Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons

An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent.

From the NYTimes News-2017-9-21:14:6:4

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:3

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:2

Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'

The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.

From the BBC News-2017-9-21:14:6:1

The lecture that changed biology

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.

From the BBC News-2017-9-21:8:5:1

Trilobites: Genes Color a Butterfly’s Wings. Now Scientists Want to Do It Themselves.

In two new studies, researchers turned to DNA editing to learn how master genes shape the patterns and colors of butterfly wings.

From the NYTimes News-2017-9-18:20:6:2

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

From the BBC News-2017-9-18:20:6:1

New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags

Kymriah, approved recently by the F.D.A., with a $475,000 price tag, is first of a coming wave of treatments whose expected prices have alarmed economists, scientists and insurers.

From the NYTimes News-2017-9-12:8:5:1

Trilobites: Starting Fires to Unearth How Neanderthals Made Glue

Some 200,000 years ago, Neanderthals used tar to attach handles to tools and weapons. Archaeologists performed experiments to show how they could have made this adhesive.

From the NYTimes News-2017-9-7:14:6:1

How to create a digital copy of dinosaur fossils

Palaeontologists are turning to technology to preserve dinosaur fossils.

From the BBC News-2017-9-5:8:5:1

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer. It will cost $475,000.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-30:20:6:1

With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Widespread DNA testing has shed light on the ancestry of millions of Americans. But these services have limitations, and the results can be uncertain.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:20:6:1

With a Drop of Saliva, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Widespread DNA testing has shed light on the ancestry of millions of Americans. But these services have limitations, and the results can be uncertain.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:14:6:1

Utah Paleontologists Turn to Crowdfunding for Raptor Project

Work on a huge sandstone slab with fossils of the enigmatic Utahraptor is stalled for lack of money. But the team hopes public support can get it back on track.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-28:8:5:2

'Sea dragon' fossil is 'largest on record'

A 200-million-year-old fossil 're-discovered' in a museum is something special, say scientists.

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

'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved

A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.

From the BBC News-2017-8-16:8:5:1

Bats set up home inside dinosaur at Devon theme park

The lesser horseshoe bats moved in to the belly of a triceratops at the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

From the BBC News-2017-8-14:8:5:1

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-10:20:6:1

Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit

Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.

From the BBC News-2017-8-10:14:6:1

First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs

Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.

From the BBC News-2017-8-10:8:5:1

Matter: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Mammals Took to the Skies

New fossil discoveries show that prehistoric “squirrels” glided through forests at least 160 million years ago, long before scientists had thought.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-9:14:6:1

News Analysis: Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say

Fears that embryo modification could allow parents to custom order a baby with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s imagination or Usain Bolt’s speed are closer to science fiction than science.

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

DNA clue to origins of early Greek civilization

DNA is shedding light on the people who built Greece's earliest civilizations.

From the BBC News-2017-8-3:8:5:1

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

Researchers have found a way to reliably remove disease-causing mutations from human embryos, an achievement sure to renew concerns over so-called designer babies.

From the NYTimes News-2017-8-2:14:6:1

Cricket's summer song making a comeback

How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.

From the BBC News-2017-7-29:8:5:1

Trilobites: Scientists Give a Chrysanthemum the Blues

There are few true blue flowers in nature, but plant geneticists are determined to create them anyway.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-28:20:6:1

Secrets of the world's toughest creatures revealed

DNA analyses of tardigrades has given scientists an insight into their incredible survival abilities.

From the BBC News-2017-7-28:8:5:1

Trilobites: Fate of Ancient Canaanites Seen in DNA Analysis: They Survived

A study of ancient DNA recovered from remains found in Lebanon contradicts a biblical story that an ancient war wiped out the group.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-27:20:6:1

A Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies Against Cancer

Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not so well yet in more common ones like lung cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2017-7-23:20:6:1

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

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

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

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

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

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

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

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

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

Following the Eyes for a Clue to Autism

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

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

Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway, Scientists Warn

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

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

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

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

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

Fossil sheds light on bird evolution after asteroid strike

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

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

Studying Sharks, Up Close and Personal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giant croc had teeth like a T. rex

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

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

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

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

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

Trilobites: Strange Mammals That Stumped Darwin Finally Find a Home

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

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

Frog evolution linked to dinosaur asteroid strike

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

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

Raptor plunging to extinction in England

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

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

Turkey Drops Evolution From Curriculum, Angering Secularists

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

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

Review: In ‘Food Evolution,’ Scientists Strike Back

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

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

Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

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

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

The power of a billion: India's genomics revolution

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

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

Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

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

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

Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs'

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

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

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors

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

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

'Oldest Homo sapiens' found

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

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

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

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

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

'First of our kind' found in Morocco

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

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

How a Galápagos Bird Lost the Ability to Fly

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

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

The Last Animals - fighting to save animals from extinction

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

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

Challenging Mainstream Thought About Beauty’s Big Hand in Evolution

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

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

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

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

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

Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs

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

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

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

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

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

The DNA detective

A man abandoned as a baby 61 years ago traced his family using a DNA detective. But what do they do?

From the BBC News-2017-5-23:8:5:1

Trilobites: These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space

Although tests did find slightly increased DNA damage, compared with freeze-dried earth sperm, the space version did the job when it came to fertilizing eggs.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-22:20:6:1

Matter: In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-22:14:6:1

Trilobites: Genetic Tidying Up Made Humped Bladderworts Into Carnivorous Plants

A new study identifies the evolutionary refinements that gave rise to floating, rootless plants that can trap and digest, like super-fast Venus flytraps.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-19:20:6:1

Snail's DNA secrets unlocked in fight against river disease

Scientists have decoded the genome of a snail involved in the spread of a deadly parasitic disease.

From the BBC News-2017-5-16:14:6:1

The Health Issue: The Genetics of Pooched-Out Pooches

A mutation in some obesity-prone dog breeds might reveal new risk factors for obesity in humans — and perhaps one day give rise to new drugs.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-16:8:5:2

Rare Mexican porpoise faces 'imminent extinction'

A fishing ban extension is said to be the best hope for the world's most endangered marine species.

From the BBC News-2017-5-16:8:5:1

‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From the Oil Sands of Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, is putting on display the best-preserved fossil of a 110 million-year-old dinosaur ever found.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-13:8:5:1

New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers

Many consumers will soon have a better sense of their risk for Alzheimer’s and other debilitating conditions. Insurers will have no way of knowing.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-12:20:6:2

Trilobites: A Gene Mystery: How Are Rats With No Y Chromosome Born Male?

The cells of Japan’s Amami spiny rat have unusual sexual flexibility, a possible clue to how the animal differentiates into female and male sexes, new research suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-12:20:6:1

Lions face same extinct threats as Ice Age cats - study

Two big cats including the African lion are most at risk from extinction due to loss of prey, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2017-5-11:14:6:1

A Baffling Brain Defect Is Linked to Gut Bacteria, Scientists Say

A serendipitous experiment in mice suggests that patients with a mutated gene are more susceptible if they harbor certain types of bacteria.

From the NYTimes News-2017-5-10:20:6:1

Identity of famous baby dinosaur fossil revealed

The fossil of a hatchling dinosaur dubbed Baby Louie is recognised as a new species of feathered dinosaur.

From the BBC News-2017-5-10:8:5:1

Rare ammonite 'death drag' fossil discovered

The creature's shell made a 8.5m-long mark as it drifted along the seafloor 150 million years ago.

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

Jurassic animal found on Skye 'fed milk to young'

A fossil found on Skye of the early mammal suggests it had a set of milk teeth, say palaeontologists.

From the BBC News-2017-5-4:8:5:1

Rare Russian tiger returns to the wild

Amur tigers were nearly driven to extinction, but conservation work in Russia is helping them bouncing back slowly.

From the BBC News-2017-5-3:20:6:1

Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

Botanists unlock the genetic workings of the tea plant, in a move that could improve flavour.

From the BBC News-2017-5-2:8:5:1

Fossil sheds light on 'Jurassic Park' dinosaurs

A fossil kept in storage in a museum for decades turns out to that of a new species, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2017-5-2:8:5:2

DNA of extinct humans found in caves

The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediment in caves - even in the absences of skeletal remains.

