Viewpoint: Human evolution, from tree to braid

Finds from 2013 show that the branching tree of human evolution is turning into a weave of interlaced lineages.

From the BBC News-2013-12-31:8:5:1

The Week: Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene

A common orthopedic surgery may be no more effective than fake operations for people with a certain injury, and Type 2 diabetes may be linked to a gene dating to Neanderthals.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-30:20:6:1

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

A healthy 28-year-old had three different companies check her genetic code. The discrepancies in their results were striking.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-30:14:6:3

New genetic clues for arthritis

An international team of researchers have found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

From the BBC News-2013-12-30:14:6:2

Diabetes risk 'from Neanderthals'

A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been picked up from Neanderthals, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2013-12-30:14:6:1

Janet D. Rowley, Who Discovered That Cancer Can Be Genetic, Dies at 88

In 1972, Dr. Rowley became the first person to show a conclusive link between certain genetic abnormalities and certain cancers.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-21:8:5:1

Cynthia Russett, Historian of Women, Dies at 76

Professor Russett's best-known book, "Sexual Science," published in 1989, explored attempts by Victorian thinkers, including Darwin, to scientifically "prove" women's inferiority.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-19:8:5:1

Matter: Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome

Scientists say the accuracy of the new genome is of similar quality to sequencing the DNA of a living person.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-18:14:6:2

Mystery early human revealed in DNA

DNA analysis of early human remains from a Siberian cave has revealed the existence of a mystery human species.

From the BBC News-2013-12-18:14:6:1

Old bone dates human hand evolution

The discovery of an ancient bone at a burial site in Kenya puts the origin of human hand dexterity more than half a million years earlier than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2013-12-17:8:5:1

Grades 'more nature than nurture'

Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.

From the BBC News-2013-12-12:8:5:1

The Week: An Evolutionary Twist and a New Role for Drones

A 400,000-year-old femur recovered in Spain shows that human evolution was more complex than previously thought, and a scientific panel warned of rapid, catastrophic effects of global warming.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-9:20:6:1

Saudi human genome project launched

Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped by 2017.

From the BBC News-2013-12-9:14:6:1

Gene-testing company 'here to stay'

Personal-genetics company 23andMe says it is "not going anywhere", after the Food and Drug Administration ordered it to stop marketing-spit testing kits.

From the BBC News-2013-12-9:8:5:1

VIDEO: Ancient DNA find is 'very exciting'

Prof Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum, London, explains what the discovery of 400,000 year-old human DNA could tell us about human evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-12-4:20:6:1

Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA

The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.

From the BBC News-2013-12-4:14:6:1

Matter: At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

DNA from a fossil in Spain most closely matches another extinct human lineage, Denisovans, whose remains have been found thousands of miles away in Siberia.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-4:14:6:2

US gene testing firm halts marketing

Genetic testing firm 23andMe, which is backed by Google, stops marketing its products after a warning from US regulators, a spokeswoman says.

From the BBC News-2013-12-3:20:6:1

Genetic Connections: Learning to Defuse the Aorta

The long search for a gene mutation has led to a chance of stopping Marfan syndrome and reducing the risk of a fatal burst before it happens.

From the NYTimes News-2013-12-2:20:6:1

'Memories' pass between generations

Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.

From the BBC News-2013-12-1:20:6:1

VIDEO: 'Richest human fossil site' found

Archaeologists in South Africa have unearthed what could be the richest fossil site in Africa.

From the BBC News-2013-11-28:20:6:1

Persistence in the Genes: Connecting the Dots to the Mayflower

A New York organization has rigorous rules for applicants to be recognized as a descendant of one of the 102 settlers who made the voyage in 1620 to Plymouth, Mass.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-28:20:6:2

Matter: Linking Genes to Diseases by Sifting Through Electronic Medical Records

In so-called phenome-wide association studies, scientists start with a gene variant and search thousands of medical conditions for a match.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-28:14:6:2

Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed

A massive "communal latrine" full of thousands of fossilised poos offers a time capsule to the dawn of the dinosaurs, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-11-28:14:6:1

The Cancer Divide: In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted

As a push ensues in Israel to test for cancer-causing gene mutations that are common among many Jews, women are facing hard choices about how much they want to know.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-27:8:5:1

F.D.A. Orders Genetic Testing Firm to Stop Selling DNA Analysis Service

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to 23andme, which sells a $99 personal genome testing kit, saying the company had not proved that the product worked.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-26:20:6:2

VIDEO: For sale: 150 million-year-old dinosaur

The almost complete fossil of a diplodocus is set to go under the hammer at an auction in the UK on Wednesday.

