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It's a Lefty! Welcome to the World's First Crispr Snail Baby.


Most snails are righties. Now scientists have found genes that make some of them born with shells coiling the other way.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-24:14:6:1




This New Treatment Could Save the Lives of Babies. But It Costs $2.1 Million.


The price set by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis may be the world's highest for a single treatment - prompting renewed debate about how society will pay for gene-therapy breakthroughs.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-24:14:6:2




Seeing Red in the Fossil Record


A discovery in a fossilized mouse could help scientists work out the true colors of dinosaurs and other creatures from prehistory.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-23:20:6:1




Matter: How Did Life Arrive on Land? A Billion-Year-Old Fungus May Hold Clues


A cache of microscopic fossils from the Arctic hints that fungi reached land long before plants.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-22:20:6:1




Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw 'Conscious Evolution,' Dies


In her writings and lectures, she postulated that the human race was on the brink of an enhanced way of existing and could bring about great things.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-22:14:6:2




How Did Life Arrive on Land? A Billion-Year-Old Fungus May Hold Clues


A cache of microscopic fossils from the Arctic hints that fungi reached land long before plants.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-22:14:6:1




Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event


The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

From the BBC News-2019-5-16:14:6:1




Artificial life form given 'synthetic DNA'


UK scientists have created an artificial version of the stomach bug E. coli that is based on an entirely synthetic form of DNA.

From the BBC News-2019-5-16:14:6:2




Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw ‘Conscious Evolution,’ Dies


In her writings and lectures, she postulated that the human race was on the brink of an enhanced way of existing and could bring about great things.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-16:8:5:1




Matter: Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?


In a milestone for synthetic biology, colonies of E. coli thrive with DNA constructed from scratch by humans, not nature.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-15:20:6:1




How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years


What does it actually take to identify a person through genetic genealogy? Wading through infidelities and pornography.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-11:8:5:1




Times Insider: To Tell the Story of Biodiversity Loss, Make It About Humans


The authors of a sweeping United Nations report on species in danger of extinction faced the same question I often do in reporting: Why should anyone care about the loss of nature?

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-10:8:5:1




Trilobites: Dinosaurs With Bat Wings Were More Than Legend


Chinese scientists first thought it was a prehistoric bird, until chipping away at the fossil revealed surprising features.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-8:14:6:2




Matter: In This Doctor’s Office, a Physical Exam Like No Other


Genetic and molecular analysis of 109 volunteers turned up hidden health problems in about half of them. Critics say the approach amounted to ‘carpet-bombing’ the body.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-8:14:6:1




Small tyrannosaur 'was cousin of T. rex'


A 92-million-year-old dinosaur provides evolutionary insights on the evolution of the tyrannosaurs.

From the BBC News-2019-5-7:14:6:1




Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace


A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-6:14:6:1




Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'


A compelling UN assessment shows the full picture of humanity's devastating impact on biodiversity and nature.

From the BBC News-2019-5-6:8:5:1




What does a biodiversity emergency mean for humans?


Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are thought to be facing extinction.

From the BBC News-2019-5-5:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion told prison is not a 'yoga retreat'


The climate change group deletes advice saying "most prison officers are black and wish you no harm".

From the BBC News-2019-5-3:14:6:1




You Will Never Smell My World the Way I Do


Scientists find that whiskey’s smokiness, the smell of beets and lily of the valley perfume can be utterly different depending on your genetic wiring.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-3:8:5:1




Matter: Denisovan Jawbone Discovered in a Cave in Tibet


Until now, fossils of the ancient human species had been found in just one Siberian cave. The discovery suggests that Denisovans roamed over much of Asia.

From the NYTimes News-2019-5-1:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Activists say meeting with Michael Gove 'disappointing'


Extinction Rebellion says the environment secretary refused declare a climate emergency.

From the BBC News-2019-4-30:14:6:1




Michael Gove 'shares high ideals' of climate protesters


The environment secretary agrees with some of Extinction Rebellion's demands, but says there are "open questions" about the timescale for action.

From the BBC News-2019-4-30:14:6:2




Glimpsing a world beyond human extinction


Writer and explorer Robert MacFarlane explores the "underland" beneath our feet.

From the BBC News-2019-4-29:20:6:1




Feature: Australia Is Deadly Serious About Killing Millions of Cats


Feral felines are driving the country’s native species to extinction. Now a massive culling is underway to preserve what’s left of the wild.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-25:20:6:2




Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder


The Golden State Killer case was just the start. Hundreds of cold cases are hot again thanks to a new genealogy technique. The price may be everyone’s genetic privacy.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-25:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?


A closer look at Extinction Rebellion's demands and how the government might try to achieve them.

From the BBC News-2019-4-22:20:6:1




Gene Wolfe, Acclaimed Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 87


His four-book series “The Book of the New Sun” is considered one of the major works of the genre.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-19:20:6:1




This Genetic Mutation Makes People Feel Full — All the Time


Two new studies confirm that weight control is often the result of genetics, not willpower.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-18:14:6:2




'Giant lion' fossil found in Kenya museum drawer


The bones of the huge creature belong to a new species which roamed east Africa 20 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2019-4-18:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Charges over climate change train protest


Three people deny obstructing trains during the Extinction Rebellion protest and are remanded in custody.

From the BBC News-2019-4-18:8:5:1




He Listed a T. Rex Fossil on eBay for $2.95 Million. Scientists Weren’t Thrilled.


“I own this thing,” Alan Detrich recalled telling a museum director. “It is mine. I can do whatever I want.”

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-17:20:6:1




Rare kakapo parrots have best breeding season on record


Kakapos were one of New Zealand's most common birds, but they are now on the brink of extinction.

From the BBC News-2019-4-17:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion London activists glue themselves to DLR train


Three Extinction Rebellion campaigners glued themselves to a train at London's Canary Wharf.

