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Do You Really Want to Know?

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society's estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are that almost 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year, and almost 30,000 of these men will die. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during...
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We're Mutating!

At least our genes are. The Nature website reports that establishing the age of each mutation in contemporary human populations is important to fully understand our evolutionary history and will help to us to develop new medicines for diseases caused by genes.

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Evolution: It's in Our Genes

Homo sapiens (modern humans) appeared approximately 180,000 years ago, but stayed in one location around bodies of water in central Africa for almost 100,000 years, before they dispersed throughout the rest of the world. This is why...
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We Vote With Our Genes

Which candidate you vote for may depend more on your biological make-up than a careful analysis of issues, because the brains of self-identified Democrats and Republicans are hard-wired...
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How Cat Colors Affect YOUR Genes

Figuring out how cat coloration comes about could help scientists understand our immune system's resistance to infectious diseases.

On, Joe Palca quotes researcher Stephen O'Brien as saying that they're trying to explain why "some cats are spotted, some cats...
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Are We Controlled by Our Genes?

It's actually the opposite: A new study demonstrates that our genes are controlled by our culture and environment.

Here's an example: In the Wall Street Journal, Matt Ridley writes: "All mammals can digest lactose sugars in milk as babies, but the lactase gene switches off at weaning when no longer needed. In much of Europe and...
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Here Comes Trouble!

Do you make decisions quickly based on incomplete information? Do you often lose your temper? Are you easily bored? Is your desk a mess?
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Why Men are So Impulsive

Addiction and impulsivity are genetically linked together in men. This gene has already been linked to smoking, alcoholism and obesity. One gene, called NRXN3, is causing men A LOT of problems!

In, Stephanie Pappas quotes psychologist Scott...
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Math Ability: It's Genetic

We accept that some people are born with a talent for music or art or athletics. But what about mathematics? Prime numbers (numbers that cannot be divided by anything other than one or themselves) are all around us,...
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What Makes an Athlete?

As the baseball season winds down and the football season is poised (hopefully) to begin, it's interesting to think about why some people become professional athletes and others don't. It's not just a matter of talent and determination--it also involves having the right GENES. In other words, what's more important: nature or nurture?
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Are Criminals Born or Made?

Forensic scientists are discovering that DNA and "genetic markers" can predict who will--or will--turn to a life of crime. If this is true, it portends a frightening future where we give infants DNA swabs, then decide whether to watch them (or even incarcerate them) for the rest of their lives. Since more black men are jailed in the US...
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Can We Predict Our Future?

In the future, can we get DNA tests as children to find out what types of diets to eat and what kinds of medicine to take? If only it was that easy. A new study suggests that, for most common diseases, genes alone only tell part of the story--and the environment tells the rest of it, because it interacts with DNA in ways that are difficult to...
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It's All in the Eyes

Many people think we need to transform our politics here in the US. If you want to know what political side someone you're talking to is...
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Passing for Black

You've heard of black people "passing for white," but times have changed: Now many mixed-race people with a choice of which way to go are identifying themselves as black. But before they do this, maybe they should think twice: Drug use is usually associated with blacks and latinos,...
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Your Genes are PREHISTORIC

Our minds may be modern but our genes are prehistoric, which is the reason we have so much trouble losing weight! In addition to fast food, desk jobs, and inertia, there is one more thing to blame for unwanted pounds-our genome, which has apparently not caught up with...
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Don't Exercise, Tweak Your Genes

In the future, you may be able to forgo exercise and still stay healthy, by having your genes tweaked instead. By tweaking a single gene, scientists have mimicked in sedentary mice the heart-strengthening effects of two weeks of endurance...
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Short People Commit More Crimes

Are criminals are product of their upbringing and environment? Or are they just acting out their genetics? A new finding shows that TALL people earn more money (and thus pay more taxes), and that short, fat people commit more crimes (and they're more likely to go to jail when they're tried in court!)

But while genetics remain pretty...

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Born Lovers

Everybody loves a lover?is that you? Were you the most (or least) popular kid in your class? Whichever it was (and is), maybe you were just born that way. If you were the LEAST popular, cheer up: happiness is catching.

Researchers have found that our place in a social network is influenced partly by our genes. Sociologist Nicholas...

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Who are We?

We are on the road to creating artificial intelligence, despite the fact that we really don't understand OUR OWN intelligence yet. Among the approximately 23,000 genes found in human DNA, scientists currently estimate that there may be as few as 50 to 100 that are unique to human beings, but they don't yet understand what these genes do or why...

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Tall or Short: Why We Look Like We Do

We now know that genes make us fat, which came as a surprise to many of us. Most of us have always assumed we inherited our height, and now researchers have identified the gene that makes us tall (or short). And why in the world do some of us have straight hair, while other people's hair is curly?

In, Charles Q. Choi...

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Even Anxiety is Genetic

Scientists have developed a database of genetic information from Iceland's small population, where everyone is related to everyone else, and have new clues about what causes both mental and physical illness. This information is finally helping to answer the age-old question: how much of what happens to us is due to nature (genes) and how much...

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Drugs, Booze, Bad Temper: It?s All in the Genes

Don?t blame yourself for your bad behavior, blame it on your genes. A lot of things that go wrong in life can be traced back to our genetic make-up.

Scientists have found that if you have a commonly-found mutation in a gene, you?re more likely to become addicted to drugs. This is the gene that controls the cannabinoids in the body, which...

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Manmade Bacteria Could Destroy Life on Earth

Four scientists have leaked information about research that produced a genetically-modified bacteria capable of destroying all life on earth.

Elaine Ingham, a soil ecologist at Oregon State University, was part of the team that prevented the bacteria from being released into the environment. She said that the bacteria had already been...

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