From the BBC News-2013-11-26:20:6:1

Texas Education Board Flags Biology Textbook Over Evolution Concerns

The State Board of Education delayed final approval of a widely used biology textbook because of concerns raised by one reviewer that the book presents evolution as fact rather than mere theory.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-23:8:5:1

Fresh effort to clone extinct animal

Scientists in Spain have received funding to test whether an extinct mountain goat can be cloned from preserved cells.

From the BBC News-2013-11-22:8:5:1

Male Y chromosome 'could be scrapped'

Scientists have practically obliterated the ultimate symbol of maleness in DNA, the Y chromosome, and believe they may be able to do away with it completely.

From the BBC News-2013-11-22:8:5:2

Frederick Sanger, 95, Two-Time Winner of Nobel and Pioneer in Genetics, Dies

Dr. Sanger, a British biochemist, showed how amino acids link together to form insulin in 1958, and invented a method of "reading" molecular letters that make up the genetic code in 1980.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-21:8:5:1

Darwin's frogs face fungal assault

The fungus that is decimating amphibians worldwide has claimed one species of Darwin's frog and may soon claim the other, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:20:6:1

Two Surprises in Ancient DNA of Boy Found Buried in Siberia

The genome of a Mal'ta boy indicates that Europeans reached farther east across Eurasia than previously assumed, and that Native Americans may be descended from a mix of Western Europeans and East Asians.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-20:14:6:2

Frederick Sanger, Two-Time Nobel-Winning Scientist, Dies at 95

Dr. Sanger, a British biochemist, showed how amino acids link together to form insulin in 1958, and invented a method of "reading" molecular letters that make up the genetic code in 1980.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-20:14:6:3

Ancient DNA links Europe to America

The genome of a boy who died in central Siberia 24,000 years ago sheds light on the origins of Native Americans.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:14:6:1

Company bids to trial GM insects

UK company awaits a decision on its application to carry out the first European field trial of a genetically modified insect.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:8:5:1

VIDEO: How to rear genetically modified flies

Researcher Martha Koukidou from Oxitec explains how to rear GM fruit flies in preparation for the first European field trial of the insects.

From the BBC News-2013-11-20:8:5:2

Who buys a diplodocus?

Who buys a 17m-long diplodocus dino fossil?

From the BBC News-2013-11-19:14:6:1

Observatory: Clues to the Origins of Big Cats

A new set of fossils, ranging from four million to six million years old, and thought to be the oldest ever found, belonged to a previously unknown species.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:20:6:2

Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid

Recent research revealing that their brains are less primitive than previously thought could offer new insights on cognitive evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:20:6:1

Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars

DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis are becoming faster and cheaper, and J. Craig Venter wants to use the technology to bring Martian life to Earth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-18:8:5:1

In a Bean, a Boon to Biotech

A policy proposed by the Food and Drug Administration could make marketing genetically modified soybeans easier.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-16:8:5:1

Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or Maven for short, is to spend at least a year observing the Martian atmosphere.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-15:20:6:1

VIDEO: 'Duelling dinosaurs' for auction

Two dinosaurs thought to have been locked in combat when they died are to be auctioned in New York next week.

From the BBC News-2013-11-15:14:6:1

DNA hint of European origin for dogs

The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.

From the BBC News-2013-11-14:20:6:1

Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet

The skull of a four million-year-old big cat resembling a modern snow leopard has been found in the Himalayas, evidence that big cats first evolved in Asia not Africa.

