Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Distinct Genetic Disorders

New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes… » 9/15/14 11:11am Yesterday 11:11am

How the Internet Is Helping a Father Fight an Illness Unknown to Science

In 2012, Matt Might sat down to write a blog post. The 5,000-word essay titled "Hunting Down My Son's Killer," which was also republished on Gizmodo, documented his and his wife's harrowing attempt to make sense of their son's mysterious illness. The post went viral online—setting the family down a road that could… » 7/17/14 6:24pm 7/17/14 6:24pm

Family That Walks On All Fours Not A Product Of 'Reverse Evolution'

In Turkey, there's a family with an apparent genetic disorder that causes them to walk on all fours. Scientists have speculated that they're an example of "devolution" — a backwards step towards our quadrupedal past. A new paper challenges this assumption, offering a far more reasonable explanation. » 7/17/14 7:40am 7/17/14 7:40am

Climate Change (Isn't) Driving Gingers to Extinction

Recently, The Independent (UK) ran a story that suggested climate change could lead to the extinction of a particular kind of person in the islands of the North Atlantic, the ginger. The article interviews the managing director of the ScotlandsDNA project, Alistair Moffat, who suggests gingers in Scotland may fade… » 7/09/14 3:01am 7/09/14 3:01am