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New Tool to Fight Deadly Tsetse Fly


Sequencing the genome of one tsetse species took a decade, partly because tsetses have unusual biology and partly because of global health politics.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-24:20:6:1




Vermont Will Require Labeling of Genetically Altered Foods


Vermont's approval was hailed by food-safety advocates. Meanwhile, the biotech industry has drafted federal legislation to pre-empt any such state initiatives.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-24:8:5:2




Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome


Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-24:8:5:1




Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome


Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-23:14:6:1




The Map Makers: Mind Control in a Flash of Light


Karl Deisseroth is among a group of scientists who have been working on a way to turn brain cells on and off using genetic engineering and light.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-21:14:6:1




Scientists Report Advance in 'Therapeutic Cloning'


Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-18:8:5:1




Matter: Plants That Practice Genetic Engineering


Long ago, a new paper suggests, a fern took a useful gene from a neighboring hornwort, an acquisition that allowed ferns to thrive in shade.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-17:14:6:1




Beard trend 'guided by evolution'


The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2014-4-16:8:5:1




VIDEO: How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip


How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip

From the BBC News-2014-4-15:8:5:1




How to move a T-Rex dinosaur


Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

From the BBC News-2014-4-15:8:5:2




European Union Debates Initiative on Embryo Protection


A hearing was held on a petition bearing 1.8 million signatures that would ban the use of European funds for activities such as stem-cell research.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-10:20:6:1




Exhibition Review: Natural History Museum Explores the Wonders of Pterosaurs


"Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs," an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, prompts reflection on the unpredictable nature of evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-10:14:6:1




Phys Ed: Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?


According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, the motivation to exercise - or not - may be at least partly inherited.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-9:14:6:1




AUDIO: Britain's first cloned dog is born


Britain's first cloned dog has been born after her owner won a competition offering the procedure for free.

From the BBC News-2014-4-9:8:5:1




For Space Projects, Zero Gravity


The Mars rover Opportunity, still operating after 10 years on the planet, and the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn are among the NASA missions facing budget extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-7:20:6:3




Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes


Many people at risk of serious inherited diseases would like to know if they carry the genes, yet fear a positive result could be used against them.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-7:20:6:2




A Conversation With: What Fish Teach Us About Us


Neil H. Shubin, the paleontologist who helped discover a fossil hailed as a missing link between sea and land animals, talks about his television series, "Your Inner Fish," and why he teaches anatomy classes.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-7:20:6:1




The origin of lions discovered


A new genetic analysis confirms where modern lions came from, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2014-4-2:8:5:1




Observatory: In Extra Rib, a Harbinger of Mammoth's Doom


The superfluous bone, seen in fossil samples, was a sign of inbreeding and harsh conditions during pregnancy.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-31:20:6:1




Synthetic DNA advance is hailed


Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark achievement for biological engineering.

From the BBC News-2014-3-27:20:6:1




Matter: Enlisting a Computer to Battle Cancers, One by One


Once you decode a tumor's genome, what's next? Oncologists hope that IBM's Watson will help them find drugs for patients' particular brain cancer mix.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-27:8:5:1




VIDEO: 'A deep misunderstanding of genetics'


Prof Steve Jones says Boris Johnson shows a "deep misunderstanding of genetics" when he talks about cornflakes.

From the BBC News-2014-3-26:14:6:1




Well: The Dreaded Turning-50 Test


Despite new evidence that colonoscopy is reducing cancer rates, the yuck factor is still high. A new alternative may be a DNA stool test.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-25:14:6:1




Monster turtle fossils re-united


Two halves of a fossil bone found more 160 years apart finally allow scientists to scale one of the biggest sea turtles that ever lived.

From the BBC News-2014-3-25:8:5:1




Observatory: No Monkeying Around for These Partners


Genetic analysis supports what observation had already suggested about the steadfast monogamy of Azara's owl monkeys in South American.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-24:20:6:2




After the Fact: Bird's Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans


Scientists have long assumed that humans played a role in the moa's obliteration. Now there's inescapable proof.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-24:20:6:1




AUDIO: Scientists find chicken-like dinosaur


US scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, nicknamed the 'Chicken from Hell.'

From the BBC News-2014-3-20:14:6:1




'Chicken from hell' dinosaur discovery


US scientists announce the discovery of a new species of dinosaur, which offers further clues to how the great beast became extinct 66 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2014-3-19:20:6:1




Raw Data: A Tumor, the Embryo's Evil Twin


Scientists have been finding that the same genes that guide fetal cells as they multiply, migrate and create a newborn child are also among the primary drivers of cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-17:20:6:2




Scientist in the News: Shoukhrat Mitalipov's Mitochrondrial Manipulations


A scientist's procedures have shaken up the field of genetics, bringing promise to would-be parents while drawing the ire of bioethicists and the scrutiny of regulators.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-17:20:6:1




UK scientists call for new GM trials


There should be more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops, a report commissioned by the prime minister says.

From the BBC News-2014-3-14:8:5:1




Skull fragments reveal new crocodile


Two fossilised fragments from a crocodile skull found on the Isle of Wight indicate the discovery of a new species, researchers say.

From the BBC News-2014-3-11:8:5:1




Campaign to help save juniper plants


A campaign is launched to help track juniper numbers across Scotland as figures show the plant could be nearing extinction.

From the BBC News-2014-3-10:14:6:1




Alejandro Zaffaroni, Biotech Entrepreneur, Dies at 91


The Uruguayan-born biochemist started more than a dozen companies and had a role in the development of the birth control pill, the nicotine patch and the DNA chip.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-7:8:5:1




A Genetic Entrepreneur Sets His Sights on Aging and Death


J. Craig Venter says his new company, Human Longevity, will focus on figuring out how people can live longer and healthier lives and will be the world's largest human DNA sequencing operation.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-6:14:6:1




Study Gives Hope of Altering Genes to Repel H.I.V.


A pilot study involving 12 people found that immune cells could be "edited" safely and that doing so sometimes helped fight infection.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-5:20:6:1




In Pursuit of Longevity, a Plan to Harness DNA Sequencing


The wealthy entrepreneur J. Craig Venter is starting a new company focusing on how people can live longer and healthier lives.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-4:14:6:1




A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA


A technique is stirring excitement while raising profound questions.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-3:20:6:1




Observatory: A Verdict of Murder


With the help of DNA analysis and a body scan of a mummy, scientists say that they have determined the cause of death of an Inca woman who lived centuries ago.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-3:20:6:2




Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible For Diabetes


Pfizer and Amgen teamed to develop drugs to mimic the effect, though it may take a decade or more before it is available to the public.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-2:20:6:1




Korean Scientist's New Project: Rebuild After Cloning Disgrace


Nearly a decade after his downfall for faking research, the South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk has won patents for his work in an attempt to resume studying human stem cells.

From the NYTimes News-2014-3-1:8:5:1




Dot Earth Blog: Feelings, Facts, Food and Genetic Engineering – A Fresh Look


A chef, a law professor, a scientist and two journalists discuss the role of genetic technology in our food system.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-26:14:6:1




Stunning whale graveyard explained


Scientists think they can now explain the astonishing discovery of a graveyard of fossil whales in Chile that accumulated more than five million years ago.

From the BBC News-2014-2-26:8:5:1




Last Neanderthal home is studied


An ice age site said to be one of the last known places Neanderthals lived is being studied to assess storm damage.

From the BBC News-2014-2-25:8:5:1




The Week: Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Why Calicos Look That Way


Science and health news from the past week, including a mass extinction 252 million years ago, vaccines and pizzas that don't spoil and clues to a cat's signature coat.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-24:20:6:1




A Forensic Approach to a Sidewalk Nuisance


Although some officials were not amused, many Neapolitans welcomed a new campaign to track down owners who do not pick up after their dogs by using the animals' DNA samples.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-23:14:6:1




Tourism hope for threatened lemurs


The world's most threatened primate could be saved from extinction by eco-tourism according to conservationists.

