Would You Customize Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favor of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a fetus—and has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal… » 3/16/14 4:45pm 3/16/14 4:45pm

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the… » 11/15/13 4:50pm 11/15/13 4:50pm

Unhappy in Your Marriage? Maybe You Were Just Born That Way

There are a lot of things that make for a good marriage. I don't know what they are, because I've never been married, and I don't believe that human behavior is predictable and controllable via magic formulas, and also "marriage" is a construct based on an archaic daughter-selling ceremony, which means that what … » 10/10/13 7:00pm 10/10/13 7:00pm

Angelina's Cancer Gene Is Actually Patented by a Company

On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie wrote an emotional op-ed for The New York Times about her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie’s decision came after she underwent genetic testing that indicated she was a carrier of certain genes that put her at a greater risk for developing aggressive breast cancer.… » 5/15/13 6:20pm 5/15/13 6:20pm

How to raise cloned children without totally screwing them up

We've been thoroughly enjoying Orphan Black, BBC America's show about a young woman who discovers, to her shock, that she's a clone. But what if, instead of being an orphan with no knowledge of her genetic heritage, Sarah was raised by loving parents? How might they try to ensure she grew up to be a happy and fully… » 4/21/13 3:14pm 4/21/13 3:14pm

Researchers May Have Discovered the 'Lazy' Gene, But Just What Does…

I've been thinking a lot about laziness lately. It's all in a self-serving way, sure—why do I fall into such pits of paralysis at the most inconvenient times? Why do I put off literally everything to the last minute, including things I genuinely enjoy doing? Why did I let my mother come over and do my dishes for me… » 4/10/13 6:20pm 4/10/13 6:20pm

Is the Sensitivity Gene a Real Thing?

Some exciting new research has recently hit the scene suggesting that some human beings might be in possession of a special gene that makes them more sensitive than others. No, this does not mean that Jennifer Aniston was right when she said that Brad Pitt was missing a "sensitivity chip." It has nothing to do with… » 1/25/13 11:10am 1/25/13 11:10am

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

Research Now Claims There's A "Mommy Gene" You May Or May Not Have

While this is some pretty controversial and not-yet-fully-fleshed-out information, if your mom is a total asshole, this might solve a few mysteries for you! Researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have been studying female mice with babies for clues as to what activates the maternal instinct, and found… » 9/29/12 2:10pm 9/29/12 2:10pm

Women Are Genetically Predisposed to Internet Addiction, So It's Not…

Despite the internet being relatively new technology, your attachment to the web is genetic. According to a study conducted at the University of Bonn, researchers have found a biological link between Internet addiction and smoking addiction, pinpointing it to a specific gene—and it's usually found in women. » 8/31/12 10:50am 8/31/12 10:50am

Science Discovers that Whatever You’re Eating Right Now Will Probably…

Science, in its ceaseless effort to ruin just about all the good things in the world, is currently doing its level best to ensure that you won't be able to eat any of the world's most delicious treats without feeling like you're destroying the future. Two independent studies involving epigenetics have found that diet,… » 7/29/12 2:30pm 7/29/12 2:30pm

Some People May Literally Just Be Born Nicer

We all have that one friend who never shit-talks anyone, discreetly volunteers at the dog shelter every weekend, and refuses to steal olives from the food court — and she's not even annoying about any of it because she's just so goddamned nice. What's her deal? Was she raised differently? Is she high on the goodwill… » 4/11/12 10:00am 4/11/12 10:00am