From the BBC News-2019-4-17:8:5:1




Stanford Clears Professor of Helping With Gene-Edited Babies Experiment


Stephen Quake and two colleagues were found to have followed proper scientific protocol in their interactions with the Chinese researcher who did the work.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-16:20:6:1




Don’t Count on 23andMe to Detect Most Breast Cancer Risks, Study Warns


The DNA testing company, which has 10 million customers, misses nearly 90 percent of people with risky BRCA mutations. It says the criticism is overblown.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-16:14:6:2




Extinction Rebellion: what do they want - and is it realistic?


The UK needs to move to net zero CO2 emissions by 2025 say protestors but how hard would that be to achieve?

From the BBC News-2019-4-16:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion London protest: Arrests top 100


Extinction Rebellion campaigners enter their second day of blocking traffic in central London.

From the BBC News-2019-4-16:8:5:1




Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders


The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean to get to Britain.

From the BBC News-2019-4-15:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters block roads


Extinction Rebellion targets central London in a global day of action against climate change.

From the BBC News-2019-4-15:14:6:1




Gene-Edited Babies: What a Chinese Scientist Told an American Mentor


Stanford is investigating Stephen Quake’s interactions with He Jiankui, the scientist who performed the controversial experiment.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-14:8:5:1




Ralph Solecki, Who Found Humanity in Neanderthals, Dies at 101


Dr. Solecki’s archaeological research at Shanidar Cave in Iraq found that Neanderthals cared for the ailing and buried their dead with flowers.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-11:20:6:1




Fossils Are Filling Out the Human Family Tree


The more fossils we find, the more we learn that many kinds of humans have lived on Earth.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-10:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Saving the world or wasting police time?


The climate change protest group urging people to get arrested to gain attention.

From the BBC News-2019-4-10:8:5:1




The climate change protests making headlines


Extinction Rebellion's fight against climate change is making headlines.

From the BBC News-2019-4-9:20:6:1




Q&A: Orchids Bloom in Thousands of Forms. But Why?


Each species of orchid is designed to attract a specific pollinator. The genes that make that possible are highly adaptable, scientists say.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-8:14:6:1




Sydney Brenner, a Decipherer of the Genetic Code, Is Dead at 92


A Nobel Prize winner, he was a central player in the golden age of molecular biology, beginning with the discovery of the structure of DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-5:20:6:1




Introducing the World’s First Gene-Edited Lizard


Scientists weren’t expecting him to look like this.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-5:14:6:1




Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru


Researchers believe the four-metre-long mammal, found in Peru, was able to swim and walk on land.

From the BBC News-2019-4-4:20:6:1




'Living fossil' given new home at ZSL London Zoo


The extremely rare Chinese giant salamander was rescued after an attempt to smuggle it into the UK.

From the BBC News-2019-4-3:8:5:1




DNA Is Solving Dozens of Cold Cases. Sometimes It’s Too Late for Justice.


Like many other decades-old cases, the 1973 killings of a Montana couple were finally solved using DNA and genealogy technology. But the suspect in the case had died in 2003.

From the NYTimes News-2019-4-1:20:6:1




Fossil Site Reveals Day That Meteor Hit Earth and, Maybe, Wiped Out Dinosaurs


A jumble of entombed plants and creatures offers a vivid glimpse of the apocalypse that all but ended life 66 million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-29:20:6:2




Chicxulub asteroid impact: Stunning fossils record dinosaurs' demise


Remarkable specimens shed light on the minutes and hours following the Earth-changing asteroid strike.

From the BBC News-2019-3-29:20:6:1




Scientists to study relocated red squirrels' hair


The analysis could provide information on the animals genetics and the diseases that affect them.

From the BBC News-2019-3-29:8:5:2




Killer frog disease 'part of Earth's sixth mass extinction'


A fungus that kills amphibians is responsible for the biggest loss of nature from a single disease.

From the BBC News-2019-3-29:8:5:1




At 71, She’s Never Felt Pain or Anxiety. Now Scientists Know Why.


Scientists discovered a previously unidentified genetic mutation in a Scottish woman. They hope it could lead to the development of new pain treatment.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-28:14:6:1




'Mission Jurassic' dinosaur hunt to get under way


British scientists are about to participate in one of their biggest dinosaur hunts in decades.

From the BBC News-2019-3-25:14:6:1




Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province


The fossils found on a river bed in eastern China are estimated to be about 518 million years old.

From the BBC News-2019-3-24:8:5:1




Trilobites: DNA Clues to an Ancient Canary Islands Voyage


The islands’ pioneers likely arrived centuries before European conquest, as part of a large-scale movement of people from North Africa.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-21:20:6:1




Chop Up a Worm. It Will Regenerate. Scientists Figured Out Why.


Researchers identified the master control gene that enables worms to grow a new body, capturing the imagination of some humans looking for a fresh start.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-20:20:6:1




DNA and a Coincidence Lead to Arrest in 1999 Double Murder in Alabama


For 19 years, police were unable to identify the person who fatally shot two 17-year-olds. Then they turned to the technique used in the Golden State Killer case.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-19:8:5:1




Ancient migration transformed Spain's DNA


A migration from Central Europe transformed the genetic make-up of Iberia, a new DNA study reveals.

From the BBC News-2019-3-15:8:5:1




Matter: The Story of the Iberian Peninsula, Told in DNA


With an analysis of nearly 300 skeletons from various periods, scientists are peering into human prehistory in the region.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-14:20:6:1




A Dead Baby Was Found in a Ditch in 1981. DNA Helped Charge the Mother With Murder.


A cold case in Sioux Falls, S.D., was given new impetus after detectives employed DNA technology and genealogy data.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-12:20:6:1




Galleonosaurus dorisae: New dinosaur discovered in Australia


Based on its teeth, Galleonsaurus would have been a herbivore and belonged to the ornithopod family.

From the BBC News-2019-3-11:8:5:1




Trilobites: If We Blow Up an Asteroid, It Might Put Itself Back Together


Despite what Hollywood tells us, stopping an asteroid from creating an extinction-level event by blowing it up may not work.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-8:14:6:1




Northern white rhinos: could science save the sub-species?


