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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Loch Ness Monster: DNA tests may offer new clue
DNA research team say sampling of Loch Ness could uncover evidence of new creatures.
From the BBC News-2018-5-24:8:5:1
Trilobites: Big Discovery in a Tiny Mammal-Like Skull Found Under a Dinosaur’s Foot
Paleontologists found a 130 million-year-old haramiyid fossil in Utah, suggesting that the ancient relatives of modern mammals spread farther across the globe than thought.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-23:14:6:1
'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction
The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with probably only a handful left in the wild.
From the BBC News-2018-5-22:8:5:2
Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly
A genetic study reveals the secrets of how malaria evolved to be deadly killer of humans.
From the BBC News-2018-5-22:8:5:1
Matter: Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.
The genome obviously varies from person to person. But it can also vary from cell to cell, even within the same individual. The implications of “mosaicism” are enormous.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-21:20:6:1
Technique From Golden State Killer Arrest Leads to Suspect in 1987 Killings
A break in the 31-year-long investigation of the killing in Washington State of a young Canadian couple came after DNA was uploaded to an ancestry website.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-18:20:6:1
Trilobites: Scientists Made Snails Remember Something That Never Happened to Them
When scientists injected RNA from the brain cells of trained snails to untrained snails, the animals behaved as if they remembered the trained snails’ experiences.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-15:14:6:1
As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’
After researchers created a virus from mail-order DNA, geneticists sound the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in garages and living rooms.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-14:14:6:1
Temperature-controlled turtle sex gene found
Scientists have isolated the gene responsible for temperature-controlled sex determination in turtles.
From the BBC News-2018-5-10:20:6:1
Matter: In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B
From 15 sets of skeletal remains, researchers have recovered DNA from the oldest viruses known to have infected humans — and have resurrected some strains in the laboratory.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-9:20:6:1
Past in focus
Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.
From the BBC News-2018-5-5:9:26:1
Past in focus
Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.
From the BBC News-2018-5-5:9:26:2
Matter: The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA
Nobody knows what the first animal looked like. But many of its genes are still present in humans today.
From the NYTimes News-2018-5-4:14:6:1
How birds got their beaks - new fossil evidence
Scientists piece together the skull of an ancient bird, which had a primitive beak lined with teeth.
From the BBC News-2018-5-2:14:6:1
Genetic secrets of the rose revealed
Take time to smell the roses, the saying goes, as a study shows they may smell even sweeter in future.
From the BBC News-2018-5-1:8:5:1
Trilobites: How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color
French researchers are completing a full map of the rose, pinpointing genes to edit for continuous blooming and its other signature features.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-30:14:6:2
Basics: A Population That Pollutes Itself Into Extinction (and It’s Not Us)
Gorging on glucose, bacteria in a petri dish died in their own acidic waste, a sign of the perpetual struggle in nature between cooperation and selfishness.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-30:14:6:1
The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder
The arrest of a suspect has set off alarms among some scientists and ethicists worried that consumer DNA may be widely accessed by law enforcement.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-28:8:5:1
Trilobites: This Fungus Borrowed From Ancient Bacteria to Defy Gravity
Scientists say a fungus developed its well-known sensing abilities following an ancient genetic transfer between its ancestor and bacteria it encountered.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-27:14:6:2
Matter: Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat
The apes of Senegal’s Fongoli savanna may offer hints to how our own ancestors moved out of the woodlands, shed their fur and started walking upright.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-27:14:6:1
Trilobites: A New Spider Family Tree Tries to Untangle the Evolution of Webs
Scientists have fiercely debated the origins of the orb-style web. A new study challenges the idea that all spiders who make this web had a common ancestor.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-26:14:6:1
GM plant tech boosts malaria drug yield
Scientists have modified a plant's genes to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand.
From the BBC News-2018-4-24:14:6:1
Her Daughter’s Diagnosis Made Her Work as a Scientist Personal
Soo-Kyung Lee had been studying the FOXG1 gene for years. Her research took on new meaning when she learned that her daughter, Yuna, had a rare defect on that gene.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-23:14:6:1
Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies
When it comes to studying the genetics of the brain, Soo-Kyung Lee is a star, yet she was stunned to discover the cause of her daughter’s devastating disabilities.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-23:8:5:1
Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story
The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.”
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-20:8:5:1
Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea
The Bajau, who spend most of their time on the ocean, are among the best divers in the world. Evolution is remaking them, a new study finds.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-19:14:6:1
Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants
Jérôme Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-19:14:6:2
Do You Know Which Dog Breeds Are in a Mutt? Scientists Want to Find Out
A new online citizen science questionnaire is a brain teaser for people who think they’re good at guessing the breeds in the genetic makeup of a mutt.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-18:14:6:1
ScienceTake: How a Common Beetle May Offer Deep Insights Into Evolution
A molecular biologist has turned a childhood obsession with a common beetle into a scientific quest.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-17:8:5:1
Basics: You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.
Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship. Without it, humans suffer significant physical and emotional damage.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-16:8:5:1
Trilobites: The Evolution of the Eyebrow
A new study suggests that brow ridges probably didn’t evolve for practical reasons, but for sometimes subtle communications.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-13:20:6:1
Trilobites: Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach
Using loggerhead genetics, researchers traced the routes of turtles that return decades after birth to nest near their original homes.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-13:14:6:1
How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past
Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.
From the BBC News-2018-4-10:20:6:2
Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery
A project to sequence DNA from ancient remains may solve a puzzle involving people from south-east Britain.
From the BBC News-2018-4-10:20:6:1
Ancient sea reptile was one of the largest animals ever
Sea reptiles the size of blue whales swam off the English coast 200 million years ago, fossils show.
From the BBC News-2018-4-10:8:5:1
Finger bone points to early human exodus
A fossil find from Saudi Arabia adds to growing evidence that modern humans left Africa earlier than supposed.
From the BBC News-2018-4-9:14:6:1
Tasmanian devil cancers targeted by human drugs
Cambridge University researchers find human cancer drugs could halt the extinction of the marsupial.
From the BBC News-2018-4-9:14:6:2
Trilobites: In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground
Ancient footprints left by long-necked sauropods offer a snapshot of the mid-Jurassic period, which has yielded relatively few fossil remains.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-4:20:6:2
Trilobites: Baleen Whales Intermingled as They Evolved, and Share DNA With Distant Cousins
Genome sequencing of six species of baleen whales shows how they have evolved into more of a network and have a wide range of genetic diversity, according to a new study.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-4:20:6:1
Saving a Fussy Predator in Europe, With Help From 50,000 Rabbits
After nearing extinction 20 years ago, the Iberian lynx has made a comeback in southern Spain and Portugal, thanks to a vast recovery program funded by the European Union.
From the NYTimes News-2018-4-2:8:5:1
Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?
Hundreds of millions of years ago, two tissues fused to form wings on ancient beetles, a genetic experiment finds.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-26:14:6:1
Q&A: Unique Identifiers in Animal DNA
Genetic fingerprinting can distinguish individuals from one another in many different species — even to identify poached or illegally trafficked animals.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-23:20:6:1
How DNA can be used to store computer data
British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.
From the BBC News-2018-3-23:8:5:1
Matter: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange
Known as “Ata,” the six-inch-long skeleton was discovered in Chile and may have had genetic mutations causing a bone disorder never before documented.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-22:14:6:1
Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey
The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-21:20:6:1
Trilobites: In a Cockroach Genome, ‘Little Mighty’ Secrets
The American cockroach has the second largest insect genome ever sequenced. The variety of genes may help it survive in a multitude of environments.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-20:20:6:1
Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya
Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-20:14:6:2
Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred near Sir Isaac Newton's grave
The scientist's remains will be also be interred close to Charles Darwin's grave at Westminster Abbey.
From the BBC News-2018-3-20:14:6:1
Profiles in Science: David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone
The geneticist at Harvard Medical School has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient people. His findings trace the prehistoric migrations of our species.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-20:8:5:1
The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data
At a cost of $1.4 billion, the N.I.H.’s All of Us program may help scientists discover new links between diseases, genes and lifestyle. But the project faces formidable obstacles.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-19:8:5:1
Changing environment influenced human evolution
New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.
From the BBC News-2018-3-15:20:6:1
John E. Sulston, 75, Dies; Found Clues to Genes in a Worm
After putting a roundworm under a microscope, Dr. Sulston shared a Nobel Prize in 2002 for discoveries on how organisms develop.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-15:20:6:2
Matter: What’s Behind Many Mystery Ailments? Genetic Mutations, Study Finds
An examination of 20,000 patients finds that more than 800 may have genetic conditions.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-15:14:6:1
Trilobites: After a Volcano’s Ancient Supereruption, Humanity May Have Thrived
Some said the Toba volcano’s explosion brought humanity to the brink of extinction 74,000 years ago, but archaeological evidence from South Africa challenges the idea.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-12:14:6:1
Matter: How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria
The genetic mutation arose 7,300 years ago in just one person in West Africa, scientists reported on Thursday. Its advantage: a shield against rampant malaria.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-9:14:6:2
Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies
Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.
From the BBC News-2018-3-9:14:6:1
Tree loss pushing beetles to the brink
Nearly a fifth of European beetles that live in old and hollowed wood are at risk of extinction.
From the BBC News-2018-3-5:8:5:1
Baby bird fossil is 'rarest of the rare'
Fossil gives a peek into the lives of primitive birds that shared the Earth with the dinosaurs.
From the BBC News-2018-3-5:8:5:2
DNA sheds light on settlement of Pacific
Two genetic studies shed light on the epic journeys that led to the settlement of the vast Pacific region by humans.
From the BBC News-2018-3-2:20:6:1
Trilobites: When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree
Researchers assembled 5 million family trees using data from the website Geni.com to test several genetic and historical hypotheses.
From the NYTimes News-2018-3-1:14:6:1
Trilobites: No Sign of Newborn North Atlantic Whales This Breeding Season
Researchers tracking the endangered species grounds for birthing calves haven’t seen one baby this season, further raising the specter of extinction for the whales.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-28:14:6:1
Arthur J. Moss, Who Pioneered Heart Treatments, Dies at 86
He successfully conducted research into fatal cardiac disorders, including a rare genetic malfunction called long QT syndrome.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-28:14:6:3
Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dogs. For $50,000, You Can Clone Yours.
Ms. Streisand made the revelation in an interview with Variety. Before you get any ideas, let us tell you a little bit more about the process.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-28:14:6:2
Trilobites: A 3-D Look Inside the Tasmanian Tiger’s Pouch, Long After Extinction
Researchers scanned young thylacines preserved in jars in museums, gaining an understanding of when in their development the marsupials turned canine-like.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-23:14:6:1
Matter: Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists
Cave paintings in Spain were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, archaeologists reported. The finding adds to evidence that Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thought and perhaps language.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-22:20:6:1
Mutation 'gives bats edge over deadly viruses'
A single mutation in an immunity gene may explain why bats can carry deadly viruses and not get sick.
From the BBC News-2018-2-22:14:6:2
Trilobites: For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes Guts
Blood is a very difficult thing to live well on, but a new study of the gut microbes and genomes of vampire bats offer insights into how they do it.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-22:14:6:3
Neanderthals were capable of making art
Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals enjoyed making art.
From the BBC News-2018-2-22:14:6:1
DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty
New research shows how vampire bats evolved to survive on a diet of blood alone.
From the BBC News-2018-2-19:14:6:1
Genes remain active after death
Cells continue to function even after an individual dies, a discovery that could be developed into a forensic tool.
From the BBC News-2018-2-13:14:6:1
Amazon fish challenges mutation idea
Study of an Amazon fish has challenged ideas about how DNA gathers deadly mutations over time.
From the BBC News-2018-2-13:14:6:2
New crayfish that doesn't need males to mate becomes all-powerful
The self-cloning species, which can be bought in North America, is banned in Europe and two US states.
From the BBC News-2018-2-12:14:6:1
Trilobites: These Skates Are Made for Walking
A fish that scurries along the seafloor uses the same neurons and genes that help land vertebrates walk, suggesting the blueprint for walking originated much earlier than previously thought.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-8:14:6:2
DNA story of when life first gave us lemons
From sweet oranges to bitter lemons, all citrus fruit came from the Himalayas millions of years ago, say scientists.
From the BBC News-2018-2-8:14:6:1
Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin
Scientists put a face to Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton from 10,000 years ago.
From the BBC News-2018-2-7:8:5:1
Matter: This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe
Every marbled crayfish is a female clone. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species seems to have originated in the American Southeast.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-5:20:6:1
'Extraordinary' fossil sheds light on origins of spiders
A fossil preserved in amber for 100 million years is shaking up ideas about the evolution of spiders.
From the BBC News-2018-2-5:14:6:1
Fossil from south Wales named as new reptile species
The ancient animal would have shared its home with dinosaurs, say Bristol researchers.
From the BBC News-2018-2-2:14:6:1
Q&A: The Octopus: Stable Genius
The cephalopod’s brain is the largest (proportionally) of any invertebrate. The creature’s advanced abilities, including memory and problem-solving, may be attributed to its large genome.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-2:8:5:1
Genetic secret of English salmon
Researchers have discovered that salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique.
From the BBC News-2018-2-1:8:5:1
Take a Number: The Smiling Axolotl Hides a Secret: A Giant Genome
The Mexican salamander has largest genome ever sequenced, which may account for its unique regenerative abilities.
From the NYTimes News-2018-2-1:8:5:2
Matter: The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars
Babies born during the Dutch Hunger Winter became adults with higher rates of health problems. Now researchers may have found the genetic switches that made it happen.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-31:20:6:1
Arno Motulsky, a Founder of Medical Genetics, Dies at 94
Dr. Motulsky narrowly escaped the Nazis as a teenager and went on to become what one scientist called “a maestro of human genetics.”
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-29:20:6:1
Handheld device sequences human genome
Reading human DNA used to take laboratories, a pile of cash and a long time.
From the BBC News-2018-1-29:14:6:2
Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed
A new species of dinosaur unearthed in the Egyptian desert sheds light on Africa's Age of the Dinosaurs.
From the BBC News-2018-1-29:14:6:1
In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa
The discovery could rewrite the migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years when Homo sapiens were thought to have first left Africa.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-25:20:6:1
Matter: You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.
An unusual study of educational attainment in children finds that gene variants linked to parental nurturing were highly influential even though children had not inherited them.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-25:14:6:1
Cloned monkeys: First primate clones are created in lab
Two monkeys named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua have become the first primates to be cloned.
From the BBC News-2018-1-25:8:5:1
Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created the first primate clones with a technique like the one used to create Dolly the sheep more than 20 years ago.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-24:20:6:1
First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory
Two monkeys cloned using the 'Dolly the sheep' technique could bring the world a step closer to human cloning.
From the BBC News-2018-1-24:14:6:1
Trilobites: Ancient Crocodiles Once Feasted on Giant Tortoises on This Island
Bite marks on fossils found on an atoll near eastern Africa suggest that this paradise for the world’s most common giant tortoise may have once been a much scarier place.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-24:8:5:1
Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer
Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read
From the BBC News-2018-1-17:20:6:1
High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer
New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-16:20:6:1
How flowering plants conquered the world
Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe.
From the BBC News-2018-1-13:20:6:1
Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies
Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition.
From the BBC News-2018-1-13:8:5:1
Finding the Oldest Fossils of Butterflies Using a Human Nose Hair
While studying ancient pollen in the black goop of sediment collected in Germany, researchers discovered 200 million-year-old butterfly scales.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-10:20:6:2
Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago
Newly discovered fossils in Germany shed light on the emergence of butterflies and moths.
From the BBC News-2018-1-10:20:6:1
Trilobites: This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA
When a worm’s hermaphroditic females developed the ability to reproduce on their own, they may have shed a lot of genes related to male reproduction.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-8:14:6:2
In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers
DNA databases holding samples from thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are helping to convict illegal traffickers.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-8:14:6:1
Alaskan infant's DNA tells story of 'first Americans'
The 11,500-year-old bones of a child unearthed in Alaska shed light on the peopling of the Americas.
From the BBC News-2018-1-3:20:6:1
Matter: In the Bones of a Buried Child, Signs of a Massive Human Migration to the Americas
Genetic analysis of an 11,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Alaska suggests that North America was settled by a previously unknown people who originated in Siberia.
From the NYTimes News-2018-1-3:14:6:1
The gene editing tech that uses 'molecular scissors'
In 2012 a form of gene editing was discovered, it is called CRISPR Cas9. It uses "molecular scissors" to alter a very specific strand of DNA.
From the BBC News-2018-1-2:14:6:1
Vandals damage ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia
Vandals 'took a hammer or rock' to a 115 million year old fossil, breaking off sections of its toes.
