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]

Longevity Gene Debate Opens Trans-Atlantic Rift

by jeeg 22. September 2011 19:47
A trans-Atlantic dispute has opened up between two camps of researchers pursuing a gene that could lead to drugs that enhance longevity. British scientists say the longevity gene is “nearing the end of its life,” but the Americans whose work is under attack say the approach remains... [More]

FDA warns home genetic test makers on medical claims

by jeeg 18. May 2011 02:12
The FDA warns a trio of companies that offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests on medical claims made in their marketing campaigns. The FDA formally warned three providers of direct-to-consumer DNA tests about medical claims the companies make that the federal watchdog agency hasn't approved. ... [More]

Court Rejects Judge’s Assertion of a Child Pornography Gene

by jeeg 31. January 2011 18:34
A federal appeals court in Manhattan overturned a six-and-a-half-year sentence in a child pornography case on Friday, saying the judge who imposed it improperly found that the defendant would return to viewing child pornography “because of an as-of-yet undiscovered gene.” The jud... [More]

Combat in Our Genes?

by jeeg 19. January 2011 21:10
Born soldiers may say they have "combat in our genes" — but a new report suggests the Pentagon may want to give the phrase whole new meaning by turning DNA into the next military battleground. The report, prepared by a defense science advisory panel known as JASON and reported by Secrec... [More]

Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel

by jeeg 14. January 2011 19:10
It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but it's not. A new report from a secretive, highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel -- a move that could well give ... [More]

US researchers have identified a gene variant they say can lead to a liberal political outlook

by jeeg 30. October 2010 01:01
Ever wondered why you have a hankering to drive a Prius and drink lattes? Or why you read the Guardian and scrupulously put it in the recycling? There might be a gene for that – with a little help from your friends. Researchers at the University of California and Harvard University have... [More]

Science journalists: no more simplistic pseudo-genetics, please

by jeeg 8. October 2010 22:02
A few articles published in the newspapers today have hit me right in a few sore spots, making me crankier than usual and compelling me to write a few new rules for science journalists. Pay attention. This first story is titled Male infertility gene discovered. It does an OK job of descr... [More]

At Risk From the Womb

by jeeg 3. October 2010 16:39
  Some people think we’re shaped primarily by genes. Others believe that the environment we grow up in is most important. But now evidence is mounting that a third factor is also critical: our uterine environment before we’re even born. Researchers are finding indications t... [More]

Where does the myth of a gene for things like intelligence come from?

by jeeg 17. September 2010 20:57
I recently received an email from a company called MyGeneProfile: "By discovering your child's inborn talents & personality traits, it can surely provide a great head start to groom your child in the right way ... our Inborn Talent Genetic Test has 99.8% accuracy." I'd registered to receiv... [More]
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