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  • Paternal Exercise Has a Significant Impact on the Metabolic Health of Offspring Well into their Adulthood

    Most parents know that the diet and exercise habits of a pregnant woman impacts the health of her baby, but little is known about how a father's health choices are passed to his children. A new study finds that lifestyle practices of fathers prior to...  more
  • Why we're smarter than chickens

    A single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet, scientists report. They have uncovered how a small change in a protein called PTBP1 can spur the creation of neurons -- cells that...  more
  • Neurogeneticists harness immune cells to clear Alzheimer's-associated plaques

    New research shows that the body's immune system may be able to clear the brain of toxic plaque build-up that is the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, reversing memory loss and brain cell damage.
  • Are you genetically predisposed to antisocial behavior?

    Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behavior, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the population...  more
  • Body weight heavily influenced by gut microbes

    Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in...  more
  • What’s changed in genetics since your high school biology class?

    The field of genetics has seen astonishing breakthroughs and the development of world-changing technologies in the past half century.
  • Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

    The process by which a mother's diet during pregnancy can permanently affect her offspring's attributes, such as weight, could be strongly influenced by genetic variation in an unexpected part of the genome, according to research. The discovery could...  more