Scientists Start a Genomic Catalog of Earth’s Abundant Microbes

These tiny, resilient life forms, representing “the vast majority of organisms on earth,” are still largely unknown to scientists.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-28:20:6:2

U.S. students use Canadian tool on mislabelled food

Two American high school students have used unique Canadian DNA technology to identify numerous mislabelled food products in New York City markets.

From the CBC News-2009-12-28:20:6:3

In New Way to Edit DNA, Hope for Treating Disease

Scientists might have a new way to alter human DNA if a technique for editing the genetic text proves safe and effective.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-28:20:6:1

Genes 'drive deadly brain cancer'

Scientists have discovered two genes that appear responsible for one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer.

From the BBC News-2009-12-27:14:6:1

The God Gene

A Times science writer argues that religion is a machine for manufacturing social solidarity.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-27:8:5:1

Troubleshooters that block cancer

A family of "limpet-like" proteins play a crucial role in repairing DNA damage which can lead to cancer, two studies show.

From the BBC News-2009-12-26:8:5:1

Gene library to help Dalhousie scientists fight cancer

Researchers at Dalhousie University hope to raise $200,000 to buy freezers full of molecules that would help them fight cancer.

From the CBC News-2009-12-25:14:6:1

Childhood asthma genetic link identified

A mutated gene seems to contribute to most cases of childhood asthma, U.S. researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-12-24:14:6:1

Toxic evolution: How barnacles repel predators

One species of barnacle has extraordinarily high levels of bromine in its body, becoming toxic in a bid to repel predators.

From the BBC News-2009-12-23:8:5:1

Remarkable Creatures: Whatever Doesn’t Kill Some Animals Can Make Them Deadly

Some species tolerate high levels of tetrodotoxin, and answers may lie in the evolution of sodium ion channels.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-21:20:6:2

Bird-like dinosaur was 'venomous'

A bird-like dinosaur that prowled an ancient forest 125 million years ago used venom to subdue its prey, a new theory says.

From the BBC News-2009-12-21:20:6:1

Observatory: DNA Shifts Timeline for Mammoths’ Exit

Analysis of DNA in sediment from Alaska suggests that overhunting by early man was not solely responsible for the extinction of woolly mammoths and horses, researchers said.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-21:14:6:1

Desperate bid to save rare rhinos

Four rare Northern White rhinos are flown from a Czech zoo to Kenya in a bid to save the species from extinction.

From the BBC News-2009-12-21:8:5:1

Disease Risk Depends on Which Parent a DNA Variant Is Inherited From

A company used data from the population of Iceland to distinguish which chromosomes came from the mother and which from the father.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-19:8:5:1

Scientist Is Crucial to the Bay Area’s Role in Stem Cell Research

Efforts are under way to cure diseases using Dr. Shinya Yamanaka’s technique of transforming ordinary cells from skin into stem cells.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-18:8:5:2

As Patent Ends, a Seed’s Use Will Survive

The first patent to expire on a widely used bioengineered crop since gene-splicing became a mainstay of crop science.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-18:8:5:1

Fossil find is 2009's top breakthrough

The discovery a "central character in the story of human evolution" is named the scientific breakthrough of 2009.

From the BBC News-2009-12-17:20:6:1

2 cancer codes cracked

Scientists hail the unlocking of the complete genetic code of two common cancers as "a fundamental moment in cancer research."

From the CBC News-2009-12-17:20:6:2

Leprosy-linked genes identified

Seven genes increase the susceptibility to leprosy, researchers find.

From the CBC News-2009-12-17:20:6:3

Experts crack cancer 'gene code'

Scientists unlock the entire genetic code of two common cancers - skin and lung - a move they say could revolutionise cancer care.

From the BBC News-2009-12-16:20:6:1

Observatory: Flies Get Tipsy and Aid the Study of Addiction

By exposing fruit flies to alcohol, researchers hope to gain genetic insight into human behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-15:8:5:1

Breast cancer gene test eligibility in Ont. misses some

About one per cent of Jewish women in Ontario carry a genetic mutation that makes them more susceptible to ovarian and breast cancer, but many are not on the Health Ministry's list of candidates for genetic testing, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-12-14:20:6:1

Darwin had inherited illness: professor

An Australian scientist believes he has identified what caused Charles Darwin's long-standing illness.

From the CBC News-2009-12-14:14:6:1

Genetic 'map' of Asia's diversity

An international scientific effort has revealed the genetics behind Asia's diversity.

From the BBC News-2009-12-11:14:6:1

T.rex's 'little cousin': Researchers unearth new dinosaur species

Researchers unveil a new species of dinosaur from the late triassic - an early relative of T.rex and velociraptor.

From the BBC News-2009-12-11:8:5:1

Observatory: Bones Show Early Divergence of Dinosaur Lineage

The fossils of a theropod from 215 million years ago, unearthed in New Mexico, support the idea that the major types of dinosaurs evolved early on.

From the NYTimes News-2009-12-10:20:6:1

Children's brain tumour clue found in genome

An international study that included doctors at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children appears to shed new light on a particular type of brain tumour in children that often proves deadly.

From the CBC News-2009-12-8:14:6:2

Missing DNA link found in 'very hungry' kids

Obese children whose overeating is nearly uncontrollable may be missing portions of DNA, a British study suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-12-8:14:6:3

It's true - one of our dinosaurs really is missing

A remote-controlled dinosaur robot worth about $100,000 (£61,000) is stolen from a Walking With Dinosaurs exhibition in Mexico.

From the BBC News-2009-12-8:14:6:1

Where you live can affect your genes

A new study has found that living in a city can influence the expression of your genes.

From the CBC News-2009-12-7:14:6:2

Software models aid genetic study

Computer models of the workings of genes are helping unpick the process of aging and how toxins poison the body.

From the BBC News-2009-12-7:14:6:1

Mutations link autism, schizophrenia: study

Autism and schizophrenia may be genetic opposites, an evolutionary biologist in British Columbia says.

From the CBC News-2009-12-3:20:6:1

Feeding birds 'changes evolution'

Bird-feeders, hung in many a garden, can affect the way our feathered friends evolve, according to scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-12-3:14:6:1

Men's genes 'may limit lifespan'

Men carry a gene that allows them to grow bigger than women, but limits their lifespan, research on mice suggests.

From the BBC News-2009-12-2:8:5:1

Memo From Alexandria: Harnessing Darwin to Push an Ancient Intellectual Center to Evolve

An international conference on Darwin in Egypt helped lead to a public discussion of ideas that challenge religious thinking and the national curriculum, and promote critical thinking.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-26:8:5:1

An Evolve-By Date

On the 150th anniversary of "Origin of Species," a reminder that in most instances evolution fails rather than succeeds.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-25:14:6:1

Gene offers bowel cancer 'shield'

A gene known to shield the body from harmful chemicals may also protect against bowel cancer, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2009-11-25:8:5:1

Observatory: Fun With Nicknames for Ancient Crocodiles

A paleontologist at the University of Chicago has fun naming the fossil crocodiles he has dug up from the Sahara.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-23:20:6:4

Museum Is Displaying Treasures of the Other Evolution Pioneer

A piece once owned by Alfred Russel Wallace will be on display at the American Museum of Natural History.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-23:20:6:3

Plea to find lost Darwin notes crucial to theory of evolution

English Heritage launch an appeal to trace Charles Darwin's missing Galapagos notebook.

From the BBC News-2009-11-23:20:6:1

Remarkable Creatures: In Snails and Snakes, Features to Delight Darwin

As the world celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” some facts on snails and snakes that would have intrigued him.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-23:20:6:2

Visions of Darwin

Museum launches contest for photos inspired by Darwin

From the BBC News-2009-11-23:14:6:1

U. of Nebraska Defeats Tighter Limits on Stem Cell Research

The effort had been seen by opponents as a possible new front in the national debate over the matter.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-21:8:5:1

University Weighs Tighter Limits on Stem Cell Research

The University of Nebraska would be the first such institution to set stricter limits than what national or state law allows.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-19:20:6:3

New Data Shed Light on Large-Animal Extinction

A team from the University of Wisconsin uncovered a crucial sequence of events that rules out some explanations and severely constrains others.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-19:20:6:2

Mammoth dung clue to extinction

A study of mammoth dung has helped unravel the mystery of what caused the great mammals to die out.

From the BBC News-2009-11-19:20:6:1

Skate may be fished to extinction

A species of skate could become the first marine fish driven to extinction by commercial fishing, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-11-18:20:6:1

A Genetics Company Fails, Its Research Too Complex

The demise of deCode Genetics was largely the result of learning that researching genes that cause diseases was far more complex than anyone originally thought.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-18:14:6:1

DNA clue to save rare Darwin bird

Specimens collected by Charles Darwin could help scientists reintroduce a rare mockingbird to the Galapagos Islands.

From the BBC News-2009-11-18:8:5:1

5 genes raise bowel disease risk in young

Researchers have discovered five gene regions that raise the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases in children and adolescents - a finding that could help them develop new drug therapies.

From the CBC News-2009-11-16:20:6:1

The Evolution of the God Gene

New research is pointing to a new perspective on religion, one that seeks to explain why religious behavior has occurred in societies at every stage of development.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-16:14:6:1

Mutant genes 'key to long life'

US scientists link long life with those people who have inherited a particular enzyme which prevents cells from ageing.

From the BBC News-2009-11-15:20:6:1

Worms turned into hermaphrodites

With a surprisingly simple genetic tweak, researchers change female nematode worms into hermaphrodites

From the BBC News-2009-11-14:20:6:1

'Language gene' effects explored

The FOXP2 "language gene" in humans is barely different from the one in chimpanzees, but has massively different effects.

From the BBC News-2009-11-13:14:6:1

Gene D. Cohen, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Dies at 65

Dr. Cohen was a pioneer in the field of geriatric psychiatry who helped shift the emphasis in gerontological research from the problems of people as they age to their potential.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-12:8:5:1

Speech Gene Shows Its Bossy Nature

Laboratory tests in which the chimp version of a speech gene was put into human neurons confirmed suspicions that FOXP2 is a maestro of the genome.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-11:14:6:2

Six-year limit on DNA of innocent

The DNA of most innocent people arrested in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not be kept for more than six years, the Home Office says.

From the BBC News-2009-11-11:14:6:1

Missing link dinosaur discovered

Scientists discover a fossilised dinosaur skeleton that is the missing link between the earliest dinosaurs and giant sauropods.

From the BBC News-2009-11-11:8:5:1

Human DNA in animal experiments studied

A British study is considering how human DNA is used in animal experiments and determining what the boundaries of such controversial science might be.

From the CBC News-2009-11-10:14:6:1

DNA tests in Cambodia bring hope for rare crocodile species

DNA tests show that Cambodia has found 35 pure-bred Siamese crocodiles, a species nearing extinction.

From the BBC News-2009-11-10:8:5:3

Koalas 'could face extinction'

Australia's koalas could be wiped out within 30 years unless the government takes urgent action, conservationists warn.

From the BBC News-2009-11-10:8:5:2

Plant experts unveil DNA barcode

Experts agree on a "DNA barcode" system that gives every plant on Earth a unique genetic fingerprint.

From the BBC News-2009-11-10:8:5:1

Hearing loss in chemo kids has genetic link

A chemotherapy drug may cause hearing loss in some childhood cancer patients depending on their genetic makeup, researchers in B.C. have found.

From the CBC News-2009-11-9:20:6:1

Gene behind vaccine 'memory' revealed

Scientists have pinpointed the gene responsible for how the body responds to vaccines, a discovery that could lead to better vaccinations.

From the CBC News-2009-11-9:14:6:2

Learning How Animals Regenerate Body Parts

Salk Institute scientists found that dual-purpose switches controlled many of the genes activated in the regenerating cells of a zebra fish’s tail.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-9:14:6:1

Niger's giraffes stage a comeback

The giraffe population of Niger, on the edge of extinction 10 years ago, is on the rise and moving to new habitats.

From the BBC News-2009-11-8:20:6:1

Early life stress 'changes' genes

A study in mice has shown how stress in early life can have a long-term impact on genes and on behaviour.

From the BBC News-2009-11-8:14:6:1

Creating a Landfill to Have Cleaner Air

Smokestack scrubbers will eliminate most of the sulfur emissions from the coal-fired Kingston Fossil Plant, but they will also produce a new waste stream.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-8:8:5:1

Paul C. Zamecnik, Biologist Who Helped Discover an RNA Molecule, Dies at 96

Dr. Zamecnik also revealed a method for blocking individual genes that pointed the way to a new class of drugs.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-7:8:5:1

Gene therapy halts rare brain disease

Two patients with a rare and fatal brain disease have been successfully treated using an experimental gene therapy, French scientists say.

From the CBC News-2009-11-6:8:5:1

Horse genome unlocked by science

The genome of a domestic horse has been successfully sequenced by an international team of researchers.

From the BBC News-2009-11-5:20:6:1

After Setbacks, Small Successes for Gene Therapy

Three recent successes, though small, prompted hopes among scientists that a still-experimental idea for correcting genetic disorders might be back.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-5:20:6:2

Tiny tech sparks cell signal find

Tiny metal particles have been shown to cause damage to DNA across a cellular barrier - without having to cross it.

From the BBC News-2009-11-5:14:6:1

Farmers Skirt Rules on Gene-Altered Crops, Report Says

As many as 25 percent of the American farmers growing genetically engineered corn are no longer complying with federal rules designed to maintain the resistance of the crops to damage from insects.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-5:14:6:2

Observatory: Falklands Wolf First Appeared in North America, Researchers Say

A genetic analysis helped solve some of the mystery about the origins of a species that was once found on islands off the Argentinian coast.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-4:20:6:1

Oldest T. rex relative identified

Scientists identify the most ancient fossil relative of the predatory dinosaur <I>Tyrannosaurus rex</I>.

From the BBC News-2009-11-4:8:5:1

Giving Sight by Therapy With Genes

Once clinging to his mother and father, now playing Little League and riding go-carts, a 8-year-old benefited from a new technique.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-2:20:6:3

Creationism, Minus a Young Earth, Emerges in the Islamic World

A growing number of Muslims seem to accept the idea of a very old planet but reject human evolution, international academics said at a recent conference.

From the NYTimes News-2009-11-2:20:6:2

Species' extinction threat grows

More than a third of species assessed by a global biodiversity study are threatened with extinction, scientists warn.

From the BBC News-2009-11-2:20:6:1

California Awards Grants for Research Projects in Nonembryonic Stem Cells

California’s stem cell research program awarded most of the $230 million in grants to projects using so-called adult stem cells.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-29:8:5:1

Stem cell research produces human germ cells

American researchers have turned human stem cells into germ cells - the cells in human embryos that develop into egg and sperm cells.

From the CBC News-2009-10-28:20:6:1

Colossal 'sea monster' unearthed

The fossilised skull of a colossal pliosaur - perhaps one of the biggest ever found - is unearthed on the UK's Jurassic Coast.

From the BBC News-2009-10-27:8:5:1

S. Korean cloning scientist avoids jail

A disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist has escaped a jail sentence after being convicted on charges relating to his elaborately faked research.

From the CBC News-2009-10-26:20:6:1

Darwin teaching 'divides opinion'

Millions of adults across the world think evolutionary theories should be taught alongside creationism in schools, a survey suggests.

From the BBC News-2009-10-26:8:5:2

S Korea clone scientist convicted

A South Korean court convicts disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk of fraud over his stem cell research.

From the BBC News-2009-10-26:8:5:1

Fossil Skeleton Known as Ida Is No Ancestor of Humans

Experts say a fossil discovery believed to have clues to human ancestry is not even close to it.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-23:8:5:1

Collection yields one of the smallest known dinosaurs

A new species of dinosaur, the smallest to be discovered in North America, is identified from fossils found 30 years ago.

From the BBC News-2009-10-21:20:6:1

Primate fossil 'not an ancestor'

The exceptionally well-preserved fossil primate known as "Ida" is not a missing link as some have claimed, according to a study.

From the BBC News-2009-10-21:14:6:1

Red kite numbers hit record high

Scotland's populations of a bird of prey hunted to extinction by the Victorians are in their healthiest state for 150 years.

From the BBC News-2009-10-21:8:5:1

Researchers Create Artificial Memories in the Brain of a Fruitfly

The goal was to learn how learning works, from flies to people. A fly’s genes can easily be manipulated.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-19:20:6:1

Rethinking What Leads the Way: Science, or New Technology?

An economist says science and technology move forward together in a kind of co-evolution, and science does not lead.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-19:20:6:2

Las Gaviotas Journal: An Isolated Village Finds the Energy to Keep Going

Visitors to a remote village in Colombia can get a glimpse into a four-decade experiment to alter civilization’s dependence on finite fossil fuels and industrial agriculture.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-16:8:5:1

Gene tweak boosts fly sex appeal

Removing chemical signals can make fruitflies 'irresistible' to other flies - regardless of gender or species, scientists find.

From the BBC News-2009-10-14:14:6:1

New flying reptile fossils found

Fossils of a new type of flying reptile which lived 160 million years ago are found in China, bridging an evolutionary gap.

From the BBC News-2009-10-14:8:5:1

Seed money

Why nature's genetic diversity is worth funding

From the BBC News-2009-10-13:14:6:1

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology companies and the federal government.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-12:17:37:2

In full glory

How DNA folds to fit into each tiny cell nucleus

From the BBC News-2009-10-12:14:6:1

New fears for species extinctions

Scientists warn of an alarming increase in the extinction of animal species due to loss of biodiversity.

From the BBC News-2009-10-11:20:6:1

Paper Challenges Ideas About ‘Early Bird’ Dinosaur

Closer examination of an archaeopteryx fossil suggests that the species was a feathered dinosaur that did not have the characteristics of a modern bird.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-9:8:5:1

Royal blood disorder identified

DNA analysis reveals the identity of the "cursed blood" disorder that afflicted the British Royal Family.

From the BBC News-2009-10-8:20:6:1

How cities drive plants extinct

How towns and cities cause the extinction of local plants is revealed for the first time by a new analysis.

From the BBC News-2009-10-8:8:5:1

'Huge' dino footprints unearthed

Fossil hunters discover huge dinosaur footprints, said to be among the biggest in the world, in eastern France.