From the BBC News-2017-4-28:14:6:1

Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Modern genetic tools have provided new details of how domestication changes animals as they become entwined with humans.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-27:20:6:2

No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt

With a new technique, German researchers isolated Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA from sediment alone, opening new possibilities in archaeology.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-27:20:6:1

'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret

The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.

From the BBC News-2017-4-26:14:6:1

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions

Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

From the BBC News-2017-4-25:8:5:1

DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Think you know your racial background? A communications studies project involving ancestry DNA testing has led to interesting conversations on identity.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-23:8:5:1

Meet Three Scientists Ready to March

Shadow three scientists as they work with wolves and butterflies, DNA and tide pools before they attend one of the March for Science demonstrations around the country.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-22:8:5:1

Matter: Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

A groundbreaking study has found that genetic variations in mice are linked to parental care and monogamy, the first time such a link has been found in mammals.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-19:14:6:1

Trilobites: A Dinosaur Cousin’s Crocodile Ankles Surprise Paleontologists

The features of 245-million-year-old Teleocrater fossils may help fill in our understanding of how dinosaurs evolved.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-13:8:5:1

Early dinosaur relative walked like a croc

A new fossil suggests an early relative of dinosaurs had some features we associate today with crocodiles and alligators.

From the BBC News-2017-4-12:14:6:1

Mystery of why shoelaces come undone unravelled by science

The authors say the research can be applied to other structures, such as DNA.

From the BBC News-2017-4-12:8:5:1

Trilobites: A Genetic Oddity May Give Octopuses and Squids Their Smarts

Unlike other organisms, coleoid cephalopods make extensive use of RNA editing, which could slow their evolution but may make their behavior more complex than other invertebrates.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-6:20:6:1

F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers

Lifting an earlier moratorium, the agency said the company could report the risks for 10 diseases under certain controls.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-6:20:6:2

Take a Number: What Makes a City Ant? Maybe Just 100 Years of Evolution

A century or so of evolution may have allowed tiny acorn ants to thrive in a warm, urban environment.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-3:14:6:2

Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Researchers are studying the effects of antibiotic-resistant genes in the oceans.

From the NYTimes News-2017-4-3:14:6:1

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

The origins of house mice go back about 15,000 years to the Middle East, fossil evidence suggests.

From the BBC News-2017-3-28:8:5:1

Fossil tracks are Australia's 'Jurassic Park'

Scientists describe a remarkable collection of dinosaur tracks on beaches in Western Australia.

From the BBC News-2017-3-27:8:5:1

British scientists claim major advance in TB treatment

Researchers are using genome sequencing to make sure patients get the right drugs more quickly.

From the BBC News-2017-3-24:8:5:1

Paleo artist

An award-winning artist brings ancient fossil discoveries to life through illustrations.

From the BBC News-2017-3-23:8:5:1

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'

Scientists reclassify dinosaurs, putting British fossils at the base of their family tree.

From the BBC News-2017-3-22:14:6:1

Princess Anne: GM crops 'have real benefits'

Princess Anne has told the BBC's Farming Today she believes gene technology has important benefits to offer in terms of providing food.

From the BBC News-2017-3-22:8:5:3

Genetically-modified crops have benefits - Princess Anne

The Princess Royal's views in a BBC radio show appear to be at odds with those of the Prince of Wales.

From the BBC News-2017-3-22:8:5:2

Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough

The ancient arthropod, found in Herefordshire, joins a long list of items named after the TV legend.

From the BBC News-2017-3-22:8:5:1

Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans

A change in just a single 'letter' of the flu virus allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to scientists.

From the BBC News-2017-3-21:14:6:1

'Oldest plants on Earth' discovered

The origins of plants may go back hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to fossil evidence.

From the BBC News-2017-3-14:20:6:1

Trilobites: A Start Date for the Bison Invasion of North America

The serendipitous discovery of a fossil in northern Canada suggests that the furry, horned beasts crossed over from Asia more than 130,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2017-3-13:20:6:1

How Darwin Evolved: 25,540 Paper Fragments Tell the Story

Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History have used superfast computers to reorganize the raw notes that formed “On the Origin of Species.”

From the NYTimes News-2017-3-13:14:6:1

DNA provides window into early Aboriginal history

Scientists use hair to locate where distinct groups lived in Australia up to 50,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2017-3-9:14:6:2

Oldest croc eggs discovered in dinosaur nest

The oldest crocodilian eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal.

From the BBC News-2017-3-9:14:6:1

New insight into secret lives of Neanderthals

Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth.

From the BBC News-2017-3-8:14:6:1

Matter: How Did Aborigines Get to Australia? DNA Helps Solve a Mystery

Scientists used a genetic test to discover that the ancestors of Aboriginal Australians arrived 50,000 years ago and spread along the coastlines.

From the NYTimes News-2017-3-8:14:6:2

The Woolly Mammoth’s Last Stand

A new study shows how an endangered or declining species may result in an irreversible genetic meltdown.

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

DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out

The last woolly mammoths were wracked with genetic disease and had a strange shiny coat, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2017-3-2:20:6:1

Matter: Scientists Say Canadian Bacteria Fossils Are Earth’s Oldest

Ancient rocks have yielded tiny fossil-like formations up to 4.2 billion years old, researchers reported. But some experts are skeptical.

From the NYTimes News-2017-3-1:14:6:2

First evidence of life on Earth 'found'

Researchers discover fossils of what may be some of earliest living organisms.

From the BBC News-2017-3-1:14:6:1

'Best ever' view of what a dinosaur really looked like

Lasers reveal invisible details of the shape of a feathered dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2017-3-1:8:5:1

Trilobites: In an Ancient Burial Place, 3 Centuries of One Woman’s Descendants

A study of DNA from 14 bodies in a burial site in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon found a matrilineal link, raising questions about a society’s structure.

From the NYTimes News-2017-2-24:14:6:1

GM hens help build 'frozen aviary' in Edinburgh

Genetically-modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a "frozen aviary" to conserve rare birds.

From the BBC News-2017-2-17:14:6:1

Trilobites: After Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, Life Rebounded Rapidly, Fossils Suggest

A teenager’s fossil hunt two decades agao may have changed paleontologists’ understanding of how long it took to recover from the “Great Dying” 252 million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2017-2-16:20:6:1

Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight

The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.

From the NYTimes News-2017-2-15:20:6:1

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.

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

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative

Scientists have uncovered the first evidence of live births in the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.

From the BBC News-2017-2-14:14:6:1

Conflicting Views on a Wider Police Use of DNA

At a public meeting, experts shared their views on whether investigators should be able to study the DNA of relatives of crime suspects.

From the NYTimes News-2017-2-11:8:5:1

Sound of crickets 'could become a thing of the past'

A quarter of Europe's cricket and grasshopper species are being driven to extinction, say experts.

From the BBC News-2017-2-9:20:6:1

Orangutan squeaks reveal language evolution, says study

The way orangutans communicate could shed light on humans' first words.

From the BBC News-2017-2-8:20:6:1

Quinoa genome could see 'super-food' prices tumble

Scientists say that decoding the quinoa genome could cut the cost of this nutritious but underutilised crop.

From the BBC News-2017-2-8:14:6:1

Norfolk beach rhino fossil revealed by storm surge

The rhino found on a Norfolk beach dates back about 700,000 years.

From the BBC News-2017-2-6:14:6:1

Why aren't we gene editing people to be my size?

Kiruna Stamell, who has dwarfism, explains her problem with gene editing.

From the BBC News-2017-2-3:8:5:1

Trilobites: Finding the Speed of Evolution in a Study of Bird Beaks

Much of the variety in the bills of today’s birds evolved long ago, very quickly, a study found, yet bill evolution didn’t slow down over time.

From the NYTimes News-2017-2-1:20:6:1

How birds of a feather evolved together

Research shows how birds acquired beaks of all shapes and sizes over millions of years of evolution.

From the BBC News-2017-2-1:14:6:1

New 'super yield' GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

A new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat will be planted this spring after the UK government gave the final go-ahead.

From the BBC News-2017-2-1:8:5:1

'Tuberculosis-resistant' cattle developed in China

Scientists in China say they have produced cloned cattle with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis.

From the BBC News-2017-2-1:8:5:2

'Startling' dinosaur protein discovery

Ancient proteins dating back 195 million years have been found inside a dinosaur bone.

From the BBC News-2017-1-31:14:6:1

Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

An unsolved Queens killing has led to calls for widening DNA searches to include relatives of possible suspects. But the method, a frontier in forensic science, has critics.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-27:20:6:2

A Genetic Fix to Put the Taste Back in Tomatoes

University of Florida scientists say they have found a recipe that would return flavor that has been lost through breeding of modern hybrids.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-27:20:6:1

Australia's 'fairy possum' faces uncertain future

A tiny possum, an emblem of the state of Victoria in Australia, is rapidly heading towards extinction, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2017-1-27:14:6:1

Trilobites: 6 Million Years Ago, Otters the Size of Wolves Roamed China’s Wetlands

Fossils of the extinct relative of modern-day otters suggest that it was six feet long, and it had jaws that could possibly crack through shellfish.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-25:20:6:1

Extra letters added to bug genetic code

Scientists have created bacteria that thrive using an expanded "genetic alphabet".

From the BBC News-2017-1-24:14:6:1

Basics: Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Daniel Kronauer’s transgenic ants offer scientists the chance to explore the evolution of animal societies — and, perhaps, our own.

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

Trilobites: Tasmanian Tigers’ Brains Yield Clues Long After Extinction

The last thylacine died in a zoo in 1936, but neural scans of preserved specimens revealed that they may have been more intelligent than previously believed.

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

A Conversation With: What Did Neanderthals Leave to Modern Humans? Some Surprises

Genes inherited from Neanderthals may have made some modern humans heartier, but also more prone to depression and other diseases.

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

Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.

From the BBC News-2017-1-18:20:6:1

Matter: Almost Two-Thirds of Primate Species Near Extinction, Scientists Find

From gorillas to gibbons, a wide-ranging survey finds that the world’s primates are in steep decline.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-18:14:6:2

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance

A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.

From the BBC News-2017-1-18:14:6:1

IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple

A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.

From the BBC News-2017-1-18:8:5:1

Last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, has died

Documentary maker reflects on the life of astronaut Gene Cernan, following his death.

From the BBC News-2017-1-17:8:5:1

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82

US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.

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

Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?

Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis.

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

Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

Dr. Smithies discovered a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-12:8:5:1

Trilobites: Finding a Home on the Tree of Life for a Tentacled Ice Cream Cone With a Lid

After analyzing more than 1,500 hyolith fossils, researchers concluded they are most closely related to present-day brachiopods, not mollusks.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-11:14:6:2

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life

Scientists say they have solved the mystery surrounding a sea creature that lived more than 500 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2017-1-11:14:6:1

Dr. Peter Nowell, Who Helped Transform Cancer Research, Dies at 88

Dr. Nowell and a colleague discovered the first genetic defect proven to cause cancer, which led to major advances by other scientists decades later.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-11:8:5:1

These Foods Aren’t Genetically Modified but They Are ‘Edited’

Gene editing, which does not add genes from other organisms into plants, is done with new tools that snip and tweak DNA at precise locations.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-9:20:6:2

Basics: A Family’s Shared Defect Sheds Light on the Human Genome

The genome is divided into thousands of ‘neighborhoods,’ or TADs, scientists are finding. Breaching the borders can have deadly consequences.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-9:20:6:1

Trilobites: Tomatillo Fossils, 52 Million Years Old, Are Discovered in Patagonia

The discovery suggests that the nightshade family of plants, which includes tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, has been around much longer than was previously thought.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-9:14:6:1

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

Scientists discover a 'clear signal' of urbanisation in the evolution of organisms around the globe.

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

Fossil fruit from 52 million years ago revealed

Fossils of ancient plants shed light on how the family that includes crops such as potatoes evolved.

From the BBC News-2017-1-5:20:6:1

Synthego Raises $41 Million From Investors, Including a Top Biochemist

The genetic engineering start-up’s round includes the participation of Jennifer A. Doudna, who helped pioneer a technique that made altering DNA easier.

From the NYTimes News-2017-1-4:8:5:1

Trilobites: Cheetahs in Danger of Extinction, Researchers Say

A drop in their numbers has prompted an international team to call for changing the animal’s status from vulnerable to endangered.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-30:14:6:1

Cheetahs heading for extinction, study says

Urgent action is needed to stop the cheetah - the world's fastest land animal - becoming extinct, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2016-12-27:8:5:1

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes

A new study estimates there are just 7,100 now left in the wild as they face growing conflict with humans.

From the BBC News-2016-12-26:20:6:1

Ash tree genome sequenced for first time

UK scientists have decoded the genome of the ash in the fight against a devastating plant disease.

From the BBC News-2016-12-26:14:6:1

Some young dinosaurs shed teeth, say experts

Some dinosaurs shed their teeth as they grew up, according to fossil evidence.

From the BBC News-2016-12-23:8:5:1

Trilobites: Cold Tolerance Among Inuit May Come From Extinct Human Relatives

Gene variants that might give Inuit in Greenland more heat-generating fat matches up with DNA found in Denisovans, an extinct group of ancient humans.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-23:8:5:2

Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania.

From the BBC News-2016-12-14:8:5:1

Nickel clue to 'dinosaur killer' asteroid

Scientists say they have a clue that may enable them to find traces of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs in the very crater it made on impact.

From the BBC News-2016-12-13:8:5:1

Trilobites: Rapid Evolution Saved This Fish From Pollution, Study Says

Distinct populations of Atlantic killifish developed adaptations that helped them survive in waters tainted by toxic leftovers of industrial manufacturing.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-9:14:6:2

100 million year old dinosaur tail is discovered

Scientists have found a 100 million year old dinosaur tail trapped in amber.

From the BBC News-2016-12-9:14:6:1

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

Giraffes have been classified as vulnerable to extinction. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

From the BBC News-2016-12-8:20:6:1

Trilobites: That Thing With Feathers Trapped in Amber? It Was a Dinosaur Tail

A Chinese paleontologist’s discovery in an amber market is offering new insights into the evolution of feathers.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-8:20:6:2

Giraffes, Towering and Otherworldly, Are ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction

The population of the world’s tallest land mammal has dropped by 40 percent in three decades, a report said.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-8:14:6:2

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.

From the BBC News-2016-12-8:14:6:1

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.

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

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-12-7:20:6:1

Human evolution 'not over yet'

The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2016-12-5:20:6:1

Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Fossils of possibly the earliest backboned four-legged animals to walk have been found in Scotland.

From the BBC News-2016-12-5:14:6:1

$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math

The awards went to more than a thousand physicists, life scientists and mathematicians in areas like genetics and string theory.

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

Sinosphere: Fear, Then Skepticism, Over Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Beijing Smog

Researchers did not find live bacteria capable of infecting anyone, despite discovering antibiotic-resistant genetic material in the smog.

From the NYTimes News-2016-12-2:8:5:1

Trilobites: Study Suggests 3.2 Million-Year-Old Lucy Spent a Lot of Time in Trees

The bones of the famous fossil were pretty thick, suggesting she had a ratio of strength between her arms and legs more like a chimp than a human.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-30:20:6:1

Where the Police Protect Venus Flytraps

North Carolina is more aggressively protecting the plants, which grow in the wild only in a 75-mile radius near Wilmington, as fears of extinction increase.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-28:8:5:1

Ginkgo 'living fossil' genome decoded

The genetic code that underpins the Ginkgo tree has been laid bare by a team of researchers led from China.

From the BBC News-2016-11-21:14:6:1

Testing the Limits of Biotech in the Race for a Zika Vaccine

Vaccines usually take a decade or more to develop, but researchers say a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018, thanks in part to experimental DNA technology.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-19:8:5:1

Trilobites: Your A.T.M. Is Covered in Microbes, but Mostly Harmless

To researchers, automated teller machines are like miniature laboratories where they can study the DNA of a city.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-18:20:6:1

Trilobites: Drilling Into the Chicxulub Crater, Ground Zero of the Dinosaur Extinction

By studying hills that formed after an asteroid struck the Yucatán Peninsula, researchers found that materials deep in Earth’s crust were brought toward the surface.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-17:20:6:4

With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

By altering photosynthesis in tobacco, researchers improved the plant’s production, a method they hope will prove successful in food crops.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-17:20:6:3

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow

A genetic technique makes plants produce more food from sunlight - a key step in feeding the growing global population, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2016-11-17:20:6:1

How to make plants use more sunlight

A genetic technique makes plants produce more food from sunlight - a key step in feeding the growing global population, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2016-11-17:20:6:2

RSPB hails 'remarkable' recovery of threatened cirl bunting

One of the UK's most endangered songbirds is no longer on the brink of extinction, the RSPB says.

From the BBC News-2016-11-17:8:5:1

Seawater's DNA secrets to life in the deep

Sampling DNA from seawater may be one way to check up on ocean life, according to research.

From the BBC News-2016-11-16:20:6:1

Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers 'to attract mate '

An extinct bird that lived 120 million years ago had iridescent feathers, probably to attract a mate, fossil evidence shows.

From the BBC News-2016-11-15:8:5:1

Dippy dinosaur's national tour stops announced

The UK's most famous dinosaur skeleton will start its national tour on England's Jurassic Coast.

From the BBC News-2016-11-14:20:6:1

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits, Study Finds

Even people who are at the worst risk can benefit by not smoking, exercising moderately and eating a healthy diet, researchers say.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-13:20:6:1

Trilobites: A Dinosaur With a Beak and Feathers Unearthed in China

Construction workers dynamiting rock for a new school unearthed the fossil of an “alien-looking” dinosaur.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-10:20:7:1

Global Health: Squirrel Nutkin Could Have Had Leprosy, Study Finds

Genetic analyses of 25 squirrels in Britain showed that they were infected with M. leprae, a cause of leprosy in humans.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-10:20:7:2

The dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

Palaeontologist Stephen Brusatte explains the significance of the newly discovered dinosaur fossil that was almost destroyed by dynamite.

From the BBC News-2016-11-10:14:6:2

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

A newly discovered species of dinosaur is identified from an extraordinarily complete fossil almost destroyed by dynamite.

From the BBC News-2016-11-10:14:6:1

How dogs became our friends - DNA evidence

Dogs have been dining on human food scraps since the early days of their domestication, a scientific study suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-11-10:8:5:1

Florida polls split on GM mosquitoes

Voters across one Florida county have signalled their approval for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in a bid to fight Zika.

From the BBC News-2016-11-9:8:5:1

Trilobites: Why You Don’t Have Much Neanderthal DNA in Your Genome

As a large population of modern humans interbred with a smaller number of Neanderthals, natural selection purged Neanderthal DNA from the genomes of their descendants.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-8:20:6:2

Florida vote on GM mosquito release

Residents in Florida are being asked to vote on a trial of genetically modified mosquitoes on US Election Day.

From the BBC News-2016-11-8:20:6:1

Trilobites: After Dinosaur Extinction, Some Insects Recovered More Quickly

Researchers studied fossilized leaves from Patagonia to conclude it took about 4 million years for insects to recover following the Chicxulub asteroid.

From the NYTimes News-2016-11-7:14:6:1

Scientists apply for GM wheat trial in UK

Researchers apply for a licence to carry out a trial of a genetically modified wheat crop in a small field in Hertfordshire.

From the BBC News-2016-11-4:8:5:1

DNA clues to how chipmunk earned its stripes

New research suggests chipmunks and a type of mouse evolved stripes early in their evolution, which may have given them an advantage in outwitting predators.

From the BBC News-2016-11-2:14:6:1

Thousands of baby turtles released into Peruvian Amazon

Thousands of baby Taricaya turtles have been released into the Peruvian Amazon as part of an effort to save them from extinction.

