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Image of the Day: Elephant Twins
Staff | Apr 16, 2018
A pair of calves was born about eight months ago in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.
Mosquitoes Play Genetic Favorites
Jef Akst | Apr 23, 2015
A twin study suggests that the blood-sucking insects are more attracted to people with certain genes.
Jenny Rood | Jan 16, 2015
Twin study shows environmental factors play a greater role than genetic ones in shaping individual immunity.
Gut Microbiome Heritability
Tracy Vence | Nov 6, 2014
Analyzing data from a large twin study, researchers have homed in on how host genetics can shape the gut microbiome.
Test Scores Are in the Genes
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2013
More than school or family environment, a child’s genetics influences high school exam results.
The Neurobiology of Individuality
Dan Cossins | May 9, 2013
Mice that explore more have higher levels of neurogenesis, suggesting a link between experience, brain plasticity, and the emergence of distinct personalities.
Leukemia Linked to Changes in Womb
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 10, 2013
Genetic changes that may initiate childhood leukemia could originate while the baby is still in utero.
Early Epigenetic Influence
Sabrina Richards | Jul 16, 2012
Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.
Why Have Twins?
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2011
Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.
Autism Study Criticized
Megan Scudellari | Jul 7, 2011
Controversial new research links autism to the environment, not genetics.