From the BBC News-2009-10-7:14:6:1

Three Win Nobel for Ribosome Research

The chemistry prize was awarded for research into how information on strands of DNA is translated into proteins.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-7:8:5:1

DNA sequencing in a holey new way

IBM researchers announce an effort to trap DNA molecules in tiny holes in an effort to decode their genetic instructions.

From the BBC News-2009-10-6:8:5:1

Captains' logs

Notes from Darwin and Cook voyages yield climate clues

From the BBC News-2009-10-6:8:5:2

I.B.M. Joins Pursuit of $1,000 Personal Genome

One of the oldest names in computing is vying for a high-tech piece of the personalized medicine puzzle.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-5:20:6:1

Key cancer spread gene found

Scientists have pinpointed a gene linked to more than half of all breast cancers, and many other types of tumour.

From the BBC News-2009-10-5:14:6:1

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to U.S. trio

Three U.S. scientists, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak, have received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their chromosome research.

From the CBC News-2009-10-5:8:5:2

Nobel prize for chromosome find

The Nobel prize for medicine or physiology goes to three US researchers who discovered what protects our chromosomes.

From the BBC News-2009-10-5:8:5:1

Dot Earth: On Walruses and Warming

Walruses face rising stress, although not extinction, in a warming Arctic, scientists warn.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-2:20:6:1

Mahlon Hoagland, RNA Expert, Dies at 87

Mr. Hoagland helped discover transfer RNA, which aided in unlocking the mystery of how DNA is translated into the proteins that carry out its genetic instructions.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-2:8:5:1

Fossil finds extend human story

An ancient ape-like creature that may be a direct ancestor to our species is described by an international team of researchers.

From the BBC News-2009-10-1:14:6:1

Fossil Skeleton From Africa Predates Lucy

Scientists said Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus, was the earliest known skeleton from the human branch of the primate family tree.

From the NYTimes News-2009-10-1:14:6:2

The short one

How twins help explain a new branch of genetics

From the BBC News-2009-9-30:20:6:1

UK mammals have 'Celtic fringe'

Small mammals have a genetically distinct "Celtic fringe". The finding may shed light on the origins of human Celtic populations.

From the BBC News-2009-9-30:14:6:1

Census reveals extinction threat

Almost 10% of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are at risk of extinction, says an Australian report.

From the BBC News-2009-9-29:8:5:2

Giant fish 'verges on extinction'

A three-year survey fails to find a single Chinese paddlefish, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.

From the BBC News-2009-9-29:8:5:1

Can Evolution Run in Reverse? A Study Says It’s a One-Way Street

A team of scientists said new mutations made it practically impossible for evolution to reverse direction.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-28:20:6:1

Palau pioneers 'shark sanctuary'

With half of the world's sharks threatened with extinction, Palau creates the world's first "shark sanctuary".

From the BBC News-2009-9-25:8:5:1

Dinosaurs had 'earliest feathers'

Exceptionally well preserved dinosaur fossils uncovered in north-eastern China display the earliest known feathers.

From the BBC News-2009-9-24:20:6:1

Stem cell research guidelines to be proposed at U.S. summit

A charter devised by Canadians outlining the ethical principles that should guide international stem cell research is being presented Tuesday at the World Stem Cell Summit in Baltimore.

From the CBC News-2009-9-22:8:5:1

With Genetic Gift, 2 Monkeys Are Viewing a More Colorful World

Scientists introduced a missing red pigment into the cone cells of the retinas of two male squirrel monkeys.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-21:20:6:1

DNA 'Barcodes' tackle African bush meat trade

Researchers have developed a new way of tracking the origins of bush meat and other animal products, using DNA "barcodes".

From the BBC News-2009-9-18:8:5:1

Fossil Find Challenges Theories on T. Rex

The discovery of a what amounts to a miniature prototype of Tyrannosaurus rex calls into question theories about the dinosaur’s evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-17:20:6:2

Tiny ancestor is T. rex blueprint

A 3m-long dinosaur fossil from China which predates <I>T. Rex</I> by 60 million years is a blueprint for the mighty carnivore, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-9-17:20:6:1

'Gene cure' for colour blindness

Scientists in the United States say they are a step closer to curing colour blindness using gene therapy.

From the BBC News-2009-9-17:8:5:1

National Briefing | Science: Lasker Award Recipients Named

Five scientists have won research awards for developing a lifesaving leukemia treatment and for advances in “reprogramming” DNA, which led to a new kind of stem cell.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-15:8:5:1

New Clues to Sex Anomalies in How Y Chromosomes Are Copied

The Y chromosome has an Achilles’ heel that leads to a wide variety of sexual disorders.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-14:20:6:1

Leukemia drug, stem cell research honoured

Researchers who contributed to the development of a life-saving leukemia treatment and advances in reprogramming cells into a more versatile form will receive a prestigious medical research award.

From the CBC News-2009-9-14:20:6:2

Key gene 'controls disease fight'

A master gene that helps mobilise the immune system to fight disease has been discovered by UK scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-9-13:20:6:1

DNA fingerprinting 25 years old

The scientist behind DNA fingerprinting calls for a change to databases on the 25th anniversary of his discovery.

From the BBC News-2009-9-10:8:5:1

The Wild Side: The Creation of Charles Darwin

Darwin's anniversary year continues to be celebrated with exhibitions, lectures, postage stamps and, now, a feature film.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-9:14:6:3

'Eureka' moment

DNA pioneer celebrates 25 years of profiling.

From the BBC News-2009-9-9:14:6:2

Killer genes cause potato famine

Scientists publish the genome of the potato blight mould, a major cause of the Irish famine and still a big farming problem worldwide.

From the BBC News-2009-9-9:14:6:1

3 gene links to Alzhiemer's found

Three genetic variants have been uncovered that increase the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia among the elderly, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-9-8:14:6:1

Observatory: Googling a Worldwide Food Web of Extinction

The Internet is not the only web around. In ecology, for instance, there are food webs — the often complex networks of who eats whom.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-8:8:5:1

In Taming Dogs, Humans May Have Sought a Meal

A DNA study suggests a single domestication event in China, as well as a reason behind it.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-7:20:6:2

Where Did All the Flowers Come From?

A few genes seem to have guided the great evolutionary burst of flowering plants.

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-7:20:6:1

Alzheimer's genes link uncovered

Two potentially key genes linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease have been uncovered by UK researchers.

From the BBC News-2009-9-6:20:6:1

Gene variant controls diabetic cells

People with Type 2 diabetes may have genetic variants that affect how their muscle cells respond to insulin, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-9-6:14:6:1

The Wild Side: The Fantasy Genome Project

If you could select any organism for genome-sequencing, which would it be, and why?

From the NYTimes News-2009-9-2:14:6:3

Chinese scientists unearth a close cousin of an American dinosaur

Scientists in China have identified a fossil as the first Asian example of a brachiosaurid dinosaur common in the Americas.

From the BBC News-2009-9-2:14:6:2

We are all mutants say scientists

We all have at least 100 new mutations in our DNA, according to research published in the journal Current Biology.

From the BBC News-2009-9-2:14:6:1

Fossil heaven

Why Angola is the 'final frontier' for dinosaur-hunters

From the BBC News-2009-9-1:8:5:1

Melanoma growth slowed in lab

A newly identified group of genetic mutations are involved in melanoma, including some that grow more slowly when exposed to a chemotherapy drug, scientists say.

From the CBC News-2009-8-31:20:6:3

Personal Health: Buyer Beware of Home DNA Tests

What information, if any, can we learn from home DNA tests?

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-31:20:6:2

First Trace of Color Found in Fossil Bird Feathers

Analysis of color-producing molecules discovered in a fossil suggests that an ancient bird had a dark, iridescent sheen.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-31:20:6:1

Observatory: Three Genes Determine the Nature of a Dog’s Coat

All the variations of coat in dog breeds are determined by three genes, researches have found.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-27:20:6:3

Observatory: Some Mollusks Thrived After Permian Extinction

A new study reveals that after a mass extinction 252 million years ago, some mollusks diversified much faster than previously believed.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-27:20:6:4

Variety of dogs' coats explained

Silky, wiry, short or long: Just three genes account for the wide variety of dog's coats, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-8-27:20:6:1

Mouse set to be 'evolution icon'

A fast-evolving deer mouse is one of the best examples yet studied of natural selection in action, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-8-27:20:6:2

TierneyLab: Psychology Expert on Mate Poaching

David Buss is the author of the "Evolution of Desire," the 1994 book that introduced the term "mate poaching."

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-27:14:6:1

Australia discovers new dinosaur

Australian palaeontologists discover a new species of dinosaur on a sheep farm in the northern state of Queensland.

From the BBC News-2009-8-27:8:5:1

Genetic advance raises IVF hopes

Researchers have found a potential way to correct an inherited disorder affecting thousands of women.

From the BBC News-2009-8-26:20:6:1

Freakish Mexican axolotl verges on wild extinction, say researchers

Fewer than 1,200 of the popular and freakish Mexican axolotl remain in the wild, new surveys reveal.

From the BBC News-2009-8-26:8:5:1

'Extinction threat' to flying fox

The flying fox faces extinction in peninsular Malaysia unless its government acts to curb unsustainable levels of hunting, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2009-8-25:20:6:1

Diving Deep in the Quest for a Living Fossil

After a 33-year deep sea quest, an oceanographer is more hopeful than ever that he will capture one of the world’s oldest living fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-24:20:6:2

DNA clue to honey bee deaths

Scientists reveal how viruses thought to be behind the mass deaths of honey bees wreak their damage inside cells.

