| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:09 PM
What’s even more repulsive than the idea of using DNA tests to help people create a designer babies? Getting a patent for the idea.
23andMe, the pioneering direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, was awarded such a patent in September. U.S....
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Move over birthday candles, and step aside telomeres; there may be a new kind of biological clock in town. And this one may prove useful in predicting where age-related diseases such as cancer are most likely to strike.
The proposed new body clock...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Scientists have mapped the effects of war, colonization, trade, migration and slavery on the genetic mixing of humans over the bulk of recorded history and created an online interactive atlas of humanity's genetic history.
In a paper published...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 10:53 AM
TALLAHASSEE A-- State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, said Thursday that would not let the state impose the death penalty unless there was DNA evidence linking the accused to the crime.
“Over the past several years there has been a paradigm shift...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:19 PM
DNA and proteins are arguably the most important components of the cells of living creatures. Both are produced by stringing together long chains of individual molecules — amino acids in the case of proteins and nucleotides in DNA.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:31 PM
Cocaine use may not make you a better dad, but it may make your son a bit more resistant to addiction, says a new study conducted on rats.
Compared with the pups of rats who got no cocaine, the male offspring of rats that were allowed to self-administer...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:30 PM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are telomeres, and how do they affect overall health?
ANSWER: Telomeres are part of the body's chromosomes. Located at the tip of each chromosome, telomeres function as a type of cap, protecting the DNA inside. Studies have shown...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how...
| Dec 19, 2013
Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:37 PM
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent when an employee allegedly sexually assaulted her in one of its restrooms.
The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The forensic anthropologist lifted a thighbone from the skeleton arrayed on her metal lab table and studied the fine cracks traversing its surface, gray and weathered as driftwood.
Associate professor Lori Baker, 44, set the bone down and cradled the...