After the death of the last male northern white rhino, scientists are looking at new ways to revive the sub-species on the brink of extinction.

From the BBC News-2019-3-3:20:6:1




Matter: One Twin Committed the Crime — but Which One? A New DNA Test Can Finger the Culprit


A handful of criminal prosecutions have stalled because DNA tests cannot distinguish between suspects who are twins. Then scientists decided to create one.

From the NYTimes News-2019-3-1:14:6:1




Trilobites: How the Icefish Got Its Transparent Blood and See-Through Skull


Research shows how the Antarctic blackfin icefish differs from its close relatives on the genetic level.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-28:20:6:1




Matter: DNA Gets a New — and Bigger — Genetic Alphabet


DNA is spelled out with four letters, or bases. Researchers have now built a system with eight. It may hold clues to the potential for life elsewhere in the universe and could also expand our capacity to store digital data on Earth

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-21:20:6:1




China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise


The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-21:14:6:1




A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.


The results of a consumer genetic test identified the mother of the man whose donated sperm was used to conceive Danielle Teuscher’s daughter. Legal warnings soon followed.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-16:8:5:1




Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa


Researchers in Edinburgh develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa.

From the BBC News-2019-2-15:20:6:1




Basics: Everywhere in the Animal Kingdom, Followers of the Milky Way


As scientists learn more about milk’s evolution and compositional variations, they are redefining what used to be a signature characteristic of mammals.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-11:20:6:1




The Patient Had Bone Cancer. The Diagnosis Arrived 240 Million Years Too Late.


The fossil of an ancient animal teaches a sad lesson: Cancer has been around for a very, very long time.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-7:14:6:1




Rosalind Franklin: Mars rover named after DNA pioneer


The rover Europe sends to Mars in 2020 to look for life will carry the name of an unsung hero of DNA discovery.

From the BBC News-2019-2-7:8:5:1




When did the kangaroo hop? Scientists have the answer


According to new fossils, the origin of the famous kangaroo gait goes back 20 million years.

From the BBC News-2019-2-6:8:5:1




How the Hummingbird Bill Evolved For Battle


In the South American tropics, where hummingbirds must compete for food, evolution has drastically reshaped their bills.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-5:8:5:2




ScienceTake: The Hummingbird as Warrior: Evolution of a Fierce and Furious Beak


Winsomely captured in poems and song, the birds are yielding new secrets about their astounding beaks and penchant for violence.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-5:8:5:1




FamilyTreeDNA Admits to Sharing Genetic Data With F.B.I.


The direct-to-consumer testing site quietly agreed last year to help federal investigators solve rapes and murders. The arrangement was not disclosed until last week.

From the NYTimes News-2019-2-4:20:6:1




Shark on UK plates highlights trade in endangered species


You could be unwittingly eating sharks that are on the brink of extinction, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2019-1-31:8:5:1




Trilobites: Searching for the Genetic Underpinnings of Morning Persons and Night Owls


Researchers identified hundreds of gene variations that may be connected to when people go to bed.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-30:14:6:1




Trilobites: Seeking Superpowers in the Axolotl Genome


The smiling salamanders can regrow most of their body parts, so researchers are building improved maps of their DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-29:8:5:1




GM chickens lay eggs to help fight cancer


Researchers have genetically modified chickens to lay eggs which contain drugs that fight cancer.

From the BBC News-2019-1-27:20:6:1




These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies Might Have Cured Them.


Success against sickle-cell would be “the first genetic cure of a common genetic disease” and could free tens of thousands of Americans from agonizing pain.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-27:8:5:1




Neanderthals 'could kill at a distance'


Neanderthals produced weapons that could kill from 20m away, a new study claims.

From the BBC News-2019-1-25:8:5:1




Why we still underestimate the Neanderthals


Evidence is increasingly forcing us to re-visit our assumptions about the Neanderthals.

From the BBC News-2019-1-24:20:6:1




Trilobites: And You Thought the Platypus Was Odd


“When I first saw it, I just said ‘What?!’ and didn’t speak for a while,” said one of the researchers who studied the fossils of a prehistoric marine reptile.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-24:14:6:1




How to Stop Rogue Gene-Editing of Human Embryos?


Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. Now scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-23:20:6:1




Dippy the dinosaur arrives in Scotland


The famous replica skeleton, usually displayed at London's Natural History Museum, goes on show in Glasgow.

From the BBC News-2019-1-22:14:6:1




TRENDING: Take a DNA Test, Then Buy an Airplane Ticket


For more and more people, learning about their genetic makeup is just the first step. The second is heading to the airport so they can explore their roots in person.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-22:14:6:2




He Jiankui: China condemns 'baby gene editing' scientist


Investigators say He Jiankui sought "fame and fortune" with his claim to have edited baby genes.

From the BBC News-2019-1-22:8:5:1




Fossil shark named after 80s video game


The shark's teeth resemble alien spaceships from the game, Galaga, according to US scientists.

From the BBC News-2019-1-21:14:6:1




Scientist Who Edited Babies’ Genes Is Likely to Face Charges in China


A Chinese government investigation found that He Jiankui had “seriously violated” state regulations by altering human embryos.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-21:8:5:1




Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’


With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-21:8:5:2




Orca Calf Offers Hope for a Fading Group in the Pacific Northwest


The newborn killer whale, called L124, looks healthy. But its family is still in danger of extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-17:20:6:1




Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?


Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-17:8:5:1




The coffees you've never heard of which face extinction


Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2019-1-16:20:6:1




Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks


In a recent documentary, the geneticist doubled down on comments he made a decade ago, then apologized for, regarding race, genetics and intelligence.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-12:8:5:1




How Astounding Saw the Future


Tracing the evolution of the mid-20th-century magazine whose pages gave rise to the genre of science fiction.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-10:20:6:1




Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71


He led Myriad Genetics, whose patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, associated with breast cancer, were invalidated by the Supreme Court.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-9:20:6:1




Feature: How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution


The extravagant splendor of the animal kingdom can’t be explained by natural selection alone — so how did it come to be?

