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  1. life in pixels
    DNA Testing Can’t Tell Us Who We Really Are. It Can Tell the Cops.Like Elizabeth Warren, millions of Americans have taken DNA tests in a search for their heritage, with unintended consequences.
  2. The People Whose Genetic Tests Uncover MysteriesDealing with the uncertainty of a little-understood genetic mutation can be harder than just getting bad news.
  3. genetics
    Yes, There Is a Genetic Component to IntelligenceIt’s important to recognize what the science says, and, no, that doesn’t lead us inexorably to Nazi race science.
  4. genetics
    Turns Out Nazis Have Some Pretty Wrong Views About GeneticsJust about everyone, everywhere, is a complicated mutt, and stories about “pure” bloodlines are almost always false.
  5. How Adoptees Are Filling In the Holes in Their Family Medical HistoryGenome sequencing can be illuminating, but it’s also an ethical minefield.
  6. You Can Inherit LonelinessBut it’s complicated.
  7. Scientists Want You to Mail Them Your Dog’s SpitThey’re hoping dog DNA will help them understand some human diseases.
  8. We’ve Run Out of Time to Save the BulldogsWe’ve bred them into terrible health over the years, and now it may be too late to undo our mistake.
  9. Scientists Discuss Synthetic Human Genomes in Secret, Scientists-Only MeetingThis turns out to be a reliable way to draw public attention to your private meeting about the future of human genetics.
  10. This Is Why So Many Labrador Retrievers Are So Very FatGenes found in obese Labs may help scientists better understand how to help some obese humans.
  11. The Happiness in Your DNANew research offers a clue on the link between genes and well-being, but let’s not get carried away.
  12. ugh genes
    Your Dumb Genes Might Be Why All Your Friends Lost Their Virginity Before YouLast virgin standing.
  13. genetics
    A British Scientist Just Got Approval to Begin Gene-Editing EmbryosThe experiments are aimed at advancing infertility treatments.
  14. schizophrenia
    Scientists Made a Huge Genetic Discovery About Schizophrenia This WeekPinpointing the trigger of the mental disorder may lead the way to better treatments.
  15. genetics
    In a Surprising Twist, Baby Looks Like Other Baby With Same DNAUnbelievable!
  16. jerk moves
    Your Appalling Drunken Behavior Might Be GeneticAn exciting new excuse for dancing on tables.
  17. healthcare
    Should All Women Get Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?It’s not a crystal ball.
  18. the future
    Genetic Engineering for Our Babies Is RealA new gene-editing technique makes “designer babies” seem like the least of our worries.
  19. ask an expert
    A Harvard Geneticist on Jurassic World’s Science George M. Church is a leading light in the “de-extinction” efforts.
  20. genetics
    The Endless Dance of Genetics and Human HistoryGenes give rise to culture, and culture can determine which genes survive.
  21. mental illness
    Schizophrenia May Actually Be 8 Disorders in OneA new study explains some of the genetic roots of the disease.
  22. babies
    Babies Issue a Genetic ‘S.O.S.’ That Can Be Used to Detect SepsisThis could save young lives.
  23. Is Denmark a Happy Place Because of Its Genes?This still doesn’t explain why they’re so good-looking.
  24. political psychology
    Do Your Genes Make You a Democrat?Interesting new research suggests genes help explain our political beliefs — but let’s not get carried away.
  25. mythbusting
    There Is No Such Thing As a Dumb Blonde At least not where genetics are concerned.
  26. mom week
    Intimate Portraits of Models and Their MomsThe fruits of a three-year-long photo project. 
  27. genetics
    It’s Not You, It’s My DNAA gene variation can explain why some people are more attuned than others to relationship problems.
  28. commencement speeches
    Bill Clinton Talks Privilege and Genetics at Nephew’s High-School GraduationIn Redondo Beach, California.
  29. weird science
    What Separates Us From Chimps?Lost DNA.
  30. weird science
    Instead of Humans Contracting Gonorrhea, Gonorrhea Has Contracted (a Bit of) HumanityMan bites dog.
  31. genetics
    Newly Discovered ‘Liberal Gene’ Makes Liberals Sound AwesomeAll the cool kids’ genetic code has DRD4.
  32. instant politics
    Matt Bai and Patricia J. Williams Argue Over Religion in Government and Homeowners’ Role in the Financial Crisis’New York Times Magazine’ writer Matt Bai and ‘The Nation’ columnist Patricia J. Williams argue over what an Obama presidency might mean for the judiciary and abortion, the current role of religion in government, and whether homeowners aren’t partly to blame for the financial crisis.
  33. in other news
    The Babies of Jennifer Lopez Are Upon Us!Finally, People has released the first baby photos of J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s infant children, Max and Emme. Aren’t they cute? And don’t they look just like … dad?