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Sex, Drugs, and Genes: Moral Attitudes Share a Genetic Basis

Summary: By studying both identical and fraternal twins, researchers suggest that largely the same heredity factors that influence openness to casual sex also influence a person’s moral views toward recreational drug use. Few hallmarks of the 1960s counterculture stand out like... Continue Reading →

‘Zombie’ genes? Research shows some genes come to life in the brain after death

In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. In a newly published... Continue Reading →

Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified

A new study has for the first time identified regions of the genome associated with left-handedness in the general population and linked their effects with brain architecture. The study, led by researchers at the University of Oxford who were funded... Continue Reading →

Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes and lead to serious brain diseases, UCLA biologists report

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes in the brain in a way that increases people’s risk for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, UCLA life scientists report. The researchers identified for the first time master genes that... Continue Reading →

Not everyone responds to coffee in the same way

Depending on your genetic make-up, you might be able to drink coffee right before bed or feel wired after just one cup, ongoing research shows. In previous work, Marilyn Cornelis, assistant professor in preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School... Continue Reading →

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