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-9:8:5:2




'New' apple and pear varieties found in Wales


About 200 trees were DNA-tested to find and preserve unrecorded varieties unique to Wales.

From the BBC News-2019-1-9:8:5:1




Trilobites: Giant Fungus Is Older, Bigger and Rarely Mutates


New genetic analysis shows that an underground parasitic mold in Michigan is about 2,500 years old and has a low mutation rate.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-8:14:6:1




Trilobites: An Elephant-Size Relative of Mammals That Grazed Alongside Dinosaurs


Paleontologists believed dicynodonts died out as dinosaurs conquered the world, but fossils found in Poland suggest they survived millions of years more.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-4:14:6:1




Edinburgh scientists discover mammoth secret in ivory DNA


Researchers at Edinburgh Zoo have found woolly mammoth DNA inside ivory trinkets from the illegal trade.

From the BBC News-2019-1-3:20:6:2




Genetically modified 'shortcut' boosts plant growth by 40%


Scientists overcome a natural restriction in plants that could boost yields from important food crops.

From the BBC News-2019-1-3:20:6:1




Judith Rich Harris, Who Played Down the Role of Parents, Dies at 80


It’s not that parents don’t matter in how their child turns out, she said, but genes and their peer groups play a greater role.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-1:20:6:1




‘Genesis 2.0’ Review: How to Clone a Mammoth


Is it possible to bring back the mammoth? The documentary “Genesis 2.0” investigates.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-1:8:5:2




James Watson Won’t Stop Talking About Race


The Nobel-winning biologist has drawn global criticism with unfounded pronouncements on genetics, race and intelligence. He still thinks he’s right, a new documentary finds.

From the NYTimes News-2019-1-1:8:5:1




How ancient DNA may rewrite prehistory in India


Aryans are not the earliest or only source of Indian civilisation, suggests new research on genetic ancestry.

From the BBC News-2018-12-31:8:5:1




The Treatment Gap: In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication


A reluctant evolution is taking place in residential drug treatment for opioid addiction. Here’s a look at one center’s wary shift.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-29:14:6:1




World's rarest bird gets new home in Madagascar


Conservationists hope to save a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard from extinction.

From the BBC News-2018-12-28:14:6:1




Matter: ‘Spirits Won’t Rest’: DNA Links Ancient Bones to Living Aboriginal Australians


Museums around the world hold the remains of Aboriginal Australians, many of them stolen. Now geneticists may have found a way to return the bones to their homes.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-19:20:6:2




Extinction Rebellion: The story behind the activist group


They've blocked bridges, held die-ins and closed roads - all in the name of stopping climate change.

From the BBC News-2018-12-19:20:6:1




Trilobites: Feathers and Fur Fly Over Pterosaur Fossil Finding


An analysis of two fossils would push back the origins of feathers by about 70 million years, but more specimens may be needed for confirmation.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-17:20:6:1




Hastings dinosaur footprints exposed by cliff erosion


Dozens of well-preserved dinosaur footprints from at least seven species have been uncovered.

From the BBC News-2018-12-17:14:6:2




Pterosaurs: Fur flies over feathery fossils


The flying reptiles had feathers, and looked like brown bats with fuzzy wings, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2018-12-17:14:6:1




Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape


Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-13:20:6:1




Matter: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us


Two genes inherited from our evolutionary cousins may affect skull shape and brain size even today. What that means for human behavior is a mystery.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-13:14:6:1




It Could Be the Age of the Chicken, Geologically


With 65 billion chickens consumed each year, the signature fossil of the modern epoch may be the leftovers.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-11:20:6:1




Gene study unravels redheads mystery


Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.

From the BBC News-2018-12-11:14:6:1




MIND: Can We Really Inherit Trauma?


Headlines suggest that the genetic marks of trauma can be passed from one generation to the next. But the evidence, at least in humans, is circumstantial at best.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-10:8:5:1




'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark


A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.

From the BBC News-2018-12-9:14:6:1




Mission to put millions of hidden fossils online


Museums including Washington's Smithsonian have set out to digitally record specimens in their collection.

From the BBC News-2018-12-9:14:6:2




Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes


The giant tortoise lived for more than a century, carrying genes linked to a robust immune system, efficient DNA repair and resistance to cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-8:8:5:1




Trilobites: The Genes That Make Parrots Into the Humans of the Bird World


Long-lived and clever parrots may be as different genetically from other birds as humans are from other primates.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-7:14:6:2




Matter: The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything.


In some ways, the planet's worst mass extinction — 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian Period — may parallel climate change today.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-7:14:6:1




Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound.


Since releasing the results in October, the ancestry issue clouding her possible presidential campaign has only intensified.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-6:20:6:1




Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin


Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2018-12-5:14:6:1




World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'


A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.

From the BBC News-2018-12-3:20:6:1




news analysis: Genetically Modified People Are Walking Among Us


And, so far, they’re just fine. America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology.

From the NYTimes News-2018-12-1:20:6:1




Aaron Klug, 92, Dies; His 3-D Images of Bodily Molecules Won a Nobel


Born in Lithuania, raised in South Africa and working in Britain, he made large strides in understanding the structure of proteins, DNA and more.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-30:20:6:2




600 Million Years Ago, the First Scavengers Lurked in Dark Ocean Gardens


The bizarre organisms of the Ediacaran Period have long puzzled researchers. Fossil discoveries suggest these ecosystems may have been more complicated than once thought.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-30:20:6:1




Extinction crisis: Five things you should know


The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more attention.