From the BBC News-2014-2-21:14:6:1




A Geologist Investigates a Mass Extinction at the End of the Permian Period


An M.I.T. geologist wants to understand how an estimated 96 percent of all species on Earth became extinct at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-20:14:6:1




The Week: King Richard III's Eyes, and the Munchies


Scientists in England are trying to sequence a long-dead monarch's genome, and European researchers find more evidence that marijuana increases the appetite.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-17:20:6:1




GM potatoes defeat 'biggest threat'


British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight.

From the BBC News-2014-2-16:20:6:1




Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulent


Dr. Hwang Woo-suk of South Korea received the patent for the method by which he claimed in 2004 to have extracted stem cells from cloned human embryos.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-15:8:5:1




Scientists Hope to Sequence Genome of Richard III


About a year and a half after finding the king's corpse, British researchers will grind up his bones in hopes of discovering, for example, what bacteria he might have been hosting.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-14:14:6:1




Tracing Ancestry, Team Produces Genetic Atlas of Human Mixing Events


Geneticists using new statistical approaches have taken a first shot at both identifying and dating the major population mixture events of the past 4,000 years.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-13:20:6:1




Ancient American's genome mapped


Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent's earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-2-13:14:6:1




Ancient reptile's birth fossilised


A rare fossil reveals how marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-2-13:8:5:1




Scientists to Try to Sequence Richard III's Genetic Code


About a year and a half after finding the king's corpse, British researchers will grind up his bones in hopes of discovering his hair and eye color and what bacteria he might have been hosting.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-12:20:6:1




Modified Corn a Step Closer to Approval in Europe


If, as expected, the engineered corn gets a go-ahead for cultivation, genetic modification will remain a sensitive issue for Europe and the United States during trade talks.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-12:8:5:1




EU defies opposition to GM maize


The EU is set to approve a new type of genetically modified maize for cultivation despite huge opposition.

From the BBC News-2014-2-11:14:6:1




Australia GM crops row goes to court


An Australian farmer is suing after his farm was allegedly contaminated by genetically modified crops blown over from his neighbour's farm.

From the BBC News-2014-2-11:8:5:1




A Conversation With: 'The Sixth Extinction' Looks at Human Impact on the Environment


In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert asks science-based questions about whether humans might be causing mass extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-10:20:6:2




The Week: Debating Evolution and Dealing With Climate Change


Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A deadly bird flu in China causes alarm and researchers suggest revising guideline on intervention during labor.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-10:20:6:3




The Archaeology of the Stars


Stellar archaeologists have found some very old stars, hidden in space like a pharoah's tomb and holding secrets of the cosmos' chemical evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-10:20:6:1




Television Review: In 'Questioning Darwin,' No Easy Answers


The HBO documentary "Questioning Darwin," features the views of those who reject Charles Darwin's theory of evolution while chronicling Darwin's own personal trials.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-10:8:5:1




Novelties: The Path to Reading a Newborn's DNA Map


As technology becomes more sophisticated, genomic sequencing will inevitably expand into the world of newborns. The process has both medical and ethical implications.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-9:8:5:1




W. Ford Doolittle wins Herzberg gold medal for work inmolecular genetics


For his major contributions to molecular genetics,including the study of lateral gene transfer, a key driver of microbial evolution.

From The Globe and Mail News-2014-2-7:10:37:1




Matter: A Catalog of Cancer Genes That's Done, or Just a Start


As the Cancer Genome Atlas project, started in 2005, comes to an end, scientists are debating where cancer research should go next.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-6:20:6:1




'Animal Pompeii' wiped out creatures


Scientists believe fossil beds in northern China are packed with the victims of a volcanic explosion much like that that hit the Roman City of Pompeii.

From the BBC News-2014-2-5:8:5:2




Speedy cyclists are better looking


Top performers in the Tour de France were considered better looking in an experiment that shows the power of evolution, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-2-5:8:5:1




Books of The Times: 'The Sixth Extinction,' on Endangered and Departed Species


Elizabeth Kolbert uses a rare rhino and crow and the stories of other endangered or already vanished species to illustrate the fallout of mankind's transformation of the ecological landscape.

From the NYTimes News-2014-2-3:8:5:1




Kercher trial: How does DNA contamination occur?


The Kercher trial highlights concerns over DNA

From the BBC News-2014-1-31:8:5:1




Matter: The Little Bit of Neanderthal in All of Us


Two studies show how the legacy of Neanderthals endures 30,000 years after their extinction, finding Neanderthal genes in skin and hair that may have helped humans evolve.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-29:20:6:1




Neanderthals gave us disease genes


Genes that cause disease in people today were picked up through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a major study suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-1-29:14:6:1




AUDIO: Research 'changing cancer treatment'


The BBC's Tom Feilden and Cancer Research UK's Peter Johnson discuss The Institute of Cancer Research's new Centre for Evolution and Cancer.

From the BBC News-2014-1-28:14:6:1




Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming


Scientists, looking for new weapons against insect pests in farming, have developed gene-silencing agents. But skeptics are concerned about potential threats to nontarget insects and even humans.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-28:8:5:1




Looks of early European revealed


Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes.

From the BBC News-2014-1-27:8:5:1




GM purple tomatoes heading for shops


The prospect of genetically-modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer, with large-scale production under way.

From the BBC News-2014-1-24:20:6:1




VIDEO: Purple tomatoes: Food of the future?


Scientists in Norwich have developed a genetically modified purple tomato, which is being produced in Canada due to European hostility to GM foods.

From the BBC News-2014-1-24:20:6:2




VIDEO: Storms spark coastal fossil frenzy


There has been a sharp increase in the number of amateur fossil hunters in Dorset after storms eroded parts of the Jurassic coastline.

From the BBC News-2014-1-24:14:7:1




'Fish oil' GM plant bid submitted


Field trials of a genetically modified crop containing Omega-3 fatty acids normally found in oily fish could begin in the UK this year, after a field trial application is submitted.

From the BBC News-2014-1-24:8:5:2




Genetic clue to how limbs evolved


A new study sheds light on how fish evolved into the earliest land animals millions of years ago.

From the BBC News-2014-1-24:8:5:1




AUDIO: Gin firm in bid to save juniper


A gin-making firm offers grants to those willing to help protect Britain's juniper plants from extinction.

From the BBC News-2014-1-22:14:6:1




Seeing X Chromosomes in a New Light


Scientists have enlisted color coding in the effort to better understand X chromosomes, how they are shut down in certain cells and what it all means for men and women.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-20:20:6:1




Sam Berns, 17, Public Face of a Rare Illness, Is Dead


Sam's life with progeria, a genetic disorder resulting in rapid premature aging, was the subject of a documentary film shortlisted for an Academy Award.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-16:14:6:10




Guinea Worm Cases Drop by More Than 70%


Only 148 cases of Guinea worm disease, which is on the brink of extinction, were found in the world in 2013, the Carter Center announced Thursday.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-16:14:6:9




The gene doping battle


Could this be sport's biggest battle yet?

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:8




DNA found in 1930 murder mystery


DNA could identify unknown victim in 1930s murder

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:7




Why criminal twins may no longer be safe


Can DNA help when a crime is committed by identical twins?

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:6




China cloning on 'industrial scale'


China pioneers the mass production of cloned pigs

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:5




Lions 'facing extinction in West Africa'


There has been a catastrophic collapse in the number of lions in West Africa, with only around 400 left in the region, a new survey suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:4




Iconic fossil's rear parts described


Scientists finally get to describe the back end of a key fossil illustrating the transition of animal life from water to land.

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:3




Science enters $1,000 genome era


The ability to sequence a human genome for just $1,000 has arrived, a US genetic technology company has announced.

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:2




Sight restored to partially blind man


Surgeons in Oxford improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have become blind using a gene therapy technique.

From the BBC News-2014-1-16:14:6:1




Aiming to Push Genomics Forward in New Study


Regeneron Pharmaceuticals will sequence DNA from about 100,000 patients of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, seeking genetic variants linked to diseases that may provide clues to developing new drugs.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-13:8:5:1




Matter: A Living Time Capsule Shows the Human Mark on Evolution


The resurrection of animals centuries old provides a look at how humans have affected the way wild species adapt.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-9:8:5:2




Fish oil extracted from plant seeds


Scientists have genetically engineered plant seeds to contain Omega-3 fish oils and have incorporated the oils into salmon feed.