From the BBC News-2009-8-24:20:6:1

Observatory: Snorkel Genes Help Deepwater Rice Survive

Deepwater rice varieties have a special ability to grow elongated, hollow stems that act as a snorkel of sorts when the paddy floods.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-21:14:6:1

A step closer to 'synthetic life'

In what they describe as a step towards creating synthetic life, scientists transplant the genome of one bacterium into another.

From the BBC News-2009-8-20:20:6:1

The road to DNA

The long, complex path to DNA's discovery

From the BBC News-2009-8-20:14:6:1

Ink found in Jurassic-era squid

Ink from a 150-million-year-old fossil squid is used to draw a picture.

From the BBC News-2009-8-20:8:5:1

The Wild Side: The Long and Short of It

In biology, size matters — but why it matters remains a bit of a genetic mystery.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-19:14:6:1

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show

With fabricated blood or saliva, “you can just engineer a crime scene,” said the lead author of a new study.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-17:20:6:3

Hepatitis C response depends on genetic code

A slight genetic variation may explain why some people are less likely to respond to a treatment for hepatitis C infection, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-8-17:20:6:4

Monkeys booze because of genes

A study has shown that having a particular gene variant causes some macaque monkeys to drink more alcohol in experiments.

From the BBC News-2009-8-17:20:6:1

Tests Begin on Drugs That May Slow Aging

Excitement among some researchers has picked up with the apparent convergence of lines of inquiry involving genes and restricted diets.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-17:20:6:2

DNA 'organises itself' on silicon

Researchers have shown that engineered, self-organising DNA chunks could be used to build smaller, faster computers.

From the BBC News-2009-8-17:8:5:2

Child leukaemia 'genes' revealed

Genetic flaws that increase the risk of the most common form of childhood leukaemia have been uncovered by British scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-8-17:8:5:1

Observatory: Variations in Perception of Bitter Go Way Back

A study from Spain shows that some Neanderthals were unable to perceive bitter tastes very well.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-14:20:6:1

Genetic mutation linked to need for less sleep

Some people who are able to thrive on just six hours of sleep may have a genetic mutation to thank, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-8-13:20:6:1

Sea eagle chicks take to the sky

A giant bird of prey that was hunted to extinction in Britain by the Victorians is reintroduced to the east of Scotland.

From the BBC News-2009-8-12:20:6:1

DNA research in N.W.T. sparks genetic sampling concerns

A U.S. researcher's collection of saliva samples, to help map the migration of North America's indigenous peoples, has raised concerns among some in the Northwest Territories about what would happen to their DNA.

From the CBC News-2009-8-11:20:6:2

'Taste test' for Neanderthal DNA

DNA tests on ancient remains reveals Neanderthals shared with modern humans a gene that gives an ability to taste bitterness.

From the BBC News-2009-8-11:20:6:1

Cost of Decoding a Genome Is Lowered

A Stanford engineer used a new technology he invented to decode his own genome for less than $50,000.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-10:20:6:1

Cancer gene complexity revealed

Scientists decode the DNA of a second leukaemia patient - revealing key mutations driving cancer development.

From the BBC News-2009-8-9:20:6:1

Observatory: Scanning Technique Reveals Fossils in 3D

Researchers have used X-ray microtomography to reveal a three-dimensional fossil in all its glory.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-7:20:6:2

Extinction hits 'whole families'

Groups of closely-related species are likely to become extinct at the same time, according to research in Science journal.

From the BBC News-2009-8-7:20:6:1

Observatory: Scientists Use Curvy DNA to Build Molecular Parts

Researchers have taken a step toward creating parts for molecular machines, out of DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-6:20:6:1

How the humble raindrop has driven flower evolution

The humble raindrop may have played an important role in the evolution of flowers, scientists in China have discovered.

From the BBC News-2009-8-6:8:5:2

Structure of HIV genome 'decoded'

A team of researchers in the US has decoded the entire genetic structure of the HIV-1 virus, Nature journal reports

From the BBC News-2009-8-6:8:5:1

DNA computer solves logic queries

A computer with DNA at its core can solve classic logical conundrums, according to Israeli researchers.

From the BBC News-2009-8-5:20:6:1

The Wild Side: Dawn at the Museum

DNA science has transformed the old-fashioned natural history museum into a rich trove for the study of genetics in the 21st century.

From the NYTimes News-2009-8-5:14:6:1

Ancient spiders yield 3D secrets

Striking 3D images of 300 million-year-old fossilised spiders reveal their hunting and defensive adaptations.

From the BBC News-2009-8-5:8:5:1

DNA reveals how malaria jumped species from chimps to humans

Scientists say they have genetic proof that malaria spread by mosquitoes jumped species from chimpanzees to humans.

From the BBC News-2009-8-4:8:5:3

Scientists halt epilepsy in mice

Scientists have prevented epilepsy caused by a faulty gene from being passed down the generations in mice.

From the BBC News-2009-8-4:8:5:2

European bison on 'genetic brink'

Europe's largest mammal remains extremely vulnerable to extinction, despite long-standing efforts to save the species.

From the BBC News-2009-8-4:8:5:1

Domestic dog origins challenged

The suggestion that dogs were first domesticated in Asia is challenged by a new genetic study.

From the BBC News-2009-8-3:20:6:1

Flawed gene link to ovary cancer

Scientists have identified a genetic flaw which appears to increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 40%.

From the BBC News-2009-8-3:8:5:1

A fossil records the oldest known creature to live in the trees

A 260-million-year-old fossil is oldest known creature to live in the trees, according to scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-7-29:8:5:2

'Barcode' to help identify plants

Scientists agree on a standard DNA barcode for plants, allowing species to be identified more quickly and easily.

From the BBC News-2009-7-29:8:5:1

Freshwater crabs 'feel the pinch'

Freshwater crabs are among the most vulnerable of all animal groups with one in six species facing extinction, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-7-27:14:6:1

Fears That Amazon Tribes Won’t Be Heard

Anthropologists worry about a possible wave of cultural extinction among tribes that have long relied on nature, now changing drastically, for survival.

From the NYTimes News-2009-7-24:20:6:1

Yury Verlinsky, Expert in Embryonic Screening, Is Dead at 65

Mr. Verlinsky was one of the first scientists to develop techniques to detect genetic disorders in embryos and helped make the screening available to parents worldwide.

From the NYTimes News-2009-7-23:8:5:2

A Future in Baseball, Hinging on DNA

Miguel Sano, a Dominican youth considered a top major league prospect, did not object to measures that may become illegal in the United States in November.

From the NYTimes News-2009-7-23:8:5:1

Endangered wild camel is "genetically unique", say scientists

A study confirms the unique ancestry of the wild Bactrian camel, of which just a few hundred survive.

From the BBC News-2009-7-22:8:5:1

Placebo effect linked to genes

Your genes may determine how you react to a placebo, a new study has found.

From the CBC News-2009-7-21:14:6:1

Clone patrol - sniffer-dogs report for duty in South Korea

The world's first cloned sniffer dogs, all called Toppy, report for duty in South Korea.

From the BBC News-2009-7-20:8:5:1

Killer parasites' genes decoded

Scientists have decoded the genetic blueprint of a parasitic worm responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide every year.

From the BBC News-2009-7-16:8:5:1

Salt sensitivity could be in genes

A gene could be responsible for the high blood pressure some people experience after eating high quantities of salt, say researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

From the CBC News-2009-7-13:20:6:1

Genetic mutation linked to allergies

People who carry defects in a certain gene may be at greater risk of developing allergic disorders such as asthma and eczema, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-7-10:20:6:1

Oldest dinosaur burrow discovered

Three dinosaur burrows are found in Australia, suggesting dinosaurs hid underground to survive harsh climates.

From the BBC News-2009-7-10:14:6:1

An evolution insight as scientists discover how a turtle gets its shell

Scientists have revealed a spectacular insight into turtle evolution - how the unique animals get their shells.

From the BBC News-2009-7-10:8:5:1

Pick to Lead Health Agency Draws Praise and Some Concern

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Dr. Francis S. Collins, a pioneering geneticist, as head of the National Institutes of Health.

From the NYTimes News-2009-7-9:14:6:1

Genetic peril

Why private gene testing companies must be controlled

From the BBC News-2009-7-8:8:5:2

Monkeys recognise 'bad grammar'

Tamarin monkeys spot if the order of syllables in a word is "wrong", say scientists, providing clues about language evolution.

From the BBC News-2009-7-8:8:5:1

Testing Evolution’s Role in Finding a Mate

The science of speed dating suggests that social factors carry more weight.

From the NYTimes News-2009-7-7:14:6:1

Call for tougher gene test rules

The genetic testing industry should be more tightly regulated, says a report by a House of Lords committee.

From the BBC News-2009-7-7:8:5:2

Aquatic deer yield evolution clue

Two mouse-deer species in Asia have been discovered swimming underwater, providing further clues to the origin of whales.

From the BBC News-2009-7-7:8:5:1

Genetic clue to brain cancer risk

Genetic warning signs of an increased risk of the commonest kind of brain cancer - a glioma - have been discovered.