From the BBC News-2018-11-30:8:5:1




As China Seeks Scientific Greatness, Some Say Ethics Are an Afterthought


He Jiankui’s claim to have edited babies’ genes has caused soul-searching in China, where many believe scientists need more ethical supervision.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-30:8:5:2




China Halts Work by Scientist Who Says He Edited Babies’ Genes


Officials said it appeared that He Jiankui’s work had broken Chinese law. Scores of scientists have called his conduct unethical.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-29:14:6:1




What Makes That Steer So Big? Cattle’s Mysterious Genes


It also helps to be castrated and live a long time.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-28:20:6:1




Chinese Scientist Who Says He Edited Babies’ Genes Defends His Work


The scientist, He Jiankui, said at a conference on Wednesday that his actions were safe and ethical. Some of his colleagues seemed unconvinced.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-28:8:5:1




Chinese Scientist Claims to Use Crispr to Make First Genetically Edited Babies


The researcher, He Jiankui, offered no evidence or data to back up his assertions. If true, some fear the feat could open the door to “designer babies.”

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-26:20:6:1




Humans 'off the hook' for African mammal extinction


New research disputes a theory that early humans helped wipe out many large mammals that once roamed Africa.

From the BBC News-2018-11-22:14:6:1




11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Did We Get to Be Human?


Evolution did not draw a straight line from early hominins to modern humans. At one point, we shared the planet with a number of near-relatives.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-20:8:5:1




Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t.


The surge in popularity of services like 23andMe and Ancestry means that more and more people are unearthing long-buried connections and surprises in their ancestry.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-19:8:5:1




A ‘Time Capsule’ for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great


A Russian zoological museum filled with centuries-old specimens finds renewed relevance in the age of genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-12:20:6:2




Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed


A now-extinct monkey from Jamaica had South American roots, according to new DNA evidence.

From the BBC News-2018-11-12:20:6:1




Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Thesis Fetch More Than $1 Million at Auction


Bids far exceeded expectations at the Christie’s auction, which also included items that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-9:8:5:1




Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown


Three new genetic analyses lend detail, and mystery, to the migration of prehistoric humans throughout the Western Hemisphere.

From the NYTimes News-2018-11-8:20:6:1




Revealed: The secret of the poet's daffodil


The DNA secrets of a flower thought to have inspired a Greek legend have been cracked by scientists.

From the BBC News-2018-11-5:8:5:1




How to save trees from extinction


The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate with around one in five thought to be at risk of extinction. The race is on to store back-up copies in seed banks.

From the BBC News-2018-11-3:14:6:1




'Test tube trees': An insurance policy against extinction?


Why trees grown in test tubes could be the answer to preserving the world's forests for the future.

From the BBC News-2018-11-3:8:5:1




DNA project to decode 'all complex life' on Earth


Scientists set out to read the DNA of 1.5 million species, starting a "new chapter in biology".

From the BBC News-2018-11-1:14:6:1




World's longest DNA sequence decoded


A team of UK scientists have claimed the record for decoding the world's longest DNA sequence.

From the BBC News-2018-10-31:14:6:1




Trilobites: Deer Antlers Couldn’t Grow So Fast Without These Genes


Studying the genes that let deer quickly regrow their antlers could one day lead to treatments for people who suffer bone ailments like osteoporosis.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-31:8:5:1




Climate change is 'escalator to extinction' for mountain birds


A new study shows that rising temperatures drive the disappearance of mountain-top bird species in Peru.

From the BBC News-2018-10-29:20:6:1




Splosh! How the dinosaur-killing asteroid made its crater


When the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck Earth, it made billions of tonnes of rock move like a fluid.

From the BBC News-2018-10-25:20:6:1




Divide and Preserve: Reclassifying Tigers to Help Save Them From Extinction


Are there many subspecies of tiger, or only two? A correct accounting is the only way to preserve what is left of the animal’s genetic diversity, some scientists say.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-25:14:6:1




Stephen Hawking Auction: Bid on an Invitation to a 2009 Party You Might Not Be Late For


Starting on Oct. 31, Christie’s is auctioning 52 items that belonged to Dr. Hawking, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-23:20:6:1




Brazil museum fire: Prized 'Luzia' fossil skull recovered


It was feared that Luzia, a 12,000-year-old fossil, had been totally lost in the Brazil fire.

From the BBC News-2018-10-23:8:5:1




'Super-sized' mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction


Overgrown mice are killing millions of chicks on the remote Gough Island in the South Atlantic.

From the BBC News-2018-10-21:20:6:1




Most of ‘Luzia,’ a 12,000-Year-Old Fossil, Is Recovered After Brazil Museum Fire


The museum director said that 80 percent of the fossil had been found after a huge fire ripped through the National Museum last month.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-21:8:5:1




Geneticists Criticize Use of Science by White Nationalists to Justify ‘Racial Purity’


In a statement, the American Society of Human Genetics said “there can be no genetics-based support of claiming one group as superior to another.”

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-19:14:6:1




Jurassic-era piranha is world's earliest flesh-eating fish


A 150-million-year-old, sharp-toothed fossil is believed to be the world's oldest piranha-like specimen.

From the BBC News-2018-10-19:8:5:1




Why is this African village letting mosquitoes in?


The genetically modified insects are part of a project which aims to tackle malaria in Africa.

From the BBC News-2018-10-19:8:5:2




‘Could Somebody Please Debunk This?’: Writing About Science When Even the Scientists Are Nervous


It’s hard to find material online countering white supremacists’ claims that genetic research backs their beliefs up. I wanted to find out why.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-18:20:6:1




Trilobites: With Piranha-Like Teeth, This Prehistoric Predator Never Bit Off More Than It Could Chew


A fossil discovered in southern Germany is the earliest known flesh-eating bony fish.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-18:14:6:1




Scientists Catch Rare Glimpses of the Endangered Vaquita


An expedition in the Gulf of California yielded photographs and video of a species nearing extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-17:14:6:1




Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)


The appropriation of genetic research by those with extremist views on race has scientists grappling with how to respond.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-17:8:5:1




A long walk: New insight into history of dogs and humans


A study of ancient dog DNA shows man's best friend has been at our side for at least 9,000 years.

