Posts tagged "genetics"

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Statement On Race, Gender, Genetics & Science Is Yet Another Reason We Love Him

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love Neil deGrasse Tyson more than I already do, but then the “Cosmos”‘ host went dropped some real talk in a discussion about whether genetics — specifically difference between the sexes — is to blame for there being so few women in STEM fields. “I’ve never bee…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2014

Breast Cancer & Genetics: A Conversation With A Cancer Genetic Counselor About Angelina Jolie & What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolieand so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 14, 2013

This Is A Nightmare: Man Discovers He’s Married His Sister

Whenever you think about the travails of dating and mating, consider this guy, and be glad this hasn’t happened to you.  An anonymous man wrote into Slate’s advice column, Dear Prudence, asking what to do about a rather unbelievable series of genetic events.

Read on for the full query.

By: Julie Gerstein / February 22, 2013

Friendship Is All In The Genes

We choose our friends based on many factors — common tastes, sense of humor, interests, and, according to a new study, gene patterns. Researchers discovered that friendship circles share more than the same taste in music and movies, they share similar DNA. Friend pairs tended to have closely matched levels of the gene that control…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 20, 2011

Scientists Have Identified The Slut Gene

No need to wonder any longer where you got your predilection for promiscuity. Turns out, it’s genetic (one or both of your parents is probably a slut too). According to a new study, there is a gene that predicts a tendency toward infidelity and one-night stands. Those who have “the slut gene,” as I am…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 2, 2010

Your Social Group Made You A Drunk—It’s Maybe Not Your Parents’ Fault

New study alert! Apparently, your extended social group influences your alcohol consumption just as much as genetics and family history. I don’t know why they keep doing studies that could easily be written after spending one weekend on a college campus, but I guess since this study borrowed information from the Framingham Heart Study, they…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 14, 2010

S&M: Maybe She’s Born With It

The slang “natural born freak” is gaining some expert evidence. Like to be tied up, rode hard, and left wet…or do that to your lover? Well, some scientific theories are swirling that sadomasochism, whether you’re the dom or the sub, is innate. You’re born wanting to get it on with whips, handcuffs, paddles, gags, and…

By: Simcha / July 14, 2008