From the BBC News-2017-12-20:8:5:1
Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread'
A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.
From the BBC News-2017-12-15:8:5:1
Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans
A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.
From the BBC News-2017-12-13:20:6:1
Last chance to save the 'panda of the sea' from extinction
A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.
From the BBC News-2017-12-13:14:6:1
Another Human Foot Washes Ashore in Canada. That Makes 13.
A man walking his dog on Vancouver Island found a leg with a foot in a black sneaker on a beach. The authorities are trying to get a DNA sample from it.
From the NYTimes News-2017-12-12:14:6:3
Trilobites: Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood
It is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record, and the discovery is the first direct evidence of the pests feeding on dinosaur blood.
From the NYTimes News-2017-12-12:14:6:2
Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale
Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, according to fossil evidence.
From the BBC News-2017-12-12:14:6:1
'Worrying alarm call' for world's birds on brink of extinction
Seabirds such as the kittiwake are being pushed to the brink of extinction, say conservationists.
From the BBC News-2017-12-11:20:6:1
Q&A: Neanderthals: The Original Globetrotters
Modern humans and Neanderthals had a long history together. Many of us still carry the genetic traces.
From the NYTimes News-2017-12-11:14:6:2
Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint
Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.
From the BBC News-2017-12-11:14:6:1
DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love
A nifty new patented technology allows you to take your loved ones with you wherever and forever. Yes, even cats. Talk about “Winona Forever”!
From the NYTimes News-2017-12-9:20:6:1
Researchers find 'oldest ever eye' in fossil
The remains of the extinct sea creature include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals.
From the BBC News-2017-12-7:14:6:1
Trilobites: This Duck-Like Dinosaur Could Swim. That Isn’t the Strangest Thing About it.
With a swan-like neck and flippers, this raptor’s hodgepodge of features left paleontologists working to confirm that this fossil was a fraud.
From the NYTimes News-2017-12-6:20:6:1
IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.
From the BBC News-2017-12-5:8:5:1
'Unnatural' microbe can make proteins
A bacterium made with "unnatural" DNA assembles proteins - a key characteristic of a functioning organism.
From the BBC News-2017-11-29:20:6:1
Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk
Hunting animals with the biggest horns, tusks or manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.
From the BBC News-2017-11-29:14:6:1
Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat
The red kite is still at risk from poisoning despite the success of conservation schemes, say scientists.
From the BBC News-2017-11-28:8:5:1
Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage
Revolutionary new treatments depend on tailor-made viruses, but laboratories cannot make them fast enough.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-27:20:6:1
Dolly the sheep health fears 'unfounded'
Concerns that Dolly the cloned sheep had early-onset arthritis were unfounded, scientists say.
From the BBC News-2017-11-23:14:6:1
How dinosaur scales became bird feathers
The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists.
From the BBC News-2017-11-22:8:5:1
New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients
By genetically altering a patient’s T-cells to attack more than one site on cancer cells, researchers hope to devise better treatments.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-20:14:6:1
Retro Report: Questioning Evolution: The Push to Change Science Class
Legislation and lawsuits that reject scientific consensus on issues like evolution and climate change are changing the way science is taught in some schools.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-20:8:5:1
Trilobites: How Snapdragons Beckon Bees With More Than One Color
Subspecies of the flowers share most of their genes, but differ in a handful that lead to some being yellow on magenta and others being magenta on yellow.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-17:20:6:1
First gene-editing in human body attempt
Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.
From the BBC News-2017-11-17:8:5:1
Trilobites: A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction
A new study suggests passenger pigeons were hyper-adapted to living in a large, stable population, leaving them unable to cope when humans hunted them en masse.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-16:20:6:2
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics
The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-16:20:6:3
Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say
New research casts doubt on a gene-editing strategy that scientists had hoped to use against invasive species and epidemic diseases.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-16:20:6:1
Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots
Singapore and Brazil are working together to bring two blue macaw species back from near-extinction.
