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Why genes + environment ≠ Us

Daan van Schalkwijk | 30 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: biological determinism, genetics, Tourette's syndrome
A battle against Tourette's syndrome suggests that there is more to human beings than evolutionary biology tells us.


23andMe, me, me

Nathaniel C. Comfort | 29 August 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: commercialism, genetics
A medical historian deconstructs an advertisement for personalized genetics.


Safeguards needed for genetic privacy

Michael Cook | 26 July 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic privacy, genetics, privacy, surveillance
If your genome can be digitized, it can be hacked.


Should human genes be patentable?

Bernadette Tobin | 23 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic testing, genetics, patents
We must ensure that access to needed tests and treatments is not limited by the operations of the market.


The New Eugenics

Michael Cook | 14 December 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: eugenics, evolution, genetics
Some scientists are haunted by the idea of genetic degeneracy.


Not “Born This Way”

Dale O'Leary | 06 March 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: genetics, homosexuality


Rehabilitating eugenics

Michael Cook | 07 March 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic determinism, genetics
Increasingly, people believe that their fates are written in their genes.


Million dollar prize for research showing upbringing counts

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 October 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: anti-social behaviour, genetics, parenting
A husband and wife research team has discovered that, even though some people start life with greater potential to be violent than the ordinary run of human beings, this potential will not manifest itself if they are well brought up.


Tales from the Dirty War

Michael Cook | 27 September 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: adoption, Argentina, families, genetics
Knowledge of the human genome adds another layer of complication to family relationships.


The disappearing disabled

Mark Mostert | 25 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: disabilities, eugenics, genetics
Dread genetic diseases are disappearing -- because parents and doctors are eliminating the children who have them. 


Pre-natal diagnostic techniques pave the way to eugenics

Manuel and Sophia Corpas | 18 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: eugenics, genetics, prenatal tests
Ever-more sophisticated technology allows us to detect ever more genetic anomalies. What will we do with this knowledge?


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