From the BBC News-2013-11-12:20:6:1

Observatory: Single Tooth Tells of Long-Extinct Platypus

Scientists have identified an ancient species of platypus, its diet and habitat, all from the discovery of a single fossil tooth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-11:20:6:1

Leonard Herzenberg, Immunologist Who Revolutionized Research, Dies at 81

Dr. Herzenberg, who developed a device to better examine cells, helped facilitate stem cell research and advance the treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-11:8:5:1

Matter: High Above Sea Level, Evolutionary Hot Spots

The remarkable ecosystems known as Páramos are home to the fastest evolution on Earth, a new study suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-7:14:6:1

Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins

Scientists are looking for 100,000 volunteers prepared to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to look at.

From the BBC News-2013-11-7:8:5:2

Statue honours evolution pioneer

The 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, the "forgotten hero" who co-discovered evolution, is marked by a statue and a new wasp.

From the BBC News-2013-11-7:8:5:1

Case of Insect Interruptus Yields a Rare Fossil Find

Researchers say the oldest fossil of two insects copulating - in this case, froghoppers killed in a volcanic eruption 165 million years ago - was identified in what is now Northeastern China.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-6:20:6:1

Dot Earth Blog: Wide Rejection of Labels for Genetically Engineered Food in Washington State

A measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods is rejected in Washington State.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-6:14:6:2

'King of gore' dinosaur discovered

A new super-predator dinosaur that roamed the earth 80 million years ago is discovered in southern Utah.

From the BBC News-2013-11-6:14:6:1

Books: 'Bootstrap Geologist' Sets Aside Convention for Curiosity

In his autobiography, Gene Shinn recounts his life and research, driven among other things by a boundless curiosity and a sure hand at underwater demolition.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-4:20:6:2

'Platypus-zilla' found in Australia

Part of a giant platypus fossil, dubbed platypus-zilla, is unearthed in Australia, scientists report.

From the BBC News-2013-11-4:20:6:1

Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem

A study using DNA testing offers perhaps the most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the herbal supplement industry.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-3:20:6:1

Dot Earth Blog: A Risk Communicator Says Industry Should Embrace Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

A longtime risk communicator says industry should drop its fierce opposition to GMO labels.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:14:6:1

Bill Limiting Pesticide Use on Hawaii Island Is Vetoed

The legislation, vetoed by the mayor on the ground that it was flawed, was aimed at seed companies developing genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:8:5:1

Poland, Wedded to Coal, Spurns Europe on Clean Energy Targets

A fossil-fuels holdout, Poland has actively worked to block the European Union's effort to more tightly control greenhouse gas emissions.

From the NYTimes News-2013-11-1:8:5:2

Japan sea species 'face extinction'

Japanese hunting of dolphins, smaller whales and porpoises is threatening some species with extinction, an environmental group says.

From the BBC News-2013-10-31:14:6:1

VIDEO: Building a digital robot dinosaur

Dr Bill Sellers from the University of Manchester explains how he created a "digital robot sauropod" to solve the mystery of how these giants moved around.

From the BBC News-2013-10-31:8:5:1

VIDEO: Nasa gears up for mission to Mars

US space agency Nasa is preparing to launch its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft next month to probe the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

From the BBC News-2013-10-29:8:5:1

Alzheimer's insight from DNA study

A clearer picture of what causes Alzheimer's disease is emerging after the largest ever analysis of patient's DNA.

From the BBC News-2013-10-28:8:5:1

Dino impact 'also decimated bees'

Scientists say there was a widespread extinction of bees 66 million years ago, at the same time as the event that killed off the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2013-10-25:14:6:1

Light shed on how genes shape face

Scientists identify thousands of small regions of DNA that influence the way facial features develop.

From the BBC News-2013-10-24:14:6:1

Plundering Science, Bone by Bone

Fossil poachers have become a major problem for paleontologists, wreaking havoc on the sites of dinosaur remains.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-21:20:6:1

What's That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast

Genetic engineering to produce products that now come from rare plants holds great promise, but critics warn of harm to small farmers, among others.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-21:8:5:1

VIDEO: Georgian skull discovery explained

A 90-second explanation of the primitive human skull discovery in Georgia, that is leading scientists to question the path of human evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-10-18:20:6:1

Skull Fossil Suggests Simpler Human Lineage

An analysis of a 1.8-million-year-old skull suggests that early human ancestors may have been members of the same species, with diverse physical appearances.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:20:6:1

Matter: Key to Ants' Evolution May Have Started With a Wasp

A recently published evolutionary tree of ants and their closest relatives may provide answers to how ants evolved and spread to most corners of the earth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:14:6:1

Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii

The ordinance requires seed companies to disclose which pesticides they use and establishes some no-spray zones.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-17:8:5:2

VIDEO: 'Yeti hairs identical to polar bear'

A human genetics expert who has analysed hairs allegedly from Yetis, says they are genetically identical to ancient polar bears.

From the BBC News-2013-10-17:8:5:1

Clawed fossil had spider-like brain

A clawed spider-like creature reveals the most intact nervous system ever observed in an ancient fossil, 520 million years old.

From the BBC News-2013-10-16:14:6:1

Books: 'The Compatibility Gene' Offers Insights to Immunology

Daniel M. Davis writes with an insider's perspective, not only on how our immune systems do and don't work, but on the scientists who study them.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-14:20:6:2

A Rare Open House Lets Visitors in the Herbarium at Kew Gardens

A rare open house in London allows visitors a peek into the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, a vast collection of plant specimens and other treasures, some from Darwin and Livingstone, others more recent.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-14:20:6:1

AUDIO: Is it 'wicked' to oppose GM crops?

The Environment Secretary claims that groups opposing a type of genetically modified rice are "wicked" - but is he right?

From the BBC News-2013-10-14:14:6:1

GM 'golden rice' opponents 'wicked'

Opponents to the development of a type of genetically modified rice enriched with vitamin A are criticised as "wicked" by the environment secretary.

From the BBC News-2013-10-14:8:5:1

[Herbal product contamination 'considerable,' DNA tests find>

A DNA test of herbal products has found that most of them contained cheaper fillers and plant ingredients not listed on the label, some of which pose "serious health risks."

From the CBC News-2013-10-11:14:6:2

European origins laid bare by DNA

DNA from ancient skeletons has revealed how a complex patchwork of prehistoric migrations fashioned the modern European gene pool.

From the BBC News-2013-10-10:20:6:1

European link to Jewish ancestry

A new genetics study challenges some previous theories on the maternal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews.

From the BBC News-2013-10-9:8:5:1

Genes Suggest European Women at Root of Ashkenazi Family Tree

A genetic analysis indicates that the women who founded the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Europe were not from the Near East, as previously thought.

From the NYTimes News-2013-10-8:14:6:1

'Digital baby' screen for sperm donors

A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of "virtual babies" is set to launch in the US by December.

From the BBC News-2013-10-4:8:5:1

[Massive dinosaur fossil unearthed by Alberta pipeline crew>

A massive dinosaur fossil has been found by a pipeline inspection crew near Spirit River, Alta.

From the CBC News-2013-10-3:14:6:1

A Wealth of Data in Whale Breath

Researchers are learning how to use the breath, or "blow," of whales and dolphins to extract and measure hormones, microorganisms, DNA and the byproducts of metabolism.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-30:20:6:2

The Week: Looking for Lincoln, and an Early Fish Fossil

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A substitute for silicon in computer chips and a United Nations warning on carbon emissions.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-30:20:6:1

DNA review call in Kercher retrial

Defence lawyers want forensic evidence to be re-examined in the retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 murder of Briton Meredith Kercher.

From the BBC News-2013-9-30:14:6:1

Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks

The panel reviewing publishers' submissions has stirred controversy because some of its members do not accept evolution and climate change as scientific truth.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-29:8:5:1

'Jaw-dropping' fish fossil discovery

A leading British scientist describes the discovery of a 419-million-year-old fish fossil in China as a stunning and spectacular development.

From the BBC News-2013-9-27:14:6:1

An international team of scientists in China has discovered what may be the earliest known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.


From the CBC News-2013-9-26:14:6:1

Court rejects DNA sample challenge

An ex-prisoner loses a legal challenge at the High Court against a request by police for him to provide DNA samples.

From the BBC News-2013-9-24:8:5:1

Gene Therapy With a Difference

An experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy failed in a large clinical trial recently, but the technique of counteracting mutated genes holds promise.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:3

Biology: Decoy Protein Boosts Bone Growth

Mice with dwarfism characteristics, caused by a gene mutation, resumed normal bone growth after injection of a decoy protein.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:2

Genetics: Research May Point to Treatment for Cold Sores

Insight about a mutated gene in people who got cold sores suggests a possible research route for both cold sores and other infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-23:20:6:1

Scientists map UK ash tree genome

Scientists have mapped the genome of the native ash tree, in research to find a way to protect woodlands from a deadly fungus.