From the BBC News-2009-7-6:8:5:1

New dinosaurs found in Australia

Three new dinosaur species are found in Queensland, Australia, and named after the Outback song Waltzing Matilda.

From the BBC News-2009-7-3:8:5:1

Gene clues to schizophrenia risk

A team of scientists identifies thousands of tiny genetic variations which raise the risk of schizophrenia.

From the BBC News-2009-7-2:14:6:1

Amur tigers on 'genetic brink'

The world's largest cat is down to an effective wild population of fewer than 35 individuals, new research has found.

From the BBC News-2009-7-2:8:5:1

A dinosaur mummy reveals its remarkable secrets

A beautifully preserved dinosaur found in the US retains remarkable detail of skin cells.

From the BBC News-2009-7-1:14:6:1

Crop plants get genomics centre

A UK research centre to decode the DNA of plants and animals used in agriculture will open this week in the east of England.

From the BBC News-2009-6-29:14:6:1

African roots

DNA testing helps African Americans find their origins

From the BBC News-2009-6-29:8:5:1

Many sharks 'facing extinction'

Almost a third of species of open ocean sharks are under threat of being wiped out by overfishing, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2009-6-25:8:5:2

'Oldest musical instrument' found

Flutes dating back to the time modern humans began colonising Europe suggest music may have been influential in our evolution.

From the BBC News-2009-6-25:8:5:1

Evolution faster when it's warmer

The climate could have a direct effect on the speed of "molecular evolution" in mammals, according to a study.

From the BBC News-2009-6-24:14:6:1

Megafauna demise blamed on humans

A study of giant kangaroo fossils adds weight to the theory that hunters caused the extinction of Australia's "megafauna".

From the BBC News-2009-6-22:20:6:1

New Glimpses of Life's Puzzling Origins

In the last few years four surprising advances have renewed confidence that a terrestrial explanation for life's origins will eventually emerge.

From the NYTimes News-2009-6-19:21:49:1

Ancient crustaceans produced enormous sperm, scientists find

A new method for imaging tiny fossils has shown that ostracods had developed giant sperm more than 100 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2009-6-18:20:6:1

Mekong dolphins 'almost extinct'

Freshwater dolphins in the Mekong River are on the verge of extinction, according to the conservation group WWF.

From the BBC News-2009-6-18:8:5:1

Gene wrongly linked to depression risk: review

A single gene does not determine a person's risk of depression in response to stressful events like divorce, contrary to a previous study, a new review suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-6-17:20:6:1

New dinosaur gives bird wing clue

A new fossil has shed light on how the bones of a five-fingered dinosaur evolved in to a modern bird's wing.

From the BBC News-2009-6-17:14:6:1

Report on Gene for Depression Is Now Faulted

The celebrated finding that a single gene helps determine one’s risk of depression has not held up to scrutiny.

From the NYTimes News-2009-6-17:8:5:1

Darwin and art

How the father of evolutionary theory inspired artists

From the BBC News-2009-6-16:8:5:1

Really?: The Claim: Allergy Problems Run in Families.

Are allergies genetically-based?

From the NYTimes News-2009-6-15:20:6:1

Sea gives up Neanderthal fossil

Part of a Neanderthal man's skull has been dredged up from the North Sea, in the first confirmed find of its kind.

From the BBC News-2009-6-15:14:6:1

Ontario bails out Ottawa stem cell scientists leading international project

Canadian researchers won't have to pull out of an international genome project they were leading, thanks to a funding injection from the Ontario government.

From the CBC News-2009-6-12:20:6:1

Stress to DNA causes hair to grey: study

When an aging mouse's lovely brown fur turns grey, she can now officially blame stress - at least, the kind of stress that damages DNA, Japanese researchers have confirmed.

From the CBC News-2009-6-11:20:6:1

DNA Barcoding Suggests Migratory Canada Geese CausedHudson River Crash

Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the USDepartment of Agriculture used DNA barcoding and isotope ratio mass spectrometry to determine that migratory Canada geese were the birds that brought down US Airways Flight 1549 this past January.

From Genomeweb News News-2009-6-9:11:44:1

In Worms, Genetic Clues to Extending Longevity

A study conducted on round worms may provide an explanation for recent experiments in which biologists have made laboratory organisms live longer by manipulating their genes.

From the NYTimes News-2009-6-8:20:6:1

Back from brink

Kashmir's hangul deer defies extinction

From the BBC News-2009-6-8:8:5:1

What does tickling apes reveal about the evolution of laughter?

Research carried out by tickling apes and infants suggests laughter evolved in a common ancestor of great apes and humans.

From the BBC News-2009-6-5:14:6:1

Inherited genes linked to testicular cancer genes found

The first inherited risk factors in testicular cancer have been identified, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-6-1:20:6:2

Scientist at Work: Viktor Deak: Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces

Viktor Deak, one of the world’s leading paleoartists, has an apartment full of skulls and a creepy little pasta machine.

From the NYTimes News-2009-6-1:20:6:1

World Briefing | Asia: China: Volcanic Activity Linked to Mass Extinction

The Guadalupian mass extinction, which devastated the world’s marine life 260 million years ago, was preceded by huge eruptions in China, researchers reported.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-30:8:5:1

Manitoba scientists find gene abnormality that causes infant deaths

Scientists at the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Institute of Child Health have found the cause of a fatal illness that almost exclusively affects Hutterite children.

From the CBC News-2009-5-29:20:6:1

China Volcano May Have Caused Mass Extinction

A mass extinction some 260 million years ago may have been caused by volcanic eruptions in what is now China, new research suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-29:14:6:1

Human Language Gene Changes How Mice Squeak

Possession of the human gene changes the sounds that mice use to communicate, researchers reported.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-28:14:6:1

Glowing monkeys 'to aid research'

Scientists have genetically modified primates to make them glow green and pass on the change to their children.

From the BBC News-2009-5-27:14:6:1

Alexander G. Bearn, Pioneer in Genetic Disease, Dies at 86

Dr. Bearn was a physician and scientist whose research on a rare liver disease in the 1950s helped lay the groundwork for the field of human biochemical genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-27:8:5:3

Mouse genome laid bare to science

An international team of scientists has finished sequencing the mouse genome after a 10-year effort.

From the BBC News-2009-5-27:8:5:2

Giant dinosaurs 'held heads high'

Huge sauropod dinosaurs could have held their heads much higher than many researchers believe, according to a study.

From the BBC News-2009-5-27:8:5:1

Gene links heart and gum disease

German researchers have found a gene which links heart attacks and dental disease.

From the BBC News-2009-5-26:8:5:1

Oklahoma Enlists a Program to Identify Remains From DNA

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office has begun cataloging all of its unidentified remains in the hope that a Texas university program may be able to use DNA to identify them.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-25:8:5:1

Extra genes in Down syndrome might suppress tumours

Down syndrome might indirectly give people who suffer from it protection from some types of cancer, biologists say.

From the CBC News-2009-5-20:20:6:1

Scientists hail stunning fossil

A beautifully preserved 47-million-year-old fossil gives scientists new insights into the early evolution of primates.

From the BBC News-2009-5-19:14:6:1

Prosecutors Block Access to DNA Testing for Inmates

Prosecutors’ resistance to reopening cases is causing years of delay, sometimes eliminating the chance to try other suspects.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-18:8:5:2

Menstruation genes discovered

Scientists say they have begun to crack the genetic code that helps determine when a girl becomes a woman.

From the BBC News-2009-5-18:8:5:1

German Fossil Found to Be Early Primate

Fossil remains of a 47-million-year-old animal have been determined to be an extremely early primate close to the emergence of the evolutionary branch leading to humans.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-16:14:6:1

Dire warnings of insect extinctions may be wide of the mark

One in ten species of dragonfly is threatened with extinction, a global survey reveals. But that's better than expected

From the BBC News-2009-5-15:14:6:1

Tall story: Scientists fail to get to the bottom of giraffe evolution

New research fails to solve the riddle of the giraffe's long neck.

From the BBC News-2009-5-14:20:6:1

Winnipeg researcher charged with smuggling Ebola material into U.S.

A former researcher at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is facing charges in the United States after allegedly trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border.

From the CBC News-2009-5-13:20:6:2

Chemist Shows How RNA Can Be the Starting Point for Life

An English chemist has found the chemical milieu from which the first forms of life are thought to have emerged on earth some 3.8 billion years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-13:20:6:1

Cold Case Is Closed by DNA Match: Green River Killer

In the 1980s and 1990s, a faceless killer stalked young women in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Dozens of women, mostly prostitutes, eventually disappeared, sometimes only a few days apart, sometimes only once or twice a year. The killer had a consistent modus operandi: he would rape the women, strangle them with his hands or a ligature, and then discard their bodies near the Green River. The police compiled a short list of suspects, including Gary Ridgway, a factory worker. But DNA testing was still in its infancy in the 1990s, and since officers lacked enough physical evidence to tie Mr. Ridgway to the crimes, they were unable to arrest him. “The case had basically come to a standstill,” said Beverly Himick, a forensic scientist at the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-12:8:5:1

In a Lab, an Ever-Growing Database of DNA Profiles

The F.B.I.’s National DNA Index System, a database of 6.7 million genetic profiles, is the world’s largest repository of forensic DNA information.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-11:20:6:1

Evolution is slowing snails down

Natural selection is favouring snails with reduced metabolic rates, researchers have discovered.