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

Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic

Three-quarters of participants in a new study said obese people should exercise more and eat better, even though science says it’s more complicated than that.

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

Uncertain Harvest: Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

Higher yields with less pesticides was the sales pitch for genetically modified seeds. But that has not proved to be the outcome in the United States.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-29:14:6:1

Susan Lindquist, Scientist Who Made Genetic Discoveries Using Yeast, Dies at 67

The conceptually daring work of Dr. Lindquist, a National Medal of Science recipient, opened new paths to understanding Parkinson’s and other diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-29:8:5:1

Trilobites: First Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Found

An amateur fossil hunter found something that looked like a pebble more than 10 years ago. Turns out, it was a dinosaur brain.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-27:20:6:1

Matter: How the Brown Rat Conquered New York City (and Every Other One, Too)

Brown rats were confined to Asia until 300 years ago, a DNA study found. Then European colonizers helped them take over the world.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-27:14:6:1

H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before ‘Patient Zero’

The virus appeared in New York as early as 1971, according to a new genetic analysis, and spread from there to San Francisco.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-26:14:6:1

Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia

A parrot fossil has been discovered in Siberia - the furthest north these birds have ever been found.

From the BBC News-2016-10-26:8:5:1

Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents'

Some of the giants of the dinosaur family may have arisen in South America and crossed over Antarctica to Australia about 100 million years ago, new fossil evidence suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-10-20:14:6:1

Soloneshnoye Journal: Siberian Town Stakes a Claim as Humanity’s Cradle

In a small cave in rural Russia, some scientists say there’s compelling data about evolution and the interbreeding of a variety of early humans.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-19:14:6:1

Trilobites: In Refrigerators, Tomatoes Lose Flavor at the Genetic Level

Once a tomato is picked from the vine, there’s only one thing you can do to preserve its flavor: Keep it out of the fridge.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-17:20:6:2

Where Did the First Farmers Live? Looking for Answers in DNA

Skeletons from ancient settlements in the Near East are providing answers about how agriculture, and society, arose.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-17:20:6:1

Dinosaur-era 'swordfish' discovered in outback Australia

"Extremely rare" fossils from a swordfish-like predator which lived 100 million years ago have been discovered on Australia's "Dinosaur Trail".

From the BBC News-2016-10-14:8:5:1

Virus stole poison genes from black widow spider

In a very unusual case of genetic theft, a virus has been caught with a gene that codes for the poison of black widow spiders.

From the BBC News-2016-10-12:14:6:2

Fossil sheds light on evolution of birdsong

Scientists have reconstructed the "voicebox" of an extinct bird that lived at the time of the dinosaurs - and they say it honked or quacked like a duck.

From the BBC News-2016-10-12:14:6:1

Chicxulub 'dinosaur crater' investigation begins in earnest

Scientists begin examining rocks drilled from the crater dug out of Earth's crust by the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2016-10-11:20:6:1

British 'sea dragon' fossils are 'new to science'

Scientific detective work on fossils collected in Victorian times has identified two new species of ichthyosaurs - the giant sea reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2016-10-6:14:6:1

Allen Roses, Who Upset Common Wisdom on Cause of Alzheimer’s, Dies at 73

Dr. Roses and his colleagues concluded that Alzheimer’s resulted from a gene variation, and he was testing a drug that he hoped would delay symptoms.

From the NYTimes News-2016-10-5:20:6:1

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists

A reptile that lived 200 million years ago is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.

From the BBC News-2016-9-29:14:6:1

Trilobites: In Decades Old Slides, Drops of Blood and Hints of Malaria’s Path

DNA studies help reveal that some malaria strains closely followed the migrations of people: from India to Europe and then from Europe to the Americas.

From the NYTimes News-2016-9-28:20:6:1

New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal

A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

From the BBC News-2016-9-28:14:6:1

Birth of ‘3-Parent Baby’ a Success for Controversial Procedure

Reproductive scientists used genetic material from a donor in addition to that of the couple trying to conceive.

From the NYTimes News-2016-9-27:20:6:1

Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell

Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.

From the BBC News-2016-9-27:8:5:1