From the BBC News-2013-9-22:20:6:1

Spiny rat discovered in Indonesia

A new genus of rodent is found in the remote forests of Indonesia's Moluccas islands, where Wallace developed his theory of evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-9-20:8:5:1

Matter: New Approach to Explaining Evolution's Big Bang

Two scientists take a fresh look at the hypotheses about the Cambrian explosion, one of the most important phases in the history of life.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-19:20:6:1

Dot Earth Blog: How to Survive a Mass Extinction – Even One Caused by Us

Handy tips for surviving the next mass extinction - even if it's our own doing.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-17:14:6:2

Genomes of big cats revealed

International scientists have mapped the genomes of the tiger, lion and snow leopard, in conservation efforts to protect endangered species.

From the BBC News-2013-9-17:14:6:1

Health kick 'reverses cell ageing'

Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, claim US researchers who have been studying people's DNA.

From the BBC News-2013-9-17:8:5:1

DNA Double Take

Your DNA and identity are not as entwined as once thought. In fact most people have multiple genomes floating around, from mutations and remnants of pregnancies or twins.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-16:20:6:1

Science 'could lose' duelling dinos

Rare dino fossils could be lost to science

From the BBC News-2013-9-11:14:6:1

'Climate change' killed off mammoths

Researchers have found the strongest evidence yet that climate change rather than humans was the main factor that drove the woolly mammoth to extinction.

From the BBC News-2013-9-11:8:5:1

Observatory: Male Sensitivity Written in the Genes

A crucial gene on the Y chromosome, SRY, that activates male development in a human embryo is surprisingly sensitive and vulnerable to environmental factors, a study finds.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-9:20:6:1

Rare ape cranium fossil uncovered in China

Researchers have uncovered a rare fossil – the cranium of a young ape from a site in Yunnan province, China that dates back some 23 to 5 million years ago.

From the CBC News-2013-9-6:14:6:2

Observatory: Hyperactivity Linked to Inner Ear Defect

A new study says a genetic defect may play a role in causing hyperactive behavior, suggesting that at least in some cases, hyperactivity can have a neurobiological root.

From the NYTimes News-2013-9-6:14:6:1

Pioneering heart attack gene therapy study starts in Ottawa

The first patient has been treated in a groundbreaking medical trial in Ottawa that could lead to a new way to repair damaged tissues following a heart attack.

From the CBC News-2013-9-5:14:6:1

Light-colour whales 'tan' for sun protection, study finds

Scientists have found that higher melanin levels in a whale's skin correlated with lower levels of skin lesions and DNA damage, suggesting melanin protects them from sun damage.

From the CBC News-2013-8-30:14:6:1

Exhibition Review: 'Genome: Unlocking Life's Code,' at the Smithsonian

An exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History gives a sense of the Human Genome Project and provides glimpses of its promises and limitations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-30:8:5:1

B.C. duck-billed dinosaur find airlifted to new home

It took several years to coordinate, but B.C.'s most complete dinosaur skeleton has a new home. The bones were recently air-lifted from a dig site near the Alberta border to a museum in northeastern B.C.

From the CBC News-2013-8-29:14:6:1

Dot Earth Blog: From Lynas to Pollan, Agreement that Golden Rice Trials Should Proceed

Two recent reports by journalists strip away distortions and myths surrounding the controversy over genetically engineered Golden Rice.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-27:14:6:1

What We Eat: Tomatoes Ripe for Improvement

Plant geneticists say a project to develop tastier mass-produced tomatoes is just one step in pushing Americans toward more healthy eating.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-26:20:6:1

Matter: As Humans Change Landscape, Brains of Some Animals Change, Too

As humans alter the places where animals live, we may be fueling the evolution of bigger brains.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-22:14:6:1

De-extinction: Mammoth prospect, or just woolly?

Can extinct animals really be resurrected?

