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Why Do We Inherit Mitochondrial DNA Only From Our Mothers?


New research investigates why paternal mitochondria perish in embryos.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-23:20:6:1




Study unlocks surprising behaviour of soil bacteria


Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have led to questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour, on agriculture and emissions.

From the BBC News-2016-6-17:8:5:1




'Fossil' meteorite was from asteroid smash-up


Scientists identify a completely new type of meteorite that likely originated in a huge asteroid collision some 470 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2016-6-14:20:6:1




A Conversation With: Samuel K. Wasser, a Scientific Detective Tailing Poachers


A conservation biologist discusses his forensic analysis using DNA to determine the origins of seized elephant ivory.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-13:20:6:1




Gene editing lab tries to grow human organs inside pigs


Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:5




Scientists say three-person DNA babies are 'safe'


Using DNA from three people to create a baby is safe, according to a major research study, by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre at Newcastle University.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:4




Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed


Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:3




Rise of mammals 'began well before dinosaur extinction'


Mammals began to flourish well before the end of the dinosaur age, a new study finds.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:2




Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'


Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:1




Trilobites: Scientists Find Genes That Let These Bees Reproduce Without Males


In a subspecies of honey bees from South Africa, female workers can escape a queen’s control and produce offspring of their own. Scientists say a gene explains how.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-9:20:6:1




VIDEO: The science behind 'three-person babies'


Using DNA from three people to create a baby is safe, according to a major research study, by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre at Newcastle University.

From the BBC News-2016-6-8:20:6:1




Gene Editing to Alter Whole Species Gets Limited Backing


A technique to change or eliminate entire populations of organisms could be used against virus-carrying mosquitoes. It could also have unintended consequences.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-8:14:6:3




Matter: New Fossils Strengthen Case for ‘Hobbit’ Species


Teeth, a piece of jaw and tools dating to 700,000 years ago support the idea that ancestors of Homo floresiensis arrived in Indonesia about a million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-8:14:6:2




Fossils show Hobbits shrank 'rapidly'


Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian Island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years.

From the BBC News-2016-6-8:14:6:1




Trilobites: Fighting Lyme Disease in the Genes of Nantucket’s Mice


Residents there heard a proposal Monday from a M.I.T. scientist to use genetically engineered mice to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-7:14:6:1




Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed


Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.

From the BBC News-2016-6-7:8:5:1




Matter: Scientists Find Form of Crispr Gene Editing With New Capabilities


A common bacterium contains molecules that target RNA, not DNA. If it can be harnessed for use in humans, the process may lead to new forms of bioengineering.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-3:20:6:1




Scientists Announce HGP-Write, Project to Synthesize the Human Genome


The formal announcement of the plans, which leaked last month, seeks to raise $100 million this year. The total price tag could exceed $1 billion.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-2:20:6:1




Trilobites: Studies of Moth and Butterfly Genes Color In a Scientific Classic


The studies identified the mutation at the heart of a lesson about adaptive evolution taught in many science classes.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-2:8:5:1




Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr


One of the scientists credited with starting the gene editing revolution discusses her landmark discovery and how science has driven her.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-30:20:6:1




Matter: Tales of African-American History Found in DNA


Geneticists have studied clues in the DNA of African-Americans about the history of slavery and the Great Migration.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-27:20:6:1




DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history


Researchers invent a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in a body.

From the BBC News-2016-5-27:8:5:1




Trilobites: Frogs That Escaped Extinction


Robin Moore takes photos he hopes will highlight the plight of amphibian species worldwide, 40 percent of which are threatened.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-26:20:6:1




VIDEO: Did Neanderthals create stone rings?


Stone rings thought to be created by Neanderthals have been found in France

From the BBC News-2016-5-26:14:6:1




Neanderthal stone rings discovered


Researchers investigating a cave in France have identified mysterious stone rings that were probably built by Neanderthals.

From the BBC News-2016-5-25:14:6:1




Crayfish and worms may die out together


A study finds that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish are at risk of extinction - because the crayfish themselves are endangered.

From the BBC News-2016-5-25:8:5:1




Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize


US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold takes the million-euro Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering 'directed evolution'.

From the BBC News-2016-5-24:14:6:1




The gene's still selfish: Dawkins' famous idea turns 40


Scientist and author Richard Dawkins discusses his legacy - and giving up Twitter

From the BBC News-2016-5-24:8:5:1




Scientist spots Turkish banknote error


Nobel chemistry laureate spots DNA error on Turkish banknote.

From the BBC News-2016-5-23:14:6:1




Fossil gives clues to ancient extinction


A strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil suggests there was a burst of evolution after the mass extinction 250 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2016-5-23:8:5:1




Two birds yield genetic key to crimson


Two independent scientific papers identify the same single gene as the cause of red beaks and feathers in birds.

From the BBC News-2016-5-20:8:5:1




Books: Review: Twin Books on the Genome, Far From Identical


Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee offers a soaring epic, while Dr. Steven Lipkin watches a revolution in genomics unfold in the clinic.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-19:14:6:1




Dog sex cancer's global march mapped


In a major genetic study, scientists trace the historic global spread of a cancer transmitted between mating dogs.

From the BBC News-2016-5-16:20:6:1




Profiles in Science: Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA


The director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen is discovering through ancient bones new things about our development.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-16:14:6:1




The Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Porpoise, Slips Closer to Extinction


Scientists say only about 60 are left in the Gulf of California, threatened by nets that fishermen illegally use to catch totoaba, a source of a Chinese delicacy.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-14:20:6:1




Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome


The project poses ethical issues about whether humans could be created without parents.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-13:14:6:1




VIDEO: Scientists: 21% of plants risk extinction


Scientists have published their first global assessment of the state of the world's plants.

From the BBC News-2016-5-10:8:5:2




Trade routes written in camel DNA


Cross-continental study reveals how camels' genetic diversity is shaped by ancient trade routes.

From the BBC News-2016-5-10:8:5:1




VIDEO: How daughter's DNA led to murderer


A man who sexually assaulted and stabbed a girl 32 years ago has been given a life sentence for her murder.

From the BBC News-2016-5-9:14:6:1




Fossils shed light on 'bizarre' reptile


Scientists say new fossils found in China are of a crocodile-like creature that was the first known plant-eating marine reptile.

From the BBC News-2016-5-6:20:6:1




Fat Labradors give clues to obesity


Genes are partly to blame for some dogs getting fat, say scientists who have studied Labrador retrievers.

From the BBC News-2016-5-3:14:6:1




Breast cancer genetic discovery hailed


Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer, which they hope will unlock new ways of treating the disease.

From the BBC News-2016-5-2:14:6:2




DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked


Genetic analysis unlocks the secrets of Europe's Ice Age inhabitants.

From the BBC News-2016-5-2:14:6:1




'Secret of youth' in ginger gene


Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

From the BBC News-2016-4-29:8:5:2




Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade


President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.

From the BBC News-2016-4-29:8:5:1




VIDEO: Gene therapy could reverse sight loss


A pioneering new treatment is giving is new hope for those with macular degeneration, as Pallab Ghosh reports.

From the BBC News-2016-4-28:14:6:2




Gene therapy reverses sight loss


A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

From the BBC News-2016-4-28:14:6:1




Gorillas in Danger of Extinction


The population of the world’s largest primate, the Grauer’s gorilla, has plummeted 77 percent over the last 20 years, with fewer than 3,800 remaining.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-25:20:6:1




Matter: Foxes That Endure Despite a Lack of Genetic Diversity


The island fox has lived on the Channel Islands off California for several thousand years, surviving even though many of the animals are nearly identical.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-22:14:6:2




Seed clue to how birds outlived dinosaurs


Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor strike that wiped out the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-4-22:14:6:1




Start-Up Plans 3-D Visualizations of Pot Strains, Using Genetic Data


Phylos Bioscience is unveiling a marijuana guide called Galaxy, offering people a way to see how Sweet Island Skunk might be related to Humboldt OG.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-20:8:5:1




People Who Avoided Illness Could Be Key in Treating Those Who Didn’t


Scientists hope to find answers in the DNA of people who have a mutated gene that should have made them ill or killed them, but did not.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-15:20:6:1




Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015


Efforts to expand use of biotechnology to crops other than corn, soybeans, cotton and canola have been hindered by opposition from consumer and environmental groups.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-13:14:6:1




People Who Avoided Illness Could Be Key in Treating Those Who Didn't


Scientists hope to find answers in the DNA of people who have a mutated gene that should have made them ill or killed them, but did not.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-11:14:6:3




A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve


The shy yellow-eyed penguin, threatened by human endeavors, natural predators and hot weather, face extinction despite conservation efforts.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-11:14:6:2




'Superhero DNA' keeps diseases at bay


Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2016-4-11:14:6:1




Misconceptions: In Science, It's Never 'Just a Theory'


When everyone has a theory, actual scientific theories like evolution take a hit.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-8:20:6:1




Matter: Fathered by the Mailman? It's Mostly an Urban Legend


A number of recent genetic studies challenge the notion that mistaken paternity is commonplace, finding a rate of less than 1 percent.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-8:14:6:1




Clue to Neanderthal breeding barrier


Incompatibilities in the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans may have limited the extent of interbreeding between the two groups.

From the BBC News-2016-4-8:8:5:1




'Mystery voyage' of Scottish island deer


Red deer on the outer Scottish islands were probably brought there in boats by Neolithic humans from as far away as mainland Europe, according to a study of ancient and modern deer DNA.

From the BBC News-2016-4-6:8:5:1




Op-Ed Contributors: Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus


A genetically modified mosquito might eradicate the mosquito species that carries the Zika virus but must first survive a cumbersome approval process.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-6:8:5:2




Project to drill into 'dinosaur crater'


An expedition gets under way to drill into the Chicxulub Crater, the deep scar made in the Earth's surface by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2016-4-5:14:6:1




Bizarre fossil 'kept babies on strings'


A newly discovered 430 million-year-old creature appears to have dragged its offspring around on strings, like underwater kites.

From the BBC News-2016-4-4:20:6:1




VIDEO: The sanctuary saving Sumatran tigers


A rescue centre in Indonesia is trying to rescue Sumatran tigers and save the species from extinction.

From the BBC News-2016-3-31:8:5:1




Team of Rival Scientists Comes Together to Fight Zika


A quest to create a state-of-the-art map of the Aedes aegypti mosquito's genome involves scientists from assorted disciplines who rarely collaborate.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-30:14:6:1




Ancient fossil was 'nearly a spider'


Scientists say a 305 million-year-old fossil is the closest ancient relative to "true spiders" ever discovered.

From the BBC News-2016-3-30:8:5:1




Synthetic bug given 'fewest genes'


Scientists take another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life, producing a laboratory bacterium that has only 473 genes - fewer than any independent bug in nature.

From the BBC News-2016-3-25:20:6:1




Matter: Researchers Find Fish That Walks the Way Land Vertebrates Do


In a cave in Thailand, scientists discovered a parallel to one of evolution's signature events: the transition from sea to land.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-24:8:5:1




Ash tree set for extinction in Europe


The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

From the BBC News-2016-3-23:8:5:1




Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App


Scientists hope to use a cellphone app to recruit 100,000 women to submit DNA samples to try to identify genes that may be markers for postpartum depression.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-21:20:6:1




Go wild to protect food security


More needs to be done to ensure the genetic diversity of wild relatives of key food crops are conserved to ensure future food security, a study warns.

From the BBC News-2016-3-21:14:6:1




Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results


A wave of actions across the nation are combining not-in-my-backyard protests against fossil-fuel projects with concern about climate change.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-20:8:5:1




How extinct humans left their mark on us


Most of us share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals; some have genes from Denisovans; but their genetic mark has vanished in some stretches of genetic code.

From the BBC News-2016-3-18:8:5:1




Matter: Humans Interbred With Hominins on Multiple Occasions, Study Finds


The interbreeding may have given modern humans better immunity to pathogens, according to the authors of the analysis of global genomes.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:20:6:1




Elwyn L. Simons, Primate Specialist Who Discovered Early Human Forebears, Dies at 85


A scientist concerned with both ancient primates and living ones, he was described as having a golden touch for finding fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:8:5:1




Bill to Stop States Requiring Labeling of GMO Foods Fails


A Senate bill that would prevent states from requiring food labels to note the presence of genetically modified ingredients failed on Wednesday.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:8:5:2




Fishy origin of fossil 'monster'


Scientists say a strange worm-like fossil with mysterious origins is actually the ancestor of living fish.

From the BBC News-2016-3-16:20:6:1




Senate to Vote on GMO Food Labeling Bill


The senators will consider whether the government should require labeling on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, an issue that has split the food industry.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-15:20:6:1




DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'


The oldest genome sequence from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.

From the BBC News-2016-3-15:14:6:1




Tyrannosaur Fossil Indicates Dinosaur Got Smart First, Then Grew Big


An older relative of Tyrannosaurus rex had a brain and ears like the well-known dinosaur, but not the stature or heft.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-14:20:6:1




Opinion: The Global Solution to Extinction


It is not too late to halt the alarming loss of species and biodiversity threatening the planet.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-12:20:6:1




Europe's rarest seabird 'faces extinction'


The Balearic sheerwater will be extinct within 60 years, according to a new analysis.

From the BBC News-2016-3-12:8:5:1




Test of Zika-Fighting Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Gets Tentative F.D.A. Approval


A trial in the Florida Keys has been tentatively approved, but public comment must be assessed first by the agency.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-11:20:6:1




Genetic Tests May Not Reveal a Clear Treatment Path for Breast Cancer


The results from genetic tests can leave patients with frightening information but no clear guidance to fight the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-11:14:6:1




Reptile fossil discovery 'extraordinary'


A newly discovered 250-million-year-old fossil reptile from Brazil gives an insight into life just before the dinosaurs appeared.

From the BBC News-2016-3-11:8:5:1




Fossil of oldest pine tree discovered


Scientists have discovered the oldest-known fossil of a pine tree, dating back 140 million years to a time when wildfires raged across the land.

From the BBC News-2016-3-10:8:5:1




Matter: Unappetizing Experiment Explores Tools' Role in Humans' Bigger Brains


Scientists at Harvard concluded that stone tools that broke down food could have helped early human relatives conserve energy, aiding in their evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-9:14:6:2




Meat eating accelerated face evolution


Eating raw meat and making stone tools may be behind the smaller teeth and faces of humans compared with their ancient relatives.

From the BBC News-2016-3-9:14:6:1




Genetic Test Firm to Put Customers' Data in Public Domain


Ambry Genetics is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will put information from 10,000 customers into a publicly available database.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-8:8:5:1




Screening for Alzheimer's Gene Tests the Desire to Know


Two brothers in Denver came to different conclusions, one deciding it wasn't worth it, the other choosing to find out whether he had the gene.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-7:20:6:1




A Biotech Evangelist Seeks a Zika Dividend


A diverse biotechnology company hopes its genetically engineered mosquitoes can help stop the spread of a devastating virus. But that's just a start.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-5:8:5:1




VIDEO: Can scientists clone extinct cave lion?


Scientists from South Korea and Russia want to clone an extinct cave lion from its DNA.

From the BBC News-2016-3-4:20:6:2




Amber fossils reveal 'lost world'


Lizards locked in amber for 99 million years give a glimpse of how chameleons and geckos evolved, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2016-3-4:20:6:1




Matter: Study Finds Surprising Benefit of Viral DNA: Fighting Other Viruses


A report in the journal Science reveals how evolution harnessed viral DNA to rewire humans' own genetic circuitry and strengthen the immune system.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-3:20:6:1




Fungus is oldest known land fossil


The fossil of a microscopic fungus that dates back 440 million years is thought to be the oldest of its kind - and the earliest fossil evidence of land dwellers.

From the BBC News-2016-3-2:8:5:1




Matter: DNA Under the Scope, and a Forensic Tool Under a Cloud


Cutting-edge technology has enabled analysis of ever-tinier genetic samples. But as the science pushes boundaries, some experts are raising reliability questions.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:14:6:1




In DNA, Clues to the Cheetah's Speed and Hurdles


A big cat named Chewbaaka has enabled scientists to sequence and decrypt the cheetah's complete genome.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:1




President Weighs In on Data From Genes


President Obama said the success of his initiative to collect genetic data so scientists can develop drugs and personalized treatments hinged partly on "understanding who owns the data."

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:3




Decline of Species That Pollinate Poses a Threat to Global Food Supply, Report Warns


Many pollinator species are facing extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats, according to the document.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:2




Monstrous fossils 'were armadillos'


A study of 12,000-year-old DNA shows that the fearsome, car-sized, club-tailed glyptodonts were cousins of modern armadillos.

From the BBC News-2016-2-22:14:6:1




Earlier date for Neanderthal-human sex


Neanderthals and humans interbred about 40,000 years earlier than was previously thought, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-2-17:14:6:1




Matter: Ancient Humans May Have Left a Genetic Mark on Neanderthals


On top of abundant evidence that humans carry Neanderthal DNA, a new study shows that the interbreeding went both ways.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-17:14:6:2




WHO backs GM mosquito trials over Zika


The World Health Organization backs trials of genetically-modified mosquitoes that could be used in the fight against the Zika virus.

From the BBC News-2016-2-17:8:5:1




VIDEO: Why the brain is a marvel of evolution


Fergus Walsh introduces the marvel that is the human brain.

From the BBC News-2016-2-16:14:6:1




The man making genes democratic


Meet the man making genetics democratic

From the BBC News-2016-2-16:14:6:2




Extinct plant discovered in amber


Biologists describe a new species of extinct plant, based on two fossil flowers that were trapped in chunks of amber for at least 15 million years.

From the BBC News-2016-2-15:20:6:1




Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes


Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

From the BBC News-2016-2-9:8:5:1




Official Quits Nobel Panel Over Inquiry Into Surgeon


Urban Lendahl, a genetics professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, resigned Saturday as secretary general of the Nobel Assembly at the institute.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-7:20:6:1




Matter: DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report


When other researchers studied the 4,500-year-old-genome, they discovered that the conclusion that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was incorrect.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-4:14:6:1




On Nature: A Hint of Danger in the Forest


An encounter with a wild boar momentarily realigns our relationship to nature in a time of mass extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-4:8:5:1




The Explorers Club Once Served Mammoth at a Meal. Or Did It?


At a legendary dinner in 1951, the Explorers Club was said to have served its members mammoth, but DNA tests have revealed what the meat really was.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-3:20:6:1




Scientists Map Genome of New York's Bedbugs


A surprising genetic diversity has been discovered among the city's bedbugs, which the scientists tracked through DNA samples that were taken from the subway system.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-3:8:5:1




British Researcher Gets Permission to Edit Genes of Human Embryos


Researchers worldwide have been observing a voluntary moratorium on changes to DNA that could be passed down to subsequent generations.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-1:20:6:2




Are humans driving evolution in animals?


Is human activity driving evolution in animals?

From the BBC News-2016-2-1:20:6:1




'Living fossil' breeding ends in triumph


A reptile believed to pre-date most species of dinosaur hatches at Chester Zoo after a 38-year wait by conservationists.

From the BBC News-2016-2-1:14:6:1




UK approves embryo 'gene editing'


UK scientists win permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.

From the BBC News-2016-2-1:8:5:1




New Weapon to Fight Zika: The Mosquito


Genetically engineered, bacteria-infected and sterilized mosquitoes are among the cutting-edge weapons being tested against diseases like Zika and dengue, even as some experts say old-fashioned tools like DDT may be worth discussing.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-30:14:6:1




Matter: Tribes' Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies


For years the remains have been out of reach, the subject of a legal struggle that pitted 3 scientists against their own administration and the Kumeyaay.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-29:14:6:1




A Single Cell Shines New Light on How Cancers Develop


Researchers set out to solve a puzzle that has baffled cancer investigators: Why do many cells that have cancer genes never turn cancerous?

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-28:20:6:1




Are fitbands the future of genetic research?


Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

From the BBC News-2016-1-28:8:5:1




Monkeys Built to Mimic Autism-Like Behaviors May Help Humans


Scientists in Shanghai are trying to locate the deficiency in the 'brain circuits' responsible for autism-like behavior found in genetically engineered monkeys.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-25:14:6:1




VIDEO: Attenborough on 'largest dinosaur' discovery


Sir David Attenborough speaks to Huw Edwards about the discovery of a new species of titanosaur, which is the biggest animal ever to walk the earth.

From the BBC News-2016-1-21:20:6:1




Matter: Telling Jewels From Junk in DNA


Some cellular DNA yields molecules that serve mysterious but important functions in the cell, new research suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-21:14:6:1




Reconstructing the 'world's biggest dinosaur'


The discovery of what may be the world's biggest dinosaur is told in a new BBC One documentary.

From the BBC News-2016-1-21:8:5:1




Welsh dinosaur named 'dragon thief'


A 201-million-year-old dinosaur that fell out of a cliff face in Wales in 2014 is formally named Dracoraptor hanigani - the "dragon thief".

From the BBC News-2016-1-20:20:6:1




English DNA 'one-third' Anglo-Saxon


The present-day English owe about a third of their ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons, according to two new studies.

From the BBC News-2016-1-19:14:6:1




In Argentina, Rancher's Discovery Leads to Largest Titanosaur


A cast of the creature is now at the American Museum of Natural History. Experts hope the fossil discovery will yield new insights.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-18:20:6:1




The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From


With a major study of ancient bones and DNA, scientists hope to determine where and when dogs first appeared.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-18:14:6:1




New Tactics to Save California's Decimated Salmon Population


At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-15:8:5:1




Matter: Searching for Cancer Maps in Free-Floating DNA


A new study suggests that one day a simple blood test may tell doctors whether you have the disease and, if so, where it is.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-14:20:6:1




Scientist makes case to edit embryos


A scientist is making her case to be the first in the UK to be allowed to genetically modify human embryos.

From the BBC News-2016-1-13:14:6:1




Michael W. Davidson, a Success in Microscopes and Neckwear, Dies at 65


Mr. Davidson created psychedelic images of crystallized substances like DNA and hormones. Many of those images ended up on ties, millions of which were sold.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-13:8:5:2




'Giraffe relative' fossil analysed


A prehistoric giraffe that died out 10,000 years ago might have been the largest ruminant that walked the Earth.

From the BBC News-2016-1-13:8:5:1




Candidate to Run F.D.A. Is Approved, but Likely to Be Blocked


Dr. Robert M. Califf's candidacy as the head of the Food and Drug Administration is likely to be blocked over the agency's approval of genetically engineered salmon.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-12:20:6:1




First children diagnosed in DNA project


The first children with debilitating, "mystery" diseases have finally been given a diagnosis as part of a huge scheme to analyse people's DNA.

From the BBC News-2016-1-12:8:5:1




Q&A: DNA From Facial Tissue?


A used tissue can provide copious amounts of DNA, so the chief concerns are proper identification and safe storage.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-11:8:5:1




Illumina Creating Company to Develop Early-Stage Cancer Detection Test


Illumina, a maker of DNA sequencing machines, said it was forming the company to develop a blood test that would work for any type of cancer, but some experts see risks.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-10:20:6:1




Matter: Genetic Flip Helped Organisms Go From One Cell to Many


Some simple changes in ancient organisms might have given rise to a world of multicellular animals.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-7:20:6:1




Neanderthal genes 'boosted our immunity'


We may owe our ability to fight disease to our extinct relatives - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.

From the BBC News-2016-1-7:14:6:1




Amateur Sleuths on the Dinosaur Trail


With only two field paleontologists, the Forest Service has turned for help to a small group of amateur fossil-hunters, many in their 70s and 80s.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-4:20:6:2




Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction


For decades, a quarry provided sand used for water filtration. Now it's lush with fossil discoveries and opened annually to the public.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-4:20:6:1




Gene Editing Offers Hope for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Studies Find


Three research groups, working independently of one another, reported in the journal Science on Thursday that a powerful new gene-editing technique could treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-31:20:6:1




VIDEO: Extinction warning for Africa's rhinos


Africa's rhino population could face extinction within 10 years, animal welfare experts warn.

From the BBC News-2015-12-31:14:6:1




DNA sheds light on Irish origins


Scientists have sequenced the first ancient human genomes from Ireland - throwing light on the genesis of Celtic populations.

From the BBC News-2015-12-29:8:5:1




Books: Review: 'Too Much of a Good Thing' Finds a Dilemma in Our DNA


Genes that once helped ensure humanity's survival have now turned on us, a prominent researcher believes.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-28:14:6:1




VIDEO: £60,000 cloned puppies 'really cute'


A British couple have paid £60,000 for two puppies cloned from their dead boxer.

From the BBC News-2015-12-28:8:5:1




Brain Cancers Reveal Novel Genetic Disruption in DNA


A study of gliomas found that DNA structure was disrupted, allowing separate segments to merge and activate a growth gene. An existing chemotherapy drug can fix that.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-23:14:6:1




Op-Docs: 'Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish'


This short video celebrates the discovery of the coelecanth, the fossil-like fish time left behind.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-22:8:5:1




Gene Drives Offer New Hope Against Diseases and Crop Pests


The technique involves propelling a gene of choice throughout a population. It hasn't been tested in the wild yet, but has worked in the laboratory.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-21:20:6:1




Editorial: A Pause to Weigh Risks of Gene Editing


An international panel was right to call for a moratorium on a new technique that alters genes in ways that can be inherited.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-18:8:5:2




200-year-old fossil mystery resolved


Scientists have reconstructed how an ancient reptile swam in the oceans at the time of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2015-12-18:8:5:1




Threat to Darwin's famous finches


The birds that helped Charles Darwin refine his theory of evolution are in danger of going extinct according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2015-12-17:20:6:1




Scientists Hope to Bring a Galápagos Tortoise Species Back to Life


Close relatives of Lonesome George, who died in 2012, have been found by geneticists who plan to resurrect his species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-15:8:5:1




A Conversation With: Evelyn Witkin and the Road to DNA Enlightenment


A legendary geneticist reflects on the earliest days of a new science, and her groundbreaking work on how DNA responds to damage.

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




Observatory: Paleontologists Discover a Poor Cousin to Triceratops


A fossil recovered in China shows Hualianceratops to have been a plant-eater about the size of spaniel.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-11:14:6:1




First I.V.F. Puppies Are Born in Breakthrough at Cornell


The technique used in conceiving the litter of seven puppies could help with genetic research and saving endangered species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-10:20:6:1




White fossil was ancient 'Moby Dick'


A white fossil held in a Washington museum since the 1920s is reassessed and found to be from a 15-million-year-old sperm whale cousin with enormous teeth.

From the BBC News-2015-12-9:20:6:1




Scientists create infertile mosquitoes


UK scientists say they have reached a milestone in the fight against malaria by creating a genetically modified mosquito that is infertile.

From the BBC News-2015-12-8:14:6:1




Observatory: Australia's Feral Cats Most Likely European


The nation is home to more than 20 million wild cats, which have driven at least 27 native species to extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-7:8:5:1




Giraffe's long lost cousin found?


A new fossil of a strange, extinct three-horned ruminant may be a relative of the modern giraffe.

From the BBC News-2015-12-4:14:6:1




Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries


Scientists have shown that DNA molecules can be the basis for a long-term storage system potentially capable of holding all of the world's digital information in a tiny space.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-3:20:6:3




Scientists Place Moratorium on Edits to Human Genome That Could Be Inherited


The moratorium by China, Britain and the United States comes after the invention of a new technique that eases editing of the human genome.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-3:20:6:2




VIDEO: How ethical is gene editing?


Scientists from across the world are attending a conference in Washington, to discuss the ethics of gene editing.

From the BBC News-2015-12-3:20:6:1




Matter: Parents May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests


A new study found genetic differences in men's sperm after they underwent gastric bypass surgery.

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




Pingyi Journal: The Murky Origins of the Largest Dinosaur Museum in the World


The Tianyu Museum of Nature's collection is at the center of China's fossil boom, which many critics say has been tainted by counterfeits and trafficking.

From the NYTimes News-2015-12-2:14:6:1




Safer way to do gene editing


Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate - vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.

From the BBC News-2015-12-1:14:6:1




A Conversation With: Luis Ho Pushes China Into World Astronomy Club


From his post at Peking University, the astronomer Luis Ho has a clear view not just of black holes but also the rapid evolution of science in China.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-30:20:6:1




Sinosphere: World's Biggest Animal Cloning Center Set for '16 in a Skeptical China


The companies behind it, Boyalife Group and Soaam Biotech, must contend with consumers in a country where food safety is a near obsession.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-28:14:6:1




Open Season Is Seen in Gene Editing of Animals


New techniques have made previously impossible goals fast and cheap enough for many to find worth pursuing.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-27:8:5:1




Spider web gives up DNA secrets


Spiders - and their prey - can be identified from the DNA they leave behind stuck on webs, say US scientists.

From the BBC News-2015-11-26:8:5:1




E.P.A. Revokes Approval of New Dow Herbicide


The herbicide, which contains the old herbicide 2,4-D, was to be used on crops genetically modified to be resistant to it.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-25:20:6:1




Australia trial for GM fruit fly


Australia will carry out trials of a genetically modified fruit fly to break the breeding cycle of this crop pest.

From the BBC News-2015-11-24:14:6:1




Mutant mosquitoes 'resist malaria'


Scientists say they have bred a genetically modified mosquito that can resist malaria infection.

From the BBC News-2015-11-24:8:5:1




Engineering Mosquitoes' Genes to Resist Malaria


Two teams of biologists have created a novel breed of mosquito with modified genes in hopes of eradicating the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-23:20:6:1




London ethnically diverse from start


A DNA study confirms London was an ethnically diverse city from its very beginnings, BBC News has learned.

From the BBC News-2015-11-23:14:6:1




Matter: Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe


Geneticists at Harvard have found that the rise of agriculture some 8,500 years ago led to widespread changes, affecting height and skin color.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-23:14:6:3




Genetic history of Europeans revealed


A study of ancient DNA has shed new light on the genetic history of Europeans, confirming that farming spread across Europe due to an influx of ancient people from what is now eastern Turkey.

From the BBC News-2015-11-23:14:6:2




Half of Amazon trees 'face extinction'


More than half of all tree species in the Amazon face extinction, warn international scientists.

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




Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption


The F.D.A. approval clears the way for the first genetically altered animal to enter the American food supply, despite strong opposition.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-20:20:6:2




Genetically Engineered Salmon Will Not Be Labeled


The Food and Drug Administration said that the salmon would not have to be labeled as genetically engineered, consistent with its broader stance on widely eaten genetically modified foods.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-20:8:5:2




VIDEO: Tasmanian devils reintroduced to wild


A group of Tasmanian Devils are being reintroduced to their natural habitat in Tasmania as part of a plan designed to save the carnivorous marsupials from a cancer threatening them with extinction.

From the BBC News-2015-11-20:8:5:1




US approves GM salmon for food


US regulators have given the go-ahead to genetically modified salmon, making it the first GM animal destined for human consumption.

From the BBC News-2015-11-19:14:6:1




'Alarming trend' of dung beetle decline


Some of the UK's dung beetle species are becoming scarcer and could even face extinction, according to scientists gathering information on the insects.

From the BBC News-2015-11-17:8:5:1




In a Tooth, DNA From Some Very Old Cousins, the Denisovans


A fossil found in a Siberian cave yields evidence from a vanished, once-hardy branch of the human tree that lived at least 110,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-16:20:6:1




Mystery ancestral 'tribe' revealed


Geneticists have detected a fourth ancestral "tribe" which contributed to the modern European gene pool.

From the BBC News-2015-11-16:8:5:1




Matter: After a Mass Extinction, Only the Small Survive


A study of fossils from before and after a mass extinction 359 million years ago found that animals that flourished after the event were smaller on average.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-12:20:6:2




Lost genetic history of Inca mummy


DNA analysis of a child mummy sheds light on the genetic history of the Inca civilisation.

From the BBC News-2015-11-12:20:6:1




Op-Ed Contributor: The Risks of Assisting Evolution


Modifying genes can help species adapt, but could also destroy them.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-10:8:5:1




The Future Issue: The Crispr Quandary


A new gene-editing tool might create an ethical morass - or it might make revising nature seem natural.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-9:14:6:2




In Ancient Times, Salamanders Bared Their Fangs


Amphibian fossils discovered in Brazil suggest the Pangaean supercontinent held extensive southern tropics.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-9:14:6:1




Dawn of gene-editing medicine?


Does the smiling face of Layla Richards mark a new era in genetic medicine that could change all our lives?

From the BBC News-2015-11-6:14:6:1




Howard Green, Pioneer in Skin Regeneration, Dies at 90


From a failed experiment, Dr. Green discovered how to regenerate skin that could be grafted onto burn victims, and inspired future stem cell research.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-5:20:6:2




'Designer cells' reverse baby's cancer


The first person in the world to receive a pioneering genetic therapy has shown a remarkable reversal of her cancer.

From the BBC News-2015-11-5:20:6:1




Observatory: Scientists Engineer a Plant to Reject Its Own Pollen


Preventing self-pollination may strengthen genetic diversity and provide better yields, researchers suggest.

From the NYTimes News-2015-11-5:20:6:3




Fanged eel among Brazil fossil finds


Scientists unearth a haul of reptile and amphibian fossils in Brazil, dating from 278 million years ago when the continents were joined.

From the BBC News-2015-11-5:14:6:1




Four UK bird species 'face extinction'


Puffins and turtle doves are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.

From the BBC News-2015-10-29:8:5:1




Matter: DNA of Ancient Children Offers Clues on How People Settled the Americas


Using the skeletons of two children who lived in Alaska 11,500 years ago, researchers discovered the first DNA found in the region known as Beringia.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-26:20:6:1




Snow leopards face 'new threat'


Warmer temperatures are threatening to shrink the habitat of the snow leopard, the big cat already struggling against extinction, a report says.

From the BBC News-2015-10-23:14:6:1




Plague traced back to Bronze Age


Plague has been a scourge on humanity for far longer than previously thought, samples of ancient DNA show.

From the BBC News-2015-10-23:8:5:1




Matter: In Ancient DNA, Evidence of Plague Much Earlier Than Previously Known


A new study suggests that Yersinia pestis, which causes plague, infected people as long as 5,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-22:14:6:1




New Species of Galápagos Tortoise Is Identified


About 250 members of the species live on the island of Santa Cruz, and genetic evidence indicates that the species has occasionally mated with the other species there.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-21:20:6:1




23andMe Will Resume Giving Users Health Data


The genetic-testing company stopped providing health information in 2013 after the F.D.A. ordered it to prove the accuracy of results.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-21:8:5:1




Central Asia Could Be Birthplace of the Modern Dog


The DNA analysis of a large and diverse group of dogs led researchers to determine that the most recent common ancestors of today's dogs lived in Central Asia.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-19:20:6:2




Dog origin 'was in Central Asia'


The ancestors of today's dogs were domesticated in Central Asia, according to the most comprehensive genetic survey yet.

From the BBC News-2015-10-19:20:6:1




Matter: Editing of Pig DNA May Lead to More Organs for People


Scientists were able to alter many of the animal's genes at once and see it as a step toward pig organs one day being safe for human transplantation.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-15:20:6:1




Australia Writes Morrissey to Defend Plan to Kill Millions of Feral Cats


The country's threatened species commissioner responded to celebrities' concerns by saying the cats were "major contributors" to the extinction of mammal species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-15:8:5:2




'Cute furball' fossil unearthed


A 125-million-year old mammal fossil is unearthed with its skin, fur and internal organs intact.

