Irish sects show diverse population sources, including Viking influence

Irish sects show diverse population sources, including Viking influence

Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events. In their ...
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Gay genes identified? Research met with ‘severe criticism’

Scanning the genomes of 1,077 homosexual men and 1,231 heterosexual men, researchers identified several genetic regions with multiple single nucleotide ...
Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...
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Possible genetic links to homosexuality like ‘finding needle in a haystack’

Scientists in the US looked at the whole genomes of around 1000 homosexual men and 1200 heterosexual men, finding several ...
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High IQ correlates with success—but also mood disorders, anxiety and autism

There’s some bad news for people in the right tail of the IQ bell curve. In a study just published in the ...
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Quest to find aliens boosted by new technology and funding

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is bigger than ever, thanks to a big cash infusion from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner ...
Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Although known mainly for their adherence to an older, simpler way of life, some Amish folks also have a genetic ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
Skin color and 'race': Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

The discovery of a genetic mutation linked to night owl behavior raises the prospect of a drug treatment that would ...
‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...
Uptown rats? Rodents in New York City have genetically adapted to different neighborhoods

Uptown rats? Rodents in New York City have genetically adapted to different neighborhoods

As a whole, Manhattan’s rats are genetically most similar to those from Western Europe, especially Great Britain and France. They ...
Proof the yeti exists? DNA analysis shows bone 'samples' came from bears

Proof the yeti exists? DNA analysis shows bone ‘samples’ came from bears

In the fall of 2013, Charlotte Lindqvist got a call from a film company making an Animal Planet documentary about ...
Evolutionary tradeoffs: How DNA works so living things have a 'competitive advantage' to survive

Evolutionary tradeoffs: How DNA works so living things have a ‘competitive advantage’ to survive

Evolution is a game of trade-offs. Every trait an organism inherits may have benefits and drawbacks; what matters to natural ...
What are the genetics behind this amazing-looking 'two-faced' cat?

What are the genetics behind this amazing-looking ‘two-faced’ cat?

Meet Quimera the cat—she’s no ordinary feline! You’ve probably never seen any animal quite like her. Her furry face is ...
Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
Chimeras: The genetics behind this amazing-looking 'two-faced' cat

Chimeras: The genetics behind this amazing-looking ‘two-faced’ cat

Meet Quimera the cat—she’s no ordinary feline! You’ve probably never seen any animal quite like her. Her furry face is ...
How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

[W]hen we talk about the autism spectrum – we are all “a bit autistic” – and we all fit somewhere ...
Evidence Earth is billions of years old abounds, so why don't creationists believe it?

Evidence Earth is billions of years old abounds, so why don’t creationists believe it?

[Editor's note: Sabine Hossenfelder is a physicist and Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.] Planet Earth formed around ...
Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Drug addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Once addicted, it’s not only about pleasure seeking or choice, but chemical reactions ...
Should we 'genetically modify' humans to fit the demands of space travel?

Should we ‘genetically modify’ humans to fit the demands of space travel?

It takes something special to be an astronaut – an extraordinary combination of bravery, fitness, intelligence, lightning-fast decision-making and calmness ...
Viewpoint: Newsweek's surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

Viewpoint: Newsweek’s surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

[Editor's note: Dr. Charles Dinerstein is a retired vascular surgeon.] In a nod to science, Newsweek reported that there might be genetic underpinnings ...
Challenging Mendel: Does the female egg woo sperm with specific genes?

Challenging Mendel: Does the female egg woo sperm with specific genes?

[Researcher Jon Nadeau’s] hypothesis—that the egg could woo sperm with specific genes and vice versa—is part of a growing realization ...
How evolution contributed to the demise of the passenger pigeon

How evolution contributed to the demise of the passenger pigeon

Passenger pigeons were once the most abundant bird in North America, and quite possibly the world. … In a matter ...
The leaves on the tree of life are almost all microbes

The leaves on the tree of life are almost all microbes

Planet of the insects? Heck no. Planet of the microbes. Science has long struggled with estimating how many species of ...
Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...
How choosing genetically similar partners shapes our genomes

How choosing genetically similar partners shapes our genomes

Chances are, you’re going to marry someone a lot like you. Similar intelligence, similar height, similar body weight. A new ...
Evidence ancient humans not 'violent apes' but distinctly compassionate

Evidence ancient humans not ‘violent apes’ but distinctly compassionate

[Editor's note: Penny Spikins is an archaeologist who specializes in early prehistory and human origins.] Yes, there is evidence of interpersonal violence ...