articles tagged: genetics
how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.

why your ancestry test probably isn’t that accurate
# science

why your ancestry test probably isn’t that accurate

Before you get your DNA tested, remember that most of the baseline samples used to process your genome only come from three countries and your reports will feature a lot of asterisks.

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby

The CRISPR babies scandal has unlocked old fears about the power of gene editing in the wrong hands and created new concerns about rogue operators who refuse to play it safe, even when there are literally lives on the line.

wait a minute, haven’t we seen this movie before?
# health

wait a minute, haven’t we seen this movie before?

The easy way to make gene therapy more effective may be to resurrect a virus' evolutionary ancestors in a lab...

do we know what actually causes autism?
# health

do we know what actually causes autism?

A new study backs up the idea that autism is a genetic disorder by growing neurons in petri dishes.

when a geneticist tackles intelligence, badly
# science

when a geneticist tackles intelligence, badly

Geneticist Jerry Crabtree jumps on the natural-selection-for-humans-is-dead bandwagon with a study of human intelligence that doesn't say what he thinks it does.

a key, evolving molecule by any other name…
# evolution

a key, evolving molecule by any other name…

Believe it or not, DNA is not the only hereditary molecule out there. In fact, it's one of many molecules that could form the backbone of gene pools.

when you look for links that might not be there
# science

when you look for links that might not be there

Culture, not genetics, plays the key role in how much you gossip or how willing you are to talk about your problems.

a little taste of eastern creationism…
# science

a little taste of eastern creationism…

According to a Muslim creationist, Allah is less of a deity and more of a programmer with a mad scientist streak.

yet another hunt for the god gene
# evolution

yet another hunt for the god gene

Science writer Nicholas Wade makes the bold claim that belief in the supernatural is genetic but his reasoning and examples fail to live up to the hype.

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