From the BBC News-2009-5-11:8:5:1

UK swine flu genetics unravelled

The first genetic code of swine flu from European samples has been unravelled by UK researchers.

From the BBC News-2009-5-8:8:5:1

Time limits on innocent DNA data

DNA profiles of innocent people will be wiped after up to 12 years but campaigners say this does not go far enough.

From the BBC News-2009-5-7:8:5:2

Wild fruit trees face extinction

Exploitation is threatening the forests in central Asia, home to the fruit trees that could help secure our future food supply.

From the BBC News-2009-5-7:8:5:1

3 genes give breast cancer cells entry to brain, scientists find

Breast cancer cells may spread into the brain because of the activity of three genes, researchers have found.

From the CBC News-2009-5-6:20:6:1

Scientists pinpoint fats danger

Scientists find a genetic mechanism which appears to show which fatty deposits in the arteries have the potential to kill.

From the BBC News-2009-5-6:8:5:1

10 Genes, Furiously Evolving

Potent and complex despite its tiny size, a virus is life reduced to its essentials.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-4:20:6:1

Ontario to award $100M for genomics research

The Ontario government has announced $100 million in new funding for genomics research, an effort to attract top researchers from around the world and keep them in the province.

From the CBC News-2009-5-4:14:6:1

Virus’s Tangled Genes Straddle Continents, Raising a Mystery About Its Origins

Swine flu appears to have a combination of genes from two normally separate sets of pigs, those from the Americas and from Eurasia, scientists say.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-1:8:5:3

Eden? Maybe. But Where’s the Apple Tree?

A new genetic survey of people in Africa suggests that the borderland where Angola and Namibia meet seems to be the origin of modern humans.

From the NYTimes News-2009-5-1:8:5:2

Africa's genetic secrets unlocked

A decade-long genetic study reveals Africa's huge diversity, linking culture, language and genes for the first time.

From the BBC News-2009-5-1:8:5:1

Experts unveil African gene study

Scientists unveil what they say is the most comprehensive study ever of African genes, after a decade of work.

From the BBC News-2009-4-30:20:6:1

Raise the barcode

DNA "barcodes" to halt a disfiguring disease

From the BBC News-2009-4-29:14:6:2

'Safe' climate means 'no to coal'

Keeping global temperatures within "safe" limits means leaving most of the world's fossil fuel reserves unburned, scientists conclude.

From the BBC News-2009-4-29:14:6:1

Genes 'have key role in autism'

Scientists produce the most compelling evidence to date that genetics play a key role in autism and related conditions.

From the BBC News-2009-4-29:8:5:1

Newly found genetic variation linked to autism

A newly identified genetic variant could account for as many as 15 per cent of autism cases, say researchers who studied genes that are important in connecting brain cells.

From the CBC News-2009-4-28:20:6:1

A Tiny Hominid With No Place on the Family Tree

The extinct people nicknamed hobbits remain mystifying anomalies in human evolution, out of place in time and geography, their ancestry unknown.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-27:20:6:2

Engineered corn's vitamin boost

European researchers genetically modify a white corn to produce three vitamins.

From the BBC News-2009-4-27:20:6:1

Alberta teen dies of premature aging disease

A southern Alberta community is remembering a girl described by teachers as a four-foot-tall teen with a 10-foot-high attitude who defied the odds of a rare genetic disease that causes premature aging.

From the CBC News-2009-4-24:8:5:2

Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

A fossil fuels industry group campaigned against an idea its own scientists called irrefutable: a link between heat-trapping gases and climate change.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-24:8:5:1

In the Genes of a Hereford, the Essence of Cow

Scientists have achieved what they describe as a major milestone in animal genetics: decoding the genome of the cow.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-23:20:6:2

Cow genome 'to transform farming'

The full sequence of a cow's genome has been published, revealing coded secrets that could revolutionise agriculture.

From the BBC News-2009-4-23:20:6:1

'Missing link' fossil seal walked

The earliest known fossil of a seal-type mammal suggests the family evolved in the Arctic and walked on land.

From the BBC News-2009-4-22:20:6:1

Ancestor of T rex found in China

Clues to the evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex have come to light following a fossil find in China.

From the BBC News-2009-4-21:20:6:1

Following the Bronze Age DNA trail from the Mediterranean to Wales

Researchers hope to use DNA to prove Mediterranean workers came to find copper in north Wales in the Bronze Age.

From the BBC News-2009-4-20:14:6:1

Cancer brake 'could halt disease'

Genetic "brakes" which could slow down or stop diseases like MS and cancer are found by scientists in Edinburgh.

From the BBC News-2009-4-20:8:5:1

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

The expansion of DNA collection to include millions of people who have been arrested or detained but not convicted is raising privacy concerns.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-19:8:5:1

Germans protest over pig patent

German pig farmers urge the EU to revoke the patent for a genetic method used to breed meatier pigs.

From the BBC News-2009-4-16:14:6:1

Pet trade puts orangutans at risk

The trade in orangutans, particularly babies, is taking the Sumatran species towards extinction, a report concludes.

From the BBC News-2009-4-16:8:5:1

Common mutations linked to stroke risk

Millions of people carry two common genetic variants that significantly increase the risk of stroke, researchers have found.

From the CBC News-2009-4-15:20:6:1

Coral Fossils Suggest Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly

Evidence from fossil coral reefs shows that sea levels rose suddenly about 121,000 years ago, a study says.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-15:14:6:2

DNA founder attacks database

The inventor of the science behind the national DNA database says it risks losing support because it holds the records of innocent people.

From the BBC News-2009-4-15:14:6:1

'First camel clone' born in Dubai

Scientists in Dubai say they have created the world's first cloned camel using DNA harvested from an adult camel.

From the BBC News-2009-4-14:20:6:1

Germany bans farming of genetically modified corn

Genetically modified corn can no longer be grown commercially in Germany.

From the CBC News-2009-4-14:14:6:1

Biomass 'worse than fossil fuels'

Biomass power could become one of the worst emitters of greenhouse gases by 2030, the Environment Agency warns.

From the BBC News-2009-4-13:20:6:1

Asian Dolphin, Feared Dying, Is Thriving

Biologists working in Bangladesh have found a thriving population of about 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, a species that experts had worried was vulnerable to extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-3:14:6:1

DNA Test Outperforms Pap Smear

Gynecologists hope that a new test for cervical cancer will replace Pap smears in countries that can afford it.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-6:20:6:1

Observatory: A Soak Extracts DNA and Leaves an Old Bug Intact

It’s now possible to extract DNA from nearly 200-year-old insect specimens without ruining them.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-6:20:6:2

Era of personal medicine awaits

A revolution is promised by US scientists who plan to read the genetic codes of thousands of individuals.

From the BBC News-2009-4-10:20:6:1

Charles Darwin's egg rediscovered

An egg collected by Charles Darwin has been rediscovered at Cambridge University's Zoology Museum

From the BBC News-2009-4-10:8:5:1

Era of personalised medicine awaits

A revolution is promised by US scientists who plan to read the genetic codes of thousands of individuals.

From the BBC News-2009-4-8:20:6:1

Welsh pine marten DNA 'different'

DNA testing shows Welsh pine martens have genetic differences to those in other parts of the UK and Ireland, experts find.

From the BBC News-2009-4-6:14:6:1

Grapefruit, Pill interaction spurred dangerous clot, doctors say

A combination of factors - including a grapefruit diet, birth control pills and a genetic mutation - nearly cost a U.S. woman her leg, doctors say.

From the CBC News-2009-4-3:20:6:1

Visual Science: A New Look at Race and Natural Selection

A team of geneticists has identified many fingerprints of natural selection in the human genome.

From the NYTimes News-2009-4-2:20:6:2

University of Calgary probes doubts on Type 1 diabetes in mice study

The University of Calgary has launched an investigation into the retraction of a study from 2000 in which researchers in Canada and South Korea said they used gene therapy to reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice.

From the CBC News-2009-4-2:20:6:3

Virus battery could 'power cars'

Scientists genetically engineer viruses to build the crucial components of batteries.

From the BBC News-2009-4-2:20:6:1

Clues to ancient invasion in DNA

Scientific evidence of an ancient movement of people from Ireland to Scotland are suggested by DNA techniques.

From the BBC News-2009-4-2:8:5:1

Observatory: Near-Complete Fossil Offers Insight on Early Fish

Scientists describe a well-preserved and practically complete fish fossil that is 418 million years old.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-30:20:6:2

Visual Science: Fine-Grained Genetic Data

With the help of powerful gene chips, geneticists are able to distinguish between northern European populations.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-30:20:6:3

Single Gene Shapes the Toil of Ants’ Fighter and Forager Castes

Researchers have found that protein levels can change, altering ant behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-30:20:6:1

Evolution study focuses on snail

Members of the public are asked to look for banded snails and report their findings for a major evolutionary study.

From the BBC News-2009-3-30:8:5:1

Oozing Through Texas Soil, a Team of Amoebas Billions Strong

A field of genetically identical amoebas in Texas raises the possibility that cells might organize on much larger scales than once thought.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-24:8:5:1

Genes linked to risk of sudden cardiac death

Researchers have identified 10 genetic variants that predispose someone to sudden cardiac death - a problem in the heart's electrical system that can kill a fit 40-year-old in a moment.

