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DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed


The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland.

From the BBC News-2015-3-27:14:6:1




Matter: In Iceland's DNA, New Clues to Disease-Causing Genes


The results uncovered a host of previously unknown gene mutations that may play roles in ailments as diverse as Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and gallstones.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-25:20:6:1




Experts Back Angelina Jolie Pitt in Choices for Cancer Prevention


The actress had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because she carries a genetic mutation that increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-25:14:6:1




'Monster salamanders' in mass grave


Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.

From the BBC News-2015-3-24:8:5:1




Gene-Altered Apples and Potatoes Are Safe, F.D.A. Says


The Food and Drug Administration said that genetically engineered nonbrowning apples and bruise-resistant potatoes were as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-21:8:5:1




Biologists Call for Ban on Gene Editing Technique in Humans


A group of biologists, including the scientist who developed the technique, has called for a worldwide moratorium on using the method to change human DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-19:20:6:1




Extinction threat to Europe's bees


Many of Europe's native wild bees are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive assessment of risks.

From the BBC News-2015-3-19:14:6:1




Study Reveals Genetic Path of Modern Britons


Researchers found that the modern British population falls into 17 clusters that are all very similar but genetically distinguishable.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-18:20:6:1




DNA study: Celts not a single group


A DNA study of Britons shows that, genetically, there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.

From the BBC News-2015-3-18:14:6:1




Shark eDNA results eagerly awaited


Conservationists eagerly await the results of a UK study investigating whether it is possible to track endangered shark species via environmental DNA.

From the BBC News-2015-3-18:8:5:1




Matter: An Unlikely Driver of Evolution: Arsenic


A new study suggests that people who live in the Atacama Desert are more resistant to arsenic than other people, thanks to natural selection.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-12:14:6:1




'Giant lobster' ate like a whale


A new fossil discovery shows that a giant ancestor of modern lobsters used spiny 'limbs' on its head to sift food from the ocean.

From the BBC News-2015-3-12:8:5:1




Fossil Tells of 520-Million-Year-Old Creature Like a Giant Lobster


The animal, six feet long, is one of the earliest such filter-feeders ever discovered.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-11:20:6:1




Study Backs 5th-Century Historian's Date for Founding of Armenia


Geneticists found Armenians to come from a mixing of populations that occurred from 3000 to 2000 B.C., coincident with the date given by a historian in the fifth century.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-10:20:6:1




Protection Without a Vaccine


In developing a new type of artificial gene therapy, scientists hope to engineer the body to resist several diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-9:20:6:1




Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?


Biologists are feuding over the usefulness of our genetic material - and the fundamental sloppiness of life on earth.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-8:8:5:1




Jawbone's Discovery Fills Barren Evolutionary Period


The 2.8-million-year-old mandible of a Homo habilis predates by at least 400,000 years any previously known Homo fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-5:8:5:2




DNA reveals bird shift surprise


DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.

From the BBC News-2015-3-5:8:5:1




Autism appears 'largely genetic'


Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98% of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.

From the BBC News-2015-3-4:14:6:2




'First human' discovered in Ethiopia


Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.

From the BBC News-2015-3-4:14:6:1




Climate Change Researcher Offers a Defense of His Practices


Wei-Hock Soon, who is at the center of a controversy over fossil-fuel funding for climate research, denounced his critics and said he would be happy to comply with possible additional disclosure requirements.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-3:8:5:2




Scientists produce TB-resistant cows


Researchers in China produce a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB.

From the BBC News-2015-3-3:8:5:1




Observatory: Britain Had Wheat Before Farming, Study Says


DNA from an underwater site suggests wheat made its way from the Neolithic farmers of Southern Europe to the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers of Britain.

From the NYTimes News-2015-3-2:14:6:2




DNA documents ancient mass migration


DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

From the BBC News-2015-3-2:14:6:1




The man who invented the dinosaur


Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

From the BBC News-2015-2-27:8:5:2




Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'


Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

From the BBC News-2015-2-27:8:5:1




Peers debate three-person babies


Peers have begun debating whether to make the historic move to allow the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

From the BBC News-2015-2-24:14:6:1




Observatory: Mice Brain May Give Insight Into Diseases of Human Mind


When injected with human DNA, mice embryos grew brains that were 12 percent larger than those of embryos injected with the same genes from chimpanzees.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-23:20:6:1




Observatory: For Successful Evolution, Bigger Is Better


Scientists at Stanford found that the maximum body size for marine animals has increased by a factor of 100,000 over 542 million years.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-23:20:6:2




I've Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face


To test the accuracy of DNA-based facial sketches, two Times journalists had scans made and people were asked to guess who the faces belonged to.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-23:14:6:2




Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA


The growing capability to determine physical characteristics from genetics can help the police, but it also raises questions of rights and profiling.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-23:14:6:1




Google-backed genetic test approved


A Californian start-up will be allowed to advertise a mail order DNA test that screens for a rare genetic condition.

From the BBC News-2015-2-20:14:6:1




A Mosquito Solution (More Mosquitoes) Raises Heat in Florida Keys


A tiny community near Key West is balking at a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the mosquitoes that carry viral diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-20:8:5:1




Evolution 'favours big sea beasts'


A major survey finds that marine animals have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

From the BBC News-2015-2-19:20:6:1




Matter: A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia


Two teams of researchers have come to a conclusion about why the ancestors of Asians and Europeans have different amounts of Neanderthal DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-19:14:6:1




VIDEO: Forgotten fossil is new species


Palaeontologist Dean Lomax explains how what had been mistaken for a plaster copy turned out to be a new species of ancient marine reptile.

From the BBC News-2015-2-19:8:5:1




Project Sheds Light on What Drives Genes


Researchers hope the discoveries, described in two dozen papers released on Wednesday, will eventually lead to a deeper understanding of diseases and new ways to treat or cure them.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-19:8:5:2




Forgotten fossil is a new species


A forgotten museum specimen mistaken for a plaster copy is found to be the fossilised remains of a new species of ancient reptile.

From the BBC News-2015-2-18:20:6:1




Radical HIV vaccine ploy raises hope


In a radical new approach to HIV vaccination, DNA in monkeys is transformed and seems to give total protection against the virus, US scientists say.

From the BBC News-2015-2-18:14:6:1




Penguins lost ability to taste fish


Penguins lost most of their sense of taste long ago in evolution, scientists have discovered.

From the BBC News-2015-2-17:8:5:1




Raw Data: A Cancer Cluster Is Tough to Prove


The genetic mutations that cause cancer can take decades to manifest themselves but the laws we cobble together often trump those of science.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-16:20:6:2




Hard Cases: Genes Tell Only Part of the Story


The lives of patients are far more complex, and messier, than science can explain.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-16:20:6:1




Observatory: Fossils Expand the Menagerie of Jurassic Mammals


New discoveries point to a tree climber and a superb digger that lived between 145 million and 200 million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-16:8:5:1




VIDEO: Videos of 1,500 beating human hearts


Researchers in London are storing digital videos of the beating hearts of more than 1,500 people, along with their genetic data.

From the BBC News-2015-2-15:14:6:1




Beliefs: Conservative Politicians Abroad Seem More Accepting of Evolution


Unlike American evangelicals who can reside in their own church and schools, the English have a more unified national culture that makes it easier to teach and accept the science.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-14:8:5:2




Gene-Altered Apples Get U.S. Approval


It will probably be several years before the fruit, which resists browning when sliced or bruised, shows up in grocery stores.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-14:8:5:1




Conservation concern for UK insects


More than 30 British insect species have been classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.

From the BBC News-2015-2-13:8:5:1




Darwin finches' messy family tree


DNA analysis reveals frequent interbreeding between Darwin's famous Galapagos finches, and uncovers a gene linked to their different beak shapes.

From the BBC News-2015-2-11:20:6:1




New York's Chief Medical Examiner Seeks to Lead in DNA Research


Dr. Barbara Sampson was named New York's chief medical examiner late last year, becoming the first woman to head the office as it seeks to right itself after high-profile mistakes.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-10:8:5:2




Australia in 'extinction calamity'


The introduction of the fox and cat from Europe is having a devastating impact on native mammals in Australia, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2015-2-10:8:5:1




A Conversation With: Mary-Claire King's Pioneering Gene Work, From Breast Cancer to Human Rights


Mary-Claire King discovered BRCA1, the so-called breast cancer gene, and now believes every woman should be tested.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-9:20:6:1




Among the Subway's Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes


Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College mapped DNA found in New York's subway system, finding that almost half the genetic material did not match any known organism.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-6:8:5:2




Among New York Subway's Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes


Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College mapped DNA found in New York's subway system, finding that almost half the genetic material did not match any known organism.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-6:8:5:1




Matter: In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolution


New research indicates that some bedbugs are well on their way to becoming a new species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-5:20:6:1




Deer DNA helps poacher prosecution


DNA from an illegally shot and killed red deer has been used for the first time in the UK to help prosecute a poacher.

From the BBC News-2015-2-4:14:6:1




Britain Set to Approve Technique to Create Babies From 3 People


The House of Commons voted to allow the in vitro creation of embryos using the DNA of three people, a procedure that could prevent the inheritance of genetic diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-3:20:6:2




VIDEO: Rhino fossil found on Norfolk beach


A fossil of a rhino skull has been found on West Runton beach in Norfolk .

From the BBC News-2015-2-3:20:6:1




MPs say yes to three-person babies


MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in an historic move.

From the BBC News-2015-2-3:14:6:1




VIDEO: MPs to vote on three-person babies


MPs will hold a crucial vote on Tuesday to decide whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

From the BBC News-2015-2-3:8:5:1




Observatory: Snake Ancestors Probably Had Legs


Newly discovered fossils at least 140 million years old indicate that skull and jaw development, not limblessness, differentiated snake evolution from that of lizards.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-2:20:6:2




News Analysis: A Path for Precision Medicine


The budget President Obama sent to Congress would establish a coordinated way for researchers to get genetic and clinical data on a million people.

From the NYTimes News-2015-2-2:20:6:1




Obama to Unveil Research Initiative to Develop Tailored Medical Treatments


Plans include collecting genetic data on one million Americans so that scientists can suit drugs and treatments to patients' specific traits, officials said.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-30:8:5:1




Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs


Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

From the BBC News-2015-1-29:8:5:1




VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan


Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has announced a research programme to develop a new generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases.

From the BBC News-2015-1-29:8:5:2




Ancient Skull Adds New Insight to Story of Human Evolution


Researchers have discovered a 55,000-year-old fossil skull that they say is a missing connection between African and European populations.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-28:14:6:1




First step towards saving rhino


Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

From the BBC News-2015-1-28:8:5:1




Myriad Genetics Ending Patent Dispute on Breast Cancer Risk Testing


The biotech company, the subject of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that genes cannot be patented, said it was giving up trying to stop other companies from offering tests.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-28:8:5:2




More Differences Than Similarities Are Found in Autistic Siblings


Most siblings with a diagnosis do not share the same genetic risk factors for the disorder and are as distinct in their behaviors as any brothers and sisters, scientists reported.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-27:8:5:1




Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailored to Patients' DNA


President Obama's budget will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for "personalized medicine," a proposal that is expected to receive bipartisan support in Congress.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-25:8:5:1




Matter: Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind


Scientists are relying more heavily on environmental DNA, shed in an animal's habitat, to track rare or endangered species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-22:14:6:1




VIDEO: Northern White rhinos facing extinction


Northern White rhinos are on the edge of extinction with just five of them left in the world, but conservation experts are trying to find ways to save them.

From the BBC News-2015-1-21:20:6:1




Scientists Develop Technique Aimed at Preventing Spread of Bio-Engineered Organisms


A team has given E. coli a unique genetic code, making it dependent on unnatural amino acids so it would die in the wild, they say.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-21:14:6:2




David Shukman: Should we try to halt extinction?


Why can't we stop so many forms of life from being wiped out?

From the BBC News-2015-1-21:14:6:1




'Designer baby debate should start'


Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.

From the BBC News-2015-1-19:14:6:2




Raw Data: Though We Long for Control, Chance Plays a Powerful Role in the Biology of Cancer and the Evolution of Life.


Though we long for control, chance plays a powerful role in the biology of cancer and the evolution of life.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-19:14:6:3




Malaria resistance genetics revealed


Genetic mutations that are associated with resistance to the frontline malaria drug are identified, scientists report.

From the BBC News-2015-1-19:14:6:1




Matter: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says


Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-16:8:5:1




EU changes rules on GM crop-growing


The EU gives states more decision-making powers on genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

From the BBC News-2015-1-13:14:6:1




New species of marine reptile found


A new species of marine reptile that lived about 170 million years ago is identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye.

From the BBC News-2015-1-12:8:5:1




Cancer's Random Assault


Spontaneous genetic mutations may be more often to blame than heredity or environment, according to a new study.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-5:20:6:1




By 'Editing' Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation


Critics of bioengineered crops are concerned that a technical loophole could lead to the release of plants that could have unintended effects on the environment.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-2:14:6:1




Matter: Gene Linked to Obesity Hasn't Always Been a Problem, Study Finds


The relative importance of certain genes may shift over the years as our environment changes, the study suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2015-1-1:8:5:1




Fingerprint 'cloned from photos'


Hacker Jan Krissler claims to have cloned the fingerprint of a German politician using standard photographs taken at an event.

From the BBC News-2014-12-29:20:6:1




In a New Approach to Fighting Disease, Helpful Genetic Mutations Are Sought


After years of looking for genetic mutations that cause diseases, investigators are now searching for those that prevent them.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-28:20:6:1




Matter: White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier


There is a long tradition of trying to draw sharp lines between ethnic groups, but our ancestry is a fluid and complex matter, geneticists say.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-24:14:6:1




Inquiry in Anthrax Mailings Had Gaps, Report Says


A congressional inquiry into the F.B.I.'s scientific work on the anthrax mailings of 2001 has identified major gaps in genetic evidence that purportedly links the germs to Bruce E. Ivins.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-20:8:5:1




7ft marine reptile fossil beach find


An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales.

From the BBC News-2014-12-19:8:5:1




Experts race to save white rhino


An international team of experts is engaged in a last ditch effort to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

From the BBC News-2014-12-16:14:6:1




Reactions: Darwin in Space, Dying Well, Eating the Cure


Letters to the editor and online comments.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-15:20:6:1




DNA scientist to get back sold Nobel


Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov reveals that he bought US scientist James Watson's Nobel Prize gold medal in order to return it to him.

From the BBC News-2014-12-10:8:5:1




Watson's DNA Nobel sells for $4.8m


James Watson has sold the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

From the BBC News-2014-12-5:14:6:1




Watson's Nobel Prize Medal for Decoding DNA Fetches $4.1 Million at an Auction


For Dr. James D. Watson, a co-winner of the prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA, the sale became part of an effort to redeem himself for making offensive remarks about black people.

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




Shell has 'earliest human engraving'


Zig-zag patterns on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest known engravings by a human ancestor, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2014-12-4:14:6:1




Genetic diversity of Africa revealed


Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From the BBC News-2014-12-4:8:5:1




James Watson Puts Nobel Medal on Auction Block at Christie's


James D. Watson's 1962 award, for the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, is expected to sell for at least $2.5 million. In a 2007 interview, he made offensive remarks about black people.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-4:8:5:2




VIDEO: Controversial DNA test comes to UK


A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US launches in the UK.

From the BBC News-2014-12-3:8:5:1




Richard III DNA: Infidelity surprise


Analysis of Richard III's DNA has thrown up surprising evidence of infidelity somewhere in his family tree.

From the BBC News-2014-12-2:14:6:1




Sifting Through Genes in Search of Answers on Ebola


An old two-story brick building in a shabby part of Cambridge, Mass., formerly a distribution center for Budweiser beer, is now the world's most powerful factory for analyzing genes from people and viruses.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-1:20:6:4




Observatory: Gray Seals Are Eating Into Porpoise Population


Gray seals are a major predator of harbor porpoises, according to DNA analysis of porpoise bite wounds.

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




Books: 'The Invisible History of the Human Race' Provides Transparency on Our Genetic Heritage


Genealogy can reveal secrets about all of us, at once: the emergence of our species, the political history of the world, and the origins of the social structures that dictate modern life.

From the NYTimes News-2014-12-1:20:6:3




Controversial DNA test comes to UK


A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has been approved for use in the UK by regulators.

From the BBC News-2014-12-1:20:6:1




Scientists make enzymes from scratch


Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in their lab.

From the BBC News-2014-12-1:14:6:1




VIDEO: New threat to humpback whales?


Once hunted to near extinction, the humpback whales of the Canadian Pacific are back in larger numbers, and the government has downgraded their status from "threatened" to that "of special concern".

From the BBC News-2014-11-30:8:5:1




AUDIO: Horned dinosaur species identified


A new species of horned dinosaur has been identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

From the BBC News-2014-11-26:14:6:1




Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA


Prof James Watson is to auction off the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

From the BBC News-2014-11-26:8:5:1




Museum fossils are new dino species


A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years.

From the BBC News-2014-11-26:8:5:2




Global Health: Snakes Leave Identity Within Their Fang Marks


DNA information can show what kind of antivenin to use, or if one is even needed.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-17:20:6:1




Tefé Journal: Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods


Efforts to save the pirarucu, one of the world's largest freshwater fish, have been a success while offering a strategy for fending off a broader freshwater extinction crisis.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-13:20:6:1




Keeping Mates Close and Competition Out in an Ocean Sponge


Evolution has come up with many strategies for successful mating. For one kind of marine crustacean, that means a game of cat and mouse with mates and competitors.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-13:14:6:1




Mind-controlled gene switch made


A study shows that human brainwaves can wirelessly activate light-sensitive genes implanted in mice.

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




Larry Agenbroad, Paleontologist at Mammoths' Graveyard, Dies at 81


Dr. Agenbroad presided over a decades-long excavation in South Dakota that gave rise to the Mammoth Site museum and continues to yield fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-8:8:5:1




First Europeans 'weathered Ice Age'


The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the last Ice Age, DNA analysis suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-11-6:20:6:1




Observatory: Signs of the Evolutionary Step Ichthyosaurs Took From Land to Sea


Ichthyosaurs, which loosely resembled dolphins, have long been an evolutionary mystery. Now, researchers say they have recovered an early Ichthyosaur fossil that may fill in the blanks.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-6:20:6:2




Madagascar Fossil Offers Clues in Evolution of Mammals


The skull fossil is from a newly discovered extinct species, Vintana, similar to groundhogs, that lived in the time of the dinosaurs, and is only the third mammal fossil found in the Southern Hemisphere.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-5:14:6:2




Limb cells 'can turn into genitals'


A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that allowed land-dwelling animals to develop sex organs.

From the BBC News-2014-11-5:14:6:1




Egg shape clue to bird survival


The shape of birds' eggs could have helped them survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs, new research proposes.

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




In 'Undeniable,' Bill Nye Speaks Evolution Directly to Creationists


Bill Nye, well known as a televised educator and sometimes firebrand for science, follows a very public debate for evolution against creationism with a new book on the divide.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-3:20:6:1




Q&A: A Gene by Any Other Name


All human genes get three-to-five-letter symbols for easier reference, though they may seem abstract.

From the NYTimes News-2014-11-3:14:6:1




Genes Influence Ebola Infections in Mice, Study Suggests


For the first time, scientists have bred mice that developed Ebola infections resembling those in humans and found that genes affect how the animals react to the virus.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-30:20:6:1




Matter: From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today


New studies of genomes thousands of years old have allowed scientists to see bits of history playing out over time, revealing that Europeans today have genes from three very different populations.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-30:14:6:1




Two genes linked with violent crime


Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.

From the BBC News-2014-10-28:8:5:1




Paper test can detect Ebola strains


DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.

From the BBC News-2014-10-26:20:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: Can Genetics and Breeding Do for Cassava What They've Done For Corn?


Bill Gates explores non-GMO genetic research boosting corn and cassava yields.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-23:14:6:3




Observatory: Competition Drives Quick Evolution of Lizard's Feet


A type of lizard in Florida took just 20 generations to evolve feet better suited to climbing trees, a new study suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-23:14:6:2




Monster shark 'kept whales in check'


The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-10-23:14:6:1




Mystery of giant arm dinosaur solved


Two dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed in Mongolia, solving a mystery that has baffled palaeontologists for 50 years.

From the BBC News-2014-10-23:8:5:1




Matter: Man's Genome From 45,000 Years Ago Is Reconstructed


The genetic material, extracted from a Siberian fossil, supported a hypothesis that early humans interbred with Neanderthals, and their interaction occurred between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-22:20:6:1




DNA yields secrets of human pioneer


DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.

From the BBC News-2014-10-22:14:6:1




Well: Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer


A new study's findings may explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other Americans.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-21:8:5:1




A Word With: Richard Preston: Updating a Chronicle of Suffering: Author of 'The Hot Zone' Tracks Ebola's Evolution


"The Hot Zone," the nonfiction thriller about Ebola that Richard Preston wrote 20 years ago, is back on best-seller lists.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-20:14:6:1




VIDEO: New dinosaur 'may be in T-Rex family'


Scientists think that a newly discovered species of dinosaur, whose remains were found after 20 years of excavation in Venezuela, maybe related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

From the BBC News-2014-10-18:14:6:1




Op-Ed Contributor: Resurrecting Smallpox? Easier Than You Think


The virus's genome is already online. You just need the right lab.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-16:8:5:1




Observatory: A Threat Is Seen in Pumas' Isolation


Human development is causing a sharp decline in genetic diversity among mountain lions in Southern California, a study says, and could make them less resilient to change.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-13:20:6:2




On View: 'Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office' Recreates a Dark Time in a Laboratory's Past


A new exhibit recreates the Eugenics Record Office, where scientists once applied rudimentary genetics to singling out supposedly superior races and degrading minorities.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-13:20:6:1




Fossils from 'oldest Parisian'


Scientists unearthed rare, ancient human remains in silts close to the River Seine in France.

From the BBC News-2014-10-9:14:6:1




Matter: Turning to Darwin to Solve the Mystery of Invasive Species


A new study suggests that some parts of the world are evolutionary incubators, producing superior competitors primed to thrive in other environments.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-9:14:6:2




Finding Clues in Genes of 'Exceptional Responders'


Some people respond to drug treatments much better than others. Now researchers are studying "exceptional responders" in an attempt to help all patients.

From the NYTimes News-2014-10-9:8:5:1




Observatory: 52 Million Years Old, and an Ant's Worst Enemy


Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 52-million-year-old beetle that lived alongside ants, preying on their eggs and usurping resources.

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




Height differences 'caused by DNA'


Many subtle DNA changes could explain why some people are taller than others, according to the largest ever study of the genetics behind height.

From the BBC News-2014-10-6:20:6:1




Matter: The Evolution of Sleep: 700 Million Years of Melatonin


A new study suggests that humans' melatonin-driven sleep cycles started some 700 million years ago, in worms.

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




Observatory: Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners


Researchers find a gene that plays a critical role in determining whether monarchs are migratory, along with details about their origins and coloring.

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




Reactions: Nature in the Balance, Gene Tests, Artificial Sweetners and Diabetes


Letters to the editor and online comments.

From the NYTimes News-2014-9-29:20:6:1




Matter: A Tiny Emissary From the Ancient Past


Viroids, naked loops of RNA, attack crops and other plants today, but new research suggests they existed at the earliest stages of life on Earth.

From the NYTimes News-2014-9-25:20:6:1




Novel antibiotic class created


Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

From the BBC News-2014-9-24:14:6:1




Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'


The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

From the BBC News-2014-9-15:8:5:1




'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed


A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.

From the BBC News-2014-9-11:20:6:1




Lasker Winner Calls for More Genetic Testing for Cancer


Mary-Claire King wins a prestigious Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation award and uses the spotlight to all for much wider genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2014-9-8:14:6:1




VIDEO: 'Dreadnought' dinosaur biggest ever


Fossils unearthed in Argentina represent the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

From the BBC News-2014-9-5:20:6:1




Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History


Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even without a family history of the disease, researchers said.

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




Matter: How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up


In a new study, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of Coffea canephora, one of the main sources of coffee beans.

From the NYTimes News-2014-9-4:14:6:2




Dinosaur titan's big bone haul


Fossils unearthed in Argentina represent the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

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




DNA overturns 30-year US convictions


Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence.

From the BBC News-2014-9-3:8:5:1




Economics 'driving language loss'


A thriving economy can lead to the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

From the BBC News-2014-9-2:20:6:1




Tiny, Vast Windows Into Human DNA


In the fruit fly and the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, scientists have found a choreography of genes strikingly similar to human DNA, with the potential for insights into genetic disorders.

From the NYTimes News-2014-9-1:20:6:1




Dot Earth Blog: The Role of Social Media in Wiping Out Passenger Pigeons, and Conserving Species Now


Social media helped push the passenger pigeon to extinction. Now they may help forestall some species' vanishing.

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




New Study Offers Clues To Swift Arctic Extinction


A study seems to rule out assimilation as the reason for the sudden disappearance of the Paleo-Eskimo population that thrived alone for more than 4,000 years.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-28:20:6:3




DNA tells story of Arctic peopling


A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

From the BBC News-2014-8-28:20:6:1




Genetic clues to spread of Ebola


Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.

From the BBC News-2014-8-28:20:6:2




Matter: Parasites Practicing Mind Control


A new study suggests that Toxoplasma can turn its host's genes on and off, influencing behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-28:14:6:1




Global coal 'binge' missed in data


The climate impacts of the world's fossil-fuelled power plants are being underestimated because of poor accounting, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2014-8-26:20:6:1




VIDEO: Rare duck needs new home


The world's rarest bird is facing extinction unless it finds a new home, say conservationists

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




Judge Blocks a Local Pesticide Law in Hawaii


The local law, which concerned the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai, was disallowed.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-26:8:5:2




Looking at Twin Personality Through Look-alikes


When twins have similar personalities, is it mainly because they share so much genetic material or because their physical resemblance makes other people treat them alike?

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-25:20:6:1




Darwin's barnacles found in Denmark


A gift from the world-famous naturalist is to go on display in Copenhagen.

From the BBC News-2014-8-22:14:6:1




VIDEO: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story


The history of human evolution has been completely rewritten with the discovery that modern human beings and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for much longer than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2014-8-21:8:5:1




Neanderthals in Europe Died Out Thousands of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says


The finding, aided by advances in radiocarbon dating, sharply narrows the period that Neanderthals and modern humans overlapped in Europe.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-20:14:6:2




New dates rewrite Neanderthal story


A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2014-8-20:14:6:1




Maths helps find climate-proof crops


Researchers are developing mathematical models to help identify genetic material that could improve food crops' resilience to climate change.

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




Giant Amazon fish 'locally extinct'


A 10 foot long fish which used to dominate the Amazon river has been fished to extinction in a number of areas, a new study shows.

From the BBC News-2014-8-13:14:6:1




GM flies 'could save crops'


A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off can be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.

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




Smallest insect genome sequenced


The Antarctic midge has the smallest insect genome sequenced to date, scientists discover.

From the BBC News-2014-8-12:14:6:1




Basics: African Wild Dogs, True Best Friends


Notwithstanding their name, African wild dogs are "true altruists," researchers say, essentially willing to sacrifice their lives for the pack, and are slowly coming back from near extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-11:20:6:2




Mind: Gene Strategy to Fight Alzheimer's Clears a Hurdle


Research suggests that reducing or neutralizing one variety of the APOE gene would not harm the brain, while making Alzheimer's less likely.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-11:20:6:1




Geneticists Respond


More than a hundred population genetics and human evolution researchers sign a letter in the New YorkTimes saying a recent book misrepresents their field.

From Genomeweb News News-2014-8-11:17:15:1




AUDIO: Scientists hail dinosaur discovery


Scientists from the University of Zurich and The Natural History museum have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

From the BBC News-2014-8-6:8:5:1




Stem cell scientist found dead


A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

From the BBC News-2014-8-5:20:6:1




DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured


Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented genetic fingerprinting in 1984, receives the world's oldest science prize, the Royal Society's Copley Medal.

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




Essay: In Darwin's Footsteps


The biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have spent four decades tracking finches on the cone of an extinct volcano and augmenting our understanding of evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2014-8-4:20:6:1




Matter: Having More Than One Set of DNA Carries Legacy of Risk


Mosaicism is more common than once thought and can lead to diseases in the children of those with more than one genome, a study says.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-31:20:6:1




Observatory: Seals Surviving Climate Change Tend to Thrive


Antarctic fur seal populations are declining, and changing genetically.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-28:20:6:1




Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'


Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

From the BBC News-2014-7-28:8:5:1




In Search for Killer, DNA Sweep Exposes Intimate Family Secrets in Italy


The search for the killer in a sensational murder case revealed personal details about a suspect and set off a debate about the risks of privacy violations in DNA searches.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-27:8:5:1




'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread


A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2014-7-25:8:5:1




Matter: Study Gives Hope of Adaptation to Climate Change


Research on flies in drier conditions indicates that some have the genes to survive longer over generations.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-24:14:6:1




Genetic clues to age of first period


The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-7-24:8:5:1




Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo


A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

From the BBC News-2014-7-23:8:5:1




Observatory: The Gene That Turns Worms Into Pavlov's Dogs


Japanese scientists working with roundworms found that those with a genetic defect in a specific insulin receptor did not learn to avoid unpleasant situations the way other worms did.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-21:20:6:1




Matter: A Call to Fight Malaria One Mosquito at a Time by Altering DNA


Two papers published Thursday say the procedure, known as Crispr, can have wide benefits. But other experts worry about unintended consequences.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-17:20:6:1




Gene Therapy Used to Create 'Biological Pacemaker' in Pigs


The technique, in which a gene is injected into the heart to reprogram cells, may one day be an alternative to electronic pacemakers, researchers say.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-16:20:6:1




Four-winged dinosaur found in China


The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

From the BBC News-2014-7-16:8:5:1




Do friends have similar genomes?


A study from US researchers suggests that friends are more genetically similar than strangers - to the same degree as fourth cousins.

From the BBC News-2014-7-15:8:5:1




After the Fact: Bigfoot and Yeti, as Elusive as Ever


Genetic testing of 30 samples of hair supposedly from a humanoid creature determined they were from other known animals, though two were from an extinct species.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-14:20:6:2




Observatory: A 52-Million-Year-Old Window Into the Future


A fossil, only two inches long, discovered in British Columbia is determined to be of a hedgehog that lived 52 million years ago, during the early Eocene epoch.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-14:20:6:1




Same genes 'drive maths and reading'


Around half of the genes that influence a child's reading ability also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-7-10:8:5:1




Observatory: Ancient Bird Had Some Feathers Just for Show


A new fossil of a well-known early bird could help shed light on the evolution of feathers, researchers say.

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




Giant bird's fossil identified


The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-7-7:20:6:1




Early bird 'had feather trousers'


Fossil reveals early bird's feathered "trousers"

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




Altitude gene 'from extinct species'


A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.

