm 4/29/14 5:00pm

You Could One Day Have Your Very Own Designer Baby

Babies are as chic now as they've ever been, but have you noticed that some babies are, like, so much better than other babies? I mean, it's not as if you can show up to playgroup carrying whatever subpar human child you've been charged with raising, so how can you — as a stylish person on the go — guarantee that your… » 2/28/14 9:40am 2/28/14 9:40am

If You Have Red Hair Then You're Related to Carrot Top, Says Science

Every single person who carries one of the variants of the red-hair gene is a "direct descendant" of the first person who had it, according to a DNA lab in Scotland that has launched a campaign to de-stigmatize being ginger. But it remains unclear how publicizing that redheads are biologically linked to Carrot Top… » 4/23/13 11:00am 4/23/13 11:00am

Twins Arrested for Sexual Assault, but Police Can't Figure Out Which…

In news that's literally begging to be turned into an episode of Law & Order: SVU, 24-year-old twins Elwin and Yohan were recently arrested on suspicion of six similar sexual attacks on women between the ages of 22 and 76 years old. Taking place in the French city of Marseille between Sept 2012 and Jan 2013, the… » 2/11/13 11:00pm 2/11/13 11:00pm

Geneticists Plan to Examine Adam Lanza's DNA for 'Abnormalities'

The atrocities at Sandy Hook Elementary are so unfathomable that we're all kind of adrift at this point—mired in angry stalemates over gun control and mental health and white male entitlement and Adam Lanza's mother's arsenal and the victimization of the mentally ill and the politicization of tragedy and so on. So the… » 12/27/12 7:35pm 12/27/12 7:35pm

Can Expensive Skin Cream Tailored to Your DNA Really Make You Younger?…

Okay. Apparently this is the newest thing in face science. You spit in a jar. Then a fake scientist looks at your spit and is like, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, YES, birch and phoenix feather! This will do nicely!" And they hand you a jar of customized face goop that "matches" your spit, and you go home and goop up your face with… » 12/13/12 3:40pm 12/13/12 3:40pm

Mobile Paternity Testing Truck Offers Peace of Mind, Artisanal Cupcakes

(JK, no cupcakes.) Hey, do you have a bunch of spare babies cluttering up the den but you're not sure where the fuck they came from? Do you like DNA tests but hate buildings? Do you want to determine your child's future with the same ease and joie de vivre with which you would order a taco? Well has New York City got… » 8/16/12 2:40pm 8/16/12 2:40pm

Woman Who's Been a Surrogate Mother 11 Times Officially Retires Her…

For most women, the idea of carrying four of their own children is more than enough. But one woman did that much and then kept right on going. Meredith Olafson, of Fargo, North Dakota, has delivered 15 babies. That is approaching Duggar levels of birthing. Unlike the Duggars, though, most of the babies didn't belong… » 4/10/12 11:55pm 4/10/12 11:55pm

Consider Helping Our Species By Continuing to Have Sex

It might be a total pain in the ass to woo sexual partners and make an effort to have a relationship with them, but science has now confirmed what any teenager could tell you: the sex makes it totally worth it. Apparently, mating "can produce benefits for a species in the long term." Well, you don't say? » 4/09/12 11:15pm 4/09/12 11:15pm

Meet the Creepy Fellow Who Fathered Some 600 Children

If you were asked to think of the man who has fathered the most children in the world, who'd be your pick? Jim Bob Duggar? Or the anonymous man who fathered 150 children? Both good guesses, but it's more likely Bertold Wiesner, who is likely the father of some 600 children. How exactly did he come to be so prolific?… » 4/09/12 11:20am 4/09/12 11:20am