From the BBC News-2017-11-16:8:5:1
The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us
James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-13:14:6:1
Gene Therapy Creates New Skin to Save a Dying Child
Doctors grew sheets of healthy skin that were transplanted onto a boy with a genetic disease that caused blistering and tearing all over his body.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-8:14:6:2
Trilobites: The Circadian Clock in Your Nose
Adolescents’ sense of smell worked best during evening hours, a pattern that may be rooted in human evolution.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-8:14:6:1
Fossil of 'our earliest ancestors' found in Dorset
Teeth of the oldest mammals related to humans have been discovered on the Jurassic coast of Dorset.
From the BBC News-2017-11-7:8:5:1
Trilobites: The Humongous Fungus and the Genes That Made It That Way
A new genetic analysis reveals the tactics that helped fungi in the Armillaria genus get so good at expanding and killing host plants.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-3:20:6:1
Yellowstone Grizzlies May Soon Commingle With Northern Cousins
The male bears have become more adventurous, which could improve genetic diversity in long-isolated populations.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-3:8:5:1
Trilobites: Male Mammoths Died in ‘Silly Ways’ More Often Than Females, Study Finds
Most preserved fossils of the beasts are male, scientists found, which offers insights into mammoth behavior.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-2:14:6:1
Trilobites: Ancient Fossil Offers a New European Ancestor to Giraffes
Found near Madrid, the fossil provides evidence that members of the giraffe family roamed Europe much earlier.
From the NYTimes News-2017-11-1:14:6:1
Asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic 'winter'
Scientists are now clearer on the freezing climate conditions that forced dinosaurs from the Earth.
From the BBC News-2017-10-31:20:6:1
Dinosaur sported 'bandit mask'
A dinosaur from China had a "bandit mask" pattern in the feather on its faces, fossil analysis has shown.
From the BBC News-2017-10-26:20:6:1
Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India
The fossil, which is 152 million years old, is the first ichthyosaur found in India.
From the BBC News-2017-10-26:8:5:1
Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like; Some Call It Science Fiction
DNA phenotyping uses genes from human remains to give police an idea of what an unknown person looked like. Critics say the technology isn’t ready for crime-fighting.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-19:14:6:1
F.D.A. Approves Second Gene-Altering Treatment for Cancer
The treatment will be for adults with aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when chemotherapy has failed. It re-engineers a patient’s own cells to fight cancer.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-19:8:5:1
DNA study provides insight into how to live longer
A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.
From the BBC News-2017-10-13:14:6:1
How Did Wolves Become Dogs?
Scientists aren’t entirely sure how wolves evolved into dogs, but new research into the genetic and social behavior of wolf pups may offer some clues.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-13:14:6:2
Trilobites: In Easter Island DNA, Evidence of Genetic Loneliness
DNA analysis of Pre-Columbian human remains suggest natives of South America may not have intermingled with the Polynesians who built the fascinating Moai statues.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-12:20:6:1
Matter: Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say
Humans have long shared a genetic palette for skin pigmentation, slightly tweaked by evolution, scientists report.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-12:14:6:1
New evidence on how birds took to the air
Key modifications for flight happened as early as 120 million years ago, a fossil discovery suggests.
From the BBC News-2017-10-9:20:6:1
Trilobites: A Stick Insect. A Tree Lobster. Whatever You Call It, It’s Not Extinct
A genetic analysis showed that a stick insect found on another island was the same species as one that had been wiped out by rats on Australia’s Lord Howe Island.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-6:14:6:1
In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease
With a disabled AIDS virus, doctors supply a gene to boys with a degenerative neural condition.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-5:20:6:1
Matter: Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA
Endogenous retroviruses wormed into the human genome eons ago. Today viral genes continue to produce a variety of mysterious proteins in the body.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-4:14:6:1
Trilobites: Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction
The Burmese Star Tortoise was called functionally extinct by ecologists, but a captive breeding program in Myanmar has saved them, a study says.
From the NYTimes News-2017-10-4:8:5:1
Prehistoric reptile's last meal revealed
The fossil of a marine reptile from 199 million years ago gives clues to the diet of baby reptiles.
From the BBC News-2017-10-3:8:5:1
The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests
A single variation in its DNA may have helped equip the virus to attack fetal cells, contributing to a surge of birth defects in Latin America.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-28:20:6:2
Trilobites: The Evolutionary Event That Gave You Pumpkins and Squash
About 100 million years ago, the genome of a melon-like fruit copied itself, leading to fruits now associated with autumn, scientists have found.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-28:20:6:1
DNA surgery on embryos removes disease
A Chinese team corrected the potentially fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.
