genes

centenarians

Centenarians smoke, drink and eat badly. How do they get away with it?

‘The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that…

lifestyle

Heart disease: genes or lifestyle? We have our best answer yet

To what extent is our risk of heart disease determined by our genes? We’re stuck with the genes we’ve got,…

Big assumptions, poor data: this time James Flynn won’t change your ideas about IQ

James Flynn’s career has always been about progress. As the first researcher who noticed that IQ scores were rising across…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

‘Fat’ gene actually predisposes some girls to be healthy eaters

Research by three Canadian universities reveals that in certain circumstances overweight people may be able to blame their size on…

Scientists discover genes that can delay Alzheimer’s by up to 17 years

Researchers have identified nine genes that play a part in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published…

Researchers establish that more intelligent people do live longer

The link between intelligence and lifespan is genetic, according to new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers…

Thanks to worms, doctors may soon be able to predict how severe a genetic disease will be

Research published in the biomedical journal Cell has revealed that DNA can be used to predict the severity of genetic…

New research on ‘brain heritage’ could pave the way for personalised treatment

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the shape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer…