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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




Wacky Fossil Worm Reveals Secret: Which End Is Which?


A bizarre-looking fossil worm that's been a puzzle for scientists has given up a secret: Researchers now know which end is which.

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




Special Report: Food for Tomorrow: G.M.O. Dilemma: Swaying a Wary Public


While most scientists vouch for the safety of genetically modified organisms, many laymen remain unconvinced.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-24:8:5:1




National Briefing | South: Georgia: $2.2. Million Penalty for Illegal DNA Testing


A jury in Atlanta awarded $2,225,000 on Monday to two warehouse workers whose employer required them to submit DNA samples in violation of the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-23:8:5:1




Neanderthals mixed with us in Europe


Modern humans and Neanderthals interbred in Europe, according to an analysis of 40,000-year-old DNA.

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




Frederick P. Li, Who Proved a Genetic Cancer Link, Dies at 75


Dr. Li helped show a skeptical medical establishment that a dominant gene, passed from parent to child, was predisposing family members to various cancers.

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




Earth 'enters new extinction phase'


The Earth has entered a "new period of extinction", a study by three US universities concludes, and humans could be among the first casualties.

From the BBC News-2015-6-20:8:5:1




Genome Studies Show How Ebola Spread Initially


Scientists have developed a fuller picture of how the virus spread and evolved by tracking mutations in its genome.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-20:8:5:2




Disappearing Porpoise: Down to 97 and Dropping Fast


The vaquita, found only in the Gulf of California, are threatened by gill-net fishing and nearing extinction faster than previously thought.

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




Observatory: DNA May Help Track Ivory Poachers


DNA evidence from elephant dung, tissue and hair can help identify the origins of illegal ivory, researchers have found.

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




DNA From Ancient Skeleton Shows Ties to Native Americans


An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-18:14:6:2




Matter: New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American


A new analysis, published in Nature, refutes the theory that the 8,500-year-old skeleton was a European. Instead, he was related to contemporary Native Americans.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-18:14:6:3




DNA reignites ancient skeleton row


DNA tests show an ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans - reigniting a debate over whether his bones should be returned to local tribes and reburied.

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




Building the face of a criminal from DNA


Scientists use genetic markers to build a criminal's face

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




Brain Tumor's Genetic Makeup Critical in Treatment, Research Finds


Two teams of doctors, in an important advance for precision medicine, say that traits should be looked at first, not tissue samples.

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




VIDEO: Puffins 'at risk of extinction'


Across Europe puffins have been classified as at risk of extinction because of climate change and a lack of food.

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




Matter: DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans


The results of two DNA studies indicate that today's Europeans descend from three groups of people who moved into Europe at different stages of history.

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




VIDEO: Remains of T-Rex cousin go on show


A fossilised skeleton of a meat-eating Jurassic dinosaur found on a south Wales beach is put on show for the first time.

From the BBC News-2015-6-9:20:6:2




'Blood cells' found in dino fossils


Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils.

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




Jurassic dinosaur goes on display


A fossilised skeleton of a meat-eating Jurassic dinosaur found on a south Wales beach is revealed to the public.

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




VIDEO: Former Greenpeace head questions GM stance


Tom Heap investigates as the former head of Greenpeace UK says it is "morally unacceptable" to reject genetically-modified food.

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




Observatory: Dinosaur Fossil Is From a Close Relative of Triceratops


After studying a fossil skull recovered from Alberta, the researchers named the new dinosaur Regaliceratops peterhewsi.

From the NYTimes News-2015-6-4:20:6:1




'UK's oldest' sauropod confirmed


Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur is identified from a fossil bone discovered on the North Yorkshire coast, experts reveal.

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




'Devious Defecator' Case Tests Genetics Law


A company's use of DNA tests to investigate employee wrongdoing ran afoul of a genetic nondiscrimination act.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-29:14:6:1




A Proposal to Modify Plants Gives G.M.O. Debate New Life


Some scientists are hoping techniques that give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them might be more acceptable to opponents of genetically modified organisms.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-28:20:6:1




Matter: Adding Branches to the Human Family Tree


Recent fossil discoveries are fanning debate over the pace of evolution and how many species of ancient human relatives there were.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-27:20:6:1




Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer'


A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.

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




Volcano erupts on Galapagos island


A volcanic eruption on one of the Galapagos Islands potentially puts Charles Darwin's evolution ecosystem at risk.

From the BBC News-2015-5-26:14:6:1




Similac Advance Infant Formula to Be Offered G.M.O.-Free


Abbott, maker of the Similac brand, said a third of consumers said infant formula without genetically modified ingredients would bring "peace of mind."