From the BBC News-2014-1-9:8:5:1




Fluorescence Is Widespread in Fish, Study Finds


The findings, that at least 180 species and 16 orders of fish are biofluorescent, have implications for their evolution and behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-8:20:6:1




Observatory: Mutant Petunias Sing the Blues


What makes some petunias blue? Researchers have discovered a genetic glitch that produces the different shade, and weakens the plants.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-6:14:6:1




How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science


The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as bigbonuses distort banking

From The Guardian News-2014-1-6:9:42:1




A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops


When a bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced, doubts nagged at Greggor Ilagan, a councilman, about what the risks were, if any, of the crops.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-5:8:5:1




Bracing for Carp in Great Lakes, but Debating Their Presence


Asian carp, or carp DNA at least, may have arrived in the Great Lakes, and either way, the Army Corps of Engineers will issue a study proposing ways to keep the invasive species out.

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-5:8:5:2




'Narrow escape' for storm fossil


A near-complete ichthyosaur skeleton discovered on the Dorset coast after Christmas storms was hours away from destruction, fossil hunters say.

From the BBC News-2014-1-4:8:5:1




Dot Earth Blog: Food, Genes and the Feeling of Risk


A writer focused on sustainable eating gives a mostly clean bill of health to GMO's. So what?

From the NYTimes News-2014-1-3:14:6:1




Viewpoint: Human evolution, from tree to braid


Finds from 2013 show that the branching tree of human evolution is turning into a weave of interlaced lineages.

From the BBC News-2013-12-31:8:5:1




The Week: Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene


A common orthopedic surgery may be no more effective than fake operations for people with a certain injury, and Type 2 diabetes may be linked to a gene dating to Neanderthals.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-30:20:6:1




I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results


A healthy 28-year-old had three different companies check her genetic code. The discrepancies in their results were striking.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-30:14:6:3




Diabetes risk 'from Neanderthals'


A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been picked up from Neanderthals, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2013-12-30:14:6:1




New genetic clues for arthritis


An international team of researchers have found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

From the BBC News-2013-12-30:14:6:2




Janet D. Rowley, Who Discovered That Cancer Can Be Genetic, Dies at 88


In 1972, Dr. Rowley became the first person to show a conclusive link between certain genetic abnormalities and certain cancers.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-21:8:5:1




Cynthia Russett, Historian of Women, Dies at 76


Professor Russett's best-known book, "Sexual Science," published in 1989, explored attempts by Victorian thinkers, including Darwin, to scientifically "prove" women's inferiority.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-19:8:5:1




Mystery early human revealed in DNA


DNA analysis of early human remains from a Siberian cave has revealed the existence of a mystery human species.

From the BBC News-2013-12-18:14:6:1




Matter: Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome


Scientists say the accuracy of the new genome is of similar quality to sequencing the DNA of a living person.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-18:14:6:2




Old bone dates human hand evolution


The discovery of an ancient bone at a burial site in Kenya puts the origin of human hand dexterity more than half a million years earlier than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2013-12-17:8:5:1




Grades 'more nature than nurture'


Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.

From the BBC News-2013-12-12:8:5:1




The Week: An Evolutionary Twist and a New Role for Drones


A 400,000-year-old femur recovered in Spain shows that human evolution was more complex than previously thought, and a scientific panel warned of rapid, catastrophic effects of global warming.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-9:20:6:1




Saudi human genome project launched


Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped by 2017.

From the BBC News-2013-12-9:14:6:1




Gene-testing company 'here to stay'


Personal-genetics company 23andMe says it is "not going anywhere", after the Food and Drug Administration ordered it to stop marketing-spit testing kits.

From the BBC News-2013-12-9:8:5:1




VIDEO: Ancient DNA find is 'very exciting'


Prof Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum, London, explains what the discovery of 400,000 year-old human DNA could tell us about human evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-12-4:20:6:1




Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA


The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.

From the BBC News-2013-12-4:14:6:1




Matter: At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries


DNA from a fossil in Spain most closely matches another extinct human lineage, Denisovans, whose remains have been found thousands of miles away in Siberia.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-4:14:6:2




US gene testing firm halts marketing


Genetic testing firm 23andMe, which is backed by Google, stops marketing its products after a warning from US regulators, a spokeswoman says.

From the BBC News-2013-12-3:20:6:1




Genetic Connections: Learning to Defuse the Aorta


The long search for a gene mutation has led to a chance of stopping Marfan syndrome and reducing the risk of a fatal burst before it happens.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-2:20:6:1




'Memories' pass between generations


Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.

From the BBC News-2013-12-1:20:6:1




VIDEO: 'Richest human fossil site' found


Archaeologists in South Africa have unearthed what could be the richest fossil site in Africa.

From the BBC News-2013-11-28:20:6:1




Persistence in the Genes: Connecting the Dots to the Mayflower


A New York organization has rigorous rules for applicants to be recognized as a descendant of one of the 102 settlers who made the voyage in 1620 to Plymouth, Mass.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-28:20:6:2




Matter: Linking Genes to Diseases by Sifting Through Electronic Medical Records


In so-called phenome-wide association studies, scientists start with a gene variant and search thousands of medical conditions for a match.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-28:14:6:2




Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed


A massive "communal latrine" full of thousands of fossilised poos offers a time capsule to the dawn of the dinosaurs, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-11-28:14:6:1




The Cancer Divide: In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted


As a push ensues in Israel to test for cancer-causing gene mutations that are common among many Jews, women are facing hard choices about how much they want to know.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-27:8:5:1




F.D.A. Orders Genetic Testing Firm to Stop Selling DNA Analysis Service


The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to 23andme, which sells a $99 personal genome testing kit, saying the company had not proved that the product worked.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-26:20:6:2




VIDEO: For sale: 150 million-year-old dinosaur


The almost complete fossil of a diplodocus is set to go under the hammer at an auction in the UK on Wednesday.

From the BBC News-2013-11-26:20:6:1




Texas Education Board Flags Biology Textbook Over Evolution Concerns


The State Board of Education delayed final approval of a widely used biology textbook because of concerns raised by one reviewer that the book presents evolution as fact rather than mere theory.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-23:8:5:1




Fresh effort to clone extinct animal


Scientists in Spain have received funding to test whether an extinct mountain goat can be cloned from preserved cells.

From the BBC News-2013-11-22:8:5:1




Male Y chromosome 'could be scrapped'


Scientists have practically obliterated the ultimate symbol of maleness in DNA, the Y chromosome, and believe they may be able to do away with it completely.

From the BBC News-2013-11-22:8:5:2




Frederick Sanger, 95, Two-Time Winner of Nobel and Pioneer in Genetics, Dies


Dr. Sanger, a British biochemist, showed how amino acids link together to form insulin in 1958, and invented a method of "reading" molecular letters that make up the genetic code in 1980.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-21:8:5:1




Darwin's frogs face fungal assault


The fungus that is decimating amphibians worldwide has claimed one species of Darwin's frog and may soon claim the other, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:20:6:1




Frederick Sanger, Two-Time Nobel-Winning Scientist, Dies at 95


Dr. Sanger, a British biochemist, showed how amino acids link together to form insulin in 1958, and invented a method of "reading" molecular letters that make up the genetic code in 1980.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-20:14:6:3




Two Surprises in Ancient DNA of Boy Found Buried in Siberia


The genome of a Mal'ta boy indicates that Europeans reached farther east across Eurasia than previously assumed, and that Native Americans may be descended from a mix of Western Europeans and East Asians.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-20:14:6:2




Ancient DNA links Europe to America


The genome of a boy who died in central Siberia 24,000 years ago sheds light on the origins of Native Americans.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:14:6:1




Company bids to trial GM insects


UK company awaits a decision on its application to carry out the first European field trial of a genetically modified insect.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:8:5:1




VIDEO: How to rear genetically modified flies


Researcher Martha Koukidou from Oxitec explains how to rear GM fruit flies in preparation for the first European field trial of the insects.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:8:5:2




Who buys a diplodocus?


Who buys a 17m-long diplodocus dino fossil?

From the BBC News-2013-11-19:14:6:1




Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid


Recent research revealing that their brains are less primitive than previously thought could offer new insights on cognitive evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:20:6:1




Observatory: Clues to the Origins of Big Cats


A new set of fossils, ranging from four million to six million years old, and thought to be the oldest ever found, belonged to a previously unknown species.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:20:6:2




Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars


DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis are becoming faster and cheaper, and J. Craig Venter wants to use the technology to bring Martian life to Earth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:8:5:1




In a Bean, a Boon to Biotech


A policy proposed by the Food and Drug Administration could make marketing genetically modified soybeans easier.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-16:8:5:1




Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air


Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or Maven for short, is to spend at least a year observing the Martian atmosphere.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-15:20:6:1




VIDEO: 'Duelling dinosaurs' for auction


Two dinosaurs thought to have been locked in combat when they died are to be auctioned in New York next week.

From the BBC News-2013-11-15:14:6:1




DNA hint of European origin for dogs


The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.

From the BBC News-2013-11-14:20:6:1




Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet


The skull of a four million-year-old big cat resembling a modern snow leopard has been found in the Himalayas, evidence that big cats first evolved in Asia not Africa.

From the BBC News-2013-11-12:20:6:1




Observatory: Single Tooth Tells of Long-Extinct Platypus


Scientists have identified an ancient species of platypus, its diet and habitat, all from the discovery of a single fossil tooth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-11:20:6:1




Leonard Herzenberg, Immunologist Who Revolutionized Research, Dies at 81


Dr. Herzenberg, who developed a device to better examine cells, helped facilitate stem cell research and advance the treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-11:8:5:1




Matter: High Above Sea Level, Evolutionary Hot Spots


The remarkable ecosystems known as Páramos are home to the fastest evolution on Earth, a new study suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-7:14:6:1




Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins


Scientists are looking for 100,000 volunteers prepared to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to look at.

From the BBC News-2013-11-7:8:5:2




Statue honours evolution pioneer


The 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, the "forgotten hero" who co-discovered evolution, is marked by a statue and a new wasp.

From the BBC News-2013-11-7:8:5:1




Case of Insect Interruptus Yields a Rare Fossil Find


Researchers say the oldest fossil of two insects copulating - in this case, froghoppers killed in a volcanic eruption 165 million years ago - was identified in what is now Northeastern China.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-6:20:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: Wide Rejection of Labels for Genetically Engineered Food in Washington State


A measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods is rejected in Washington State.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-6:14:6:2




'King of gore' dinosaur discovered


A new super-predator dinosaur that roamed the earth 80 million years ago is discovered in southern Utah.

From the BBC News-2013-11-6:14:6:1




Books: 'Bootstrap Geologist' Sets Aside Convention for Curiosity


In his autobiography, Gene Shinn recounts his life and research, driven among other things by a boundless curiosity and a sure hand at underwater demolition.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-4:20:6:2




'Platypus-zilla' found in Australia


Part of a giant platypus fossil, dubbed platypus-zilla, is unearthed in Australia, scientists report.

From the BBC News-2013-11-4:20:6:1




Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem


A study using DNA testing offers perhaps the most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the herbal supplement industry.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-3:20:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: A Risk Communicator Says Industry Should Embrace Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods


A longtime risk communicator says industry should drop its fierce opposition to GMO labels.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:14:6:1




Bill Limiting Pesticide Use on Hawaii Island Is Vetoed


The legislation, vetoed by the mayor on the ground that it was flawed, was aimed at seed companies developing genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:8:5:1




Poland, Wedded to Coal, Spurns Europe on Clean Energy Targets


A fossil-fuels holdout, Poland has actively worked to block the European Union's effort to more tightly control greenhouse gas emissions.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:8:5:2




Japan sea species 'face extinction'


Japanese hunting of dolphins, smaller whales and porpoises is threatening some species with extinction, an environmental group says.

From the BBC News-2013-10-31:14:6:1




VIDEO: Building a digital robot dinosaur


Dr Bill Sellers from the University of Manchester explains how he created a "digital robot sauropod" to solve the mystery of how these giants moved around.

From the BBC News-2013-10-31:8:5:1




VIDEO: Nasa gears up for mission to Mars


US space agency Nasa is preparing to launch its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft next month to probe the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

From the BBC News-2013-10-29:8:5:1




Alzheimer's insight from DNA study


A clearer picture of what causes Alzheimer's disease is emerging after the largest ever analysis of patient's DNA.

From the BBC News-2013-10-28:8:5:1




Dino impact 'also decimated bees'


Scientists say there was a widespread extinction of bees 66 million years ago, at the same time as the event that killed off the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2013-10-25:14:6:1




Light shed on how genes shape face


Scientists identify thousands of small regions of DNA that influence the way facial features develop.

From the BBC News-2013-10-24:14:6:1




Plundering Science, Bone by Bone


Fossil poachers have become a major problem for paleontologists, wreaking havoc on the sites of dinosaur remains.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-21:20:6:1




What's That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast


Genetic engineering to produce products that now come from rare plants holds great promise, but critics warn of harm to small farmers, among others.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-21:8:5:1




VIDEO: Georgian skull discovery explained


A 90-second explanation of the primitive human skull discovery in Georgia, that is leading scientists to question the path of human evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-10-18:20:6:1




Skull Fossil Suggests Simpler Human Lineage


An analysis of a 1.8-million-year-old skull suggests that early human ancestors may have been members of the same species, with diverse physical appearances.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:20:6:1




Matter: Key to Ants' Evolution May Have Started With a Wasp


A recently published evolutionary tree of ants and their closest relatives may provide answers to how ants evolved and spread to most corners of the earth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:14:6:1




Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii


The ordinance requires seed companies to disclose which pesticides they use and establishes some no-spray zones.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:8:5:2




VIDEO: 'Yeti hairs identical to polar bear'


A human genetics expert who has analysed hairs allegedly from Yetis, says they are genetically identical to ancient polar bears.

From the BBC News-2013-10-17:8:5:1




Clawed fossil had spider-like brain


A clawed spider-like creature reveals the most intact nervous system ever observed in an ancient fossil, 520 million years old.

From the BBC News-2013-10-16:14:6:1




Books: 'The Compatibility Gene' Offers Insights to Immunology


Daniel M. Davis writes with an insider's perspective, not only on how our immune systems do and don't work, but on the scientists who study them.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-14:20:6:2




A Rare Open House Lets Visitors in the Herbarium at Kew Gardens


A rare open house in London allows visitors a peek into the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, a vast collection of plant specimens and other treasures, some from Darwin and Livingstone, others more recent.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-14:20:6:1




AUDIO: Is it 'wicked' to oppose GM crops?


The Environment Secretary claims that groups opposing a type of genetically modified rice are "wicked" - but is he right?

From the BBC News-2013-10-14:14:6:1




GM 'golden rice' opponents 'wicked'


Opponents to the development of a type of genetically modified rice enriched with vitamin A are criticised as "wicked" by the environment secretary.

From the BBC News-2013-10-14:8:5:1




[Herbal product contamination 'considerable,' DNA tests find>


A DNA test of herbal products has found that most of them contained cheaper fillers and plant ingredients not listed on the label, some of which pose "serious health risks."

From the CBC News-2013-10-11:14:6:2




European origins laid bare by DNA


DNA from ancient skeletons has revealed how a complex patchwork of prehistoric migrations fashioned the modern European gene pool.

From the BBC News-2013-10-10:20:6:1




European link to Jewish ancestry


A new genetics study challenges some previous theories on the maternal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews.

From the BBC News-2013-10-9:8:5:1




Genes Suggest European Women at Root of Ashkenazi Family Tree


A genetic analysis indicates that the women who founded the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Europe were not from the Near East, as previously thought.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-8:14:6:1




'Digital baby' screen for sperm donors


A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of "virtual babies" is set to launch in the US by December.

From the BBC News-2013-10-4:8:5:1




[Massive dinosaur fossil unearthed by Alberta pipeline crew>


A massive dinosaur fossil has been found by a pipeline inspection crew near Spirit River, Alta.

