Scientist at Work: A Fossil Hunt in Ethiopia

A field research team of paleobotanists looks for ancient plant and animal life in the Mush River valley in Ethiopia.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-29:20:6:1

Q & A: Blood Will Tell

Can someone with hemochromatosis, a common genetic disorder that is treated by regular drawing of blood, donate blood?

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-27:20:6:3

Neanderthals 'cooked vegetables'

Neanderthals cooked and ate plants and vegetables, a new study of their remains reveals.

From the BBC News-2010-12-27:20:6:1

Observatory: Crossing the Finish Line for Cacao’s Genetic Map

Two groups of scientists financed by rival candy companies have sequenced the DNA of the cacao tree. They say they hope their work will aid breeders in creating more disease-resistant plants.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-27:20:6:2

A Battle Over Uranium Bodes Ill for U.S. Debate

A conflict over a plan to process uranium ore in Colorado highlights the difficulty of moving away from fossil fuels.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-27:8:5:1

Green: Your Piece of the Keeling Curve

Pretty much everyone on the planet is burning fossil fuels and contributing to the rise of greenhouse gases, but some of us are contributing a lot more than others.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-24:8:5:1

Observatory: Behold the African Elephant. But Which One?

DNA analysis shows the savanna elephant and the forest elephant are separate species, more distinct than previously thought.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-22:20:6:1

Siberian Fossils Were Neanderthals’ Eastern Cousins, DNA Reveals

Fossil analysis shows that almost 5 percent of the DNA of people from New Guinea comes from a little-known human group called the Denisovans.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-22:14:6:1

Genetic weapon against bee killer

Researchers develop a genetic technique, which could revitalise the fight against the honeybee's worst enemy - the Varroa mite.

From the BBC News-2010-12-22:8:5:1

Ancient family was cannibalised

Archaeologists in Spain have unearthed the remains of a possible family of 12 Neanderthals who were cannibalised some 49,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2010-12-21:20:6:2

African elephant 'is two species'

Genetic research claims to have resolved a long-standing issue by showing that African bush and forest elephants are distinct species.

From the BBC News-2010-12-21:20:6:1

Observatory: T. Rex’s Relatives Had More Items on Their Menu

Fossil evidence suggests many theropods were omnivores or herbivores, with physical features like beaks in common.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-21:8:5:1

Bones Give Peek Into the Lives of Neanderthals

Scientists have found thousands of Neanderthal bone fragments in northern Spain, some of which have yielded snippets of DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-20:20:6:1

Child brain tumour DNA decoded

Childhood brain tumours have fewer genetic mutations than similar tumours in adults, a new genetic mapping study shows.

From the CBC News-2010-12-17:20:6:1

Gene markers may aid prostate cancer test

Scientists have taken a first step toward improving problematic PSA tests for prostate cancer, by mixing in some genetic information that might help tell which men really need a biopsy.

From the CBC News-2010-12-16:14:6:1

Home Labs on the Rise for the Fun of Science

Home laboratories are becoming more common as devices like microscopes and DNA analysis kits become more computerized, cheaper and easier to use.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-16:8:5:1

South Korea confirms more superbug cases

South Korea confirmed two more cases of a new gene in bacteria that turns them into drug-resistant superbugs, bringing the total number of cases to four

From the CBC News-2010-12-14:14:6:1

Buried in Peru’s Desert, Fossils Draw Smugglers

Officials in Peru’s capital, Lima, say seizures of illegally collected fossils are climbing.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-12:8:5:1

Green: With Fanfare, European Commissioner Accepts Anti-Biotech Petition

European officials seek to show that they have an open mind on the potential for harm from genetically modified crops.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-9:14:6:1

Crocs dispel 'living fossil' myth

Modern crocodilians evolved from a diverse ancient group and can no longer be referred to as unchanged "living fossils", according to scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-12-8:14:6:1

Fast TB test 'major milestone,' WHO says

A new DNA-based test to diagnose tuberculosis in poor countries has been endorsed by the World Health Organization.

From the CBC News-2010-12-8:14:6:2

Microbe Finds Arsenic Tasty; Redefines Life

Felisa Wolfe-Simon takes samples from a sediment core she pulled up from the remote shores of 10 Mile Beach at Mono Lake in California. Researchers said that the bacterium was trained to grow without phosphorus, one of six elements considered essential for life.

From the NYTimes News-2010-12-4:19:9:1

Video game to help drive genetics research

People who play a simple online video game developed by Montreal researchers are helping crack problems that leave computers puzzled. The solutions could lead to discoveries about diseases like cancer.

From the CBC News-2010-12-2:14:6:1

Species loss spreads infectious disease

The extinction of plants and animals can harm human health by fuelling the spread of infectious disease, scientists have found.

From the CBC News-2010-12-1:20:6:1

Exhibit brings fossils to life

Ailsa Barry explains how augmented reality can be used to bring exhibits to life

From the BBC News-2010-11-30:8:5:2

Dinosaur fossils brought to life by interactive film

Dinosaurs and other extinct creatures are brought to life in a new interactive film being shown by the the UK's Natural History Museum in London.

From the BBC News-2010-11-30:8:5:1

Clue found to penis birth defect

Scientists have identified a gene which may play a role in a common defect affecting the genitalia of baby boys.

From the BBC News-2010-11-29:8:5:2

Gene therapy 'memory boost hope'

A gene therapy technique which aims to ease memory problems linked to Alzheimer's Disease has been tested in mice.

From the BBC News-2010-11-29:8:5:1

Cloned beef safe, scientists say

Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring are safe to consume, independent scientists have said.

From the BBC News-2010-11-26:20:6:1

Cloned cattle food 'safe to eat'

Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring is safe to consume, an independent panel of scientists says.

From the BBC News-2010-11-26:8:5:1

What's been eating the ammonites?

A new research paper by experts in Lyme Regis suggests that local ammonite fossils have visible bite marks.

From the BBC News-2010-11-25:8:5:2

Bumbles make beeline for gardens

Gardens are able to sustain a greater number of bumblebee nests than farmed land, a study involving genetic analysis and modelling suggests.

From the BBC News-2010-11-25:8:5:1

Pouched killers 'a diverse group'

A study of marsupial carnivores' skulls from the past 40 million years shows the creatures rose to the challenge of evolution just as their placental cousins did.

From the BBC News-2010-11-24:14:6:1

Summit agrees tiger recovery plan

Governments of 13 countries where tigers still live have endorsed a plan to save the big cats from extinction.

From the BBC News-2010-11-24:8:5:1

Genes give clue to early puberty

At least 30 genes appear to play a role in the age at which girls reach puberty, according to an international group of scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-11-23:14:6:1

Puberty genes linked to girls' body fat

An international team of researchers has identified 30 genes connected to the onset of periods in women, some of which regulate body weight.

From the CBC News-2010-11-22:14:6:1

Ancient seaweed is living fossil

Deep underwater, scientists discover ancient forms of "living fossil" seaweed that could represent the earliest known green plants.

From the BBC News-2010-11-18:8:5:1

Wrong turn brought sharks to Med

Great white sharks arrived in the Mediterranean all the way from Australia after a "wrong turn", a study of their DNA suggests.

From the BBC News-2010-11-17:8:5:1

Observatory: Researchers Dispute Report on Early Butchers

Researchers said a report in August dating the use of stone tools to 3.4 million years ago wrongly interpreted marks on bone fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-15:20:6:2

M.R.I.’s Help Fight High Risk of Cancer

A study found that after six years, 93 percent of women carrying a gene mutation predisposing them to breast cancer were still alive, compared with 74 percent at five years in earlier studies.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-15:20:6:1

Cocoa genome 'to save chocolate'

The public release of the genome of the cacao tree - from which chocolate is made - will save the chocolate industry from collapse, a scientist has said.

From the BBC News-2010-11-14:20:6:1

Butterflies on the brink

Extinction and endangerment among Britain's butterflies, in pictures

From the BBC News-2010-11-12:14:6:1

Scientist at Work: In Search of a Jade Host Rock

Geologists sample outcrops of serpentinite hoping to better understand jade and the evolution of the Caribbean tectonic plate.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-12:8:5:1

Mutant mosquitoes released in dengue fight

Scientists release genetically modified mosquitoes in an experiment to fight dengue fever in the Cayman Islands.

From the CBC News-2010-11-11:14:6:1

Epic migration

Europe's first farmers were Near East migrants, DNA confirms

From the BBC News-2010-11-11:8:5:2

Rocks record ancient oxygen clues

Oxygen levels on Earth reached a critical threshold to enable the evolution of complex life earlier than previously thought, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-11-11:8:5:1

Early leukemia death tied to mutant gene

Gene mutations may explain why some adults with a type of leukemia die quickly of the disease while others don't.

From the CBC News-2010-11-10:20:6:1

Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

A global energy think tank has urged nations to stop subsidising fossil fuels as soon as possible.

From the BBC News-2010-11-9:14:6:1

Genes as Mirrors of Life Experiences

Scientists are focusing on epigenetics, the study of how people’s genes adapt to experience and environment, in exploring the causes of mental disorders.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-9:8:5:2

Glimpsing a Scientific Future as Fields Heat Up

Some advances are unpredictable, but others we see coming. We’re still waiting on gene therapy, though.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-9:8:5:1

Calgary-born neurobiologist wins $25K award

Calgary-born researcher Christopher Gregg has won a prestigious international award for his research on how inherited maternal and paternal genes affect the brains of children.

From the CBC News-2010-11-5:14:6:1

Attenborough's history of fossils

Sir David Attenborough explains the history behind fossils.

From the BBC News-2010-11-5:8:5:1

Cholera in Haiti Matches Strains Seen in South Asia, U.S. Says

Researchers identified the strain by analyzing DNA patterns that can be compared with those from other regions of the world.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-2:8:5:1

Q & A: The Telltale Part

What provides a valid DNA sample for criminal identification purposes?

