Genes

birth control

Your DNA Could Affect How Well Your Birth Control Works

New research suggests that people with an uncommon genetic variant make an enzyme that breaks down the hormones in birth control too quickly—which could put them at risk of unintended pregnancy.
Jessica Migala
3.20.19
pain

The Science Behind Why People Have Different Pain Tolerances

Everything from our genes to our psychological makeup can affect our sensitivity to physical pain.
Erin Young
10.29.18
VICE TONIC

The Family That Doesn't Feel Pain

Their genes could lead to treatment options for people with chronic pain.
Shayla Love
7.22.18
Sleep

What It Takes for Night People to Become Morning People

A few small lifestyle tweaks can make the shift easier for aspiring early risers.
جيسيكا دوري
5.29.18
Fashion

A Fashion Student Is Designing Clothes with Alexander McQueen’s Cloned Skin

Fashion design student Tina Gorjanc designed a collection of leather goods based on McQueen’s DNA.
Nathaniel Ainley
7.20.16
Art

An Artist Is Turning Spit into Crystals

Get a mouthful of Inés Cámara Leret's unusual BioArt.
Anna Marks
4.26.16
Stuff

What It’s Like to Buy Sperm from One of Canada’s 55(ish) Semen Donors

It's a little like eugenics and that's a little icky.
J.L. Bowman
9.17.15
Stuff

What it's Like Being Gay and Non-Gay Identical Twins

Despite sharing the same DNA and usually the same upbringing, identical twins can diverge in sexuality. We asked two Melbourne twins to discuss what that difference meant for them.
Julian Morgans
6.3.15
tech

Can Putting Your Personal Genome on the Internet Lead to Lasting Friendships?

Last week at a dinner party in Melbourne, I met two former strangers brought together by a website and a genetic similarity found in their saliva.
Sergio Brodsky
1.9.15
News

Could Depression Actually Be Nothing More Than an Allergic Reaction?

New research suggests that depression may be a reaction to inflammation within the body. But will shifting the blame from the head to the body affect the stigma that still exists?
Eleanor Morgan
1.5.15
Stuff

Scientists Are Working Out Whether You Can Have a Baby with Yourself

Single-parent reproduction is exactly what it sounds like—a very complicated scientific process that involves taking one person’s stem cells, making one of them male and the other female, before splicing them together to make a child.
Alex Horne
6.11.14
tech

Dunce Life

Bad news, urbanite. Living in the big city is so damn easy it's making you stupid.
Kerri Connolly
11.14.12