From the BBC News-2015-10-15:8:5:1




Fossil Teeth Show Earliest Sign of People in Southern Asia


Dozens of fossil human teeth from a cave in China show that people lived in southern Asia more than 80,000 years ago, researchers report.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-14:14:6:2




Humans in Asia '20,000 years early'


Fossil teeth from a cave in China are shaking up the traditional narrative of humankind's dispersal from Africa.

From the BBC News-2015-10-14:14:6:1




VIDEO: Should wolves be introduced in Scotland?


Wolves have been hunted to extinction across much of Europe but it seems where they have been thriving, their growing numbers may be causing problems.

From the BBC News-2015-10-13:20:6:1




Developing DNA as a Standard for Authenticating Art


A new method of authenticating artwork uses manufactured DNA to give each piece a unique identifier.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-13:8:5:1




Observatory: Gene May Prompt Male-to-Male Attraction in Worms


A new study reports that a variation in a single gene results in male worms with excretory pores that attract the sexual attentions of other males.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-12:14:6:2




Q&A: The Roots of BRCA1 Mutations for Ashkenazi Jews


A reader wonders why a gene mutation associated with breast cancer is found in Ashkenazi Jewist women at a much higher rate than in other Jews.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-12:14:6:3




'GM could make pig organs for humans'


A gene-editing method could one day make pig organs suitable for use in people, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2015-10-12:14:6:1




Florida's Bears Go From Near Extinction to Cross Hairs


Black bears, or those who represent their interests, got their day in court as lawyers fought over whether Florida should let them be hunted for the first time in 21 years. The bears lost.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-11:8:5:1




Observatory: Horselike Fossil From 48 Million Years Ago Preserved While Pregnant


The specimen described in a new study is the earliest and best-preserved mammalian fetus to date.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-9:8:5:1




Study: Eurasian Farmers Migrated to Africa 3,000 Years Ago


Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-8:20:6:2




Scientists Sequence First Ancient Human Genome From Africa


DNA was recovered from a 4,500-year-old human skeleton in Ethiopia, and it is strikingly different from that of living Africans.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-8:20:6:3




First ancient African genome sequenced


A 4,500-year-old African genome reveals how our ancient ancestors moved back and forth between continents.

From the BBC News-2015-10-8:20:6:1




Ancient horse-like foetus discovered


The 48-million-year-old fossilised remains of a horse foetus have been described by scientists.

From the BBC News-2015-10-8:14:6:1




Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA Studies


This week's three Nobels reflect the globalization of science, which in the last century the United States often dominated.

From the NYTimes News-2015-10-7:8:5:2




DNA repair wins chemistry Nobel


The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for discoveries in DNA repair.

From the BBC News-2015-10-7:8:5:1




Cacti facing extinction, study warns


A global assessment concludes that almost one-third of cactus species face extinction due to unsustainable harvesting and illegal trade.

From the BBC News-2015-10-5:14:6:1




Mammal species outlived the dinosaurs


Scientists have discovered a species of ancient mammal that survived the event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

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




Eye Treatment Closes In on Being First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.


Spark Therapeutics said the treatment had allowed people with certain so-called inherited retinal dystrophies to maneuver in dimmer light than they could before.

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




Observatory: Study Finds Asteroid Ahead of Dinosaur Extinction Accelerated Volcanoes


A new study suggests that volcanic eruptions started doubling in output within 50,000 years of the asteroid impact preceding the Cretaceous period mass extinction.

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




Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses


Scientists say they have discovered a genetic clue to why some breast cancers relapse, which could lead to better treatment.

From the BBC News-2015-9-25:8:5:2




Naledi fossil prints come to London


Visitors to London's Natural History Museum are being given the opportunity to see 3D prints of the sensational new Homo naledi fossils.

From the BBC News-2015-9-25:8:5:1




Study: Global Warming, Evolution Are Clipping Bees' Tongues


Global warming and evolution are reshaping the bodies of some American bumblebees, a new study finds.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-24:20:6:1




Matter: That Stinky Cheese Is a Result of Evolutionary Overdrive


Biologists studying molds used in cheese-making found that they have acquired large amounts of DNA from other species.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-24:14:6:1




UK scientists apply to modify embryos


UK researchers want to use a controversial new genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.

From the BBC News-2015-9-18:8:5:1




Matter: Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acids' Health Story


A new study found that ancestors of the Inuit evolved unique genetic adaptations for eating a diet rich in fish and whale meat.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-17:20:6:1




Green Arabia's key role in human evolution


Scientists have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind's exodus from Africa.

From the BBC News-2015-9-16:8:5:1




Q&A: South African Fossils Said to Reveal New Human Relative


Researchers said Thursday that they had discovered a previously unknown relative of humans, revealed by bones found deep in a South African cave. Here's a quick look at the discovery:

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-10:14:6:2




GM embryos 'essential', says report


It is "essential" that the genetic modification of human embryos is allowed, according to a global group of scientists, ethicists and policy experts.

From the BBC News-2015-9-10:14:6:1




VIDEO: CRISPR genome editing 'important tool'


Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier spoke to BBC News on the potential of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system as a tool for research and treatment of disease.

From the BBC News-2015-9-9:20:6:1




Lasker Awards Go to 3 Scientists and Doctors Without Borders


James P. Allison got the Lasker-Debakey honor for a cancer treatment, and Evelyn M. Witkin and Stephen J. Elledge were cited for their genetics discoveries.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-8:14:6:1




Online fossil hunters to comb desert


Archaeologists invite the public to help hunt for fossils in Africa's arid Turkana Basin, via a new online citizen science project.

From the BBC News-2015-9-8:8:5:1




DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins


DNA from ancient remains appears to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic peoples: the Basques.

From the BBC News-2015-9-7:20:6:1




Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show


Both sides in a fight over genetically modified crops have relied on scientists to lend their authority, while providing financial support in return.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-6:8:5:1




Fossils Show Big Bug Ruled the Seas 460 Million Years Ago


Earth's first big predatory monster was a weird water bug as big as Tom Cruise, newly found fossils show.