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-1:20:6:1

Europe’s Plagues Came From China, Study Finds

The waves of plague that twice devastated Europe and changed the course of history had their origins in China, a team of medical geneticists reported.

From the NYTimes News-2010-11-1:8:5:1

Leigh Van Valen, Evolution Revolutionary, Dies at 76

Dr. Van Valen was a scientist whose most famous hypothesis — which sought to explain why there are two sexes — was named for the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.”

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-31:8:5:1

U.N. Sets Goals to Reduce the Extinction Rate

Members states also agreed that rich and poor nations would share profits from pharmaceutical or other products derived from genetic material.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-30:8:5:2

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents

The new position, a shift in longstanding federal policy, will impact medicine and the biotechnology industry.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-30:8:5:1

Clone zone

Why scientists are planning to raise extinct animals from the dead

From the BBC News-2010-10-29:8:5:2

DNA from world's fiercest bear

Vet Nic Masters explains why he is taking sun bear DNA to be frozen and stored.

From the BBC News-2010-10-29:8:5:1

New DNA Tests Aimed at Reducing Colon Cancer

The tests, which could help avoid many colonoscopies, are expected to be brought to market within two years.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-28:20:6:2

Observatory: Asia to Africa, or Vice Versa: New Clues to Primates’ Origins

The recent discovery of fossils of two previously unknown anthropoid species in southern Libya adds to the debate about where primates’ ancestors arose.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-28:20:6:1

The lynx effect

Radical moves to save the world's rarest and most endangered big cat from extinction

From the BBC News-2010-10-28:8:5:1

Most human gene variations mapped

Leaders of a global project to catalogue differences in human DNA say they have successfully mapped 95% of all variations.

From the BBC News-2010-10-27:14:6:1

More species threatened by extinction

One fifth of animal and plant species are threatened by extinction, a global study warns, but conservation efforts have pulled some back from the brink.

From the BBC News-2010-10-27:8:5:1

More species slide to extinction

The proportion of plant and animal species known to be close to extinction is rising - but conservation efforts are pulling some back from the brink.

From the BBC News-2010-10-26:20:6:1

Need for more sleep linked to gene

The reason some people can get by on just four hours of sleep while others need more than double that amount that could lie partly in the genes.

From the CBC News-2010-10-25:20:6:1

She sells sea shells

The life of first fossil hunter Mary Anning

From the BBC News-2010-10-21:8:5:1

Alcohol sensitivity tied to gene

People who feel drunk after drinking relatively little may carry a different version of a gene than others who are more resistant to the effects of alcohol - and who also tend to be more prone to alcoholism.

From the CBC News-2010-10-20:20:6:1

Otters come back from the brink of extinction

The otter has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction in England, the Environment Agency says.

From the BBC News-2010-10-18:8:5:1

Scientist at Work: The Origins of Island Life

Scientists are collecting specimens and behavioral data high in the Solomon Islands in an attempt to understand the evolution of island organisms.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-15:14:6:1

Salmon 'losing genetic character'

The distinct genetic characteristics of salmon populations in Spain are being lost as a result of climate change and human interference, a study warns.

From the BBC News-2010-10-14:14:6:1

Genetic test claims go too far: researchers

Consumers should be cautious about genetic tests claiming to reveal susceptibility to disease, since they add little to what people already know, medical experts say.

From the CBC News-2010-10-13:14:6:1

A Conversation With David J. Weatherall: Studying Tropical Genetic Blood Diseases

Sir David Weatherall, 77, an Oxford researcher-physician, was among the first to use the tools of molecular biology to understand thalassemia.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-12:14:6:1

Earliest land plants discovered

Plants first colonised land more than 472 million years ago, according to a fossil discovery in Argentina.

From the BBC News-2010-10-12:8:5:1

On Guadalcanal, Studying Evolution

An expedition to the mountains of Guadalcanal seeks to understand how new species evolve.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-9:14:6:1

GM profit boost to non-GM crops

Pest control by genetically-modified crops can raise yields and profits from non-GM varieties grown nearby, a study from the US suggests.

From the BBC News-2010-10-8:8:5:1

Modified Corn Aids Nearby Farmers, and Vice Versa

Researchers find that a mix of genetically engineered and conventional corn provides widespread benefits.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-7:20:6:1

Happiness more than gene deep

The idea that happiness is a genetic trait influenced by early life experiences has been challenged by new research from Germany.

From the CBC News-2010-10-7:14:6:1

Dinosaur Ancestors’ Fossils Found

The oldest known relatives of dinosaurs were the size of a house cat, walked on four legs and left footprints in the quarries in Poland about 250 million years ago, researchers report.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-6:20:6:1

Observatory: Neanderthals’ Big Loss in Battle of the Elements

Volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago devastated Neanderthals in Western Asia and in Europe, anthropologists report in Current Anthropology.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-4:20:6:2

Observatory: Blue Whales With Pearly Whites, Once Upon a Time

Scientists have found the first genetic evidence for the loss of teeth in the common ancestor of all baleen whales.

From the NYTimes News-2010-10-4:20:6:1

Male infertility gene discovered

A faulty gene could help explain some cases of unexplained male infertility, according to research.

From the BBC News-2010-10-1:8:5:1

Extinct Penguin Wore Earth Tones, Fossil Shows

Researchers say imprints left by the large bird, which lived in Peru more than 36 million years ago, contain evidence that its feathers were mostly reddish brown and shades of gray.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-30:20:6:2

West Nile-carrying mosquito genome sequenced

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the mosquito that transmits the West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses - an important step toward controlling the deadly illnesses these viruses cause.

From the CBC News-2010-9-30:20:6:3

Ancient giant penguin unearthed

Scientists unearth a fossil in Peru of a giant penguin that lived some 36 million years ago, offering an insight into the birds' evolution.

From the BBC News-2010-9-30:20:6:1

Study 'finds ADHD genetic link'

Researchers say they have found the first direct evidence of a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

From the BBC News-2010-9-30:8:5:1

Kids with ADHD show DNA changes: study

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have extra or missing DNA compared with normal children, British researchers have found.

From the CBC News-2010-9-29:20:6:1

National Briefing | Washington: Financing for Stem-Cell Research Can Continue for Now, Court Rules

The United States Court of Appeals in Washington granted the Obama administration’s request to allow the financing from the National Institutes of Health while it appeals a judge’s order blocking it.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-29:14:6:3

Letters show strain in DNA team

Newly-found letters of British scientists behind the discovery of the structure of DNA highlight tensions around this major scientific breakthrough.

From the BBC News-2010-9-29:14:6:1

In Trove of Letters, Rivalry Among DNA Sleuths Comes to Life

The letters, written by and to Francis Crick over 26 years and thought to have been destroyed decades ago, surfaced among the papers of a former office mate.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-29:14:6:2

Some of the world's endangered plants

Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are warning that as much as one-fifth of the world's plant life is at risk of extinction.

From the BBC News-2010-9-29:8:5:2

One-fifth of plants on risk list

A new global assessment concludes that 22% of plants are threatened with extinction, which scientists say is serious for humanity.

From the BBC News-2010-9-29:8:5:1

Collecting Monkey Dung, in Context

In order to study the reproductive strategies, hormones and genetics of gelada monkeys, scientists in Ethiopia must first gather fecal samples.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-28:20:6:1

GM salmon

Is genetically modified fish swimming against the tide?

From the BBC News-2010-9-28:8:5:1

Observatory: Neanderthals’ Tools Were Their Own Work

Neanderthals living in southern Italy 42,000 years ago developed bone and stone tools on their own, not through interactions with Homo sapiens, research shows.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-27:20:7:1

Observatory: Longer Roots Are Discovered in Large Plant Family

Scientists have found the oldest known member of this family in a nearly 50 million-year-old fossil flower.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-27:20:7:2

City life 'boosts bug resistance'

People from regions with a long history of urban living could be genetically better suited to fighting infection, say experts.

From the BBC News-2010-9-27:8:5:1

Neandertals were 'keen on tech'

Neanderthals were keen on innovation and technology and developed tools all on their own, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2010-9-24:20:6:1

Colombia’s Coca Wars Cause Extinctions

More than 40 percent of Colombia’s 84 distinct indigenous groups are now at risk of extinction because of forced drug-trade recruitment and the fumigation of coca that destroys other crops.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-24:14:6:2

Fossil flower 'clue to daisies'

A fossilised flower found in South America offers clues about the origins of daisies, dandelions and sunflowers.

From the BBC News-2010-9-24:14:6:1

Huge fossil cache unearthed in US

Workers building a substation discover 1,500 bone fragments from about 1.4 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2010-9-21:20:6:1

Panel Leans in Favor of Engineered Salmon

A panel seemed to indicate it would endorse federal approval of genetically engineered salmon.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-21:8:5:1

A Perk of Our Evolution: Pleasure in Pain of Chilies

Turning homegrown habaneros into hot sauce is cause to celebrate the evolutionary serendipity that has allowed pain-loving humans to enjoy such tasty pain.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-20:20:6:1

Natural Selection Cuts Broad Swath Through Fruit Fly Genome

Fruit fly researchers showed that natural selection can change a species by making certain genes more common, rather than waiting for a powerful mutation to show up and sweep the species.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-20:20:6:2

Mmm, science - 'tastier chocolate' breakthrough

Scientists release a draft sequence of the cacao genome, in a move that raises hopes of higher yields and tastier chocolate.

From the BBC News-2010-9-17:8:5:1

Q. and A.: Hastening the Energy Revolution

The head of the International Energy Agency says more incentives are needed to speed a shift away from reliance on fossil fuels.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-16:20:6:1

Mutation in some autistic boys found

A small number of autism cases are linked to a gene found on the X chromosome, a discovery that may help explain why boys are four times more likely than girls to develop the disorder.

