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 ...
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 ...
Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones 'greatly exaggerated'

Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones ‘greatly exaggerated’

[L]ast year, Kevin Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the University of Nottingham, published a paper about several clones including Dolly’s four “sisters,” who ...
Video: CRISPR gene editing in real time

Video: CRISPR gene editing in real time

[Researcher Osamu] Nureki’s paper was published in Nature Communications Friday, and by early morning, the video that astonished the room in [a CRISPR ...
DNA profiles of 500,000 people put online by UK Biobank in massive research effort

DNA profiles of 500,000 people put online by UK Biobank in massive research effort

U.K. Biobank [recruited] 500,000 volunteers for a massive study on the origins of disease. In addition to collecting blood and urine, ...
Oldest known human fossils rewrite Homo sapiens history

Oldest known human fossils rewrite Homo sapiens history

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, around 62 miles west of what would eventually become Marrakesh, a group of people ...
Deep freeze: Will climate change awaken long-frozen diseases?

Deep freeze: Will climate change awaken long-frozen diseases?

I visited Greenland because, lately, the land here has gone soft, and disquieting things threaten to wake in it. … ...
Brain studies weakened by lack of diversity in participants

Brain studies weakened by lack of diversity in participants

[S]ocial sciences [tend] to focus on people from WEIRD societies—that is, Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic. The results of such studies ...
Unapproved stem cell therapy leaves elderly women blind

Unapproved stem cell therapy leaves elderly women blind

[E]ye doctors based primarily at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami had published a widely covered report describing three eerily similar cases: ...
One-fourth of cow genome descendant from snakes and lizards, study shows

One-fourth of cow genome descendant from snakes and lizards, study shows

There are genes known as retrotransposons that can copy themselves and paste the duplicates in other parts of our DNA, ...
Bible and the brain: How did ancient Israelites 'hear' God?

Bible and the brain: How did ancient Israelites ‘hear’ God?

James Kugel has been spent his entire scholarly career studying the Bible, but some very basic questions about it still ...
Video: DNA ancestry tests help fill in African American history after slavery

Video: DNA ancestry tests help fill in African American history after slavery

“These tests at their best allow new forms of connection that might not have been otherwise possible,” says Alondra Nelson, ...
CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna embraces ethical debate over gene editing

CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna embraces ethical debate over gene editing

As few as five years ago, [biochemist Jennifer Doudna] was, by her own admission, working head-down in an ivory tower, with ...
Worst kind of fake news? Health misinformation causes the most damage

Worst kind of fake news? Health misinformation causes the most damage

Recent years...have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that...people are susceptible to false information and fake news. “My sense ...
Genetically engineered natural insecticides? RNAi crops with built-in protection hit the market

Genetically engineered natural insecticides? RNAi crops with built-in protection hit the market

DvSnf7 dsRNA is an unusual insecticide. You don’t spray it on crops. Instead, you encode instructions for manufacturing it in ...
Tracing Mormon ancestry may help uncover mysteries of colon and breast cancer

Tracing Mormon ancestry may help uncover mysteries of colon and breast cancer

Nobody knew it then, but the genetic mutation came to Utah by wagon with the Hinman family. Lyman Hinman found ...
Diseases and behaviors likely the product of thousands of genes with complex interactions

Diseases and behaviors likely the product of thousands of genes with complex interactions

If you told a modern geneticist that a complex trait...was the work of just 15 genes, they’d probably laugh. It’s ...
Does power corrupt? Leaders often lose ability to empathize linked to brain impairment

Does power corrupt? Leaders often lose ability to empathize linked to brain impairment

If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate ...
Discovery of 315,000-year old human fossils may rewrite history of our ancestors

Discovery of 315,000-year old human fossils may rewrite history of our ancestors

[B]ones of the former occupants [of a Moroccan cave called Jebel Irhoud] have been recently unearthed by an international team ...
Energized evolution: How Earth's history has been shaped by energy discoveries

Energized evolution: How Earth’s history has been shaped by energy discoveries

Humans bodies require a ridiculous and—for most of Earth’s history—improbable amount of energy to stay alive. Consider a human dropped ...
Glowing Plant's failed Kickstarter venture highlights pitfalls of synthetic biology

Glowing Plant’s failed Kickstarter venture highlights pitfalls of synthetic biology

The latest update came quietly on [in April 2017]. “We’re sorry to say that we have reached a significant transition ...
Hi-C: Quick genome sequencing cracked Zika mosquito genome, more advances likely

Hi-C: Quick genome sequencing cracked Zika mosquito genome, more advances likely

Ten years ago, a team of scientists published the first genome of Aedes aegypti­—the infamous mosquito that spreads Zika, dengue ...
Genetics branding: CRISPR sounds like a breakfast bar and that may be confusing

Genetics branding: CRISPR sounds like a breakfast bar and that may be confusing

[D]espite massive hype in the science and general press, [the gene-editing tool CRISPR] probably remains unfamiliar or misunderstood to many ...
Would loss of genetic privacy protection scare people away from research participation?

Would loss of genetic privacy protection scare people away from research participation?

GINA—the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act—was written...[to prevent] employers from basing employment decisions on someone’s genes [and to stop] health insurers ...
Eczema-taming ointment could be made with bacteria from your own skin

Eczema-taming ointment could be made with bacteria from your own skin

Teruaki Nakatsuji and Richard Gallo from the University of California, San Diego, have discovered that some bacteria which naturally live ...
Booming market in novelty consumer DNA tests aimed at lifestyle, wellness and entertainment

Booming market in novelty consumer DNA tests aimed at lifestyle, wellness and entertainment

Stephane Budel has an idea for an app: You get your DNA sequenced to find out which comic book superhero ...