From the BBC News-2018-10-16:20:6:1




US senator Elizabeth Warren faces backlash after indigenous DNA claim


President Donald Trump goes on the attack after the Cherokee nation dismisses Elizabeth Warren's claim.

From the BBC News-2018-10-16:20:6:2




Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases


A study found that it will soon be possible to identify the DNA of 90 percent of European Americans through cousins in genealogy databases.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-16:14:6:3




Thomas A. Steitz, 78, Dies; Illuminated a Building Block of Life


A Nobel laureate, he discovered the structure of a huge molecule crucial to translating genetic information into the proteins that make up living matter.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-16:14:6:4




Elizabeth Warren Has a Native American Ancestor. Does That Make Her Native American?


The senator’s genetic analysis was sound, scientists said. But whether Ms. Warren may claim a cultural kinship with Native Americans is a very different question.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-16:14:6:1




The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.


Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-16:14:6:2




The 'ugly duckling' fossil from the deep


Meet the baby reptile that is shedding new light on the giants that lived at the time of T. rex.

From the BBC News-2018-10-16:8:5:1




Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank


Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.

From the BBC News-2018-10-11:20:6:1




One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk


The test could help explain why people with apparently no risk factors can still have a heart attack.

From the BBC News-2018-10-9:8:5:1




A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes


The ancestors of today’s squamates were lost in time. Now paleontologists have identified the earliest known example: Meet Megachirella.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-8:14:6:1




Trilobites: Taming the Groundcherry: With Crispr, a Fussy Fruit Inches Toward the Supermarket


You may have never eaten a groundcherry, but with common gene-editing techniques it and other fruits may be more easily domesticated.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-5:20:6:1




Trilobites: Hidden Stories of Chinese Migration and Culture Found in Giant Genetic Study


Scientists reported an assortment of findings resulting from a sweeping and novel analysis of data from the prenatal tests of 141,431 participants.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-5:14:6:1




Q&A: A Tube of DNA? Not Pretty, but That’s Life


Extracting and purifying DNA is routine now, but the results are not particularly aesthetic.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-5:14:6:2




Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals


The Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-4:14:6:1




Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History


Frances H. Arnold was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work conducting the directed evolution of enzymes.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-3:20:6:1




Nobel Prize in Chemistry Is Awarded to 3 Scientists for Using Evolution in Design of Molecules


Frances H. Arnold of the U.S. received half the prize, while her compatriot George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter of Britain shared the other half.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-3:8:5:1




Breakthrough Leukemia Treatment Backfires in a Rare Case


The groundbreaking treatment that genetically engineers a patient’s own cells to fight leukemia turned lethal in one patient, reversing his remission.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-1:14:6:2




Nonfiction: The Bizarre Tale of the ‘Dinosaur Artist’ Who Trafficked in Stolen Fossils


Paige Williams tells a panoramic story that has, at its center, a man who tried to sell a stolen Tyrannosaurus skeleton from Mongolia.

From the NYTimes News-2018-10-1:14:6:1




Quiz: Test your knowledge of evolution


There are many myths and misunderstandings about evolution - how much do you know?

From the BBC News-2018-9-25:8:5:1




Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab


Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab.

From the BBC News-2018-9-24:14:6:1




Giving Malaria a Deadline


With a new genetic tool, scientists move a step closer to eradicating mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-24:14:6:2




Earliest animal fossils are identified


Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record.

From the BBC News-2018-9-20:20:6:1




Cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest


It may help stop the animal's rapid and destructive march across Australia, researchers say.

From the BBC News-2018-9-20:8:5:1




Trilobites: Elephant Tusk DNA Helps Track Ivory Poachers


Researchers are examining the genetic data in seized elephant ivory to trace it back to the animals’ homelands and connect it to global trafficking crimes.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-19:20:6:1




Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, 96, Who Tracked Genes Through History, Dies


Before 23andMe and Ancestry.com, he did groundbreaking work exploring how genes reveal where people come from and whom they’re related to.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-19:14:6:1




Matter: Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory


Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-18:14:6:1




Trilobites: What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future


Whether a single private entity should be able to set the direction of how the genes of so many living things are used was a piece of a broader debate at the United Nations this month.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-17:20:6:1




Saltmarsh Sparrows Fight to Keep Their Heads Above Water


Rising sea levels are bringing more nest-flooding tides that threaten to push the birds that breed in coastal marshes along the Atlantic Coast to extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-17:14:6:1




Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind’


In his new book, the neuroscientist Eric Kandel explores the science of unusual brains, locating many of his answers in genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-17:8:5:1




Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science


The coveted prize was awarded to a Scottish veterinarian, two scientists who championed an overlooked protein and a pioneering researcher who helped advance the careers of other women.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-11:8:5:2




Basics: How Teeth Became Tusks, and Tusks Became Liabilities


Humans, mice, narwhals — most mammals rely on ancient genes to produce teeth and tusks. But the tuskless elephants of Africa show that nature can quickly alter the code.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-11:8:5:1




Matter: Scientists Are Retooling Bacteria to Cure Disease


By manipulating DNA, researchers are trying to create microbes that, once ingested, work to treat a rare genetic condition — a milestone in synthetic biology.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-4:8:5:1




Fire Engulfs a Brazilian Museum, Threatening Hundreds of Years of History


The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro housed more than 20 million items, including Egyptian mummies, dinosaur fossils and the oldest human fossil in the region.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-3:8:5:3




What Artifacts Were in the National Museum of Brazil?


The items feared lost to a fire on Sunday include one of the world’s largest meteorites and the oldest human fossil from the region.

From the NYTimes News-2018-9-3:8:5:2




Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth


A new technique picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers to forecast future genetic changes.

From the BBC News-2018-9-3:8:5:1




Saving the 'king of the birds' with DNA


Scientists believe a genetic code could help protect golden eagles in the wild.