From the CBC News-2010-9-15:20:6:3

Carving up the Arctic

Russia and Norway agree to share fossil fuel spoils

From the BBC News-2010-9-15:20:6:2

Gene therapy 'success' revealed

Gene therapy has been used to correct an inherited blood disorder in what doctors say is a major step forward in treatment.

From the BBC News-2010-9-15:20:6:1

Rival Candy Makers Both Parse Cocoa’s DNA

Determining the complete DNA sequence of the tree that produces cocoa beans will help guarantee a sustainable future for cocoa.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-15:8:5:1

Label genetically modified salmon: fish farmers

Genetically modified salmon should carry an identifying label if the product is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.

From the CBC News-2010-9-14:20:6:1

George C. Williams, 83, Theorist on Evolution, Dies

Dr. Williams was a biologist who helped shape the theory that natural selection works at the level of the individual and not for the benefit of the group.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-14:8:5:1

Observatory: Researchers Map Most of Turkey’s Genome

The genomic book on the turkey may be useful in the continued breeding of the bird for food.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-13:20:6:2

Tug of War Pits Genes of Parents in the Fetus

It has long been suggested that a mother’s and father’s genes do not play exactly equal roles, and new research points to asymmetry that could be far more substantial than thought.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-13:20:6:1

Genetically modified salmon's safety defended

The head of a company trying to get its genetically modified salmon approved in the U.S. is disappointed by public reaction to reports its product is safe.

From the CBC News-2010-9-13:14:6:2

Gene tied to short-sightedness found

A key gene linked to myopia or short-sightedness has been uncovered, scientists say.

From the CBC News-2010-9-13:14:6:1

Genetically Modified Beets Stir Belated Debate

Environmentalists and farmers sue the Agriculture Department, seeking to overturn permits it issued that would allow the planting of a seed crop.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-10:14:6:1

Genetically modified salmon safe, FDA says

Documents released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say genetically modified salmon being reared on P.E.I. is safe, to the concern of groups on both sides of the border.

From the CBC News-2010-9-10:14:6:2

Freshwater turtles 'in decline'

More than a third of freshwater turtle species are now threatened with extinction, Conservation International says.

From the BBC News-2010-9-10:8:5:1

Key ovarian cancer genes identified

Two genes that appear linked to an aggressive form of ovarian cancer have been identified by U.S. researchers.

From the CBC News-2010-9-8:14:6:2

New dinosaur clue to bird origins

Palaeontologists uncover a new dinosaur with what may be the earliest evidence of feathers.

From the BBC News-2010-9-8:14:6:1

Judge Keeps Ban on Stem Cell Funds

A federal judge refused to lift a ban on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-7:20:6:1

Vital Signs: Prevention: Surgery Sharply Reduces Risk of 2 Cancers

For women who carry a genetic mutation that puts them in danger of developing ovarian and breast cancer, prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy offer protection.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-6:20:6:2

Inbred bees 'facing extinction'

Some of the UK's rarest bumblebees are at risk of becoming extinct as a result of inbreeding, research suggests.

From the BBC News-2010-9-6:20:6:1

His Corporate Strategy: The Scientific Method

J. Craig Venter wants to create creatures — bacteria, algae or even plants — to carry out industrial tasks and displace fossil fuels.

From the NYTimes News-2010-9-4:20:6:1

Worm brain clue to evolution

Researchers map the nervous system of worms to try and understand how the human cerebral cortex evolved.

From the BBC News-2010-9-2:14:6:1

Darwin's secret

Why Darwin's little-known "project" in the South Atlantic is still causing controversy today

From the BBC News-2010-9-1:8:5:2

GM potatoes beating killer blight

Researchers working on trials of genetically modified crops in Norfolk have grown potatoes which resist disease.

From the BBC News-2010-9-1:8:5:1

U.S. stem cell ruling appealed

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration appealed a ruling Tuesday that blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

From the CBC News-2010-8-31:20:6:2

Ovary removal lowers breast cancer risk: study

Preventive removal of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes can be life-saving for women with inherited mutations in two genes linked to breast cancer, a study indicates.

From the CBC News-2010-8-31:20:6:1

Beefy dino sported fearsome claws

Fossils of a new type of dinosaur, which looks like a beefy version of the predatory Velociraptor, have been unearthed in Romania.

From the BBC News-2010-8-31:8:5:1

Fossil Hunters in Romania Find a 2-Clawed Relative of Velociraptor

The dinosaur lived more than 65 million years ago and had two sicklelike claws on each foot.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-30:20:6:2

Scientists Square Off on Evolutionary Value of Helping Relatives

A team of prominent evolutionary biologists at Harvard is trying to demolish the theory that helping your relatives can spread your genes faster than having children of your own.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-30:20:6:1

Geneticists crack the apple code

A team of 86 global scientists sequence the genetic code of the Golden Delicious apple for the first time.

From the BBC News-2010-8-30:8:5:1

Double strike 'killed dinosaurs'

The dinosaurs were wiped by at least two meteorite impacts rather than a single strike, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-8-27:14:6:1

Borneo's got talent - copycat octopus impersonates fish

DNA study of the Indonesian mimic octopus reveals how its ability to impersonate other sea life evolved.

From the BBC News-2010-8-27:14:6:2

Wheat genome 'huge challenge'

Professor Mike Bevan: "The genome sequence does provide a foundation for an increase in the amount of genetic engineering in wheat"

From the BBC News-2010-8-27:8:5:2

Early humans blamed for cave bears demise

Early humans drove Ice Age bears to extinction by occupying their caves, scientists claim

From the BBC News-2010-8-27:8:5:1

Wheat genome boost to food supply

The draft sequences of the wheat genome released by UK scientists may prove to be a vital contribution to the efforts of securing global food supply.

From the BBC News-2010-8-26:20:6:1

Dolphins 'cough' up DNA secrets

A new technique to harmlessly extract DNA from dolphin "breath" could assist conservation efforts aimed at marine mammals.

From the BBC News-2010-8-25:20:6:1

U.S. to appeal stem cell ruling

A U.S. court ruling that undercut federally funded embryonic stem cell research will be quickly appealed, the Obama administration declares.

From the CBC News-2010-8-25:14:6:1

Stem Cell Ruling Will Be Appealed

The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling that undercut its efforts to expand stem cell research, the Justice Department said.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-25:8:5:1

Sensible Eaters or Global Guinea Pigs?

Genetically modified crops are the subject intense political, scientific and culinary debate in Europe, where only the tiniest sliver of cultivation currently relies on GM seeds. Most European countries have no commercial cultivation of GM crops.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-24:20:6:1

Judge rules against Obama's stem cell policy

U.S. regulations expanding stem cell research have temporarily been blocked by a U.S. judge.

From the CBC News-2010-8-23:20:6:5

Inside Neurosurgery’s Rise

Chunks of brains preserved at Yale exemplify the evolution of 20th-century American medicine — from a slipshod trial-and-error trade to a prominent, highly organized profession.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-23:20:6:3

Observatory: 85 Million Years Added to Oldest Animal Fossils

Spongelike creatures may have existed 635 million years ago or earlier, during the Cryogenian period, according to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-23:20:6:4

‘Survival of fittest’ is disputed

Charles Darwin may have been wrong to argue that competition was the major driver of evolution, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2010-8-23:20:6:1

Sex and fossils

The secret life of family planning pioneer Dr Marie Stopes

From the BBC News-2010-8-23:20:6:2

Digital DNA

The sketch that helped discover the 'secret of life'

From the BBC News-2010-8-23:8:5:1

Chernobyl decline linked to DNA

Scientists working in Chernobyl find a way to predict which species are likely to be most severely damaged by radioactive contamination.

From the BBC News-2010-8-20:8:5:1

More prostate cancer diagnosed in brothers: study

Men with a brother who has prostate cancer are more likely than other men to be diagnosed with the disease, but screening rather than genetics may be behind it, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2010-8-19:20:6:2

Junk DNA Can Revive and Cause Disease, Study Finds

For the first time, geneticists report, they have seen a dead gene come back to life and cause a disease, a common form of muscular dystrophy.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-19:20:6:1

Home DNA tests make 'unrealistic claims:' MDs

Consumers need to be protected from home genetic tests that are sold online and make unrealistic claims, doctors say the New England Journal of Medicine.

From the CBC News-2010-8-18:20:6:1

Did life on earth evolve twice?

Dr Adam Maloof explains how the discovery of a sponge fossil shows animals evolved 90 million years earlier than previously thought

From the BBC News-2010-8-18:8:5:3

Sex or death for trembling aspen

Certain trees can clone themselves suggesting they could live forever and avoid extinction, but a new study dashes that hope.

From the BBC News-2010-8-18:8:5:2

Fossils may be 'earliest animals'

Small, irregularly shaped fossils from South Australia could be the oldest remains of simple animal life found to date.

From the BBC News-2010-8-18:8:5:1

No human link to mammoth demise

A new study suggests that woolly mammoths died out because of dwindling grasslands - rather than being hunted to extinction by humans.

From the BBC News-2010-8-17:20:6:1

On Land, Air and Sea, a Retrofit Mission

The secretary of the Navy outlines plans to slash the fossil fuel dependence of the Navy and Marine Corps.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-17:20:6:2

Human link to giant turtle's end

Humans may have been responsible for driving giant turtles to extinction 3,000 years ago, according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2010-8-16:20:6:1

Observatory: Wide Variety of Dog Breeds Arise From Few Genes

A new study reports that the physical variance among dog breeds is determined by differences in only about seven genetic regions.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-16:20:6:2

Lasting impression

How Edinburgh helped shape Charles Darwin

From the BBC News-2010-8-15:14:6:1

Cloned meat - from lab to plate

Ranchers in the US are using cloning to boost the quality and quantity of the meat they produce. Our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh went there to follow how the process works - from lab to plate.

From the BBC News-2010-8-12:14:6:1

Cattle 'cloned from dead animals'

Some of the cattle cloned to boost food production in the US have been created from the cells of dead animals.

From the BBC News-2010-8-12:8:5:1

Cloned cow probe finds third case

A third case of meat linked to a cloned cow being sold in the UK has emerged, the Food Standards Agency says.

From the BBC News-2010-8-11:14:6:1

Genetics Pushes Canola Into the Wild

A genetically engineered version of the canola plant is flourishing in the form of roadside weeds, a new study says.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-10:8:5:1

Personal Health: Scoliosis Test Lets Children Avoid a Brace

Combined with a physical exam, a gene test has been shown to predict whether mild adolescent scoliosis in white children will progress to require surgery.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-9:20:6:3

Observatory: Ancient Crocodile Was No Bigger Than a House Cat

A fossil of a crocodile from 144 million years ago includes teeth that could chew — unlike the modern version’s — and a body about the size of a house cat.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-9:20:6:2

DNA Test May Speed Colon Cancer Diagnosis

A new generation of tests now in development would evaluate stool samples before a colonoscopy is called for.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-9:20:6:1

Gene link to meningitis infection

A gene which renders people more susceptible to meningitis is pinpointed by researchers.

From the BBC News-2010-8-9:14:6:1

An Invader: Engineered Canola

Critics of biotech crops might conceivably point to ithe canola phenomenon as an example of how hard it is to stop the spread of "gene pollution.''

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-6:8:5:2

GM plants 'established in wild'

US scientists produce new evidence that genetically modified plants can establish widespread self-sustaining populations outside farmers' fields.

From the BBC News-2010-8-6:8:5:1

'97 UK descendants' of cloned cow

The cloned cow whose calves entered the UK food chain could have scores of descendants here, records suggest.

From the BBC News-2010-8-5:8:5:2

Four hours for forensic DNA test

Forensic scientists develop a DNA test which can match a suspect's DNA with crime samples in just four hours.

From the BBC News-2010-8-5:8:5:1

What's the beef?

The key issues surrounding cow cloning furore

From the BBC News-2010-8-4:20:6:2

More clone-linked beef 'consumed'

Meat from a second cloned cow's offspring has entered the UK's food chain, according to the Food Standards Agency.

From the BBC News-2010-8-4:20:6:1

Genetic keys to cholesterol levels found

High cholesterol and triglyceride levels, major risk factors for heart disease, are associated with 95 genetic variants, according to a large new study.

From the CBC News-2010-8-4:14:6:2

Ancient croc had 'mammal's bite'

Palaeontologists working in Tanzania unearth fossils of a tiny ancient crocodile with unusual, mammal-like teeth.

From the BBC News-2010-8-4:14:6:1

Is it safe to eat a clone's offspring?

Biologists Robin Lovell-Badge and Sir Ian Wilmut discuss the safety of eating meat from an offspring of a cloned animal.

From the BBC News-2010-8-4:8:5:2

New rules for 'DIY genetic tests'

Experts concerned at the availability of genetic tests, which can be easily bought online, have launched guidelines on how they should be carried out.

From the BBC News-2010-8-4:8:5:1

Cloned cow meat in UK food chain

Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the food chain last year, the Food Standards Agency says.

From the BBC News-2010-8-3:20:6:1

The white stuff

Cloned cows are in the news but how do you import one?

From the BBC News-2010-8-3:14:6:1

Letters: Evolution, Progress (1 Letter)

A letter to the editor.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-3:8:5:1

In Fuel Subsidies, It's No Contest

"Global subsidies for fossil fuels dwarf support given to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and biofuels," a report concludes.

From the NYTimes News-2010-8-2:20:6:2

Fossil sparks whale of a row for Egypt customs

The fossil of a whale is at the centre of a bizarre customs wrangle at Cairo airport, the BBC's Jon Leyne reports.

From the BBC News-2010-8-2:20:6:1

Milk muddle

Investigation over reports of cloned cow's milk in UK shops

From the BBC News-2010-8-2:14:6:2

Herpes virus used to treat cancer

UK doctors say they have used a genetically engineered herpes virus to treat successfully patients with head and neck cancer.

From the BBC News-2010-8-2:14:6:1

Inquiry into cloned cow's milk sales

Claims that milk produced by the offspring of cloned cows is on sale in the UK are being investigated by the Food Standards Agency.

From the BBC News-2010-8-2:8:5:2

Probe into cloned cow milk claim

The Food Standards Agency is investigating reports that milk from a cloned cow's offspring is on sale in the UK.

From the BBC News-2010-8-2:8:5:1

Mars rocks may contain fossilised remains of life

Researchers identify rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars.

From the BBC News-2010-7-31:14:6:1

Cloned Livestock Gain a Foothold in Europe

The Continent has generally resisted genetically modified food, but small amounts of meat and dairy from cloned animals are already being consumed.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-30:8:5:1

Scientists Produce First Cloned Fighting Bull

The team says that its dark brown calf, named Got, is the only representative of a lineage that goes back 300 years.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-29:20:6:2

Alberta ponders paying for new MS treatment

Alberta Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky is putting together a committee to look at whether to pay for studies of a controversial experimental treatment for people with multiple sclerosis.

From the CBC News-2010-7-29:20:6:3

Mars site may hold 'buried life'

Researchers identify rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars.

From the BBC News-2010-7-29:20:6:1

Oz marsupials 'began in Americas'

The characteristic koalas, kangaroos and wombats of Australia share a common American ancestor, according to genetic research.

From the BBC News-2010-7-27:20:6:1

Researchers use more GM animals

The number of UK scientific experiments involving genetically modified animals overtakes those involving "normal animals" for the first time.

From the BBC News-2010-7-27:14:6:1

Remarkable Creatures: Translating the Stories of Life Forms Etched in Stone

A once-worrisome gap in the fossil record preceding the Cambrian has ignited intense interest among geologists and paleontologists.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-26:20:6:1

Ceausescu remains exhumed for DNA

Scientists in Romania are exhuming what are thought to be the remains of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife.

From the BBC News-2010-7-22:8:5:1

Divers find ancient monkey fossil

Divers find the fossilised bones of an ancient, tiny monkey in a cave in the Caribbean, revealing clues about the origin of primates there.

From the BBC News-2010-7-21:20:6:1

Mammal-munching dinosaur discovered

Professor Edward Simpson describes finding the fossil that shows that 'dinosaurs actively dug after mammals'.

From the BBC News-2010-7-20:8:5:1

Observatory: Fossil Primate Skull Could Help Date When Monkeys and Apes Split

A primate skull unearthed in Saudi Arabia suggests the split may have occurred 24 million to 29 million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-19:20:6:3

Observatory: Tracking the Evolution of Malaria

Scientists have long speculated about just how old malaria is, with wildly varying estimates.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-19:20:6:4

Adventures in Very Recent Evolution

In the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome have found evidence of recent natural selection.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-19:20:6:1

Birds and Mammals Have Opposite Sex Systems

After reconstructing many of the steps in the evolution of the human sex chromosomes, a scientist has started to analyze birds.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-19:20:6:2

Cave yields marsupial fossil haul

Fossil hunters in Australia have discovered a cave filled with the 15-million-year-old remains of prehistoric marsupials.

From the BBC News-2010-7-19:14:6:1

Malaria-proof mosquito engineered

Geneticists successfully introduce a gene to mosquito larvae that blocks the development of the malaria parasite.

From the BBC News-2010-7-16:14:6:1

'Resilient growth' for renewables

The building of new renewable energy sources outstrips new fossil fuel power plants in EU and US during 2009, a report says.

From the BBC News-2010-7-15:14:6:1

Fossil links humans and monkeys

Scientists find the skull of a 29 million-year-old primate, shedding light on when our evolutionary line diverged from monkeys.

From the BBC News-2010-7-14:14:6:1

Gatton Journal: Trying to Stop Cattle Burps From Heating Up Planet

A team of microbiologists and genetic researchers in Australia are looking for ways to reduce livestock carbon emissions.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-14:14:6:2

EU to let states rule on GM crops

EU officials plan to give the 27 member states the freedom to grow, restrict or ban genetically modified (GM) crops.

From the BBC News-2010-7-13:20:6:1

The Long and Bumpy Road to Kalacha

Dustin Rubenstein, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Columbia University, will be measuring the stress response in birds in three different habitats in Kenya.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-13:14:9:1

Choir to sing the 'code of life'

Scientists and composers produce a new choral work in which singers sing parts of their own genetic code.

From the BBC News-2010-7-11:8:5:1

Scientists Criticize Study on Genetics of Old Age

They said an article in the journal Science saying that a test could predict who would live to extreme old age was probably incorrect.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-9:14:6:1

Face transplanted with eyelids: French surgeon

A French surgeon says he has conducted a full-face transplant including eyelids and tear ducts, in a rare operation on a 35-year-old man with a genetic disorder.

From the CBC News-2010-7-8:14:6:1

EU wants ban on cloned animal meat

The European Parliament has called for a ban on meat from cloned animals, saying more tests are needed to prove it is safe for humans to eat.

From the CBC News-2010-7-7:14:6:1

DNA test helps find family roots

A simple DNA test could pinpoint the roots of a person's family to within a few miles, according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2010-7-6:14:6:1

Centenarians' genetic secrets revealed

Predicting whether someone is genetically predisposed to live in good health to a very old age has moved a step forward.

From the CBC News-2010-7-1:20:6:3

Scientists Cite Fastest Case of Human Evolution

In a study of the human genome, biologists in China cited Tibetans’ unique ability to breathe air that has 40 percent less oxygen than is available at sea level.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-1:20:6:2

Genetic Finding May Provide Test for Longevity

Scientists say they have identified genetic variants that predict extreme longevity with 77 percent accuracy.

From the NYTimes News-2010-7-1:20:6:1

Genes predict living beyond 100

Scientists in the US have developed way of predicting how likely a person is to live beyond the age of 100.

From the BBC News-2010-7-1:14:6:1

Genetic roots of some hair loss identified

A common form of hair loss called alopecia areata is linked to eight genes, researchers have found.

From the CBC News-2010-7-1:8:5:2

'Cookies' point to complex life

Scientists report the discovery of centimetre-sized fossils that may be the earliest known examples of multicellular life.

From the BBC News-2010-7-1:8:5:1

'Sea monster' fossil unearthed

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of a 12-million-year-old whale with huge, fearsome teeth.

From the BBC News-2010-6-30:14:6:1

'Sex' drove fossil animal traits

Several prehistoric creatures developed elaborate body traits in order to attract members of the opposite sex, a study says.

From the BBC News-2010-6-29:14:6:1

Porpoises on brink of extinction

Finless porpoises, a rare type of toothed whale living in China, may be even more endangered than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2010-6-29:8:5:1

Observatory: Why Fish Came Ashore

A genetic defect in certain fish may have stunted fin growth and led to the development of limbs and the emergence of land dwelling creatures.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-28:20:6:1

Effort Uses Dogs’ DNA to Track Their Abusers

A coalition of scientists and animal rights advocates has found a way to do for victims of animal abuse what the criminal justice system has done for human crime victims.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-27:8:5:1

Tuna’s End

On the high seas, the bluefin is being hunted into extinction. Will we ever be able to think about seafood the same way?

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-26:14:6:1

Songs on This Fossil Age

"Liberated carbon, it'll spin your wheels..." A musical blog post on the fossil age.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-26:8:5:2

Genetically Altered Salmon Set to Move Closer to Your Table

The first engineered animal for people to eat, salmon that grow faster than normal, may be approved by the F.D.A.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-26:8:5:1

African livestock genes 'ignored'

The genetic diversity of Africa's indigenous livestock needs to be tapped before it is lost forever, warn researchers.

From the BBC News-2010-6-24:20:6:1

Fin to limb evolution clue found

A study has shed light on a key genetic step in the evolution of animals' limbs from the fins of fish, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2010-6-24:8:5:1

Brave new world

The human genome and a new age of medicine

From the BBC News-2010-6-23:20:6:1

Cystic fibrosis survivors over 40 offer clues

More people with cystic fibrosis are surviving past age 40, offering patients and doctors a guide on what to expect from the incurable genetic disease.

From the CBC News-2010-6-22:14:6:1

A Conversation With Elaine Fuchs: Discovering the Wonders of Skin Cells

Elaine Fuchs, the new president of the International Society for Stem Cell research, studies the biochemistry of skin tissue.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-21:20:6:2

Observatory: The Fossil Record of Prehistoric Gnawing

Small mammals have been gnawing on bones for calcium and protein to supplement their diet for 75 million years, according to a report.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-21:20:6:3

Court overturns Monsanto seed ban

The US Supreme Court has overturned a ruling barring Monsanto from selling genetically modified seeds until they can be tested.

From the BBC News-2010-6-21:20:6:1

Scientists pinpoint missing height clues

Tiny genetic changes are responsible for almost half of the variation in height between individuals, scientists have announced.

From the CBC News-2010-6-21:14:6:2

UK patients 'have genes mapped'

A hospital begins decoding all the genes of individual patients, 10 years after the publication of the first human genome sequence.

From the BBC News-2010-6-21:14:6:1

H1N1 swaps genes with other pig viruses: study

Swine herds should be watched closely for changes in the pandemic H1N1 virus, say scientists who found the virus has been swapping genes with other viruses in pigs.

From the CBC News-2010-6-17:20:6:2

Study Criticizes Swine-Flu Follow-Up

Researchers in Hong Kong find too little genetic surveillance of last year’s human pandemic, which is now infecting pigs in China.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-17:20:6:1

Oil spill: Obama to 'make BP pay'

President Obama vows to "make BP pay" for the Gulf oil spill, and says the US must end its fossil fuel "addiction".

From the BBC News-2010-6-16:8:5:1

A Decade Later, Gene Map Yields Few New Cures

The primary goal of the $3 billion Human Genome Project — to ferret out the genetic roots of common diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and then generate treatments — remains largely elusive.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-12:14:6:1

Big pecker - prehistoric pelican had big beak

Pelicans have sported big beaks for at least 30 million years, the discovery of the oldest known pelican fossil reveals.

From the BBC News-2010-6-11:8:5:1

Autism linked to rare gene changes

People with autism show rare patterns of changes in their genes that may not be inherited, a new international study shows.

From the CBC News-2010-6-9:20:6:3

Studies Show Jews’ Genetic Similarity

A surprise from two surveys is the closeness of the Jewish groups of Europe, the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-9:20:6:2

DNA study unlocks Jewish diaspora

Scientists have shed light on the complexities of Jewish heritage with an in-depth genetic study.

From the BBC News-2010-6-9:20:6:1

Legal fight over breast cancer gene begins

Landmark legal action challenging a patent over breast cancer gene BRCA1 is being launched in Australia.

From the CBC News-2010-6-8:14:7:1

Scientist at Work: George M. Church: A Mission to Sequence the Genomes of 100,000 People

The Harvard geneticist has co-founded or advises some 22 businesses that focus on things like synthetic biology, genetic sequencing and providing genetic testing to consumers.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-7:20:6:1

Observatory: Gene Variant Makes Plants Resistant to Infection, but Slow-Growing

Researchers found that plants that produce more quantities of a chemical that battles pathogens also tend to grow more slowly.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-7:20:6:2

Banned GM maize sown in Germany

A genetically modified (GM) variety of maize banned in the EU has contaminated fields in seven German states.

From the BBC News-2010-6-7:14:6:1

Argentine media heirs in DNA row

DNA tests are set to be conducted to try to discover if the heirs to an Argentine media empire were stolen as babies during military rule.

From the BBC News-2010-6-7:14:6:2

Pelicans, Back from Brink of Extinction, Face Threat From Oil Spill

Louisiana’s brown pelicans were taken off the endangered species list last year after a robust recovery. Experts said the oil spill could change that.

From the NYTimes News-2010-6-5:8:5:1

In Pictures

Saving Kenya's Grevy's zebra from extinction

From the BBC News-2010-6-4:8:5:1

Academic quits GM food commitee

UK academic quits government committee on genetically modified food, raising concerns about its impartiality.

From the BBC News-2010-6-3:14:6:1

'First' Neanderthal tool evidence

Archaeologists have found what they say is the earliest evidence of Neanderthals living in Britain.

From the BBC News-2010-6-1:20:6:1

A Conversation With Aniruddh D. Patel: Exploring Music’s Hold on the Mind

“I wondered whether human music had been shaped for our brains by evolution — meaning, it helped us survive.”

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-31:20:6:2

Basics: In Creating ‘Synthetic Cell,’ Scientists Are Indebted to the Real Thing

The scientists who created a synthetic variant are in debt to nature, time and billions of years of evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-31:20:6:1

Attacking cancer

Genetic research paves way to new approach

From the BBC News-2010-5-31:8:5:1

Ghost hunters: On the trail of a 'living fossil'

Researchers set off on an expedition to the Dominican Republic to save one of the world’s most strange and ancient mammals – the Hispaniolan solenodon.

From the BBC News-2010-5-30:20:6:1

Quebec DNA bank halfway to goal

A Quebec project to create a giant bank of DNA for medical research purposes has passed the halfway mark toward its goal.

From the CBC News-2010-5-30:14:6:1

From Californians’ DNA, a Giant Genome Project

More than 130,000 members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California have volunteered to have their DNA scanned as part of the largest human genome study of its kind ever attempted.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-30:8:5:1

Not Dead, Only Resting? The Climate Bill

A popular parlor game in Washington is trying to figure out whether the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has helped or hurt chances for passage of comprehensive energy and climate change legislation. President Obama tried to boost its prospects in his press conference on Thursday, saying the crisis highlights the need to find alternatives to the deadly and dirty fossil fuels oil and coal.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-28:14:6:1

Scientists Challenge ‘Breakthrough’ on Fossil Skeleton

The fossil skeleton known as Ardi has now drawn critics who dispute claims that the species lived in dense woodlands or that it is a member of the human lineage.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-27:20:6:1

Mystery fossil a 'squid ancestor'

Ancestors of modern squids and octopi may have existed half a billion years ago - a lot earlier than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2010-5-27:14:6:1

Horned dinosaurs 'island-hopped' to Europe

Horned dinosaurs - thought native to America and Asia - made it to Europe via an island route, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2010-5-27:14:6:2

Invoking the Oil Crisis, Obama Lauds Clean Energy

President Obama toured a state-of-the-art solar panel plant on Wednesday in Fremont, Calif. He took the opportunity to contrast the potential of clean energy with the environmental perils of fossil fuel, reflected in what he called a "heartbreaking" gulf oil spill.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-26:20:6:1

Remarkable Creatures: Tracking the Ancestry of Corn Back 9,000 Years

The combined detective work of botanists, geneticists and archeologists has been able to identify the wild ancestor of maize.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-24:20:6:2

Synthetic life patents 'damaging'

A leading UK scientist says efforts to patent the first synthetic life form would give its creator a monopoly on a range of genetic engineering.

From the BBC News-2010-5-24:20:6:1

Synthetic Cells and the Energy Quest

A step forward on the genetic path to an energy revolution.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-20:20:6:1

Synthetic Bacterial Genome Takes Over Cell

J. Craig Venter calls his result a “synthetic cell” that will open the way to creating useful microbes from scratch, but some scientists see the approach as unpromising.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-20:14:6:2

Scientists make 'artificial life'

Scientists in the US succeed in developing the first living bacterial cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.