From the CBC News-2013-10-3:14:6:1




A Wealth of Data in Whale Breath


Researchers are learning how to use the breath, or "blow," of whales and dolphins to extract and measure hormones, microorganisms, DNA and the byproducts of metabolism.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-30:20:6:2




The Week: Looking for Lincoln, and an Early Fish Fossil


Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A substitute for silicon in computer chips and a United Nations warning on carbon emissions.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-30:20:6:1




DNA review call in Kercher retrial


Defence lawyers want forensic evidence to be re-examined in the retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 murder of Briton Meredith Kercher.

From the BBC News-2013-9-30:14:6:1




Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks


The panel reviewing publishers' submissions has stirred controversy because some of its members do not accept evolution and climate change as scientific truth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-29:8:5:1




'Jaw-dropping' fish fossil discovery


A leading British scientist describes the discovery of a 419-million-year-old fish fossil in China as a stunning and spectacular development.

From the BBC News-2013-9-27:14:6:1





An international team of scientists in China has discovered what may be the earliest known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.

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From the CBC News-2013-9-26:14:6:1




Court rejects DNA sample challenge


An ex-prisoner loses a legal challenge at the High Court against a request by police for him to provide DNA samples.

From the BBC News-2013-9-24:8:5:1




Biology: Decoy Protein Boosts Bone Growth


Mice with dwarfism characteristics, caused by a gene mutation, resumed normal bone growth after injection of a decoy protein.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:2




Gene Therapy With a Difference


An experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy failed in a large clinical trial recently, but the technique of counteracting mutated genes holds promise.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:3




Genetics: Research May Point to Treatment for Cold Sores


Insight about a mutated gene in people who got cold sores suggests a possible research route for both cold sores and other infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:1




Scientists map UK ash tree genome


Scientists have mapped the genome of the native ash tree, in research to find a way to protect woodlands from a deadly fungus.

From the BBC News-2013-9-22:20:6:1




Spiny rat discovered in Indonesia


A new genus of rodent is found in the remote forests of Indonesia's Moluccas islands, where Wallace developed his theory of evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-9-20:8:5:1




Matter: New Approach to Explaining Evolution's Big Bang


Two scientists take a fresh look at the hypotheses about the Cambrian explosion, one of the most important phases in the history of life.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-19:20:6:1




Genomes of big cats revealed


International scientists have mapped the genomes of the tiger, lion and snow leopard, in conservation efforts to protect endangered species.

From the BBC News-2013-9-17:14:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: How to Survive a Mass Extinction – Even One Caused by Us


Handy tips for surviving the next mass extinction - even if it's our own doing.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-17:14:6:2




Health kick 'reverses cell ageing'


Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, claim US researchers who have been studying people's DNA.

From the BBC News-2013-9-17:8:5:1




DNA Double Take


Your DNA and identity are not as entwined as once thought. In fact most people have multiple genomes floating around, from mutations and remnants of pregnancies or twins.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-16:20:6:1




Science 'could lose' duelling dinos


Rare dino fossils could be lost to science

From the BBC News-2013-9-11:14:6:1




'Climate change' killed off mammoths


Researchers have found the strongest evidence yet that climate change rather than humans was the main factor that drove the woolly mammoth to extinction.

From the BBC News-2013-9-11:8:5:1




Observatory: Male Sensitivity Written in the Genes


A crucial gene on the Y chromosome, SRY, that activates male development in a human embryo is surprisingly sensitive and vulnerable to environmental factors, a study finds.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-9:20:6:1




Rare ape cranium fossil uncovered in China


Researchers have uncovered a rare fossil – the cranium of a young ape from a site in Yunnan province, China that dates back some 23 to 5 million years ago.

From the CBC News-2013-9-6:14:6:2




Observatory: Hyperactivity Linked to Inner Ear Defect


A new study says a genetic defect may play a role in causing hyperactive behavior, suggesting that at least in some cases, hyperactivity can have a neurobiological root.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-6:14:6:1




Pioneering heart attack gene therapy study starts in Ottawa


The first patient has been treated in a groundbreaking medical trial in Ottawa that could lead to a new way to repair damaged tissues following a heart attack.

From the CBC News-2013-9-5:14:6:1




Light-colour whales 'tan' for sun protection, study finds


Scientists have found that higher melanin levels in a whale's skin correlated with lower levels of skin lesions and DNA damage, suggesting melanin protects them from sun damage.

From the CBC News-2013-8-30:14:6:1




Exhibition Review: 'Genome: Unlocking Life's Code,' at the Smithsonian


An exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History gives a sense of the Human Genome Project and provides glimpses of its promises and limitations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-30:8:5:1




B.C. duck-billed dinosaur find airlifted to new home


It took several years to coordinate, but B.C.'s most complete dinosaur skeleton has a new home. The bones were recently air-lifted from a dig site near the Alberta border to a museum in northeastern B.C.

From the CBC News-2013-8-29:14:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: From Lynas to Pollan, Agreement that Golden Rice Trials Should Proceed


Two recent reports by journalists strip away distortions and myths surrounding the controversy over genetically engineered Golden Rice.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-27:14:6:1




What We Eat: Tomatoes Ripe for Improvement


Plant geneticists say a project to develop tastier mass-produced tomatoes is just one step in pushing Americans toward more healthy eating.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-26:20:6:1




Matter: As Humans Change Landscape, Brains of Some Animals Change, Too


As humans alter the places where animals live, we may be fueling the evolution of bigger brains.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-22:14:6:1




De-extinction: Mammoth prospect, or just woolly?


Can extinct animals really be resurrected?

From the BBC News-2013-8-20:8:5:1




Q&A: The Wild Past of Domestic Cats


Domestic cats' genetic profiles resemble those of the Near Eastern wildcat, and researchers theorize that domestication occurred in a region where there was a need for rodent control.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:3




The Week: Progress in Quest for a Reusable Rocket, and Teleporting Data


Recent developments in health and science news. Also this week: a rotating star provides clues about a black hole and an evolution experiment suggests a path for disease research.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:2




Observatory: 160-Million-Year-Old Fossil of an Omnivore


The fossil, found in China, was of a fast-running, agile omnivore that resembles the modern-day African dormouse.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:1




Thriving in Cape Cod's Waters, Gray Seals Draw Fans and Foes


Some fishermen say their own extinction might be the price of restoring the gray seal population.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-17:8:5:1




Ostrich necks provide dinosaur clues


Ostriches show that the long-necked sauropod dinosaurs may not have been as flexible as previously thought, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-8-15:8:5:1




Computer game to fight ash dieback


The public are being asked to help in the fight against ash dieback by playing a computer game that analyses genetic data on the disease.

From the BBC News-2013-8-13:8:5:1




Modern humans may have copied Neanderthal technology


Neanderthals made the oldest known version of a specialized tool still used by leather craftspeople today, researchers say, suggesting that modern humans may have learned from Neanderthals how to make it.

From the CBC News-2013-8-12:20:6:3




Observatory: New Studies Suggest an 'Adam' and 'Eve' Link


Two studies have found that Y Chromosome Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, originally thought to have been thousands of years apart, may have lived at the same time in the same region.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-12:20:6:2




Books: 'The Sports Gene' Considers the Root of Athletic Success


David Epstein, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and an 800-meter runner in college, searches for answers about athletic ability and genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-12:20:6:1




Autism's Unexpected Link to Cancer Gene


As surprised researchers have discovered, some people with autism have mutated cancer or tumor genes that apparently caused their brain disorder.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-11:20:6:1




'Golden rice' GM trial vandalised


Protestors have destroyed a trial plot of genetically modified rice in the Philippines just weeks before a safety evaluation.

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:14:6:1




VIDEO: 'Extinction threat' for hen harriers


Conservationists have said hen harriers are close to extinction in England, Jeff Knott conservation officer at the RSPB explained why their numbers were declining

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:8:5:2




'Extinction threat' to hen harriers


Hen harriers are close to extinction in England after the country's only two nesting pairs failed to produce chicks this year, conservationists say.

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:8:5:1




'Fossil' protein clue to early life


Reconstructions of the genetic code of an ancient protein provides clues to the origins of life.