From the BBC News-2018-8-31:20:6:1




Golden eagle genome study 'a conservation game changer'


UK researchers decode the golden eagle genome - the blueprint for the 'king of birds'.

From the BBC News-2018-8-31:14:6:1




Gene-editing hope for muscular dystrophy


The technique was used to restore a protein that people with the condition are unable to make.

From the BBC News-2018-8-31:8:5:1




A Fertility Doctor Used His Sperm on Unwitting Women. Their Children Want Answers.


Donald Cline, an Indiana doctor, may have fathered more than three dozen children. Decades later, they are finding one another through DNA testing sites.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-30:14:6:1




Trilobites: Before These Parasitic Wasps Finished Devouring Live Flies, They Became Fossils


In fly pupae that turned to stone, scientists found evidence that wasps have been infesting other insects for tens of millions of years.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-28:14:6:1




Q&A: How a Plant Ages


The genetic mechanisms that seem to influence human life span may also be at work in plants.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-27:20:6:1




Trilobites: The DNA of Extinct Cave Bears Lives On


Modern brown bears are carrying a bit of genetic material passed down from the cave bear, in a study that suggests extinction does not always vanquish a species’ genes.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-27:14:6:1




Dinosaur DNA clues unpicked by researchers at University of Kent


Dinosaurs may have their DNA to thank for why they stuck around so long on Earth.

From the BBC News-2018-8-26:14:6:1




Ancient fossil turtle had no shell


Scientists have found new evidence confirming that turtles once lived without shells.

From the BBC News-2018-8-22:14:6:2




Cave girl was half Neanderthal, half Denisovan


Genetic detective work gives a rare insight into the liaisons of early humans living 50,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2018-8-22:14:6:1




Matter: A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely


Genetic analysis of bones discovered in a Siberian cave hint that the prehistoric world may have been filled with “hybrid” humans.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-22:14:6:3




Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'


Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.

From the BBC News-2018-8-16:20:6:1




Trilobites: Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen


The discovery is among the strongest evidence in the fossil record that the insects pollinated prehistoric cycads, a plant that preceded flowering plants.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-16:14:6:1




Trilobites: Paternity Tests at the Penguin House


New research challenges assumptions that some penguins mate for life, and suggests DNA testing is needed to avoid inbred captive populations.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-16:14:6:2




Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer


With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-14:14:6:1




Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs


A newly discovered species of pterosaur that lived about 210 million years ago has been found in the Utah desert.

From the BBC News-2018-8-13:14:6:1




Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA


With a sophisticated new algorithm, scientists have found a way to forecast an individual’s risks for five deadly diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-13:14:6:3




They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.


Experimental gene therapies have yielded promising results in early trials. But the drugs have left some patients wary, worried that success will not last.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-13:14:6:4




Feature: The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life


How the microbiologist Carl Woese fundamentally changed the way we think about evolution and the origins of life.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-13:14:6:2




Coral reefs 'weathered dinosaur extinction'


Researchers have found that the algae living in coral reefs may have evolved 160 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2018-8-10:8:5:1




Trilobites: Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated


A long-running experiment provides clues to genes that influence friendliness to humans.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-9:20:6:1




Trilobites: Fossils on an Australian Beach Reveal a Shark-Eat-Shark World


An amateur fossil hunter at first found a single shark tooth. It led to signs of a prehistoric shark feast.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-9:20:6:2




Matter: Marine Mammals Have Lost a Gene That Now They May Desperately Need


Dolphins, manatees, sea lions, elephant seals and other animals no longer produce an enzyme that protects land mammals against harmful chemicals, including some pesticides.

From the NYTimes News-2018-8-9:14:6:1




Lemur extinction: Vast majority of species under threat


The vast majority of lemur species, unique primates found only in Madagascar, are on the brink of extinction, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2018-8-2:8:5:1




Salmon fed genetically modified plants in nutrition trial


Researchers are feeding farmed salmon a genetically modified plant to see if it boosts omega-3 levels.

From the BBC News-2018-8-1:8:5:2




Trial to test if GM fed salmon are more nutritious


Researchers are feeding genetically modified crops to farmed salmon to see if it boosts their nutritional value.

From the BBC News-2018-8-1:8:5:1




What Is a Genetically Modified Crop? A European Ruling Sows Confusion


In Europe, plants created with gene-editing technologies will be stringently regulated as G.M.O.’s. But older crops whose DNA has been altered will be left alone.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-27:20:6:1




‘Amazing Dragon’ Discovery in China Reshapes History of Dinosaurs’ Evolution


Fossilized remains of Lingwulong shenqi show that big herbivores with long necks reached East Asia and evolved earlier than scientists had thought.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-26:14:6:1




Australia’s Endangered Quolls Get Genetic Boost From Scientists


“What we’re doing is nothing unnatural,” said the author of a study to produce quolls that don’t like the taste of deadly toads. “It’s just matchmaking.”

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-26:8:5:1




Gene editing is GM, says European Court


The European Court of Justice has ruled that altering living things using the relatively new technique of genome editing counts as genetic engineering.

From the BBC News-2018-7-25:8:5:1




Fish Will Start Losing Sense of Smell as Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Study Finds


Rising carbon dioxide levels will impair the animals’ ability to sense odors, change their behavior and alter gene expression, the study showed.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-24:20:6:1




China fossil tells new supercontinent story


Scientists have uncovered a new dinosaur in China... and it's older than expected.

From the BBC News-2018-7-24:14:6:1




Matter: Many Genes Play a Role in Educational Attainment, Enormous Genetic Study Finds


More than a thousand variations in DNA were involved in how long people stayed in school, but the effect of each gene was weak, and the data did not predict educational attainment for individuals.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-23:20:6:1




Basics: In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal


At Gorongosa National Park, scarred by civil war, scientists are answering fundamental questions about ecology and evolution, and how wildlife recovers from devastation.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-23:8:5:1




Trilobites: White Clover Can Be an Annoying Weed. It May Also Hold Secrets to Urban Evolution.