From the BBC News-2010-5-20:14:6:1

National Research Council Urges Action on Climate

The nation’s leading scientific body declared in a comprehensive study that climate change is a reality and is driven mostly by human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-20:8:5:1

World Briefing | Europe: Spain: Fighting Bull Is Cloned

Vicente Torrent, a specialist in veterinary genetics, said the newborn calf, named Got, is an exact replica of a muscular, horned specimen of the type that matadors face in bullrings.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-20:8:5:2

Blood disorder checks suggested for P.E.I.

Prince Edward Islanders are at a high risk of having Canada's most common genetic disorder, hemochromatosis, and more screening should be done, says a national society.

From the CBC News-2010-5-19:8:5:1

Waterlily saved from extinction

A scientist based at the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew prevents the world's smallest waterlily from becoming extinct.

From the BBC News-2010-5-18:20:6:1

Vital Signs: Testing Link Between Diabetes and Family History

In a trial using volunteers from families with and without a history of diabetes, researchers saw more problems in those with a genetic susceptibility to the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-17:20:6:2

Fossil Trove Shows Diverse Creatures of Cambrian Did Not Disappear

The discovery of 480-million-year-old fossils in Morocco supports the likelihood that the Cambrian Explosion’s diverse life continued to evolve.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-17:20:6:1

Chameleon Fever, but No Malaria

The day is booked solid with catching up on field notes, taking photographs, and preparing DNA samples and museum specimens. We have to get this done in a dark and damp mossy forest, using our knees as lab benches, and headlamps for light.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-14:20:6:1

Warming Imperils Lizards, Scientists Warn

The warming of the Earth's climate is driving lizards in Mexico toward extinction, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-14:14:6:2

DNA clue to life at high altitude

The ability of Tibetans to live high in the mountains may be due largely to 10 genes in their DNA, researchers say.

From the BBC News-2010-5-14:14:6:1

Climate link to lizard extinction

Climate change could wipe out 20% of the world's lizard species by 2080, according to a global-scale study.

From the BBC News-2010-5-14:8:5:1

U.S. Clears Test of Gene-Altered Trees in South

The controversial test is meant to see if the eucalyptus trees can become a new source of wood, as well as material for biofuels.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-13:20:6:1

Genetic test kits put on hold by U.S. pharmacy

The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., said it will hold off selling what was poised to be the first over-the-counter genetic test, after the FDA said the kit has not been proven effective.

From the CBC News-2010-5-13:20:6:2

Remarkable fossils that resolve an ancient extinction mystery

Scientists discover fossils of ancient marine creatures that were previously thought to have died out during an earlier period.

From the BBC News-2010-5-13:8:5:1

Kissing Cousins

We know or can speculate more about Neanderthals than ever before, including why they disappeared.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-12:8:5:2

Costa Rica Learn Jaguars Need a Smooth Commute

Scientists have realized that many species of big cats need connecting corridors because migration helps to intermix gene pools and to repopulate areas.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-12:8:5:1

Close encounters?

What does Neanderthal DNA data tell us?

From the BBC News-2010-5-11:14:6:1

Observatory: In Fruit Flies, Gender Is Determined at the Cellular Level

Using advanced DNA technology, scientists discovered that not every cell in the fly is marked as male or female.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-11:8:5:1

Fossil reveals early bird plumage

A new study of a 150 million year old fossil of an Archaeopteryx has shown that remnants of its feathers have been preserved.

From the BBC News-2010-5-10:20:6:1

Breast cancer gene clue discovery

Five new genetic clues to why some women have a family history of breast cancer are identified by UK researchers.

From the BBC News-2010-5-9:20:6:1

Tendency to high blood fat boosts heart disease

People genetically disposed to higher levels of a certain blood fat may be at greater risk for heart disease, a new study finds.

From the CBC News-2010-5-7:20:6:1

Beijing Genomics Institute deploys 1 petabyte storage for DNA sequencing

The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) at Shenzhen has deployed more than one petabyte (PB) of Isilon Systems' scale-out NAS to power its DNA sequencing environments. Working with one of China's leading IT integrators, United Electronics, BGI is using Isilon's X-Series, featuring its OneFS operating system, to unify more than 100 Illumina genome analysers onto a single, high-performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage.

From the CBC News-2010-5-7:15:59:1

Neanderthal genes 'survive in us'

Many people alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry, according to the results of a landmark genetic study.

From the BBC News-2010-5-6:20:6:1

Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans

About 1 percent to 4 percent of the DNA of non-Africans today comes from Neanderthals, a team in Germany reported, though some archaeologists are skeptical.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-6:20:6:2

Darwin Got It Going On

A new hip-hop show about evolution is scientifically accurate, and even more fun than a lecture.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-5:20:6:1

Woolly mammoth blood protein 'resurrected' in the lab

Scientists have discovered genetic mutations that allowed woolly mammoths to survive freezing temperatures.

From the BBC News-2010-5-4:20:6:1

Mammoth Hemoglobin Offers More Clues to Its Arctic Evolution

The research raises the possibility that much of the physiology of extinct animals may one day be recoverable from DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-3:20:6:2

In Darwin Family, Evidence of Inbreeding’s Ill Effects

Researchers’ calculations suggest that Charles Darwin’s marriage to a first cousin resulted in a mild degree of inbreeding in their children.

From the NYTimes News-2010-5-3:20:6:1

Insect stole fungus gene to make plant pigment

Researchers at the University of Arizona conducted a genetic study of the pea aphid and found the insects make their own carotenoids, nutrients that give plants a red-orange colour.

From the CBC News-2010-4-30:20:6:1

Genome scan shows man's heart, cancer risks

The next time Stephen Quake is prescribed a drug, he can consult his genome to see if there are any warning signs in his DNA about a possible bad reaction.

From the CBC News-2010-4-30:14:6:1

Why this man knows his genetic destiny

A scientist has had all his DNA screened for what diseases he may succumb to in later life.

From the BBC News-2010-4-30:8:5:2

Frog genome may aid conservation

The first sequencing of a frog genome could help combat a disease killing amphibians around the world, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2010-4-30:8:5:1

Mirror movement disorder gene clue found

Members of a large family in Quebec who have trouble moving one hand without the other hand doing the same thing all share a genetic mutation, Montreal researchers have discovered.

From the CBC News-2010-4-29:20:6:1

Cracking Orca’s DNA Code

Using advanced methods of sequencing DNA, scientists found systematic differences in DNA between different orca populations.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-26:20:6:4

A Conversation With Alan Guttmacher: Child Health Director Has Background in Genetics

Dr. Alan Guttmacher is the new acting director of the federal agency that finances research into child and maternal health.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-26:20:6:3

The urge to smoke 'is in our genes', say researchers

Scientists identify three genetic mutations that increase the number of cigarettes people smoke a day.

From the BBC News-2010-4-26:20:6:1

The Search for Genes Leads to Unexpected Places

Edward M. Marcotte and colleagues have found hundreds of genes involved in human disorders, but not in the human genome, nor in lab mice or even fruit flies.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-26:20:6:2

‘Informed Consent’ and the Ethics of DNA Research

There is a lot scientists can do with a swab. But their research subjects have begun to question the locked lab door.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-25:8:5:1

Vatican funds adult stem-cell research

The Vatican will fund research into the potential use of adult stem cells to treat disease, a field where Canadian researchers are hard at work.

From the CBC News-2010-4-23:20:6:1

Arizona State Settles DNA Case With Indian Tribe

The Havasupai people, who live in the Grand Canyon, had claimed that university researchers misused their DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-21:20:6:1

DNA boost in tree killer battle

Researchers sequence the genome of a bacterium that causes a virulent disease in horse chestnut trees.

From the BBC News-2010-4-21:14:6:1

Fossil of two-metre prehistoric 'sea scorpion' found in Scotland

A cast is to be made of tracks left by a two-metre long prehistoric "sea scorpion" in north east Fife.

From the BBC News-2010-4-21:8:5:1

Que. researchers uncover gene therapy treatment

Researchers at Quebec City's Laval University say they have taken steps toward a treatment of a severe form of muscular dystrophy.

From the CBC News-2010-4-16:14:6:2

Youth, 'Fossils' and Planetary Progress

An exploration of the merits of working with young minds on Earth-scale challenges.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-16:14:6:1

DNA swap aims to prevent inherited disease

Scientists have created an embryo with genetic material from a man and two women, using a technique they say could someday help mothers with rare inherited diseases from passing them on to their children.

From the CBC News-2010-4-15:14:6:1

Helen Ranney, Pioneer in Sickle Cell Research, Dies at 89

Dr. Ranney was a hematologist whose experiments in the 1950s elucidated the genetic basis of sickle cell disease.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-15:8:5:1

Cancer genome project expands

An international partnership including Canadians who plan to decode the genomes of 25,000 cancer samples announced their research plans on Tuesday.

From the CBC News-2010-4-14:20:6:1

Personal Health: Cancer Survival Demands Steady Scientific Progress

For many patients, longevity lies in the ability of researchers to remain ahead of a malignancy by unraveling its genetic and molecular underpinnings.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-12:20:6:1

Kenyan GM maize shipment blocked

A shipment of genetically modified (GM) maize is blocked in the Kenyan port of Mombasa after protests by environmentalists.

From the BBC News-2010-4-9:8:5:1

Museum Review | Darwin Center at the Natural History Museum: London Museum Boldly Spreads Its Wings

The Cocoon, a new area of the Darwin Center at the Natural History Museum in London, seems to define a new approach to science museums.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-8:8:5:2

Sushi may 'transfer genes' to gut

A traditional Japanese diet could transfer the genes of "sushi-specific" digestive enzymes into the human gut, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-4-8:8:5:1

Observatory: African Fossil Changes Ideas of Ant Origins

The first fossil ant from Africa challenges a previously held theory that ants originated in North America or East Asia.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-6:8:5:2

Velociraptor 'caught' eating dino

Fossil fragments reveal a predatory Velociraptor caught in the act of eating another larger plant-eating dinosaur.

