Human Embryo has Three Parents

A team of scientists reported in the October 24th issue of Nature the successful creation of human embryos using eggs that had their nuclear DNA replaced by with the nucleus from another egg. The eggs were then fertilized in vitro to produce embryos that had genetic material from three sources: the “host” egg containing mitochondrial…

History of Genetic Research

A recent Columbus Dispatch article features a new book on the history of genetic research. Entitled “The Violinist’s Thumb,” it focuses on some of the lesser-known individuals who have contributed to the body of genetic research including early genetic theory, the discovery of the DNA helix, the effect of DNA mutations, and human genomics. The…

Best States for Maternity and Paternity Leave

Two recent Huffington Post articles highlight the states in the U.S. that provide the most support for working moms and dads. In particular, the articles summarize what the top states’ legislation provides for in terms of maternity and paternity leave, including provisions for children born to domestic partners or who are adopted. Both articles mention this fact:…