How Exercise Changes Our DNA

by jeeg 24. December 2014 22:28
    We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling. Now new research reports that the answer may lie, ... [More]

Geneticists' New Obsession with Pregnancy Isn't Bad for Women

by jeeg 20. August 2014 18:39
  Let the record show that epigenetics is fast becoming the top topic in pop science. Every day Google Alerts lets me know about two or three new pieces on the subject. Epigenetics, a formerly obscure branch of genetics, studies how social and environmental forces wreak heritable changes... [More]

Smoking mothers may alter the DNA of their children

by jeeg 4. August 2014 22:07
  Pregnant women who smoke don’t just harm the health of their baby—they may actually impair their child’s DNA, according to new research. The finding may explain why the children of smokers continue to suffer health complications later in life. Babies born to smoking moth... [More]

Does Family Medical History Matter to a Health Nut?

by jeeg 10. June 2014 23:33
  Last winter, while reporting a feature for this magazine, I was sitting in the Stanford office of Atul Butte, a pediatrician-slash-computer-scientist-slash-wunderkind, and he was touting the promise of the personal genetics revolution. Health care is on the brink of being totally tran... [More]

Gay genetics research still causes irrational fears

by jeeg 17. February 2014 20:46
Why does a “gay gene” paper still cause a stir? A similar paper on any other topic would probably have passed unnoticed. But this is sex research – where public interest is huge but real funds and real science are very scarce and stories get recycled. A study which is not even y... [More]

Epigenetics: How to alter your genes

by jeeg 18. October 2013 21:55
Towards the end of the Second World War, something unprecedented happened in modern Europe: a famine. Operation Market Garden, the Allies’ attempt to push across the Rhine in September 1944, had failed, and in retaliation for Dutch collusion the Nazis blockaded towns across the western N... [More]
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