The ubiquitous plant alters its defense systems in a tougher environment, prompting researchers to call it a perfect test species for study as urban areas expand.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-20:14:6:1




Whale killing: DNA shows Iceland whale was rare hybrid


Genetic material proves that the animal killed off the coast of Iceland was not a blue whale but a rare hybrid.

From the BBC News-2018-7-20:8:5:1




Baby snake 'frozen in time' gives insight into lost world


The fossil of a prehistoric snake that lived alongside the dinosaurs has been found entombed in amber.

From the BBC News-2018-7-19:8:5:1




Trilobites: Fossils Trapped in Amber Offers Clues to the Origins of Snakes


A baby snake and snakeskin were preserved in two specimens found in Myanmar.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-18:14:6:1




Does Wales hold the key for saving the puffin from extinction?


While the bird is dying out in parts of Europe, the population on one Welsh island is thriving.

From the BBC News-2018-7-17:14:6:1




Nation's botanical treasures to go on display


From Darwin's potato to the man who saved the daffodil. Pictures tell the story of the nation's plants.

From the BBC News-2018-7-15:8:5:1




Trilobites: New Clues to How the Biggest Dinosaurs Got So Big


A fossil found in Argentina that is more than 200 million years old suggests the most giant of dinosaurs existed earlier than paleontologists believed.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-11:20:6:1




Fossil of 'first giant' dinosaur discovered in Argentina


Discovery of "first giant" shows how and when dinosaurs grew to such massive proportions.

From the BBC News-2018-7-9:20:6:1




Lord of the Rings toad on brink of extinction


A toad named after the Lord of the Rings character, Gollum, joins the list of species at risk of extinction.

From the BBC News-2018-7-6:8:5:1




The Lost Dogs of the Americas


Exhaustive DNA studies find that the dogs of European colonists completely replaced ancient American dogs.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-5:14:6:1




The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong.


Third-party analysis of raw DNA is not as rigorous as that done in a certified laboratory. But many consumers don’t understand that their results are not conclusive.

From the NYTimes News-2018-7-2:14:6:3




Koala chlamydia vaccine possible with DNA study


The strain is different to that found in humans, but a genome study hopes to provide clues to fight the infection.

From the BBC News-2018-7-2:14:6:2




Saving koalas: Gene study promises solution to deadly sex disease


Scientists fail to find a koala cuteness gene but DNA may lead to a vaccine for chlamydia in the iconic marsupial.

From the BBC News-2018-7-2:14:6:1




Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases


Police arrested a D.J. in Pennsylvania and a nurse in Washington State this week, the latest examples of the use of an open-source ancestry site since the break in the Golden State killer case.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-27:20:6:1




Bird family tree shaken by discovery of feathered fossil


A beautifully preserved fossil bird from 52 million years ago is shaking up the family tree of the birds.

From the BBC News-2018-6-25:14:6:1




Can a DNA Database Save the Shrinking Forests of the Earth? These Scientists Hope So.


They hope to fight the thriving black markets for illegally logged timber.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-22:14:6:1




Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb


The discovery of a prehistoric pet gibbon suggests humans pushed apes to extinction far back in history.

From the BBC News-2018-6-21:20:6:1




A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds


The research did not find that viruses cause Alzheimer’s. But it showed that two types of herpes interact with Alzheimer’s-related genes and might drive the disease process

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-21:14:6:1




The gene-edited pigs immune to lung disease


Pigs in Scotland have had their genes altered so they are now immune to a deadly respiratory disease.

From the BBC News-2018-6-20:20:6:1




Gene-edited farm animals are on their way


Scientists create pigs that are immune to one of the world's costliest livestock diseases.

From the BBC News-2018-6-20:14:6:1




Trilobites: Sea Stars Started Dissolving. What Helped Some of Them Survive?


Researchers say they’ve detected genetic differences that might help explain why some of these creatures on California’s coast survived a deadly plague.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-18:20:6:1




Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?


Like Facebook, but for fifth cousins, adoptive mothers and sperm-donor dads.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-16:8:5:1




Trilobites: Using Harpoon-Like Appendages, Bacteria ‘Fish’ for New DNA


Seeing how microbes snatch new genetic material from their environment could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-14:14:6:3




Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years


Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years give clues to lost world. The four fossils were found in Myanmar.

From the BBC News-2018-6-14:14:6:1




Gene therapy reverses rat's paralysis


Experts say the findings could be life-changing for millions of patients.

From the BBC News-2018-6-14:14:6:2




One in five British mammals at risk of extinction


The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat face severe threats, a study says.

From the BBC News-2018-6-13:8:5:1




Matter: A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing


Scientists may need to bypass a cell’s cancer defenses in order to successfully edit its DNA. The finding raises questions about gene-editing advances.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-12:20:6:1




Basics: Secrets of the Y Chromosome


It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-11:14:6:1




Retro Report: Scientists Can Design ‘Better’ Babies. Should They?


Advances in reproductive technology have put genetic choices within reach of perspective parents. But critics warn of ethical peril.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-11:8:5:1




Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction


The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

From the BBC News-2018-6-6:20:6:1




China’s Giant Salamanders Pose a Conservation Conundrum


Most of the animals now are found on farms in China. Giant salamanders released recently into the wild are genetically distinct from those that evolved there, a man-made “species.”

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-4:14:6:1




Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo


Many women with early-stage forms of the disease can forego chemo, based on a test that measures the activity of genes involved in breast cancer recurrence.

From the NYTimes News-2018-6-3:8:5:1




'Wolf-like' creature shot near Montana ranch puzzles experts


State wildlife experts are seeking DNA analysis to pinpoint the mysterious creature's species.

From the BBC News-2018-5-30:8:5:1




'Wolf-like' creature shot on Montana ranch puzzles experts


State wildlife experts are seeking DNA analysis to pinpoint the mysterious creature's species.

From the BBC News-2018-5-25:14:6:1