From the NYTimes News-2015-9-1:8:5:1




Replacing Pesticides With Genetics


Scientists have genetically modified thousands of diamondback moths, infusing the farm pests with DNA designed to kill female larvae.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-31:14:6:1




Observatory: Mutation Reduces Pregnancy Complications for Africa's Khoe-San People


The gene variant can alter the formation of the placenta, resulting in larger, healthier babies, a study shows.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-24:20:6:1




GM trees 'strangled' by red tape


US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.

From the BBC News-2015-8-21:8:5:1




John Henry Holland, Who Computerized Evolution, Dies at 86


Dr. Holland developed computer codes, which he called genetic algorithms, that mimicked evolutionary processes by mating and mutating possible solutions.

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




Review: 'Informed Consent' Tests the Ethics of Genetic Research


This play at the Duke on 42nd Street is about an anthropologist whose deeply personal reasons for pursuing her work lead her into questionable moral territory.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-19:8:5:1




Helix, a New Gene Sequencing Venture, Aims to Create Digital Hub for Genomics


Illumina and two investment firms are spending $100 million on Helix, which has been in the works for more than a year.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-18:8:5:1




VIDEO: The humble weather symbol 40 years on


Forty years since weather symbols were introduced to BBC forecasts, BBC Weather's John Hammond looks back at the evolution of how the corporation has presented the weather.

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




Narcotic Drugs Can Be Coaxed From Yeast


Researchers reported that they had added DNA to yeast that enabled it to produce enzymes that turn sugar into pain killers.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-13:20:6:1




Matter: For Evolving Brains, a 'Paleo' Diet Full of Carbs


A new report suggests that our ancestors were able to fuel the evolution of our oversize brains by incorporating cooked starches into their diet.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-13:14:6:1




Observatory: Climate Change Could Harm British Butterflies


Six species of butterflies in Britain will face local extinction by 2050 because of climate change, a new study reports.

From the NYTimes News-2015-8-10:20:6:1




Warming threat to UK butterflies


Drought sensitive butterfly species could be driven to extinction across the UK by 2050 according to new research.

From the BBC News-2015-8-10:14:6:1




Scotland to ban GM crop growing


Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary announces.

From the BBC News-2015-8-8:20:6:1




Bonobos' clue to speech evolution


A study finds that wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a linguistic flexibility that was thought to be uniquely human.

From the BBC News-2015-8-4:8:5:1




Empire State hosts wildlife display


Images of endangered animals are flashed across the Empire State Building in New York to highlight the issue of potential mass extinction.

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




Why we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly


Why do we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly?

From the BBC News-2015-7-28:8:5:1




Iberian lynx returns to Spain from verge of extinction


Hard work saves Spanish lynx from extinction

From the BBC News-2015-7-24:20:6:1




Four-legged snake fossil discovered


Scientists find the first ever four-legged snake, which lived at the time of the dinosaurs and probably dug burrows.

From the BBC News-2015-7-24:8:5:1




New migration to Americas revealed


Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania.

From the BBC News-2015-7-22:14:6:2




New method for building with DNA


Scientists come up with an improved method for building tiny 3D structures out of strands of DNA.

From the BBC News-2015-7-22:14:6:1




Tracing Routes to America Through DNA, Both Ancient and New


Two papers agree that some people in the Brazilian Amazon are distant relations of indigenous Australians, New Guineans and other Australasians, but they disagree on the source of the ancestry.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-21:20:6:1




Study: DNA Reveals New Wrinkle About Settlement of Americas


Scientists have discovered a previously unknown source of ancestry for some native peoples in Brazil, suggesting a new wrinkle in the story of the settlement of the Americas.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-21:14:6:1




Books: Book Review: Taking on 'The Vital Question' About Life


The biochemist Nick Lane offers an eloquent suite of answers about evolution, looking deeper than a warm, little pond and a lightning strike.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-20:20:6:1




Take a Number: Counting All the DNA on Earth


Hint: It takes an awful lot of trillions to come up with this sort of estimate for global biodiversity, a group of researchers in Scotland has found.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-18:14:6:1




Observatory: 50-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Sperm in Antarctica


"It's a bizarre fossil oddball," a Swedish paleontologist says, and as it turns out, a worm cocoon makes quite a sperm bank.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-17:20:6:1




World Briefing: China: Scientists Unearth Winged Dinosaur Skeleton


A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been discovered in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-17:8:5:1




'Winged dragon' dinosaur discovered


Scientists discover a winged dinosaur - an ancestor of the velociraptor - that they say was on the cusp of becoming a bird.

From the BBC News-2015-7-16:14:6:1




GM moths 'can curb pest invasion'


A genetically modified moth could help curb a major pest of vegetable crops around the world, research suggests.

From the BBC News-2015-7-16:14:6:2




David M. Raup, Who Transformed Field of Paleontology, Dies at 82


Viewed as a singular thinker, Dr. Raup challenged accepted tenets by raising ambitious questions about extinction patterns and biodiversity.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-16:8:5:1




Surge of Ebola in Liberia May Be Linked to a Survivor


The conclusion was made by scientists who analyzed the genetic sequence of the virus from the body of a Liberian boy who died of Ebola last week.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-10:8:5:1




VIDEO: Saving plants from a 'mass extinction'


An ambitious project was launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups and put them into deep freeze.

From the BBC News-2015-7-9:8:5:1




A Conversation With: Texas Scientist With a Thing for Longhorns


David M. Hillis, an evolutionary biologist, has employed genetics, biochemistry and computation to figure out how those horns got so long.

From the NYTimes News-2015-7-6:20:6:1




Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost


A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

From the BBC News-2015-7-3:8:5:1




UK GM wheat 'does not repel pests'


A strain of genetically modified wheat developed in the UK has failed to repel pests as intended in field trials.

From the BBC News-2015-6-25:14:6:1




Pursuit of Cash Taints Promise of Gene Tests


As labs and research start-ups grow, the federal government is scrutinizing their relationships with doctors, as well as their payment and billing practices.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-25:8:5:1