From the BBC News-2013-8-8:14:6:1




Matter: A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later


A deal was reached with the family of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells became critical in research after her death in 1951, to grant them control over how her genome is used.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-7:14:6:1




GM rice approval 'edging closer'


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

From the BBC News-2013-8-6:8:5:1




Rare bat on brink of UK extinction


The grey long-eared bat, one of the UK's rarest mammals, is in danger of disappearing if it is not given additional protection, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-8-5:8:5:1




VIDEO: Searching for a bat on the brink


As research reveals the grey long-eared bat to be on the brink of extinction in the UK, we go in search of this elusive flying mammal.

From the BBC News-2013-8-4:20:6:1




Evolution doesn't favour the mean or selfish


Evolution does not favour selfish or mean people and groups, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2013-8-2:20:6:1




Matter: Monogamy's Boost to Human Evolution


Fossil records suggest that by sticking around and protecting and feeding their offspring, early men paved the way for the growth of the human brain.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-2:14:6:1




Evolution 'punishes mean people'


Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research that challenges a previous theory that suggests it is preferable to put yourself first.

From the BBC News-2013-8-2:8:5:1




Dinosaur Skeletons Headed to Auction, Not Museum


Two skeletons found in Montana by commercial fossil hunters are to be auctioned in New York, where they could bring an estimated $7 million to $9 million.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-30:8:5:1




Dot Earth Blog: Can Genetic Engineering Save the Orange, and Vice Versa?


An orange grower's wise and promising search for a gene that can save citrus from a spreading scourge.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-28:14:6:1




A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA


Growers turned to genetics in hopes of building a tougher orange tree. But what intervention would the public accept?

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-27:20:6:1




Op-Ed Contributor: High-Tech, High-Risk Forensics


How can DNA from an innocent person end up on a murder victim?

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-25:8:5:1




New 'Superman' shrew discovered


A new species of the mysterious "Hero Shrew" has been discovered in Africa which sheds new light into the evolutionary changes of this unique strong shrew.

From the BBC News-2013-7-24:16:27:1




Looking at Oil Palm's Genome for Keys to Productivity


Scientists have found that mutations to a single gene of the oil palm tree, a huge global industry, can raise the oil yield of the tree by as much as 30 percent.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-24:14:6:2




Genetic secrets of oil crop revealed


The genome of one of the world's key commercial crops, the oil palm, is sequenced by researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-7-24:14:6:1




VIDEO: Rare dinosaur fossil found in Mexico


Rare dinosaur fossil is unearthed in Mexico

From the BBC News-2013-7-23:14:6:1




VIDEO: Five Minutes With: Sir Paul Nurse


Nobel Prize-winning geneticist and cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse talks to Matthew Stadlen about why science excites him, how he found out about winning the Nobel through a voicemail message, discovering his 'sister' was really his mother - and coming face to face with death.

From the BBC News-2013-7-19:20:6:1




Asian carp DNA sought in Lake Erie water near Windsor


Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources spent Thursday looking for evidence Asian carp lives in Lake Erie, near Windsor, Ont.

From the CBC News-2013-7-18:20:6:3




Changing View on Viruses: Not So Small After All


A newly discovered pandoravirus is 1,000 times the size of the flu virus and has nearly 200 times as many genes. And giant viruses turn out to be everywhere.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-18:20:6:2




Overweight? Maybe You Really Can Blame Your Genes


Researchers have found a genetic mutation that may help explain why some people can eat the same amount as others but gain more weight.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-18:20:6:1




Down syndrome gene suppressed by scientists


U.S. researchers have discovered a way to disable the gene that causes Down syndrome, opening up new avenues for research and treatments.

From the CBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:3




Genetic advance in Down's syndrome


US scientists say they have moved a step closer to being able to treat disorders such as Down's syndrome caused by extra chromosomes.

From the BBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:2




Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU


Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union.

From the BBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:1




'Big-nose horn-face' dinosaur found


An unusual new species of dinosaur, which was unearthed in the deserts of Utah, is described by scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-7-17:8:5:1




Manitoba butterfly faces extinction


A research team is combing through tall-grass areas of southeastern Manitoba to find a small, brown butterfly that is at risk of becoming extinct.

From the CBC News-2013-7-16:20:6:2




201 strange microbes get DNA profiled


A British Columbia lake that's freshwater on top and salty on the bottom is among nine unusual environments that have yielded the genomes of 201 microbes that scientists have never identified and know almost nothing about.

From the CBC News-2013-7-16:20:6:1




Books: 'Frankenstein's Cat' Explores Genetic Manipulation of Animals


Even before cloning and genetic tinkering, scientists have long meddled with animals, and it appears the benefits may outweigh the ethical quandaries.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-15:20:6:1




A Dog That Goes Way Back


Carolina dogs, like a few other breeds, are without certain genetic markers indicating European origins, suggesting they have been in the Americas since the last Ice Age.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-15:14:6:1




Genetic secrets of microbes revealed


The genomes of 200 microbes, which represent the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth, are sequenced.

From the BBC News-2013-7-15:8:5:1




Alberta floods could increase chance of finding fossils


Last month's severe flooding in southern Alberta could increase the chances of finding unearthed fossils and dinosaur bones.

From the CBC News-2013-7-14:20:6:1




Like-Minded Rivals Race to Bring Back an American Icon


Two teams of plant breeders and geneticists are within reach of creating an American chestnut tree that can withstand the fungus blight that wiped the trees out.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-14:8:5:1




Cutbacks may leave Mistaken Point fossils unguarded


Provincial government cuts may leave the site of half-a-billion-year-old fossils on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula unprotected for half of the year.

From the CBC News-2013-7-12:14:6:2




Fossils of extinct scorpionflies found in B.C.


Ancient fossils of an extinct family of insects have been found in British Columbia and northern Washington state, and a Canadian biologist says they may hold valuable lessons about climate change and evolution.

From the CBC News-2013-7-12:14:6:1




Scientists building synthetic yeast


A UK team is building a synthetic chromosome to be inserted into the world's first synthetic yeast, which could help make vaccines and biofuels.

From the BBC News-2013-7-11:8:5:1




Ancient origin for American dogs


Genetic research has challenged the idea that the dogs present in America when Europeans arrived were replaced by animals brought by the settlers.

From the BBC News-2013-7-11:8:5:2




Genetic Connections: Rare Mutation Ignites Race for Cholesterol Drug


Companies are rushing to win approval for a drug mimicking the effects of a rare gene mutation linked with astoundingly low LDL cholesterol levels, and many heart researchers are bracing for a blockbuster.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-10:8:5:1




By Degrees: Old Tactic in New Climate Campaign


Students are urging their colleges to divest from fossil-fuel companies as a way of forcing climate change higher onto the agenda.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-8:20:6:2




Observatory: Genetic Differences That Let Octopods Flourish


Hemocyanin, a protein that delivers oxygen to the tissues of octopods, has different genetic properties in different climates, researchers find.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-8:20:6:1




Matter: How Simple Can Life Get? It's Complicated


Scientists have long wondered how much life can be stripped down and still remain alive. The answer seems to be that the true essence of life is not some handful of genes, but coexistence.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-4:14:6:1




VIDEO: Fossils reveal 'missing links' after dinosaurs


Paleontologist Lance Grande tells the BBC why a prehistoric lake in the US state of Wyoming is such a rich source of fossils and clues about the Earth's evolution after the dinosaurs became extinct

From the BBC News-2013-7-4:8:5:1




Gene Sleuths Find How Some Naturally Resist Cholera


People living in the Ganges Delta have adapted genetically to the ancient scourge through variations in some 300 genes, researchers say.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-3:20:6:1




In pictures: Colouring in dinosaurs


How scientists 'colour in' dinosaurs

From the BBC News-2013-7-1:8:5:1




'3-parent' fertility treatments planned in Britain


A move to create babies with DNA from three people to avoid passing on rare, incurable diseases has government backing in the U.K.

From the CBC News-2013-6-28:20:6:1




UK government backs three-person IVF


The UK is in line to become the first country to allow an IVF technique using DNA from three people, in a bid to eliminate serious genetic disorders.