From the BBC News-2010-4-6:8:5:1

From a Songbird, New Insights Into the Brain

Researchers have decoded the genome of the zebra finch, whose males learn a single love song from their fathers that they repeat through life.

From the NYTimes News-2010-4-5:20:6:1

Blocking gene boosts radiotherapy

A gene which hinders the ability of radiotherapy to kill cancer cells has been detected by UK researchers.

From the BBC News-2010-4-4:8:5:1

From silicon to carbon - hackers tackle DNA

Some makers are turning their attention to biology to see if they can hack DNA and the stuff that life is made from.

From the BBC News-2010-4-1:8:5:1

Blueprint of the songbird genome

Scientists create a "blueprint" of a songbird genome, revealing evolutionary clues about vocal communication.

From the BBC News-2010-3-31:20:6:1

Taking Stock After Gene Patents Are Invalidated

Many biotechnology stocks fell as investors struggled to understand the impact of a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question thousands more.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-31:8:5:1

Evolving Sexual Tensions

Males and females are different, yet they evolve from the same set of genes - which is why it gets interesting.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-30:20:6:1

Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent

In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge struck down a company’s patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-30:8:5:2

'Roadrunner' dinosaur discovered

One the smallest and most agile theropod dinosaurs yet discovered is unearthed by scientists in China.

From the BBC News-2010-3-30:8:5:1

Unearthing the Secret Sex Lives of Truffles

The black truffle of Périgord is about to yield its secrets to a team of researchers who have decoded its genome.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-28:20:6:1

Jurassic ban for fossil diggers

Rogue fossil hunters are banned from Dorset's Jurassic Coastline after two court injunctions are granted.

From the BBC News-2010-3-25:20:6:1

The dinosaur found fossilised in a sand dune

A close dinosaur relative of the biggest animals to ever walk the Earth seems to have been caught in a falling sand dune.

From the BBC News-2010-3-24:20:6:2

Researchers Identify Possible New Human Group With DNA From Bone

The discovery stemmed from work on a child’s bone buried between 48,000 and 30,000 years ago in Siberia.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-24:20:6:3

DNA identifies new ancient human

Scientists identify a previously unknown type of ancient human by analysing DNA from a finger bone.

From the BBC News-2010-3-24:20:6:1

Genes may decide kids' tumour care

A genetic mutation plays a key role in how children with a rare type of brain tumour are likely to respond to therapy, a finding that should help doctors better tailor radiation treatments.

From the CBC News-2010-3-23:20:6:1

Glowing fly sperm yields results

US researchers using genetically engineered fruit flies with glowing sperm track the seed's progress inside the female in real time.

From the BBC News-2010-3-19:8:5:1

Exhibition Review | Hall of Human Origins: In the Smithsonian’s Newest Hall, a Big Family Tree

Long-term hominin evolution is the main concern of the impressive David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, which opened this week at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-18:20:6:1

Breast cancer drugs get faster screening

Experimental breast cancer drugs will be tested under a new DNA matching approach that aims to find which treatments work best and more quickly for certain patients.

From the CBC News-2010-3-17:20:6:1

Warfarin treatment aided by gene tests

Checking patients' DNA before starting them on a popular blood thinner helps get the tricky dose right and keeps them out of the hospital, doctors say.

From the CBC News-2010-3-17:14:6:1

Forensic role for hand bacteria

The bacteria on our hands could be used in forensic identification, in the same way as fingerprints and DNA, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-3-16:14:6:1

Earth Watch

Ugly rumours put rhinos and tigers on extinction road

From the BBC News-2010-3-15:20:6:1

Tiger decline 'sign of failure'

Governments need to crack down on the illegal trade in tiger parts if the big cats are to be saved from extinction, the UN warns.

From the BBC News-2010-3-15:14:6:1

Opium poppy secrets unlocked

Researchers at the University of Calgary say they have discovered the unique genes that allow the opium poppy to make compounds used to produce codeine and morphine.

From the CBC News-2010-3-14:20:6:1

MD finds his family's rare disorder in genome

A scientist who sequenced his own genome has identified a gene involved in the family's inherited neurological disorder.

From the CBC News-2010-3-11:20:6:1

Disease Cause Is Pinpointed With Genome

It now appears possible to sequence a patient’s genome at reasonable cost and with sufficient accuracy to be useful.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-11:8:5:1

Ancient eggshell yields its DNA

The eggshells of long-dead and extinct species are a particularly good source to find preserved DNA, researchers say.

From the BBC News-2010-3-9:20:6:1

Tailored diet may slow DNA damage

Mounting evidence on the effect of micronutrients on DNA damage calls for a re-evaluation of recommended dietary intake values, say researchers.

From the CBC News-2010-3-9:14:6:1

Speed Reading of DNA May Help Cancer Treatment

If altered bits of genetic material could be picked up in a patient’s bloodstream, they would serve as a direct and sensitive marker of cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-8:20:6:1

Boy's rare disease inspires support group

A Calgary family whose son has a rare genetic disease is trying to bring together other Canadians suffering the same experiences.

From the CBC News-2010-3-8:20:6:2

The Newest Hybrid Model

A vast project in Florida will be the world’s second-largest solar plant, attached to the nation’s largest fossil-fuel power plant.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-5:14:6:2

No Endangered Status for Plains Bird

The Interior Department said Friday that the greater sage grouse was facing extinction but would not be designated as an endangered species for now.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-5:14:6:1

Gene implicated in bleeding disorder

Canadian researchers have pinpointed the genetic cause of a bleeding disorder known as Quebec Platelet Disorder (QPD).

From the CBC News-2010-3-4:14:6:1

Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets

Critics of evolution are gaining ground by linking the issue to climate change, arguing that dissenting views on both should be taught in public schools.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-4:8:5:1

Researchers Identify Fossil of Dinosaur-Eating Snake

In a fossilized scene found in India more than 20 years ago, scientists discovered a prehistoric snake ready to feast on dinosaur hatchlings.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-3:20:6:1

Gut microbes hold 'second genome'

There are more genes in the microbial flora in our gut than in the rest of our bodies, scientists report.

From the BBC News-2010-3-3:14:6:1

Evolution By the Grassroots

March's Life-form of the Month is wildly successful, hugely influential and pretty much everywhere: grass.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-3:8:5:1

The snake frozen in the act of eating a dinosaur

Scientists identify what they say is the fossilised remains of a snake that dined on dinosaur eggs.

From the BBC News-2010-3-2:14:6:2

GM potato cleared for EU farming

The European Commission clears a genetically modified potato for cultivation in the EU - only the second GM product allowed.

From the BBC News-2010-3-2:14:6:1

Human Culture, an Evolutionary Force

Biologists are finding evidence that culture has been interacting with genes to shape human evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2010-3-1:20:6:1

Gene test aid to cancer treatment

Scientists develop a gene test which predicts how well chemotherapy will work in individual breast cancer patients.

From the BBC News-2010-3-1:8:5:1

Genes for baby-teeth timing found

The development of baby teeth depends on several newly identified genes.

From the CBC News-2010-2-26:20:6:1

Giant predatory shark unearthed

The fossilised remains of a gigantic 10m-long predatory clam-busting shark have been unearthed in Kansas.

From the BBC News-2010-2-24:8:5:1

Small dog Middle East gene link

Small dogs may all originate from the Middle East according to research from the University of California.

From the BBC News-2010-2-23:20:6:1

Target Cancer: After Long Fight, Drug Gives Sudden Reprieve

The trial of a melanoma drug offers a glimpse at navigating a medical frontier as more drugs tailored to the genetic profile of a cancer are being tested on humans.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-23:8:5:1

Observatory: Puzzle Solved: How a Fatherless Lizard Species Maintains Its Genetic Diversity

Despite reproducing without a male partner, a whiptail lizard species has a strong presence in the wild.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-22:20:6:1

Target Cancer: A Roller Coaster Chase for a Cure

The trial of the drug known as PLX4032 has been a series of advances and setbacks at what many see as a watershed moment in understanding genetic changes that cause cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-22:8:5:1

Fossil evidence reveals giant fish swam in prehistoric seas

New fossil evidence shows that prehistoric seas were filled with giant plankton-eating fish, academics say.

From the BBC News-2010-2-19:8:5:3

A mouse that eats like a dinosaur

The European woodmouse has a unique taste for ferns, a food once eaten by long-extinct dinosaurs, scientists discover.

From the BBC News-2010-2-19:8:5:2

Dolphins have diabetes off switch

A study in dolphins has revealed genetic clues that could help medical researchers to treat type 2 diabetes.

From the BBC News-2010-2-19:8:5:1

Scientists Decode Genomes of Five Africans, Including Archbishop Tutu

An analysis of four African Bushmen and the archbishop found 1.3 million novel DNA variants, an important step in expanding the study of genetic diversity.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-17:20:6:1

Cancer genetic map shows shared flaws

An international team of scientists has mapped genetic traits of 26 different cancers and found that many abnormalities are shared across multiple cancers.

From the CBC News-2010-2-17:14:6:2

Archbishop in genome health study

Scientists analyse the genomes of five southern Africans, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

From the BBC News-2010-2-17:14:6:1

Ancient giant cattle genome first

Scientists are publishing details of their research of the DNA of large wild cattle that died out almost 400 years ago.

From the BBC News-2010-2-17:8:5:1

Malaria Most Likely Killed King Tut, Scientists Say

The application of advanced genetic techniques to mummies marks a new step in the reach of science into historical research.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-16:14:6:1

'Death' proteins help stem cells develop: study

Stem cells that repair and regenerate tissues may need to get their DNA chopped up as a normal part of developing into specialized cells like muscle cells, Ottawa researchers have found.