From the BBC News-2014-7-2:14:6:1




After Controversy, Stem Cell Research Papers Are Retracted


The journal Nature said the papers - which detailed an easy way to create stem cells - were error-filled and had not been verified by anyone else.

From the NYTimes News-2014-7-2:14:6:2




Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them


The emerald ash borer is devastating trees from Minnesota to New York, and there is little scientists can do but study what effect the trees' extinction will have on the ecosystem.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-30:20:6:1




The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.


A new treatment could sidestep certain hereditary diseases by altering the genetic makeup of the egg. Is there anything wrong with that?

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-30:14:6:2




Oldest faeces show Neanderthal diet


Analysis of a 50,000-year-old scrap of human faeces adds weight to the view that Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat.

From the BBC News-2014-6-30:14:6:1




A Conversation With Svante Paabo: Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA


The geneticist Svante Paabo created his own research field by sequencing the genomes of ancient humans.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-25:20:11:1




Computing Crime and Punishment


A trove of London trial data over more than two centuries, digitized and analyzed by algorithm, yield clues in the evolution of the British justice system.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-16:20:6:1




Observatory: Pterosaurs, Flying Reptiles, Were a Social Lot


The discovery of intact eggs and pterosaur fossils in China suggests that the creatures nested in large groups.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-16:20:6:2




Global Health: A Faster Way to Find the Origin of Malaria


A DNA "bar code" of 23 snips from the genes of parasites that cause malaria can help scientists quickly determine where they originated, British researchers report.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-16:20:6:3




Matter: A Long-Ago Ancestor: A Little Fish, With Jaws to Come


Metaspriggina is two inches long and 505 million years old, and scientists recently uncovered an extraordinary cache of its fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-11:20:6:1




Future Fossils: Plastic Stone


Relics fused from natural and artificial substances could one day be markers of humanity.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-9:20:6:1




Human remains found inside crocodile


Australian police are examining human remains recovered from a crocodile to see if they match the DNA of a missing man.

From the BBC News-2014-6-9:8:5:1




N.I.H. Seeks $4.5 Billion to Try to Crack the Code of How Brains Function


The National Institutes of Health's price tag stamps President Obama's Brain Initiative as an effort on the scale of the Human Genome Project.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-6:8:5:2




George J. Armelagos, Anthropologist Who Told Skeletons' Tales, Dies at 77


Professor Armelagos was one of the founders of paleopathology, a discipline at the nexus of biology, medicine, evolution, archaeology and culture.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-6:8:5:1




UN urges action on forest diversity


Vital forest genetic resources are coming under increasing pressure from human activities and climate change and face the risk of extinction, the UN warns.

From the BBC News-2014-6-5:20:6:1




DNA Test Indicates Camel-to-Human Transmission of MERS


The virus in a 44-year-old Saudi man who died in November was the same as that in an ailing camel he was tending, scientists report.

From the NYTimes News-2014-6-5:14:6:1




In First, Quick DNA Test Diagnoses a Boy's Illness


Researchers report sequencing DNA to identify an elusive pathogen within 48 hours, but experts say it will be years before widespread use of the method.

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




A genome for the blind mole rat


Scientists have sequenced the genome of the blind mole rat, a mammal that digs with its teeth, lives for 20 years and has never naturally developed cancer

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




VIDEO: Looking for the faces of our ancestors


Today we can all look online to find out who our ancestors were, and soon geneticists hope that DNA can show us their faces as well.

From the BBC News-2014-6-3:8:5:1




Smoking and cancer gene 'deadly mix'


Smoking and the breast cancer risk gene BRCA2 combine to "enormously" increase the risk of lung cancer, a UK-based study shows.

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




Crickets muted by evolution, twice


To help them hide from deadly flies, male crickets on two Hawaiian islands have separately evolved an inability to sing, biologists report.

From the BBC News-2014-5-29:14:6:1




Largest fossilised croc tooth found


The fossilised tooth of a prehistoric crocodile is recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK.

From the BBC News-2014-5-29:8:5:1




Gene test for heart risk rolled out


A blood test for a preventable form of heart disease, caused by inherited high cholesterol levels, is being rolled out in the UK.

From the BBC News-2014-5-28:14:6:1




Craft Beer, at the Genetic Level


While brewing yeast is one of the best-studied organisms in molecular and cell biology, exactly how its genes translate to varied beers is still poorly understood.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-26:14:6:1




Raw Data: A Creationist's Influence on Darwin


Decades before "On the Origin of Species," a theologian proposed - and rejected - a version of natural selection, and Darwin read about it in college.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-23:20:6:1




Matter: A Theory on How Flightless Birds Spread Across the World: They Flew There


DNA analysis in a new study suggests that the common ancestor of ratites continued to fly even after the supercontinent Gondwana split into pieces.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-22:20:6:2




Flies take time over tough decisions


A study shows that fruit flies take extra time over difficult decisions and a set of 200 neurons, marked out by a particular gene, may be crucial.

From the BBC News-2014-5-22:20:6:1




X-rays shine light on mystery 'bird'


A new 3D fossil-scanning technique inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's camera obscura has produced the clearest images yet of Archaeopteryx, "the first bird".

From the BBC News-2014-5-22:14:6:1




VIDEO: Scans unlock secrets of 'first bird'


A new 3D X-ray fossil-scanning technique has produced the clearest images yet of Archaeopteryx, often described as "the first bird".

