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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




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: 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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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: 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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




'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




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




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




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




New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil


A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

From the BBC News-2017-7-20:20:6:1




Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction


Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

From the BBC News-2017-7-20:14:6:1




Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes


Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

From the BBC News-2017-7-20:8:5:1




Why Are Dogs So Friendly? The Answer May Be in 2 Genes


A team of researchers reported that the friendliness of dogs may share a genetic basis with a human disease called Williams-Beuren syndrome.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-19:20:6:1




A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil


Jude Sparks was playing with his brothers in New Mexico when he stumbled over the fossilized tusk of a Stegomastodon, a prehistoric, elephantine creature.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-19:14:6:2




UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'


A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

From the BBC News-2017-7-19:14:6:1




In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease


Millenniums of marriages within well-defined subgroups in South Asia have created many populations with higher risks of recessive disease, according to new research.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-17:14:6:1




Following the Eyes for a Clue to Autism


Researchers studied where toddlers focused their eyes when watching a video in order to find the genetic underpinnings of brain development and autism.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-12:20:6:3




Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA


In a first, researchers converted a movie into a DNA sequence and inserted it into bacteria. They hope to someday use the technology to record cell behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-12:20:6:2




Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria


Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

From the BBC News-2017-7-12:20:6:1




Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway, Scientists Warn


A new paper describes the threatened mass extinction of thousands of animal species around the globe. The authors say that human activities are in large part to blame.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-12:14:6:2




Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism


The research suggests that genetics underlie how children seek out formative social experiences like making eye contact or observing facial expressions.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-12:14:6:1




Fossil sheds light on bird evolution after asteroid strike


Newly-discovered fossil suggests birds evolved very rapidly after the dinosaurs went extinct.

From the BBC News-2017-7-10:20:6:1




Studying Sharks, Up Close and Personal


Join researchers from Nova Southeastern University in 360 degrees as they conduct shark tagging and genetic field work off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-9:8:5:1




Trilobites: In a Lost Baby Tooth, Scientists Find Ancient Denisovan DNA


The molar is from what researchers say is only the fourth individual member of the elusive species of ancient human cousins.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-7:20:6:1




Trilobites: They Were Shorter and at Risk for Arthritis, but They Survived an Ice Age


A genetic mutation that knocks a centimeter off height and increases the risk for arthritis may have helped early humans in Europe and Asia to survive, a new study shows.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-6:14:6:1




Matter: In Neanderthal DNA, Signs of a Mysterious Human Migration


A new genetic analysis finds that ancient Africans walked into Europe 270,000 years ago, much earlier than previously known, and interbred with Neanderthals.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-4:14:6:2




Giant croc had teeth like a T. rex


Researchers have described new fossils belonging to an extinct crocodile-like creature that had a set of serrated teeth like those of a T. rex.

From the BBC News-2017-7-4:14:6:1




Trilobites: Strange Mammals That Stumped Darwin Finally Find a Home


Fossils of bizarre creatures called Macrauchenia have long baffled scientists, who used DNA to confirm when they diverged from horses, rhinos and tapirs.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-3:20:6:2




Frog evolution linked to dinosaur asteroid strike


The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2017-7-3:20:6:1




Raptor plunging to extinction in England


There are just four breeding pairs of the iconic bird of prey left in England.

From the BBC News-2017-6-28:8:5:1




Turkey Drops Evolution From Curriculum, Angering Secularists


A chapter on evolution will no longer appear in ninth graders’ textbooks because it is considered too “controversial” an idea, an education official said.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-23:20:6:1




Review: In ‘Food Evolution,’ Scientists Strike Back


Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary gives G.M.O. opponents their say, but leaves the last word to food technologists, who insist on reviewing the data.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-22:20:6:1




Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states


The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

From the BBC News-2017-6-22:8:5:1




The power of a billion: India's genomics revolution


Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

From the BBC News-2017-6-21:20:6:1




Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin


A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-20:8:5:1




Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs'


A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2017-6-19:20:6:1




Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club


Sir John Sulston is elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen's birthday list.

From the BBC News-2017-6-16:20:6:1




Matter: Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA


Researchers have found a genetic mutation linked to longer life span — but only in men. It joins a very short list of gene variants with similar effects.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-16:14:6:1




Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors


The drug, Keytruda, is the first approved for patients with tumors with a particular genetic signature, wherever they appear in the body.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-8:20:6:1




'Oldest Homo sapiens' found


Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised.

From the BBC News-2017-6-7:20:6:1




Matter: Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species


Newly discovered fossils indicate Homo sapiens were present in Africa 300,000 years ago, scientists reported. Until now, the earliest evidence dated back just 195,000 years.

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-7:14:6:2




'First of our kind' found in Morocco


Fossils of modern humans uncovered in north Africa are at least 300,000 years old.

From the BBC News-2017-6-7:14:6:1




How a Galápagos Bird Lost the Ability to Fly


Scientists have identified the genes that led to the Galápagos cormorant becoming Earth-bound

From the NYTimes News-2017-6-1:20:6:1




The Last Animals - fighting to save animals from extinction


Kate Brooks' documentary focuses on individuals trying to save animals from extinction.

From the BBC News-2017-6-1:8:5:1




Challenging Mainstream Thought About Beauty’s Big Hand in Evolution


Are aesthetic judgments about mates invariably tied to traits we see as adaptive and worth passing on? Or, does beauty just ‘happen’?

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-29:20:6:1




Trilobites: Somehow, This Fish Fathered a Near Clone of Itself


A fish was discovered carrying genes only from its father, a result of a rare phenomenon called androgenesis never before documented in vertebrates.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-26:14:6:1




Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs


Some people carry gene mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart attacks. Learning how these mutations work has led to a novel experimental treatment.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-24:20:6:2




ScienceTake: How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species


Researchers found the minimal changes in DNA that have produced nine different species of southern capuchino seedeaters.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-24:20:6:1