From the CBC News-2010-2-15:20:6:2

Remarkable Creatures: Imitators That Hide in Plain Sight, and Stay Alive

Henry Walter Bates returned to England in 1859 with 14,000 species from the Amazon, just in time for Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-15:20:6:1

Fossils 'record past sea changes'

Fossilised coral in the Great Barrier Reef could help scientists understand how sea levels have changed since the last Ice Age.

From the BBC News-2010-2-15:8:5:1

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

In the burgeoning field of synthetic biology, even amateur scientists are building life forms.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-12:14:6:1

A Menu for Feeding 9 Billion

With a mix including genetically modified crops and expanded aquaculture, where appropriate, scientists foresee a well-fed human population later in the century.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-11:20:6:1

Genes behind stammering uncovered

Stammering has long been recognised to run in families, but scientists now say they have identified three genes which may cause the problem in some people.

From the BBC News-2010-2-11:8:5:1

Stutter linked to cells' recycling bin

Scientists have found genes that could explain some cases of stuttering.

From the CBC News-2010-2-10:20:6:1

DNA reveals ancient human's face

DNA analysis of human hair preserved for 4,000 years in Greenland's permafrost yields clues to the owner's appearance.

From the BBC News-2010-2-10:14:6:1

Whole Genome of Ancient Human Is Decoded

Using a swatch of hair, researchers analyzed the genome of a man who lived on the western coast of Greenland some 4,000 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-10:14:6:2

U.S. Officials Plan $78.5 Million Effort to Keep Dangerous Carp Out of Great Lakes

Addressing a threat that has grown increasingly tense throughout the Midwest as genetic material from the fish was found in Lake Michigan.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-9:8:5:2

India suspends first GM food crop

India halts the cultivation of what would have been its first genetically modified vegetable crop because of safety concerns.

From the BBC News-2010-2-9:8:5:1

Genes reveal 'biological ageing'

Scientists say they have pinpointed gene variants that might show how fast people's bodies are ageing.

From the BBC News-2010-2-8:8:5:1

Gene doping risky for athletes

Athletes and coaches might be tempted to try using the already readily available tools of gene therapy to boost performance, but the practice isn't ready to be tested on humans, researchers warn.

From the CBC News-2010-2-4:20:6:2

Dinosaur had colourful feathers

A study of a 150 million year old dinosaur fossil has revealed it had striking multi-coloured feathers

From the BBC News-2010-2-4:20:6:1

Missing DNA tied to obesity

Some severely obese people are missing a set of genes, a new study has found.

From the CBC News-2010-2-3:20:6:2

Close encounters with Japan's 'living fossil'

BBC News has a rare "up close and personal" look at one of the planet's oldest and oddest creatures, the giant salamander.

From the BBC News-2010-2-3:20:6:1

Observatory: Why Asexual Organisms Are on Their Last Legs

One hypothesis is that asexual organisms have locked up their genome, while their pathogenic enemies are constantly evolving to defeat them.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-1:20:6:2

Books on Science: Tale of an Unsung Fossil Finder, in Fact and Fiction

Two books examine the life of Mary Anning, who rarely got the credit she deserved for her early contributions to paleontology.

From the NYTimes News-2010-2-1:20:6:1

Rotting fish yield fossil clues

By watching fish rot, scientists discover patterns that could help interpret some of the most important fossils in the record.

From the BBC News-2010-1-31:14:6:1

Genetics Web Sites Win Online Award

Two University of Utah Web sites won Science's first award for online education materials.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-29:20:6:1

Naming the dead

Using DNA scraps to finally identify WWI soldiers

From the BBC News-2010-1-29:14:6:1

Firm Brings Gene Tests to Masses

A Silicon Valley start-up says it can help eradicate more than 100 diseases by allowing couples to avoid having children with the carrier genes.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-29:8:5:1

Pint-sized dinosaur sported ginger feathers, study shows

Scientists reveal that the bristles of a small, 125-million-year-old dinosaur were in fact ginger-coloured feathers.

From the BBC News-2010-1-28:20:6:2

Irritable bowel mutations uncovered in Walkerton

There are genetic risk factors behind irritable bowel syndrome that occur after an infection, say researchers studying residents sickened by tainted water in Walkerton, Ont.

From the CBC News-2010-1-28:20:6:3

New dinosaur solves bird puzzle

A newly discovered fossil sheds light on the mystery of why a group of dinosaurs resembled modern birds.

From the BBC News-2010-1-28:20:6:1

Study Offers Insight Into the Color of Dinosaurs

A species called Sinosauropteryx had a feathered mohawk in a palette of chestnut and white stripes, scientists said after researching 125-million-year-old fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-27:14:6:1

'Echoes' in bat and dolphin DNA

Scientists find striking similarities in the DNA that enables some bats and dolphins to use echolocation.

From the BBC News-2010-1-26:14:6:1

Childhood cancer gene search to start

Researchers plan to map all the genes in childhood tumours to identify mutations that give rise to the cancers.

From the CBC News-2010-1-25:20:6:2

A New Way to Look for Diseases’ Genetic Roots

Though scientists hit a wall in their search, a Duke geneticist has ideas on how to renew the hunt.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-25:20:6:1

New Rule Allows Use of Partial DNA Matches

New York has become the latest jurisdiction to permit a controversial use of DNA evidence that gives law enforcement authorities a sophisticated means to track down criminals.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-25:8:5:1

N.B. woman with rare disease finds hope in Hollywood

A New Brunswick woman with a rare genetic disease hopes the release of a new Harrison Ford movie Friday will help draw attention to her plight.

From the CBC News-2010-1-21:14:6:1

Marshall Nirenberg, Biologist Who Untangled Genetic Code, Dies at 82

Mr. Nirenberg was a biologist who deciphered the genetic code of life, earning a Nobel Prize for his achievement.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-21:8:5:1

Carp DNA Is Found in Lake Michigan

The most recent findings are the first to discover genetic material from the Asian carp, though not physical fish, in the waters of the Great Lakes.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-20:8:5:2

Oxfordshire dinosaur tracks to get special protection

Dinosaur footprints discovered in Oxfordshire mudflats are to be protected as part of a geological conservation site.

From the BBC News-2010-1-20:8:5:1

Kids' clinic for organ disorders offers hope

The first clinic in Canada dedicated to a genetic disorder that causes growths to form throughout the body's organs is offering relief and new hope for children with the condition.

From the CBC News-2010-1-19:8:5:1

Genome Study Provides a Census of Early Humans

Geneticists computed the size of the human population 1.2 million years ago from which everyone in the world is descended.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-18:14:6:2

Scientists Find a Shared Gene in Dogs With Compulsive Behavior

A key to understanding obsessive behavior in people may lie in some dogs.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-18:14:6:1

New clues on human hand evolution

The evolution of human hands was a "side-effect" of evolutionary changes in our feet, according to research.

From the BBC News-2010-1-18:8:5:1

How defence scientists hope to save the UK's juniper bushes

Defence scientists at Porton Down in Wiltshire aim to save juniper bushes from extinction.

From the BBC News-2010-1-15:8:5:1

Anti-malaria plant genes mapped

The global supply of a key anti-malaria drug is set to be boosted by a study of its genes, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2010-1-14:20:6:1

Male Chromosome May Evolve Fastest

The Y chromosome’s rapid rate of change does not mean men are evolving faster than women, but its innovation is likely having reverberations in the human genome.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-13:20:6:1

Science explains the wrinkly dog

The genetic cause of the Shar-pei dog's wrinkled skin is explained by scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-1-12:8:5:1

18 and Under: To Treat Bed-Wetting, Healthy Doses of Patience

The causes for bed-wetting in children can be genetic, developmental and physiological, but the problem itself is quite treatable.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-11:20:6:2

Hunting Fossil Viruses in Human DNA

A virus infected our monkey-like ancestors 40 million years ago, and its genes have been passed down ever since.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-11:20:6:1

Neanderthal 'make-up' discovered

Scientists claim to have the first evidence that Neanderthals wore "body paint" 50,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2010-1-9:8:5:1

Observatory: Neanderthal Decorative Shells Found in Southeastern Spain

New findings suggest that Neanderthals may have been capable of symbolic thinking.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-8:20:6:1

Coral reefs are evolution hotspot

Coral reefs give rise to many more new species than other tropical marine habitats, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2010-1-7:20:6:1

Kidney cancer mutations identified

New genetic mutations have been linked to kidney cancer, findings that suggest different subtypes of the disease may need tailored treatments.

From the CBC News-2010-1-6:20:6:1

Prions show evolution without DNA: study

Infectious proteins that cause brain-wasting diseases such as BSE can evolve, even though they contain no genetic information, researchers say.

From the CBC News-2010-1-4:20:6:4

Observatory: Much-Maligned Mother of Many Beloved Wines

In a new look at the DNA in chloroplasts in a dozen grape varieties, researchers discovered that gouais blanc was the maternal parent of nine.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-4:20:6:3

Observatory: White Lizards Evolve In New Mexico Dunes

Scientists report on a textbook case of evolution at the gypsum dunes in New Mexico.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-4:20:6:2

In California, a Scrub Oak Is an Old Pro at Cloning

Researchers said a low thicket of about 70 stem clusters appeared to have been cloning itself for at least 13,000 years.

From the NYTimes News-2010-1-4:20:6:1

'Lifeless' prions can 'evolve'

Scientists show for the first time that 'lifeless' prion proteins, devoid of DNA and RNA, can evolve like higher forms of life.

From the BBC News-2010-1-1:8:5:3

DNA analysed from early European

Scientists have analysed DNA extracted from the remains of a 30,000-year-old European hunter-gatherer.

From the BBC News-2010-1-1:8:5:2

Devil cancer source 'identified'

Researchers identify the genetic source of the fatal tumours that are driving Tasmanian devils to the edge of extinction.

From the BBC News-2010-1-1:8:5:1