Craig Venter's new longevity startup will make "100 the new 60"

Biotechnologist Craig Venter — the first scientist to map the human genome and create synthetic life — now wants to dramatically extend the human lifespan. His new company, Human Longevity Inc., will use both genomics and stem cell therapies to help people stay healthy and vibrant for as long as possible. » 3/05/14 7:35am 3/05/14 7:35am

How DNA testing can rip families apart -- and bring them together

Two women from shattered homes have been using DNA tests to discover why they have always felt like outsiders. They find each other on a social network for people who want to compare their genomes — and they get a match. Are they related? Did their parents have an affair? New DNA services promise to help them find out. » 9/30/13 10:51am 9/30/13 10:51am

How an 1836 Famine Altered the Genes of Children Born Decades Later

Why do some identical twins look so different from each other? Could your eating habits during puberty have an impact on the genetic makeup of your grandkids? These are just two of the startling questions raised by the science of epigenetics, as this "deleted" chapter from David Epstein's book The Sports Gene explains. » 8/26/13 8:00am 8/26/13 8:00am

This glowing blue death worm could hold the key to human longevity

In an eerie discovery, we've found that dying worms emit an intense, blue glow that begins in their intestines before radiating outward into their entire bodies. Studying this "death fluorescence" allows researchers to understand how age-related death works in humans — and possibly, pathways to slowing it. » 7/23/13 3:20pm 7/23/13 3:20pm

What can the DNA in your poop teach us about ethics?

A scientist has posted the results of DNA analysis of his poop online. It's literally the shittiest dataset ever released to the public domain! But it's also a wellspring for serious discussion about new areas of biological research — and the weird new ethical considerations that go along with them. » 5/28/13 1:00pm 5/28/13 1:00pm

10 Unusual Genetic Mutations in Humans

No two people are alike, due to the subtly different ways our genomes are expressed. But sometimes these biological differences lead to genetic mutations that are extremely rare, and sometimes debilitating. Historically, many people suffering from these mutations were labeled monsters or freaks — but today, we know… » 4/05/13 11:01am 4/05/13 11:01am