From the CBC News-2009-3-23:14:6:2

New DNA test gives cold case hope

A new technique which can decipher previously unintelligible DNA samples is made available to all police forces in England and Wales.

From the BBC News-2009-3-23:14:6:1

Bills reveal how Darwin lived a gentleman's lifestyle

Bills recording details of naturalist Charles Darwin's daily life at Cambridge University are discovered.

From the BBC News-2009-3-23:8:5:1

Fossil hints at fuzzy dinosaurs

A fossil discovery in China prompts researchers to question the scaly image of dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2009-3-18:20:6:1

Science minister's coyness on evolution worries researchers

Gary Goodyear's refusal to say whether he believes in evolution has left scientists questioning what that means for Canadian research.

From the CBC News-2009-3-17:20:6:1

Arctic sea monster's giant bite

A giant fossil sea monster found in the Arctic had a bite that would have been able to crush a 4x4 car.

From the BBC News-2009-3-17:14:6:1

From Arctic Soil, Fossils of a Goliath That Ruled the Jurassic Seas

A difficult excavation yields a marine reptile new to science.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-16:20:6:2

Canadian dig yields tiny dinosaur

The smallest meat-eating dinosaur ever found in North America has been identified from six tiny pelvic bones.

From the BBC News-2009-3-16:20:6:1

Rare Dinosaur Find Is Put on Display in China

The well-preserved fossils offer a rare bounty of clues about how a herd of ostrich-like sinornithomimus lived and died.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-16:14:6:1

They Didn’t Love Lucy

At the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, the fossils of the famous female hominid who’s discovery altered the study of human history fail to attract museum crowds.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-13:8:5:1

'Peking Man' older than thought

Iconic ancient human fossils from China are 200,000 years older than had previously been thought, a study shows.

From the BBC News-2009-3-11:14:6:1

Acidic seas fuel extinction fears

Increasing levels of acidity in oceans could trigger a mass extinction of sea life, a leading scientist warns.

From the BBC News-2009-3-11:8:5:1

Nano-treatment to torpedo cancer

Nanotechnology raises hopes of destroying hard-to-treat cancers with highly targeted tumour-busting genes.

From the BBC News-2009-3-10:20:6:1

Canada's scientists hopeful, worried about U.S. stem cell research boost

Canadian researchers are excited by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision Monday to lift restrictions on funding for stem cell research, but also apprehensive that the move could lure some of Canada's talent and funding south.

From the CBC News-2009-3-10:14:6:1

Genetic Tests May Reveal Source of Mystery Tumors

Tests to find the source of "mystery tumors" may help doctor's treat them most effectively.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-9:20:6:2

News Analysis: Rethink Stem Cells? Science Already Has

What impact will President Obama's move to lift the ban on stem cell research have on current work?

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-9:20:6:1

Obama reverses limits on stem cell research

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order lifting funding limits on research with embryonic stem cells imposed by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

From the CBC News-2009-3-9:14:6:1

Darwin worship

Andrew Marr on why Darwin should not become a deity

From the BBC News-2009-3-5:8:5:1

Exhibition Review | 'Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts': Darwin’s Wake Splashed Artists, Too

As you walk through this exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, you will begin to understand that our ways of seeing have evolved because of the power of Charles Darwin’s vision.

From the NYTimes News-2009-3-4:8:5:1

NI tops survey of people who do not believe in evolution

Northern Ireland has the highest percentage of people who believe human beings did not evolve but were created by God in the last 10,000 years, according to a UK survey.

From the BBC News-2009-3-2:14:6:1

DNA reveals Roots author Alex Haley had Scottish blood

DNA evidence reveals that bestselling Roots author Alex Haley was descended from a Scotsman.

From the BBC News-2009-3-1:14:6:1

Prints Show a Modern Foot in Prehumans

Fossil footprints show that as early as 1.5 million years ago an ancestral species had already evolved the feet and walking gait of modern humans.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-26:20:6:1

Fish fossil clue to origin of sex

A fossil fish from Australia was one of the earliest known vertebrates to reproduce sexually, Nature journal reports.

From the BBC News-2009-2-25:20:6:1

Could lab-grown teeth spell an end to fillings?

Scientists discover a gene that may enable them to grow replacement teeth in the laboratory.

From the BBC News-2009-2-24:8:5:1

From One Genome, Many Types of Cells. But How?

Understanding the epigenome has become a major frontier of research. New findings suggests that chromatin does a lot more than hold chromosomes together.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-24:8:5:2

Scars of child abuse reach down to genetic level, scientists find

Child abuse early in life appears to permanently change how people respond to stress, say researchers in Montreal who studied the brains of suicide victims.

From the CBC News-2009-2-23:14:6:1

Lifeline for endangered albatross

A new scheme pioneered in South Africa could provide hope for seabirds threatened with extinction due to fishing.

From the BBC News-2009-2-23:8:5:1

Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research

University agricultural scientists are protesting what they say are unreasonable restrictions on the industry’s genetically modified crops.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-20:8:5:1

Doctors test genetic approach to blood thinner dosing

Genetic information could help doctors to determine the best dose of the blood thinner warfarin to prevent blood clots and serious bleeding, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-2-18:20:6:1

DNA breakthrough

How forensics finally led police to 1996 killer

From the BBC News-2009-2-18:14:6:1

Jerry Yang, Who Did Early Cloning Work, Dies at 49

Dr. Yang was a reproductive biologist who did early work on the cloning of farm animals and helped establish the safety of meat and milk produced by cloned cattle.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-18:8:5:2

EU court attacks GM crop secrecy

Europe's top court rules that EU governments have no right to conceal the location of field trials of genetically modified crops.

From the BBC News-2009-2-18:8:5:1

Antioxidant approved for inherited muscular disorder

Health Canada has approved a new drug for Friedreich's Ataxia, a genetic disorder that attacks nerve and muscle tissue and causes heart problems.

From the CBC News-2009-2-17:20:6:1

Letters: The Evolution of Darwinism (3 Letters)

To the Editor:.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-16:20:6:2

Picture Emerging on Genetic Risks of IVF

Preliminary findings show an increased risk of birth defects in IVF babies.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-16:20:6:1

DNA testing fails on ancient British polar bear remains

A scientist says she has been unable to extract DNA for analysis from ancient Scottish bear remains.

From the BBC News-2009-2-16:8:5:2

HIV gene therapy trial promising

One of the first attempts to use gene therapy to treat HIV produces promising results in preliminary clinical trials.

From the BBC News-2009-2-16:8:5:1

Richard Dawkins on Charles Darwin

Richard Dawkins on the relevance of evolution

From the BBC News-2009-2-14:20:6:1

Dot Earth: On the Fate of Species

Scientists explore how to conserve the biological array whose origins Darwin elucidated.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-13:14:6:2

Killer blow

Did a shift in the climate kill off the Neanderthals?

From the BBC News-2009-2-13:14:6:1

Scientists build family tree for cold virus, gain clues for cure

Scientists who've decoded the genetic instruction manual for 99 known strains of the common cold virus say they have discovered a shortcut in the life cycle, but it's unlikely a single drug will help.

From the CBC News-2009-2-12:20:6:1

Scientists in Germany Draft Neanderthal Genome

When analyzed, the genome of what is believed to be the first modern humans to enter Europe, is expected to shed light on critical aspects of human evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-12:14:6:2

Op-Ed Contributor: The Origin of Darwin

A look back at the life of Charles Darwin, who was born 200 years ago today. His work transformed our understanding of the planet and of ourselves.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-12:14:6:3

Neanderthals 'distinct from us'

Scientists studying the DNA of Neanderthals say they can find no evidence that this ancient species ever interbred with modern humans.

From the BBC News-2009-2-12:14:6:1

About New York: Convicts’ Right to DNA Tests Is Questioned

The city does not want the Supreme Court to declare that prisoners have a constitutional right to testing because New York already has a statute that allows it.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-11:8:5:3

The Wild Side: Let's Get Rid of Darwinism

Charles Darwin lives on, and should, but for the sake of evolutionary studies the term “Darwinism” should be retired.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-11:8:5:2

Treasure islands

From the word's loneliest tortoise to bizarre sea lizards - meet the inhabitants of Darwin's Galapagos

From the BBC News-2009-2-11:8:5:1

Findings: Darwin the Comedian. Now That’s Entertainment!

Richard Milner, a science historian, finds the funny side of Charles Darwin, evolutionary giant.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-10:8:5:4

Seeing the Risks of Humanity’s Hand in Species Evolution

Human predation is causing some species to evolve to reproduce at younger ages and smaller sizes, to the long-term harm of the species.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-10:8:5:3

Genes Offer New Clues in Old Debate on Species’ Origins

The study of how species originate, a process known as speciation, is not only one of evolution’s most active areas of study, but also one of its most contentious.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-10:8:5:2

Essay: Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live

Equating evolution with Charles Darwin ignores 150 years of discoveries, including most of what scientists understand about evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-10:8:5:1

Darwin, Ahead of His Time, Is Still Influential

It is a testament to Darwin’s extraordinary insight that it took almost a century for biologists to understand the essential correctness of his views.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-9:20:6:1

Back to life

Darwin's Kent home restored for his bicentenary

From the BBC News-2009-2-9:8:5:2

Enchanted Isles

Retracing Darwin's footsteps in the Galapagos Islands

From the BBC News-2009-2-9:8:5:1

Composer imagines the music that rocked the Neanderthal world

Composer imagines the music that Neanderthals rocked out to

From the BBC News-2009-2-8:20:6:1

New Efforts Focus on Exonerating Prisoners in Cases Without DNA Evidence

The proliferation of exonerations due to DNA evidence has made it harder for prisoners seeking to prove their innocence without such evidence.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-8:8:5:1

F.D.A. Approves Drug From Gene-Altered Goats

The drug, which prevents blood clots in people with a rare condition, is made from the milk of genetically engineered animals, which may usher a new era in pharmaceuticals.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-7:8:5:2

Gene Study Finds Link to Cancer of Thyroid

Scientists have identified two genetic variations that account for 57 percent of cases of thyroid cancer, a finding that could lead to earlier detection.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-7:8:5:1

Drug from genetically altered goats approved by U.S. regulator

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made history Friday as it approved the first drug made with materials from genetically engineered animals, clearing the way for a new class of medical therapies.

