SCOTUS Avoids Dystopian Nightmare and Says Your Genes Belong to You

This morning, the Supreme Court unanimously (cute!) ruled that human genes are not patentable. The Court heard oral arguments in the case back in April, with the ACLU arguing strongly against Myriad Genetics’s right to patent two genes that put women at a greater risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer—BRCA1 and… » 6/13/13 6:45pm 6/13/13 6:45pm

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

Wanting to Be Thin May Have More to Do With Genetics Than Media Images

According to some new research that makes excellent scientific use of the well-documented psychic superpowers demonstrated by identical and, to a lesser, Jean Grey-to-Phoenix extent, fraternal twins, the urge to lose weight in young women might have a lot more to do with genetics and individual experiences than… » 10/03/12 10:25am 10/03/12 10:25am

Being an Animal Person Is Part Inherited, Part Not Being Menaced by…

Maybe you were raised in a house full of prowling, meowing, under-bed lurking cats, and find that, as a mature, taxpaying adult, you simply can't live without a cat or two or six or, fine, a baker's dozen, just so that if the cats ever have to vote on something, they won't experience democratic gridlock and just move… » 9/05/12 11:50am 9/05/12 11:50am

Prenatal Genetic Testing: Another Arena in Which Men are Now Unnecessary

In the past, parents-to-be concerned with the genetic state of their gestating offspring had to test both the mother's and father's blood in order to determine what traits the child would likely inherit. But this method of genetic testing often leads to some socially awkward situations, as it's estimated that the… » 7/06/12 6:30pm 7/06/12 6:30pm

Scientists Find the Genes That Determine Breast Size

Good news for those of you who are dying to know how you ended up with the breasts you did: A new study has found seven genetic markers that are linked with breast size in women. It has long been known that breast size was in part passed down through families, but this research is the first to locate the specific… » 7/05/12 9:00pm 7/05/12 9:00pm