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51 whys to look for genes: Pros and complications

Waiting at the checkout yesterday, I noticed a special issue of Time: “How DNA shapes your life.”  “Having tried to harness the power of DNA for decades,” the introduction begins, “we’re finally getting somewhere.”  The special issue and its articles are clearly optimistic, even boosterish, without much nuance, at least in their titles for I have yet to read and digest the substance and style of the articles.   367 more words


Terrific TED talk on Autism and Genetics by Wendy Chung!

Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

In this factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. 27 more words


The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create. 85 more words


Glow in the Dark Trees

Dutch inventive artist Daan Roosegaarde is famous for his  highly innovative design, exploring the relation between people, technology and nature. One of his latest project is the creation of luminous trees inspired by animals able to generate their own light, such as jellyfish and fireflies. 141 more words


Schizophrenia Not a Single Disease but Multiple Genetically Distinct Disorders

Link to article.

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. 754 more words


The difference between genetic and hereditary

In the previous post, where I dealt with selection and cultural transmission, I asserted that genetic and hereditary are not synonymous. I would like to explore this topic a little further. 1,254 more words