From the BBC News-2013-6-28:8:5:1




VIDEO: Mouse cloned from one blood drop


Professor Christopher Mason explains the significance of a mouse being cloned from a single drop of blood, as achieved by scientists in Japan.

From the BBC News-2013-6-27:20:6:1




Matter: Studying Tumors Differently, in Hopes of Outsmarting Them


To understand why drug resistance often causes targeted cancer therapies to fail, geneticists have teamed up with mathematicians to create detailed models of cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-27:14:6:1




Mouse cloned from drop of blood


In a pioneering experiment, scientists in Japan clone a mouse from white blood cells collected from the tail of a living donor.

From the BBC News-2013-6-27:8:5:1




Ancient Yukon horse yields oldest genome ever


A 700,000-year-old horse bone found in the permafrost of a Yukon gold mine has yielded a complete genetic profile, breaking scientific records and revealing many new insights about the evolution of horses.

From the CBC News-2013-6-26:20:6:1




Why Apes Can't Pitch: Solving a Riddle of Evolution


No other primate throws with such force, and scientists say that anatomical changes that allow us to store energy are behind the speed and power of the overhand pitch.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-26:14:6:3




Genome of Horse Buried 700,000 Years Is Recovered


The genome is 10 times as old as any retrieved so far, and scientists now say that DNA should be recoverable from animals that lived a million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-26:14:6:2




Horse DNA oldest by 500,000 years


A bone found in a remote part of Canada has shed light on the ancestry of the modern horse, and pushed back the oldest sequenced DNA by a huge margin.

From the BBC News-2013-6-26:14:6:1




Q&A: How Do Ticks Know to Latch On Behind the Ear?


Ticks have inbuilt guidance systems, honed by evolution, for reaching the ideal attachment points to suck blood - in mammals that is often the thin-skinned area behind the ear.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-24:14:6:1




Business Briefing | Company News: Monsanto Calls Altered Wheat in Field Suspicious


Monsanto officials said that the presence of the company's experimental, genetically altered wheat in an Oregon field could not have happened through normal farming practices.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-22:8:5:1




1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction


One in eight bird species worldwide faces the threat of extinction, according to a report released by Birdlife International.

From the CBC News-2013-6-20:8:5:2




Snail genes reveal human migration


A genetic similarity between snail fossils found in Ireland and the Eastern Pyrenees suggests humans migrated from southern Europe to Ireland 8,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2013-6-20:8:5:1




Genetically-modified crop inventors win World Food Prize


Three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops have been awarded this year's World Food Prize.

From the CBC News-2013-6-19:20:6:2




Government leads new GM crops push


Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is set to reopen the debate about genetic modification by calling for the reform of crop licensing at EU level.

From the BBC News-2013-6-19:20:6:1




Op-Ed Contributor: Our Genes, Their Secrets


Why the Supreme Court's ruling on gene patents is only a partial victory for DNA-data sharing.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-19:8:5:1




News Analysis: Poking Holes in Genetic Privacy


People providing DNA for research have generally been assured of their privacy, but now there are signs that they can, in fact, be identified by their DNA alone, or even by the way their cells use it.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-18:14:6:4




Dot Earth Blog: A Reality Check on a Plan for a Swift Post-Fossil Path for New York


A journal that published an ambitious plan for New York State to go fossil free in a few decades now runs a critique.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-18:14:6:3




Ash genome reveals fungus resistance


Scientists sequence the genome of a type of ash tree which is resistant to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the country.

From the BBC News-2013-6-18:14:6:1




Paracyclist 'has no fat under skin'


Budding Paralympic cyclist Tom Staniford has no fat on his face or his limbs as a result of a rare genetic mutation that has finally been diagnosed by sequencing his genome.

From the BBC News-2013-6-18:14:6:2




Ancient armoured fish had 'abs'


Ancient armoured fish had complex musculature - including abdominal muscles - the discovery of uniquely preserved tissue on Australian placoderm fossils has revealed.

From the CBC News-2013-6-14:14:6:1




Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA


Local law enforcement agencies have moved into what had been the domain of the F.B.I. and state crime labs, and the trend is expected only to accelerate after a recent Supreme Court decision.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-14:8:5:2




Observatory: 120,000-Year-Old Tumor in Neanderthal Rib


A tumor found in the rib of a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal specimen is the earliest of its kind in the human fossil record, a new study reports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-14:8:5:1




Medieval leprosy skeletons sequenced


The genetic code of leprosy-causing bacteria from 1,000-year-old skeletons has been laid bare, showing the bug has hardly changed over the past millennium.

From the BBC News-2013-6-13:20:6:1




US Supreme Court bans DNA patents


Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be intellectual property, the US Supreme Court rules unanimously.

From the BBC News-2013-6-13:14:6:1




U.S. Supreme Court rules human DNA cannot be patented


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a ruling that could profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.

From the CBC News-2013-6-13:14:6:2




Can you patent a disease?


The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in the Middle East is not only raising worldwide health concerns but is triggering questions about the ability of organizations to patent the genetic sequences of diseases for potential profit.

From the CBC News-2013-6-12:14:6:1




Observatory: 120,000-Year-Old Cancer in Neanderthal Rib


A tumor found in the rib of a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal specimen is the oldest occurrence of the disease in the human fossil record, a new study reports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-10:14:6:1




'De-extinction' of woolly mammoth possible in 30 to 50 years


Hendrik Poinar, a professor of evolutionary genetics at Hamilton's McMaster University who has mapped the genome of the woolly mammoth, is working on a process called "de-extinction."

From the CBC News-2013-6-7:14:6:1




VIDEO: Pliosaurus named for 'Kevs of the world'


A man from Dorset who found the fossil of what is thought to be most powerful creature ever - has had it officially named after him.

From the BBC News-2013-6-7:8:5:1




GM salmon in wild might produce bold hybrids


There might be potential risks if genetically modified salmon escape into the wild, indicates a new study from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.

From the CBC News-2013-6-6:14:6:2




Study reveals how birds lost penises


New research sheds light on why some birds have lost their penises over the course of evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-6-6:14:6:1




Neanderthal clues to cancer origins


A Neanderthal living 120,000 years ago had a cancer that is common today, according to fossil evidence.

From the BBC News-2013-6-6:8:5:1




U.S. investigating rogue GM wheat found in Oregon field


U.S. authorities are still trying to figure out how a genetically-modified wheat strain that was never approved for commercial use ended up in a field in Oregon.

From the CBC News-2013-6-5:20:6:2




VIDEO: Fossil could be 'ancestor of humanity'


A fifty five million year old fossil could provide crucial evidence of the earliest phases of human evolution

From the BBC News-2013-6-5:20:6:1




Accord Aims to Create Global Trove of Genetic Data


The aim is to put the vast and growing collection of data on genetic variations and health into databases open to researchers and doctors all over the world.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-5:14:6:3




Oldest primate fossil reveals tiny 'cousin' of human ancestor


New fossil evidence of the earliest complete skeleton of an ancient primate suggests it was a hyperactive, wide-eyed creature so small you could hold a couple of them in your hand - if only they would stay still long enough.

From the CBC News-2013-6-5:14:6:4




Palm-Size Fossil Resets Primates' Clock, Scientists Say


A nearly complete skeleton of a creature that weighed less than an ounce dials back the primate fossil record by eight million years, paleontologists report.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-5:14:6:2




Primate fossil is oldest yet found


A 55-million-year-old, mouse-sized fossil from China provides remarkable new insights into the origin of primates, the broad grouping of animals that also includes humans.

From the BBC News-2013-6-5:14:6:1




Rediscovered frog is 'living fossil'


The Hula painted frog, which was recently rediscovered after being declared extinct, has been reclassified as a "living fossil".

From the BBC News-2013-6-4:14:6:1




Connecticut Approves Qualified Genetic Labeling


The law would not take effect unless four other states, at least one of which shares a border with Connecticut, passed similar regulations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-4:8:5:2




Teeth unveil our ancestors' diet


New analysis of teeth from extinct fossils finds that our forbearers expanded their diets about 3.5 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2013-6-4:8:5:1




Observatory: New Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Avian Creature


The discovery of a pheasant-size fossil has prompted a re-examination of the entire lineage.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-3:20:6:1




Woolly mammoth discovery raises exciting possibilities


The recent discovery of a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass and mammoth blood on a Siberian Island has the potential to "raise the ceiling" on scientific research on extinct species, say Canadian researchers who work with mammoth DNA.

