DNA

pain

The Science Behind Why People Have Different Pain Tolerances

Everything from our genes to our psychological makeup can affect our sensitivity to physical pain.
Erin Young
10.29.18
undiagnosed

Where People Turn When Nobody Can Diagnose Their Illness

"I spent hours and hours and hours researching and trying to find anyone or anything that might get us down the right path to figuring out what was going on with the boys."
Shayla Love
10.19.18
family

The Jarring Experience of Learning You Were Conceived With Donor Sperm or Eggs

"In the beginning my body felt invaded. And I didn’t know who made up the other half of me.”
Louise McLoughlin
9.21.18
dogs

A Contagious Form of Dog Cancer May Be Linked to Early American Canines

The cancer is known as Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor, or CTVT.
Máire Ní Leathlobhair
7.12.18
Phys Ed

This Is Why Running Doesn’t Always Get Rid of Stomach Fat

Even seasoned marathoners can still have the dreaded runner's paunch.
Markham Heid
6.6.18
heredity

Carl Zimmer Wants Us To Be Generous About Our Definition of Heredity

But don't shell out any money on epigenetic yoga just yet.
Shayla Love
5.29.18
ancient DNA

DNA From Ancient Skeletons Is Changing What We Know About Our Ancestors

"We should be humble, and not think that our gut impressions of the world around us are reliable."
Shayla Love
3.27.18
octopus

Octopuses’ Crazy DNA Can Tell Us Some Valuable Stuff About Biology Overall

"They’re ‘the road not traveled’ to intelligence."
Shayla Love
3.16.18
forensic science

Bite-Mark Matching Falsely Imprisoned These Men For Rape and Murder

The claim that a suspect's teeth can be matched to a mark on a body is junk forensic science, but it still put innocent people in jail.
Shayla Love
2.27.18
after death

If Your Cells Continue to Function, What Does it Mean to Die?

"Am I my liver, my stomach, my kidney? All these things still work when I am dead."
Shayla Love
2.21.18
To The Bone

Ancient Skeletons Might Explain One of Humanity's Worst Epidemics

After stumbling on a mass burial site, "paleopathologists" use ancient DNA to tackle a 400-year-old mystery.
Shayla Love
1.15.18
longevity

A Genetic Test Told Me My Body is 34 Years Old

I'm actually 27.
Shayla Love
12.18.17