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‘Abominable Snowman’ hairs match DNA of ancient polar bear

Steven McKenzie | 
Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from ...

Does neuroscience need to revise how it looks at the brain?

Tom Stafford | 
How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent ...

UK approves 23andMe test banned in US

Michelle Roberts, Paul Rincon | 
The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says the 23andMe spit test, which is designed to give details ...

Skeletal remains confirmed to be Richard III, raise questions about royal lineage

Paul Rincon | 
Analysis of DNA from Richard III has thrown up a surprise: evidence of infidelity in his family tree. Scientists who ...

Functional enzymes created from synthetic DNA

Michelle Roberts | 
Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in ...

Stem cell therapy may be effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in ...

Nasal cell transplant allows paralyzed man to walk

Fergus Walsh | 
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal ...
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In a battle of brains, chimpanzees match human toddlers

Justin Gregg | 
Many skills that we consider complex are in fact the result of relatively simple - and often universal - cognitive ...

Neuroscientists awarded Nobel Prize for discovering brain’s internal GPS

James Gallagher | 
The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain's "GPS system". UK-based ...

British girl explains life as child of three-parent IVF

Charlotte Pritchard | 
Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's ...

Native North American peoples arrived in multiple migrations, new research suggests

Jonathan Webb | 
A new "genetic prehistory" provides the best picture ever assembled of how the North American Arctic was populated, from 6,000 ...

Emotions connected to memories can be altered, at least in mice

Jonathan Webb | 
By artificially activating circuits in the brain, scientists have turned negative memories into positive ones. They gave mice bad memories ...

BBC: Science can improve the nutrition of millions

The word ‘malnourishment’ conjures images of natural disasters, droughts and children with swollen bellies. But malnourishment is not just a ...

Where we are in the battle against Ebola

With hundreds of cases of Ebola in Africa, a panel of World Health Organization (WHO) experts has declared it is ...

Self-destructing GE fly could be effective pest control method

Melissa Hogenboom | 
A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according ...

UK genetics research making strides in cancer and rare disease treatment

James Gallagher | 
Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years." The ...

Africa ‘missed out’ on Green Revolution, needs ‘growth spark’ from biotech

Mark Kinver | 
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A ...

DNA contamination implicates suspect in murder committed after death

Mike Silverman | 
It was a real-life mystery that could have come straight from the pages of a modern-day detective novel. A woman ...

Gene-sequencing gives families of unknown genetic disorders hope

Philippa Roxby | 
"Yes, my husband had to resuscitate him," says Rachel Jeffares calmly, as she describes one particularly traumatic episode when her ...

China cloning on an ‘industrial scale’

David Shukman | 
Fast-growing Chinese company BGI is not only the world's largest center for gene sequencing, it's also the world's largest center for cloning ...
Battle developing over GM insects poised to fight olive pests

Battle developing over GM insects poised to fight olive pests

Victoria Gill | 
Scientists are developing GM insects to combat diseases and pests, but face opposition from anti-biotech organizations. If a field trial ...

GM yeast turns crop wastes into liquid fuel

Simon Redfern | 
US researchers have used genetically modified yeast to enhance the production of biofuels from waste materials. The new method solves ...

Genetic testing in children

Rachel visits a genetics service and asks them to test her four children for Li Fraumeni Syndrome. The genetic counsellor ...

Philippines: Golden rice rice approval ‘edging closer’

Charlotte Ashton | 
Scientists in the Philippines are weeks from submitting a genetically modified variety of rice to the authorities for biosafety evaluations ...

Artificial human ear grown in lab

Helen Briggs | 
US scientists say they have moved a step closer to being able to grow a complete human ear from a ...

Alzheimer’s blood test edges closer

James Gallagher | 
For now, there is no definitive test for Alzheimer's disease. Doctors rely on cognition tests and brain scans. So one of ...
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DNA superstorage: Apocalypse-proofing the world’s data

Ed Yong | 
In terms of information density, DNA outclasses anything we’ve been able to invent. Two scientists think all the world's information ...

Researchers identify genes linked to migraine headaches

The following is an edited excerpt. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute say they have identified five regions of ...
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