Genes

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
Phys Ed

How Fast Can You Expect to Build Muscle Naturally?

An expert trainer explains the role of genetics, muscle memory, and lifestyle when you're trying to gain as much strength as possible—without turning to supplements or steroids.
Christian Finn
10.23.18
body

Scientists Are Starting to Understand Thousands of Rare Diseases That Affect Children

Seventeen years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.
Linda Geddes
9.19.18
Eat This

What Are GMOs and Are They Bad for Me?

The question of what a genetically modified organism (GMO) is and whether it’s bad for your health is an especially persistent one.
Joanna Fantozzi
7.20.18
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
Sleep

What It Takes for Night People to Become Morning People

A few small lifestyle tweaks can make the shift easier for aspiring early risers.
Jessica Dore
5.24.18
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
pain

The Family That Doesn't Feel Pain

Their genes could lead to treatment options for people with chronic pain.
Shayla Love
12.21.17
longevity

A Genetic Test Told Me My Body is 34 Years Old

I'm actually 27.
Shayla Love
12.18.17
hard data

Why Are We Searching for a 'Gay Gene'?

Some question whether the benefits are overshadowed by the potential risks.
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
12.11.17
genetics

Would You Want Your Baby Tested for Incurable Diseases?

Doctors are studying a controversial genetic test that screens newborns for about 1,800 disorders.
Michelle Malia
10.27.17
hard data

Why Do Divorces Seem to Run in Families? The Psychological and Genetic Links

A specific set of personality traits could be partly to blame.
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
10.16.17
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