From the CBC News-2009-2-6:20:6:1

Dog gene 'may aid wolf survival'

A gene for dark coat colour in wolves was introduced through mating with domestic dogs, scientists report.

From the BBC News-2009-2-5:20:6:1

Assisted human reproduction: regulating and treating conception problems

The federal government enacted legislation in March 2004 banning human cloning, rent-a-womb contracts and the sale of human eggs and sperm - its most comprehensive attempt to regulate assisted human reproduction. Bill C-13 had two goals - to help people have children safely, and to make sure research into new reproductive technology is ethically sound.

From the CBC News-2009-2-5:14:6:3

Vitamin D interacts with gene in MS: study

Vitamin D seems to help control a gene known to increase the risk of multiple sclerosis - a finding that suggests taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and early in life may help prevent the disease, Canadian and British researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-2-5:14:6:2

EU gives shark protection teeth

The European Commission unveils proposals to conserve sharks, many of which are threatened with extinction.

From the BBC News-2009-2-5:14:6:1

Ancient sponges leave their mark

The oldest evidence of animal life on Earth is found in 635-million-year-old rocks from Oman, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2009-2-5:9:7:1

Fossils of Largest Snake Give Hint of Hot Earth

The discovery of giant snake fossils in northeast Colombia may help clarify how hot the tropics became during an era when the planet was much warmer than it is now.

From the NYTimes News-2009-2-5:8:5:3

Gene fault 'ups antibiotic risk'

A gene variation linked to hearing damage from a commonly used antibiotic is carried by one in 500 children, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2009-2-5:8:5:2

Insecticide malaria impact clue

Scientists pinpoint genetic variations which may determine whether insecticides will kill malarial mosquitoes.

From the BBC News-2009-2-5:8:5:1

Genetic mutations behind some mental disorders, Quebec team finds

Some children with a common mental disorder may have newly identified genetic mutations that affect learning and memory, a study led by researchers in Quebec suggests.

From the CBC News-2009-2-4:20:6:1

Largest snake 'as long as a bus'

The discovery of fossilised remains belonging to the world's largest snake has been reported in Nature journal.

From the BBC News-2009-2-4:14:6:1

Intellectual Selection

An intellectual history of how the concept of evolution evolved in the decades after the Civil War.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-31:8:5:2

Charles Darwin, Abolitionist

Adrian Desmond and James Moore’s book links Darwin’s hatred of slavery with his work on natural selection; Adam Gopnik’s compares Darwin’s writing style with Lincoln’s.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-31:8:5:1

Aggressive prostate cancer linked to breast cancer gene mutation

Men with prostate cancer are at increased risk of having an aggressive tumour if they also carry a gene mutation normally linked to breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.

From the CBC News-2009-1-30:14:6:1

New research puts blood test for BSE in sight: Calgary scientist

A team including researchers from the University of Calgary has identified the gene sequences associated with BSE in cows, a finding that they say could soon lead to the development of a cost-effective screening for the disease.

From the CBC News-2009-1-29:20:6:1

Genome Canada head questions lack of funds in budget

The head of the not-for-profit group responsible for funding large-scale science and genetics projects is perplexed after the foundation was shut out of funding in the federal budget.

From the CBC News-2009-1-29:14:6:2

South Korean company promises cheaper dog cloning

A South Korean firm says pet cloning could be cheaper in future with its new pioneering new technique.

From the BBC News-2009-1-29:14:6:1

Common descent

How a loathing of slavery drove Darwin's thinking

From the BBC News-2009-1-29:8:5:1

Observatory: Competing for Food, Beetle Becomes a Killer

Competition for food in Peru has apparently led to the evolution of a dung beetle that eats no dung at all, but rather preys on live millipedes.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-27:8:5:2

Emperor penguins face extinction

A mathematical model based on fading sea ice and the population growth of emperor penguins suggests their likely demise.

From the BBC News-2009-1-27:8:5:1

Forgotten origins

Indonesians laud Darwin's Welsh contemporary

From the BBC News-2009-1-26:8:5:2

Genetic 'hotspots' for psoriasis

Scientists are moving closer to identifying the multiple genetic faults which may cause the painful skin condition psoriasis.

From the BBC News-2009-1-26:8:5:1

B.C. genetics researchers work to predict drug reactions in children

A new research project in British Columbia aims to develop a tool to allow drug doses for children to be tailored to their individual genetic makeup in order to help prevent potentially life-threatening drug reactions.

From the CBC News-2009-1-23:20:6:1

In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate

The State Board of Education in Texas heard impassioned testimony on Wednesday from scientists and social conservatives debating how evolution should be taught in schools.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-22:8:5:1

Genetic mutation linked to heart failure in South Asians

A genetic mutation virtually guarantees a person will develop heart problems, say researchers who estimate that four per cent of South Asians, and one per cent of the world's population, carry the mutation.

From the CBC News-2009-1-19:14:6:1

Fossil illuminates jaw evolution

A fossil fish is shedding light on the evolution of jawed vertebrates, according to a Swedish study.

From the BBC News-2009-1-19:8:5:1

Asian heart disease gene found

A gene mutation that almost guarantees the development of heart disease is carried by one in 25 South Asian people.

From the BBC News-2009-1-19:8:5:2

Fossil faeces yield surprising clues about ancient birds

The preserved faeces of a family of extinct birds have yielded up surprising clues about what the birds ate.

From the BBC News-2009-1-13:14:6:1

Findings: Anti-Love Drug May Be Ticket to Bliss

The genetics of romance suggest that love potions, or love vaccines, could be on the horizon.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-13:8:5:2

Genetic secrets from Tassie tiger

Scientists study the genetics of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, using DNA extracted from preserved hair.

From the BBC News-2009-1-13:8:5:1

Research Ties Human Acts to Harmful Rates of Species Evolution

A new analysis suggests that hunting, fishing and even conservation efforts may have ill effects on some species.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-12:20:6:1

My Genome, My Self

In the coming era of consumer genetics, your DNA will have much to tell you about the biological bases of your health, your physique and even your personality. But will this knowledge really amount to self-knowledge?

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-10:14:6:1

Immune therapy helps boy with rare muscle disorder

A boy in the U.S. who has a rare and deadly form of the genetic muscle disorder Pompe disease was able to respond to enzyme therapy after he was given a drug to suppress the immune system along with other drugs, doctors say.

From the CBC News-2009-1-8:14:6:1

Stem cells: FAQs

Scientists have been all abuzz in the last few years over stem cells - cellular magicians that promise to dazzle and amaze. In December 1999, the editors of Science, the journal devoted to scientific and medical matters, called stem cell research the "Breakthrough of the Year." Since then, there has been a flurry of announcements about developments in stem cell research and hints of promising treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cancer.

From the CBC News-2009-1-7:14:6:1

Disease without boundaries

Cancer occurs when cells are triggered to grow abnormally. Those triggers could include genetics, radiation, and carcinogens - and they go off with alarming frequency. If current figures hold, approximately one in four Canadians can expect to die of cancer, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

From the CBC News-2009-1-6:14:6:1

Pink iguana rewrites family tree

A type of iguana missed by Darwin during his Galapagos trip promises to rewrite the animal's history in the islands.

From the BBC News-2009-1-5:20:6:1

Earth Watch

2009: year of climate, gorillas, Darwin and whaling

From the BBC News-2009-1-2:14:6:1

Living Together: Beloved Pets Everlasting?

Living with the clones of a dead dog has its surprises. The DNA may be the same but the behavior is another story.

From the NYTimes News-2009-1-1:8:5:1

China finds major dinosaur site

Chinese researchers have unearthed what they believe is the largest collection of dinosaur bones ever found.

From the BBC News-2008-12-31:14:6:1

Scientists isolate genes that made 1918 flu lethal

A set of three genes helped to make the 1918 flu pandemic strain so deadly by giving the virus the ability to copy itself in lung tissue, scientists have found in ferrets.

From the CBC News-2008-12-30:14:6:1

Gene variant tied to high blood pressure

A gene variant that many people carry has been linked to high blood pressure, giving researchers hope that individualized treatment may be possible.

From the CBC News-2008-12-29:20:6:1

Smiles and scowls 'in our genes'

The facial expressions we make to show or hide our emotions are hardwired into our brains, a study concludes.

From the BBC News-2008-12-29:8:5:1