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Fish that walks helps explain how humans colonized land

Charles Choi | 
An unusual species of fish that can walk and breathe air shows that these animals may be more capable of ...

Genes underlying hangovers can aid in understanding alcoholism

Jillian Rose Lim | 
Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don't, and the reason may be in their genes, ...

Twins, separated and reuinted, illustrate genetic strength

Tanya Lewis | 
Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were identical twins raised apart from the age of four weeks. When the twins were finally ...

DNA test claims to determine village of origin of our ancestors

Tanya Lewis | 
For centuries, scientists have sought a biological method for tracing a person's geographic origin. Now, a group of researchers has ...

Pre-conception diet affects child’s DNA

Charles Choi | 
A woman's diet at the time of conception might cause lasting changes in the DNA of her children, potentially influencing ...

Genetics make some people prone to depression

Bahar Gholipour | 
Why do some people sail through life's difficulties, while others get mired in depression? A certain gene may explain such ...

Genetics says Sea Anemones are half plant, half animal

Tia Ghose | 
The sea anemone is an oddball: half-plant and half-animal, at least when it comes to its genetic code, new research ...

Children to order: Ethics of “designer babies”

Tia Ghose | 
Creating designer babies who are free from disease and super athletic or smart may finally be around the corner. But ...
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Angelina turns to another preventative surgery, based on BRCA1 mutation

Bahar Gholipour | 
Angelina Jolie's mutation-inspired preventative double mastectomy raised public awareness of the risks associated with BRCA1 mutations. Now, she's looking at ...

Richard III DNA test sparks controversy

Stephanie Pappas | 
King Richard III has been dead for more than 500 years, but his bones continue to ignite fresh controversy. The ...

Black Death altered European genes

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

New technique separates modern contaminants from ancient DNA

Tia Ghose | 
The DNA of a Neanderthal found in a Siberian cave has been sequenced, thanks to a new technique that weeded ...

Hookworm genome may lead to a cure for more than 700 million infection sufferers

Christopher Wanjek | 
Scientists have decoded the genome of a lowly, blood-sucking hookworm, an advance they say could lead to cures for hookworm ...

23andMe uncovers semen switching at a fertility clinic

Stephanie Pappas | 
A young women conceived with help from a fertility clinic in Utah in the early 1990s is actually the biological ...

Platypus will probably never get its stomach back

Charles Choi | 
Bizarrely, many species of animals, such as the carp and platypus, lost their stomachs in the evolutionary past, and new ...

Python’s extreme eating abilities have an evolutionary history to match

Stephanie Pappas | 
The first complete sequence of any snake genome reveals that Burmese pythons evolved rapidly to be able to eat prey ...

T. Rex tissue survives 68 million years, thanks to iron

Stephanie Pappas | 
The controversial discovery of 68-million-year-old soft tissue from the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex finally has a physical explanation. According to new ...

Indians and Europeans share ‘light-skin’ genetic coding

Tia Ghose | 
Indians share a gene with Europeans that plays a significant role in coding for lighter skin, new research suggests. The ...

DNA suggests dinosaur extinction event also wiped out ancient bees

Denise Chow | 
The ancestors of modern carpenter bees may have vanished from Earth roughly 65 million years ago, around the same time ...

Are humans reversing cat domestication by neutering pets?

Tia Ghose | 
When your cat sees a stranger, does he come and snuggle close or hiss and run away? Whether a feline ...

Cuckold alert! Who’s your daddy? Probably your daddy, says DNA paternity study

Tia Ghose | 
Despite the popularity of paternity tests and the guest lineup of the "Maury Povich" show, most men are not being ...
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Giant pandas’ genetic diversity helps them adapt to environmental change

Laura Poppick | 
Despite the dwindling number of giant pandas, researchers think the species has more genetic diversity than some other endangered animals ...

Worms tell a tale of how nerves develop

Tanya Lewis | 
How nerve cells branch out and develop is a somewhat mysterious process, but a new study reveals how at least ...

Evolutionary big bang triggered by multiple events

Tia Ghose | 
The Cambrian explosion, the evolutionary "big bang" that led to the emergence of a trove of complex life forms, was ...

DNA indicates that ancient humans dined on meat from domesticated pigs

Charles Choi | 
Ancient hunter-gatherers in Europe, whose meat intake was once limited to wild game, may have enjoyed bacon, ham, pork chops ...

Longest-living bat holds clues to longevity

Rachael Rettner | 
The longest-living bat species may owe its exceptional life span, at least in part, to its genes, a new study ...

Altitude sickness: genetics may explain why only some fall ill

Tia Ghose | 
Some people who live at high altitudes suffer breathlessness, palpitations and dizziness, while others have no health problems, and now ...

Southern Europeans more African than thought

Tia Ghose | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Southern Europeans get a significant portion of their genetic ancestry from North Africa, new ...