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Black Couple Surprised When Newborn Daughter is White

Imagine the surprise of a black Nigerian couple in London when they discovered their newborn baby was a white girl. No, it's not the second coming of Michael Jackson. Professor Bryan Sykes, the head of human genetics at Oxford University,...

Big Brother May Have Your Baby's DNA

Annie Brown, pictured with daughter Isabel, was shocked to learn that her baby's DNA was in the hands of the feds. Credit: Gregg Andersen
The government may have your baby's DNA on file. Newborns in the United States are regularly screened for...

A Baby Can Have Three Biological Parents, Research Shows

As science continues to advance, our ideas and values related to pregnancy and parenthood continue to be challenged. Should we test for birth defects? Would you control the sex of your baby if you could? Does a surrogate mother have no rights to...

Genetic Studies Reveal New Causes of Severe Obesity In Childhood

DNA may be the answer to some cases of childhood obesity. Credit: ynse, Flickr
In battling the problem of childhood obesity, researchers and parents have looked to increased exercise and changes in diet for solutions. But researchers in the...

Mother's Touch Turns on Parenting Genes

With their roly-poly sausage thighs, dimpled hands and neck rolls, babies are made for cuddling. They fit perfectly in the crook of an elbow and sleep best curled up on top of a person who loves them. All that snuggle time serves an important purpose...

Switched at Birth - Man Says He's Lucky to Have Two Mothers

As a child, Fred George never fit in. His Lebanese family was a dark-haired, outgoing bunch, while he was a shy blond. Across town, another boy, Jim Churchman -- the only brunette in his fair Scottish family -- felt the same way. "People teased me...

Your Hair, Your Eyes - What Else Did Your Kids Inherit From You?

One of the first things people ask about a new baby is, "Who does she look like?" We search those wee faces for familiar features -- Daddy's eyes or Nana's nose or that funny cowlick that all the kids in the family have. But blue eyes and curly hair...

Alfie Patten - "I'm the Daddy, if Not ... I'll Still Be There"

Alfie Patten's proving himself to be one tough kid. He's taking a stand against all the doubters (and other potential dads) who say baby Maisie isn't his. The 13-year-old dad was spotted wearing a hoodie personalized with a message for the world:...

Ramsey family cleared in JonBenet case

The news came along to late for mother Patsy Ramsey, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. But new DNA technology has proved that there was an "unexplained third party" who was involved in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, essentially clearing her family...

British police want to create database of future offenders starting at kindergarten

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers thinks collecting the DNA of children as young as five years old "if they exhibit behavior indicating they may become...

Identical twins aren't exactly the same

Though they've always acknowledge small differences in identical twins, such as unique fingerprints, researchers have long believed that identical twins were genetically the same. But new research is unearthing small differences among identical...

Do-it-yourself paternity testing

Yesterday, I wrote about Australian men's groups that want to make paternity testing mandatory, regardless of whether or not there is any question of paternity. If you don't live in Oz, or you can't wait for that to happen, you can just run down to...

Baby Grace identified?

I was not familiar with this story when I read it, but perhaps you are. In late October of this year a little girl's body was discovered in Texas in a plastic trunk by a local fisherman. Unidentified, until perhaps now, she was known as Baby...

Would you hang your DNA on the wall?

As bloggers at a high-traffic parenting site, we receive a lot of email from PR and marketing people touting their product sand urging us to check it out and write about it (we also get a lot of emails from random people shrieking in caps locks, but...

$10,000 child support for another man's child?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than a third of children born in the United States are born to unmarried parents. A 15-year old girl in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is one of those children and the state is trying to make...

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