From the CBC News-2013-5-31:20:6:1




Japan Suspends Some Imports of U.S. Wheat


After a genetically altered crop was found on an Oregon farm, Japan suspended some imports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-31:8:5:2




Fossil shows how turtle got a shell


How the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years, but new research sheds light on how their hard shells were formed.

From the BBC News-2013-5-31:8:5:1




Matter: Mountain Populations Offer Clues to Human Evolution


When people moved to high altitudes, they experienced natural selection that has reworked their biology and allowed them to cope with low oxygen levels.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-30:8:5:1




Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Field


The presence of the herbicide-resistant wheat, a type developed by Monsanto but never approved, could threaten exports of American wheat.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-29:20:6:1




Bird ancestor reshuffles fossil pack


What may be the earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds has been unearthed from the famous fossil beds of Liaoning, China.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:14:6:1




AUDIO: Is being fat 'in your genes'?


The UK's leading biomedical research funders are joining forces to confront what many now regard as the epidemic of obesity. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:8:5:2




GM salmon can breed with wild fish


The potential risks of genetically modified fish escaping into the wild are highlighted in a new study.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:8:5:1




Mom's obesity surgery may help her children


Genes linked to obesity-related health problems worked differently in younger siblings of women who had weight-loss surgery than in their older brothers and sisters

From the CBC News-2013-5-27:20:6:1




The Scan: Tasting Words; DNA Art; Neuroscience on the Small Screen


A look at coming events at the intersection of science and culture.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-27:14:6:1




Food Companies Seeking Ingredients That Aren't Gene-Altered


Consumers are driving a movement toward labeling food products made from genetically modified organisms, and food producers are responding.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-27:8:5:1




Google Street View captures Galapagos Islands


Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

From the CBC News-2013-5-24:14:6:1




Genetics of white tigers pinpointed


Chinese scientists trace the rare white colouration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.

From the BBC News-2013-5-23:14:6:1




VIDEO: 'Worrying declines' for UK species


A major new report from 25 wildlife organisations, assessing the state of Britain's Nature, is warning that many species of wildlife are facing extinction in the UK unless urgent action is taken.

From the BBC News-2013-5-23:8:5:1




From Neanderthal Molar, Scientists Infer Early Weaning


Patterns of barium in the fossil tooth of a child indicate that breast-feeding ended after 1.2 years, researchers say - much sooner than in modern nonindustrial populations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-22:14:6:1




Wildcat extinction 'in 24 months'


A scientist who has developed a genetic test to identify pure Scottish wildcats says the species could be extinct within two years.

From the BBC News-2013-5-22:8:5:1




Xbox launch Tuesday highly anticipated


Microsoft's next-generation Xbox expected to be revealed Tuesday, and anticipation for the entertainment console's latest evolution is running high.

From the CBC News-2013-5-20:14:6:1




Matter: Dogs: From Fearsome Predator to Man's Best Friend


Scientists are zeroing in on some of the genes that were crucial to the rewiring of canine brains in the transition from wolves to domesticated dogs.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-16:14:6:1




Cloning Is Used to Create Embryonic Stem Cells


Researchers fused skin cells with donated human eggs to create human embryos that were genetically identical to the person who provided the skin cells.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-15:20:6:1




DNA reveals origin of Minoan culture


Europe's first advanced civilisation had a local origin and was not imported from outside the continent, according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:3




Tigers 'lacking variety' in mates


India's tigers face extinction due to a collapse in the variety of their mating partners, say Cardiff University researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:2




Milestone in medical human 'cloning'


Human cloning is used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:1




Q&A: Can Scientists Change the Shape of Hair Follicles?


Researchers have been researching genes and other factors that might determine whether you have straight, curly or wavy hair, but they are not close to developing a medical intervention.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-13:20:6:1




Genetic Connections: Seeking Clues to a Heart Killer in the DNA Binding a Family


Scientists are studying the DNA of the Del Sontro family for mutations or aberrations, hoping to see if genetics can explain why heart disease strikes apparently healthy people.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-13:8:5:1




US to return dinosaurs to Mongolia


The US is to return more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaurs to Mongolia, following the return on Monday of a Tyrannosaurus skeleton.

From the BBC News-2013-5-11:8:5:1




Op-Ed Contributors: Save the Wolves of Isle Royale National Park


Not meddling with nature is central to America's modern wilderness tradition, but should we make an exception to save a population of wolves from extinction?

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-9:8:5:2




The great dinosaur stampede that never was?


The great dinosaur stampede that never was?

From the BBC News-2013-5-9:8:5:1




A Dream of Glowing Trees Is Assailed for Gene-Tinkering


A project to create a plant that glows in the dark, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace streetlamps, has been denounced for tinkering with genes.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-8:8:5:2




Ancient bone-headed dinosaur found


Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of bone-headed dinosaur, which is the oldest in North America, and possibly the world.

From the BBC News-2013-5-8:8:5:1




Little dome-headed dinosaur discovered in Alberta


A newly identified species of dome-headed dinosaur roughly the size of a large dog once roamed the plains of southern Alberta, a team of Canadian scientists announced Tuesday.

From the CBC News-2013-5-7:14:6:2




US returns stolen Mongolia dinosaur


The US returns a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton which was smuggled from Mongolia and auctioned for more than a million dollars.

From the BBC News-2013-5-7:14:6:1




Christian de Duve, Nobel-Winning Biochemist, Dies at 95


Dr. de Duve, a Belgian biochemist whose discoveries shed light on genetic disorders like Tay-Sachs disease, shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two others.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-6:20:6:2




Out There: A Glossy Science Magazine or Living Fossil?


Though the graveyard of journalism is littered with popular science magazines, a new one emerges, Nautilus, with the goal of being "a New Yorker version of Scientific American."

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-6:20:6:1




P.E.I. fossil footprints could be 290 million years old


A geology student from Halifax is investigating a set of fossil tracks he found on the South Shore of P.E.I. that may be 290 million years old.

From the CBC News-2013-5-3:14:6:2




Dot Earth Blog: DNA from Tiger Scat Aids Conservation Efforts in Nepal


Tiger scat offers DNA traces that can help conserve Nepal's struggling tiger population.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-3:14:6:1




Study Finds No Single Cause to Honeybee Deaths


Pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity are blamed for a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-2:20:6:1




DNA Studies Lend Weight to New Way of Looking at Cancer


A major new study provides the best evidence yet that cancer will increasingly be seen as a disease defined by its genetic fingerprint rather than by the organ where it originated.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-1:20:6:1




Novelties: In Cancer Treatment, New DNA Tools


Cancers have long been categorized by the tissue where they originate in the body, but new tools and tests are helping doctors tailor treatment to specific gene mutations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-28:8:5:2




Mountain wild ponies breed 'unique'


The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed which need to be protected, say scientists after a genetic study.

From the BBC News-2013-4-28:8:5:1




VIDEO: Kew reorders plant collection


The lengthy process of re-categorising plants through their DNA rather than their physical appearance is well under way at the Kew Gardens Herbarium.

From the BBC News-2013-4-26:20:6:1




François Jacob, Geneticist Who Pointed to How Traits Are Inherited, Dies at 92


Dr. Jacob was a French war hero whose combat wounds forced him to change his career paths from surgeon to scientist, a pursuit that led to a Nobel Prize in 1965.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-26:8:5:1




GM salmon company losses mounting


AquaBounty, which is hoping to put its genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves soon, is finding its net losses are growing as it waits for U.S. FDA approval.

From the CBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:3




DNA: the 'smartest' molecule in existence?


How DNA packs two metres of genetic information into every cell

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:2




Memorial for DNA pioneer Crick


An engraved stonework memorial to DNA pioneer Francis Crick is unveiled at his former college at the University of Cambridge.

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:1




In Pictures: The story behind DNA's double helix


The story of DNA's discovery told in pictures

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:8:5:1