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-26:8:5:1




Saving coffee from extinction


Breeding a new plant to save coffee from extinction

From the BBC News-2015-5-23:20:6:1




VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'


Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

From the BBC News-2015-5-22:8:5:1




Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life


Researchers studied plankton from around the globe and uncovered vast genetic diversity and clues to how warming temperatures may affect ocean life.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-21:20:6:1




DNA hints at earlier dog evolution


Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some studies suggest.

From the BBC News-2015-5-21:14:6:1




VIDEO: Saving North Yorkshire's Tansy beetle


A breeding programme is being set up for the rare Tansy beetle, which is threatened with extinction.

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




U.S. Introduces New DNA Standard for Ensuring Accuracy of Genetic Tests


By offering a new DNA standard for tests used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, the federal government is opening a new era in genetic medicine.

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




National Briefing | Science: New Test Could Spare Patients From Biopsies


The tests, called liquid biopsies, capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of taking tissue from the tumor itself.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-12:8:5:3




VIDEO: Could the water vole become extinct?


The water vole once populated our riverbanks and waterways in the UK, but in the last 15 years water vole numbers have halved, brining them to the brink of extinction.

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




Matter: Reverse Engineering Birds' Beaks Into Dinosaur Bones


In a study published in the journal Evolution, scientists say they have found a way to turn the beaks of chicken embryos back into dinosaur-like snouts.

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




Profiles in Science: Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing


The biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, helped make a monumental discovery: a relatively simple way to alter any organism's DNA. But she is stuck in a patent fight over it.

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




Kenya opens anti-poaching laboratory


A forensic laboratory opens in Kenya that will build up a DNA database of wild animals to help secure successful prosecutions of poachers

From the BBC News-2015-5-8:14:6:1




Matter: Under the Sea, a Missing Link in the Evolution of Complex Cells


Scientists have discovered microbes that have many - but not all - of the features previously only found in eukaryotes.

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




Alexander Rich Dies at 90; Confirmed DNA's Double Helix


Dr. Rich, a molecular biologist, spent nearly 60 years investigating DNA and RNA and helping puzzle out the structure of collagen.

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




Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked


The evolution of thousands of pop songs spanning from 1960 to 2010 is analysed by scientists.

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




Feathery fossils re-date early birds


Scientists in China report a new fossil species: the oldest member yet of the evolutionary branch that produced modern birds.

From the BBC News-2015-5-5:20:6:2




Tracing the Ebola Outbreak, Scientists Hunt a Silent Epidemic


Researchers mapping the virus's spread are tracking tiny mutations in its gene sequences across nations to help explain the epidemic.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-5:14:6:1




Last Mammoths Spent Final Years on Solitary Island


In addition to isolation, new genetic information suggested that inbreeding also played a role in their demise.

From the NYTimes News-2015-5-4:20:6:1




Wildlife drop 'may empty landscape'


About 60% of the world's largest herbivores are at risk of extinction, according to research by an international team.

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




Climate change risk 'to many species'


One in six species on the planet could face extinction due to the effects of climate change if nothing is done to reduce emissions, according to analysis.

From the BBC News-2015-4-30:20:6:1




US says no to modifying embryo DNA


Modifying the DNA of embryos is a "line that should not be crossed" and poses serious safety and ethical issues, a leading figure in US research says.

From the BBC News-2015-4-30:14:6:1




Teeth Tell of Earlier Trek to Europe by Humans


The find seemed to settle a debate over whether the tools and ornaments found at archaeological sites belonged to modern humans or Neanderthals.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-27:20:6:1




Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food


Starting Monday, nothing sold by Chipotle, which has more than 1,800 restaurants, will contain any genetically modified ingredients.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-27:8:5:1




Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns


An experiment long dreaded by many researchers, with the goal of eradicating disease genes, failed in the ways that had been feared.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-24:8:5:1




Mammoth genome sequence completed


Swedish scientists have decoded the DNA of woolly mammoths raising the possibility of recreating the now extinct creatures

From the BBC News-2015-4-23:14:6:1




Super-rat history extracted from DNA


Scientists piece together the history of a group of extinct Caribbean rats, some of which grew to the size of cats.

From the BBC News-2015-4-22:8:5:1




'Tame HIV' used to cure disease


The lives of six boys with a deadly genetic disease have been transformed by a pioneering treatment to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.

From the BBC News-2015-4-21:14:6:2




New mass extinction event identified


An international team of researchers proposes adding an extra mass extinction to the current list of five.

From the BBC News-2015-4-21:14:6:1




New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise


Two advances in tests for the genes that carry an added risk of breast cancer promise to make the process less expensive and more precise.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-21:8:5:1




Zombie worms ate plesiosaur bones


A deep-sea worm that eats whale bones has existed for 100 million years and may have chewed up chunks of the fossil record, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2015-4-14:20:45:1




Hunting Chimps Offer New View on Evolution


While males catch their prey, mostly by chasing it down, the females use broken tree branches to jab theirs and are much more avid tool users than the males, a 10-year study found.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-14:20:45:2




Observatory: Anatomy of a Terror Bird


A well-preserved fossil in South America provides new details and clues that the bird could hear low-frequency sounds.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-13:20:6:1




Global Health: Egypt's Avian Flu Surge Lacks an Explanation


Cases of H5N1 have inexplicably increased, and a study of genetic sequences in victims shows some mutations that may make humans more susceptible.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-13:14:6:1




Observatory: A Clam Cancer Outbreak, Spread by One Set of Cells


In solving a mystery, scientists discovered cancer cells with the same DNA in clams from all over the East Coast, but with no DNA from the host.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-13:14:6:2




Acidic oceans helped fuel extinction


Acidic oceans helped fuel the biggest mass extinction in the history of life on Earth, a study says.

From the BBC News-2015-4-9:20:6:1




Matter: Natural Selection May Help Account for Dutch Height Advantage


A new study from the Netherlands suggests evolution favors taller people.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-9:20:6:2




Shorter Stature May Pose Higher Risk of Heart Disease


After gathering genetic data from nearly 200,000 people worldwide, researchers found that each extra 2.5 inches of height brings a 13.5 percent reduction in heart disease risk.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-9:8:5:3




National Briefing | Northwest: More Protections Possible for Spotted Owl


Federal biologists will consider increasing Endangered Species Act protections for the northern spotted owl, reflecting the bird's continued slide toward extinction despite steep logging cutbacks in the Northwest.

From the NYTimes News-2015-4-9:8:5:2




VIDEO: The boy who discovered a dinosaur


Scientists in Dallas, Texas, have excavated a 100 million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered by five-year-old Wylie Brys while playing with his father.

From the BBC News-2015-4-9:8:5:1




Cave crustaceans 'lose visual brain'


A study of blind crustaceans living in deep, dark caves shows that evolution is rapidly withering the visual parts of their brain.

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




'Gertie's Babies,' Sold at Birth, Use DNA to Unlock Secret Past


Gertrude Pitkanen Van Orden delivered and sold babies, and mostly evaded legal consequence, in Montana from the 1920s through the 1950s.

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




Indian monsoon's past analysed


Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago.

From the BBC News-2015-3-31:8:5:1




DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed


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

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




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


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

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




Experts Back Angelina Jolie Pitt in Choices for Cancer Prevention


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

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




'Monster salamanders' in mass grave


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

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




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


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

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




Biologists Call for Ban on Gene Editing Technique in Humans


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

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




Extinction threat to Europe's bees


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

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




Study Reveals Genetic Path of Modern Britons


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

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




DNA study: Celts not a single group


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

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




Shark eDNA results eagerly awaited


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

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




Matter: An Unlikely Driver of Evolution: Arsenic


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

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




'Giant lobster' ate like a whale


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




Protection Without a Vaccine


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

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




Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?


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

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




Jawbone's Discovery Fills Barren Evolutionary Period


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

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




DNA reveals bird shift surprise


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

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




'First human' discovered in Ethiopia


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

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




Autism appears 'largely genetic'


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

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




Scientists produce TB-resistant cows


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

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




Climate Change Researcher Offers a Defense of His Practices


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

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




Observatory: Britain Had Wheat Before Farming, Study Says


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

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




DNA documents ancient mass migration


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

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




The man who invented the dinosaur


Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

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




Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'


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

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




Peers debate three-person babies


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

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




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


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

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




Observatory: For Successful Evolution, Bigger Is Better


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

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




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


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

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




Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA


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

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




Google-backed genetic test approved


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

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




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


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

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




Evolution 'favours big sea beasts'


