Neanderthal DNA linked to good health and bad

Scientists have found that Neanderthals and modern humans coexisted for tens of thousands of years in Europe and Asia and ...
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The complex and confusing genetics of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is even more complex than already believed, with rare gene mutations contributing to the disorder. In two studies published ...
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Clocks versus rocks: Genetics and the origin of placental mammals

Of the 5500 extant mammal species, 95 percent bear live young with a placenta. Yet ancestral mammals laid eggs, and ...
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Truths and myths about left-brain, right-brain functions

Handedness and brain asymmetry are widely regarded as unique to humans, and associated with left-brain and right-brain functions. But which ...
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Deciphering the mysterious X chromosome

The X chromosome is part of the system that determines gender. Yet, despite its significance in human life, the X ...
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Genes show dogs are descendants of now-extinct wolf breed

The latest genetic study to trace the origins of dogs confirms the view that they were domesticated by hunter-gatherers at ...

Breakthrough in bee sex determination gives new insight into human genetics

Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.... Remember that old Jewel ...

Some ethnically linked genes make it harder to fight off the flu

Research indicated that some Indigenous people such as in Alaska and Australia displayed limited immunity response to the effects of ...

Evolution from water to land, bone by bone

Travel back far enough in your genealogy, and you will run into a fish. Before about 370 million years ago, ...
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Genetics might explain preferences of heat or cold

As half the country recovers from record low temperatures, scientists have found that genetics plays an important role in human ...
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Were insects pollinating 100 million years ago? Ancient plants found in amber suggest so

Scientists recently discovered a 100-million-year-old piece of amber, which revealed the oldest evidence yet of sexual reproduction in a flowering ...

Ancient European genomes reveal jumbled ancestry

Newly released genome sequences from almost a dozen early human inhabitants of Europe suggest that the continent was once a ...

Stonehenge Man provides rare look at face of British prehistory

Tourists entering English Heritage's new £27 million visitor centre at Stonehenge will quickly confront its most spectacular exhibit – a ...

Wish for 2014: Any ancient African DNA sample

What's on your wish list for the new year in the world of anthropology and human genetics? Here's my #1 ...
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Did Pew stumble in its annual poll on support for evolution, exaggerating Republican-Democrat differences??

A new poll, showing Republicans are increasingly skeptical of evolution, is being questioned for seemingly heightening differences in beliefs between ...

New year, new flu evolution

Every year around this time, the age-old practice of making New Year’s Resolutions takes center stage as millions of people ...

How do cystic fibrosis bacteria evolve to thrive in human lungs?

The bacterium that's the most important pathogen in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) has genetically evolved and adapted to survive ...
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When it comes to human brain, size isn’t everything

According to new research, expansion of the brain in our ancestors ripped apart tethered neurons, enabling new circuits to be ...
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Reporter David Dobbs revises ‘selfish gene’ coverage under fire

After a controversial article on the Selfish Gene Theory provoked sharp criticism, science writer David Dobbs revised his article and ...

What is heritability anyhow?

Schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and autism have all had recent attention for being “genetically caused." In scientific research, being genetically ...
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Did brain mirror neurons help shape our civilization?

A new study debunks the hype surrounding mirror neurons and surveys current literature to take a calm and objective look ...
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Comparison of aging patterns sheds light on evolutionary purpose of aging

A new comparison of aging patterns of humans and 45 other species reveals that some species live much longer than ...
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Nearly a quarter of cow genome comes from snakes

According to a new article, “horizontal gene transfer” allows genes to cut themselves out of surrounding DNA and paste themselves ...
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Can we inherit fear of a smell? The latest on transgenerational epigenetics

Can humans inherit the experience of fear? Male mice trained to fear a particular harmless smell before they sire offspring ...
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Female promiscuity a pragmatic approach to survival

New research suggests that female primates seek out multiple sexual partners as an evolutionary strategy and opportunistically shift that strategy ...
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Debate over ‘selfish gene’ theory heats up

A recent article by science writer David Dobbs argued for the need to revise the “selfish gene” theory, prompting a ...
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23andMe founder pulls personal genomic service, pledges cooperation on FDA review

Stung by the FDA's cease-and-desist order and criticisms that the data in its personal genomics test are unreliable, 23andMe founder ...
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