From the BBC News-2017-9-28:8:5:1
A Battle to Save the World’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate
In Costa Rica, researchers are cloning cacao hybrids resistant to frosty pod rot, a blight that has spread throughout Latin America.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-25:8:5:1
Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-21:14:6:4
Ancient DNA sheds light on African history
DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.
From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:2
UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos
Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.
From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:3
Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'
The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.
From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:1
The lecture that changed biology
Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.
From the BBC News-2017-9-21:8:5:1
Size matters when it comes to extinction risk
The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.
From the BBC News-2017-9-18:20:6:1
Trilobites: Genes Color a Butterfly’s Wings. Now Scientists Want to Do It Themselves.
In two new studies, researchers turned to DNA editing to learn how master genes shape the patterns and colors of butterfly wings.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-18:20:6:2
New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags
Kymriah, approved recently by the F.D.A., with a $475,000 price tag, is first of a coming wave of treatments whose expected prices have alarmed economists, scientists and insurers.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-12:8:5:1
Trilobites: Starting Fires to Unearth How Neanderthals Made Glue
Some 200,000 years ago, Neanderthals used tar to attach handles to tools and weapons. Archaeologists performed experiments to show how they could have made this adhesive.
From the NYTimes News-2017-9-7:14:6:1
How to create a digital copy of dinosaur fossils
Palaeontologists are turning to technology to preserve dinosaur fossils.
From the BBC News-2017-9-5:8:5:1
F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer. It will cost $475,000.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-30:20:6:1
With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten
Widespread DNA testing has shed light on the ancestry of millions of Americans. But these services have limitations, and the results can be uncertain.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:20:6:1
With a Drop of Saliva, Family Histories Are Rewritten
Widespread DNA testing has shed light on the ancestry of millions of Americans. But these services have limitations, and the results can be uncertain.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:14:6:1
Utah Paleontologists Turn to Crowdfunding for Raptor Project
Work on a huge sandstone slab with fossils of the enigmatic Utahraptor is stalled for lack of money. But the team hopes public support can get it back on track.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:8:5:2
'Sea dragon' fossil is 'largest on record'
A 200-million-year-old fossil 're-discovered' in a museum is something special, say scientists.
From the BBC News-2017-8-28:8:5:1
'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved
A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.
From the BBC News-2017-8-16:8:5:1
Bats set up home inside dinosaur at Devon theme park
The lesser horseshoe bats moved in to the belly of a triceratops at the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
From the BBC News-2017-8-14:8:5:1
Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans
Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-10:20:6:1
Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit
Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.
From the BBC News-2017-8-10:14:6:1
First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs
Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.
From the BBC News-2017-8-10:8:5:1
Matter: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Mammals Took to the Skies
New fossil discoveries show that prehistoric “squirrels” glided through forests at least 160 million years ago, long before scientists had thought.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-9:14:6:1
News Analysis: Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say
Fears that embryo modification could allow parents to custom order a baby with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s imagination or Usain Bolt’s speed are closer to science fiction than science.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-5:8:5:1
DNA clue to origins of early Greek civilization
DNA is shedding light on the people who built Greece's earliest civilizations.
From the BBC News-2017-8-3:8:5:1
In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos
Researchers have found a way to reliably remove disease-causing mutations from human embryos, an achievement sure to renew concerns over so-called designer babies.
From the NYTimes News-2017-8-2:14:6:1
Cricket's summer song making a comeback
How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.
From the BBC News-2017-7-29:8:5:1
Trilobites: Scientists Give a Chrysanthemum the Blues
There are few true blue flowers in nature, but plant geneticists are determined to create them anyway.
From the NYTimes News-2017-7-28:20:6:1
Secrets of the world's toughest creatures revealed
DNA analyses of tardigrades has given scientists an insight into their incredible survival abilities.
From the BBC News-2017-7-28:8:5:1
Trilobites: Fate of Ancient Canaanites Seen in DNA Analysis: They Survived
A study of ancient DNA recovered from remains found in Lebanon contradicts a biblical story that an ancient war wiped out the group.
From the NYTimes News-2017-7-27:20:6:1
A Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies Against Cancer
Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not so well yet in more common ones like lung cancer.
From the NYTimes News-2017-7-23:20:6:1