genetics 

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, t...

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 U...

Rare Condition Gives Toddler Super Strength

At first glance, Liam Hoekstra looks like your typical toddler. At 3 years old and 30 pounds, he sports a mop of curly brown hair and a mischievous smile. But hand the boy a pair of dumbbells and it is immediately clear that there is something specia...

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 ...

Spanish baby engineered to save brother

(Click the photo to read more Amazing Rescue Stories) It had to be devastating -- to learn that their son had a deadly genetic disease destined to cut his life short after just a decade. But then science reared its helpful head and offered a soluti...

Dyslexia gene identified

A team of scientists at Oxford University in England have identified a gene linked to dyslexia, a learning disability that often leads to reading and spelling difficulties. If not addressed early on, children can fall behind in literacy skills and sp...

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 y...

Are you my daddy?

Not long before he passed away, my dad and I were on our way to the Vintage Computer Festival and drove past the cemetery where my mother was buried. My dad, looking at the rows of gravestones, asked me "where is your father buried?" Now, I'm pretty ...

Are you just like your parents?

I am told all the time: "You're just like your Dad." My Dad is many things: he is complex, moody, brilliant, and cutting. He is soft with my son, rough around the edges, devastatingly kind and the scariest person I've ever known. You don't mess with ...

Not all dads are genetic

I've "met" Rachel's genetic dad once. We attended the funeral of her aunt and he was there. I shook his hand and mumbled something usual about "sorry for your loss" and went on to the next person. Rachel and I have been together for nearly twenty yea...

Parents say newborn blood tests against God's will

Parents in Nebraska are challenging a law that says newborns must have blood tests done within 48 hours of birth, saying it infringes on their religious beliefs. The couple, who practice both fundamental Christianity and Scientology, believes in havi...

Genetic disorder brings siblings together

Many pregnant women opt to have tests for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that clogs organs with thick mucous, done during their pregnancies. For many of us, Cystic Fibrosis is a name of a disease that one might hear about, but not know much infor...

Study shows beautiful parents have more daughters

I have one daughter and one son, which, if this study is to be believed, may stem from the fact that my wife is gorgeous while I am butt-ugly. The November issue of Discover Magazine is reporting on a study that examined a group of more than 20,000 y...

Are political ideologies inherited?

If you happen to live in the United States, you can't watch much television without seeing a political ad. Our elections are near, which means the political talk is at its peak. While you may be wondering just how Crazy Uncle Wally came up with his p...

Twins, but definitely not identical

When I was in high school, I hung around with a couple of brothers who, I found out later, happened to be adopted and genetically unrelated. This floored me and the rest of the gang, not because we saw anything bad about it or anything, but because w...

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