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Video: When it comes to sports success, genes matter most

David Epstein, author of "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance" discusses the ways that human biological ...
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Genetic odd couple: Humans traveling with (friendly?) infection-causing African bacteria for 100,000 years

Helicobacter pylori, which causes ulcers and stomach cancer, maybe the oldest our oldest bacterial infection: genetic studies suggest it came ...

Humans and dogs evolved to listen for emotional cues

Dog and human brains turn out to be surprisingly similar, at least where communication and emotions are concerned, a new ...

Family selects for children with lower genetic cancer risk

To shield any future children from the fear she harbors of getting breast cancer, Katie Dowdy underwent a controversial procedure ...
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Memory — not perception — might be key to dyslexia

If auditory processing is at the core of the frustrating disorder dyslexia, then dyslexic musicians shouldn't exist. But they do ...

DNA of basketball: Generation after generation of NBA All-Stars

For a growing number of fathers and sons, the N.B.A. is a family business. This season, 19 second-generation players have ...

We made love, not war, with Neanderthals

What does it mean to be part Neanderthal? We’ve known since 2010 that if you have any non-African ancestry you ...
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Ancient genetics may lead to future treatment for gout

We're susceptible to gout because of a mutated gene in humans and other primates that prevents us from producing uricase, ...

DNA hunter Svante Pääbo takes us back to our roots

DNA, the stuff from which our genes are made, decays the moment an organism dies. The long coils break down ...
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Ancient Native American DNA remains present ethical minefield

Sequencing the genome of an ancient Native American reveals more about American history, and underscores the difficult, delicate dance of ...
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Genetic Atlas: Human history of moving around and fooling around

New statistical approaches are giving us our first real shot at pulling apart the genome to see when human populations ...

Ancestry of first Americans revealed by a boy’s genome

We may never know who the Anzick child was. Why he died, just 3 years old, in the foothills of ...

Scientists hope for a glimpse of King Richard III through DNA analysis

Scientists are to analyze the DNA from the remains of Richard III to create the world's first complete genome sequence ...

Genetic mix lets Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

Genetic adaptations found in people living at high elevations on the Tibetan plateau probably originated around 30,000 years ago in ...
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The cross-species merger that made life as we know it possible

The transition from the classic prokaryotic, nucleus-free model to the deluxe eukaryotic one is arguably the most important event in ...

Humans shaped the horse’s gait, through genetics

A genetic mutation in horses that causes them to move with a gait that humans find desirable was spread to ...

Black Death altered European genes

The Black Death of the 14th century may be written into the DNA of survivors' descendants, new research finds. The ...

New York City student ancestry project to analyze DNA

“I’m part Neanderthal,” Rachel Bruton, a member of National Geographic’s Explorer Programs team, told Medical Daily. “I consider it bragging ...

Neanderthal DNA traces found in African people

Call it humanity's unexpected U-turn. One of the biggest events in the history of our species is the exodus out ...
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Were Neanderthals a different species?

Up to 40% of the Neanderthal genome may be preserved across our collective genomes, and the areas of the human ...
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What is a ‘healthy’ microbiome?

A group of culturally isolated villagers in the Amazon may hold the key to showing us what a healthy microbiome, ...
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Dispute over when “genetic Adam” lived draws Vatican into the fray

Geneticists in search of the first Y chromosome in human genetic history have used the term "Genetic Adam" enough to ...

Questions about the 7000-year-old dark-skinned, blue-eyed hunter

On Jan 26, a paper in Nature detailed the results of sequencing a 7000-year-old skeleton of an ancient hunter-gatherer from ...
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One-fifth of Neanderthal genome persists in modern human genome

By piecing together the fragments of Neanderthal DNA in the modern genome, researchers found that the stocky hunter-gatherers gave us ...

Genetic drawbacks of having a manly face

Studying sex differences seldom gets boring. The Darwinian process of sexual selection, in which genes that improve an individual’s reproductive ...
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Surprise: Ancient europeans had dark skin and blue eyes

Ancient Europeans may have been dark-skinned and blue-eyed (a combination rarely found in modern times) according to DNA from a ...

Number of home DNA testing kits in Britain doubled in last two years

Sales of DNA tests for everything from the risk of developing life-threatening diseases to catching out cheating partners are booming. The ...
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