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

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




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


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

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




Project Sheds Light on What Drives Genes


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

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




VIDEO: Forgotten fossil is new species


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

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




Forgotten fossil is a new species


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

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




Radical HIV vaccine ploy raises hope


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

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




Penguins lost ability to taste fish


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

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




Raw Data: A Cancer Cluster Is Tough to Prove


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

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




Hard Cases: Genes Tell Only Part of the Story


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

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




Observatory: Fossils Expand the Menagerie of Jurassic Mammals


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

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




VIDEO: Videos of 1,500 beating human hearts


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

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




Beliefs: Conservative Politicians Abroad Seem More Accepting of Evolution


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

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




Gene-Altered Apples Get U.S. Approval


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

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




Conservation concern for UK insects


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

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




Darwin finches' messy family tree


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

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




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


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

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




Australia in 'extinction calamity'


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




Matter: In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolution


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

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




Deer DNA helps poacher prosecution


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

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




Britain Set to Approve Technique to Create Babies From 3 People


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

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




VIDEO: Rhino fossil found on Norfolk beach


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

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




MPs say yes to three-person babies


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

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




VIDEO: MPs to vote on three-person babies


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

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




Observatory: Snake Ancestors Probably Had Legs


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

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




News Analysis: A Path for Precision Medicine


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

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




Obama to Unveil Research Initiative to Develop Tailored Medical Treatments


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

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




VIDEO: 'New generation' drug research plan


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

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




Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs


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

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




Ancient Skull Adds New Insight to Story of Human Evolution


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

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




Myriad Genetics Ending Patent Dispute on Breast Cancer Risk Testing


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

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




First step towards saving rhino


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

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




More Differences Than Similarities Are Found in Autistic Siblings


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




VIDEO: Northern White rhinos facing extinction


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

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




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


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

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




David Shukman: Should we try to halt extinction?


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

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




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


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

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




'Designer baby debate should start'


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

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




Malaria resistance genetics revealed


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

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




Matter: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says


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

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




EU changes rules on GM crop-growing


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

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




New species of marine reptile found


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

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




Cancer's Random Assault


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

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




By 'Editing' Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation


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

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




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


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

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




Fingerprint 'cloned from photos'


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




Inquiry in Anthrax Mailings Had Gaps, Report Says


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

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




7ft marine reptile fossil beach find


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

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




Experts race to save white rhino


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

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




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


Letters to the editor and online comments.

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




DNA scientist to get back sold Nobel


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

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




Watson's DNA Nobel sells for $4.8m


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

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




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


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

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




Shell has 'earliest human engraving'


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

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




Genetic diversity of Africa revealed


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

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




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


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

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




VIDEO: Controversial DNA test comes to UK


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

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




Richard III DNA: Infidelity surprise


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

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




Observatory: Gray Seals Are Eating Into Porpoise Population


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

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




Controversial DNA test comes to UK


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

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




Sifting Through Genes in Search of Answers on Ebola


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

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




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


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

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




Scientists make enzymes from scratch


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

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




VIDEO: New threat to humpback whales?


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

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




AUDIO: Horned dinosaur species identified


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

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




Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA


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

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




Museum fossils are new dino species


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

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




Global Health: Snakes Leave Identity Within Their Fang Marks


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

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




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


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

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




Keeping Mates Close and Competition Out in an Ocean Sponge


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

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




Mind-controlled gene switch made


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

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




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


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

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




First Europeans 'weathered Ice Age'


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

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




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


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

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




Madagascar Fossil Offers Clues in Evolution of Mammals


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

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




Limb cells 'can turn into genitals'


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

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




Egg shape clue to bird survival


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

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




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


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

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




Q&A: A Gene by Any Other Name


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

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




Genes Influence Ebola Infections in Mice, Study Suggests


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

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




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


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

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




Two genes linked with violent crime


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

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




Paper test can detect Ebola strains


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

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




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


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

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




Observatory: Competition Drives Quick Evolution of Lizard's Feet


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

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




Monster shark 'kept whales in check'


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

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




Mystery of giant arm dinosaur solved


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

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




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


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

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




DNA yields secrets of human pioneer


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

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




Well: Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




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


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

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




Observatory: A Threat Is Seen in Pumas' Isolation


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

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




Fossils from 'oldest Parisian'


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

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




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


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

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




Finding Clues in Genes of 'Exceptional Responders'


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

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




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


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

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




Height differences 'caused by DNA'


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

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




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


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

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




Observatory: Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners


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

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




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


Letters to the editor and online comments.

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




Matter: A Tiny Emissary From the Ancient Past


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

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




Novel antibiotic class created


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

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




Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'


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

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




'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed


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

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




Lasker Winner Calls for More Genetic Testing for Cancer


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

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




VIDEO: 'Dreadnought' dinosaur biggest ever


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

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




Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History


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

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




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


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

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




Dinosaur titan's big bone haul


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

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




DNA overturns 30-year US convictions


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

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




Economics 'driving language loss'


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

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