Kristen Johnson

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His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright.<p>Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.<p>Researchers have believed for some time that …

With This Genetic Engineering Technology, There’s No Turning Back - MIT Technology Review

The students in Anthony James’s basement insectary at the University of California, Irvine, knew they’d broken the laws of evolution when they looked …

Genetics

Scientists create new strain of malaria-blocking mosquito

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists in the U.S. say they've created a new strain of mosquito that could eventually help eradicate malaria.<p>Researchers at the University of California used a gene editing technique to insert DNA into the germ line of the <i>Anopheles stephensi</i> mosquito -- a leading vector of the …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

California collects, owns and sells infants’ DNA samples

If you were born in California since 1983, the state owns your DNA.<p>The data of every Californian born since that year is kept in a bland office …

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

World’s first use of gene editing in leukemia saves life of infant girl

An infant with ‘incurable’ leukemia was the world’s first leukemia patient to be sucessfully treated with the experimental technique of gene editing. …

Genetic Engineering

Forensic DNA evidence is not infallible

As DNA analysis techniques become more sensitive, we must be careful to reassess the probabilities of error, argues Cynthia M. Cale.<p>Earlier this …

Using the Science of Gratitude to Raise Grateful Children

Social relationships are filled with moments of giving and receiving. Gratitude is an important way that these relationships stay smooth. As parents, …

Heart disease gene 'found in women'

<b>Scientists have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk of heart disease, an early study suggests.</b><p>The work showed that women who had a particular version of the BCAR1 gene were more likely than other women to have heart attacks and strokes.<p>In contrast, men who had the gene were not at …

Chinese scientists just made the world's first genetically edited, super muscly dogs — and they named one Hercules

Researchers in China have created the first dogs whose DNA was modified by gene editing.<p>By tweaking a dog's DNA to cut out a gene for the muscle-limiting protein myostatin, they created a beagle with twice the normal amount of muscle, they reported last week in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology.<p>…

Kids may inherit stress from father's sperm - Futurity

Stress changes a father's sperm in such a way that it can affect how his children react to stress years later, according to a new study with mice.

16 genetically modified foods that are critical to the US food supply

Humans have been genetically modifying plants since we first started domesticating and breeding them to look and taste the way we wanted them to. By combining plants with desirable traits, we have altered their DNA over millennia in a so-called "natural" fashion.<p>But when people refer to genetically …

Agriculture

5 Signs It's Time to Go to Couples Counseling

For many people — like me — ‘couples counseling’ was a curse word growing up. “We don’t lie on a sofa and talk about our feelings,” my dad would tell me. “It’s nobody’s <i>problema</i>."<p>That mentality couldn't be more wrong. Counseling can be an effective way to dissect one's innermost feelings and become …

I Had My Whole Genome Sequenced -- And so Should you

Have you ever wondered about the genetic material that makes you, well, you? Have you wished to see a full blueprint of your DNA?<p>I have. On Monday, October 5 in Baltimore, I had the unusual opportunity to see it for the first time. My wife and I, along with 38 other attendees at the "Understand …

And virus makes four

If you find that dispiriting, here’s another bit of unsettling news: Some of these skeletons come back to life during very early human development. …

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

11 Small Things You Can Do In A Marriage That Make A Big Difference

It's the little things.<p>Marriages are often thought of and celebrated in milestones -- weddings, babies and new houses, to name a few. But it's really the small, everyday moments of love, support and kindness between two people that define a lasting partnership.<p>We recently asked HuffPost readers to …

DNA detectives win Nobel Prize for cancer cure breakthrough

British based Tomas Lindahl was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for discovering that DNA must be able to repair itself when damaged<p>Scientists who discovered how cells repair damaged DNA, a breakthrough which could lead to a cure for cancer, have won the Nobel Prize for chemistry.<p>Sweden’s …

Nobel Prize

Revisiting the Fast Rise of Crispr - MIT Technology Review

What’s the biggest invention of the past five or 10 years? I would pick the gene-editing technology known as Crispr-Cas9. Because it gives scientists …