From the BBC News-2014-5-22:8:5:1




Christian College Faces Uproar After Bolstering Its View on Evolution


Bryan College now says Adam and Eve "are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life-forms."

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




Raw Data: Creation, in the Eye of the Beholder


For some of us, the apparent perfect symmetry of nature suggests an inventor. But evolution is messier and more roughshod than our own machines.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-19:20:6:1




Retro Report: DNA Analysis Exposes an Inexact Forensic Science


Instances of wrongful imprisonment have made clear that microscopic hair analysis, a staple of forensics for years, was not as flawless as people had been led to believe.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-19:8:5:1




VIDEO: 'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered


Fossilised bones of dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth has been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.

From the BBC News-2014-5-17:14:6:1




Next Week on Retro Report


Before DNA testing, prosecutors often relied on microscopic hair analysis to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was it? Visit nytimes.com on Monday for the full story.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-17:8:5:2




'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered


A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina is the largest animal ever to walk the Earth, palaeontologists say.

From the BBC News-2014-5-17:8:5:1




Prehistoric Skeleton in Mexico Is Said to Link Modern Native Americans to Siberians


DNA in the bones of a teenage girl in an underwater cave in the Yucatán show that she has an Asian-derived genetic lineage, researchers say.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-15:20:6:1




1,000 crayfish released into river


More than 1,000 native white-clawed captive reared crayfish are released into a river in Powys in a bid to "save the species from extinction".

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




Matter: Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait Everywhere


A study finds that genes that let bacteria survive drugs intended to wipe them out are widespread, even in the most isolated parts of the planet.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-8:14:6:2




Lab bug extends 'life's alphabet'


Scientists produce a semi-synthetic version of a bacterium that has an extended genetic code.

From the BBC News-2014-5-8:14:6:1




Researchers Report Breakthrough in Creating Artificial Genetic Code


The accomplishment might eventually lead to organisms that make medicines or industrial products that cannot be made by cells with only natural DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-7:14:6:2




Universe evolution recreated in lab


An international team of researchers has created the most complete visual simulation yet of how our Universe evolved.

From the BBC News-2014-5-7:14:6:1




French action plan for wild hamster


Authorities in Alsace, France, are spending three million euros to help a type of wild hamster facing extinction.

From the BBC News-2014-5-7:8:5:1




At Chernobyl, Hints of Nature's Adaption


A long-term study of the Chernobyl fallout area has found that some bird species have adapted to the radioactive environment by producing more protective antioxidants, with correspondingly less genetic damage.

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




Out There: Cosmic Connections in the Deep Sea


The sea is its own cosmos, and whatever meaning we can ascribe to the universe arose in its depths, the mysterious caldron of creativity and possibility, the restless sifting of chance, adaptation, survival and extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2014-5-5:20:6:2




VIDEO: Trace back your DNA 1,000 years


A scientist claims he has a found a way of tracing where our DNA was formed, over 1000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2014-5-1:20:6:1




Pre-pregnancy diet 'affects genes'


A mother's diet can permanently alter the functioning of her child's genes, even before conception, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2014-4-30:8:5:1




Retro Report: Three Mile Island, and Nuclear Hopes and Fears


The disaster at a Pennsylvania plant fueled misgivings about nuclear power, as have those at Chernobyl and Fukushima. But the fossil-fuel alternative still holds great allure.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-29:8:5:1




From Volunteers, a DNA Database


The Personal Genome Project is gradually working its way toward 100,000 volunteers who are willing to have their genetic data in the public domain.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-28:20:6:1




The Continuing Evolution of Genes


Scientists have found that genes are still to emerging. Now they're trying to see why some quickly take on essential tasks, and others fall to the wayside.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-28:20:6:2




DNA fingerprint for legendary tree


Scientists produce a DNA "fingerprint" for a tree descended from one under which the Greek father of medicine taught his students.

From the BBC News-2014-4-28:14:6:1




The strange case of the 'time travel' murder


Strange London case helped to advance use of DNA evidence

From the BBC News-2014-4-28:8:5:1




Douglas L. Coleman, 82, Dies; Found a Genetic Cause of Obesity


Dr. Coleman upset scientific dogma by discovering that genes - not willpower, eating habits or other behaviors - could cause obesity in some people.

From the NYTimes News-2014-4-26:8:5:1




New Tool to Fight Deadly Tsetse Fly


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

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




Vermont Will Require Labeling of Genetically Altered Foods


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

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




Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome


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

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




Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome


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

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




The Map Makers: Mind Control in a Flash of Light


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

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




Scientists Report Advance in 'Therapeutic Cloning'


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

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




Matter: Plants That Practice Genetic Engineering


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

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




Beard trend 'guided by evolution'


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

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




How to move a T-Rex dinosaur


Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US

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




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


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

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




European Union Debates Initiative on Embryo Protection


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

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




Exhibition Review: Natural History Museum Explores the Wonders of Pterosaurs


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

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




Phys Ed: Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?


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

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




AUDIO: Britain's first cloned dog is born


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

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




For Space Projects, Zero Gravity


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

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




A Conversation With: What Fish Teach Us About Us


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

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




Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes


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

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




The origin of lions discovered


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

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




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


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

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