From the BBC News-2013-8-20:8:5:1

Q&A: The Wild Past of Domestic Cats

Domestic cats' genetic profiles resemble those of the Near Eastern wildcat, and researchers theorize that domestication occurred in a region where there was a need for rodent control.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:3

The Week: Progress in Quest for a Reusable Rocket, and Teleporting Data

Recent developments in health and science news. Also this week: a rotating star provides clues about a black hole and an evolution experiment suggests a path for disease research.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:2

Observatory: 160-Million-Year-Old Fossil of an Omnivore

The fossil, found in China, was of a fast-running, agile omnivore that resembles the modern-day African dormouse.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-19:20:6:1

Thriving in Cape Cod's Waters, Gray Seals Draw Fans and Foes

Some fishermen say their own extinction might be the price of restoring the gray seal population.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-17:8:5:1

Ostrich necks provide dinosaur clues

Ostriches show that the long-necked sauropod dinosaurs may not have been as flexible as previously thought, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2013-8-15:8:5:1

Computer game to fight ash dieback

The public are being asked to help in the fight against ash dieback by playing a computer game that analyses genetic data on the disease.

From the BBC News-2013-8-13:8:5:1

Modern humans may have copied Neanderthal technology

Neanderthals made the oldest known version of a specialized tool still used by leather craftspeople today, researchers say, suggesting that modern humans may have learned from Neanderthals how to make it.

From the CBC News-2013-8-12:20:6:3

Observatory: New Studies Suggest an 'Adam' and 'Eve' Link

Two studies have found that Y Chromosome Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, originally thought to have been thousands of years apart, may have lived at the same time in the same region.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-12:20:6:2

Books: 'The Sports Gene' Considers the Root of Athletic Success

David Epstein, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and an 800-meter runner in college, searches for answers about athletic ability and genetics.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-12:20:6:1

Autism's Unexpected Link to Cancer Gene

As surprised researchers have discovered, some people with autism have mutated cancer or tumor genes that apparently caused their brain disorder.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-11:20:6:1

'Golden rice' GM trial vandalised

Protestors have destroyed a trial plot of genetically modified rice in the Philippines just weeks before a safety evaluation.

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:14:6:1

VIDEO: 'Extinction threat' for hen harriers

Conservationists have said hen harriers are close to extinction in England, Jeff Knott conservation officer at the RSPB explained why their numbers were declining

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:8:5:2

'Extinction threat' to hen harriers

Hen harriers are close to extinction in England after the country's only two nesting pairs failed to produce chicks this year, conservationists say.

From the BBC News-2013-8-9:8:5:1

'Fossil' protein clue to early life

Reconstructions of the genetic code of an ancient protein provides clues to the origins of life.

From the BBC News-2013-8-8:14:6:1

Matter: A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

A deal was reached with the family of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells became critical in research after her death in 1951, to grant them control over how her genome is used.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-7:14:6:1

GM rice approval 'edging closer'

Scientists in the Philippines are weeks from submitting a genetically modified variety of rice to the authorities for biosafety evaluations.

From the BBC News-2013-8-6:8:5:1

Rare bat on brink of UK extinction

The grey long-eared bat, one of the UK's rarest mammals, is in danger of disappearing if it is not given additional protection, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-8-5:8:5:1

VIDEO: Searching for a bat on the brink

As research reveals the grey long-eared bat to be on the brink of extinction in the UK, we go in search of this elusive flying mammal.

From the BBC News-2013-8-4:20:6:1

Evolution doesn't favour the mean or selfish

Evolution does not favour selfish or mean people and groups, a new study suggests.

From the CBC News-2013-8-2:20:6:1

Matter: Monogamy's Boost to Human Evolution

Fossil records suggest that by sticking around and protecting and feeding their offspring, early men paved the way for the growth of the human brain.

From the NYTimes News-2013-8-2:14:6:1

Evolution 'punishes mean people'

Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research that challenges a previous theory that suggests it is preferable to put yourself first.

From the BBC News-2013-8-2:8:5:1

Dinosaur Skeletons Headed to Auction, Not Museum

Two skeletons found in Montana by commercial fossil hunters are to be auctioned in New York, where they could bring an estimated $7 million to $9 million.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-30:8:5:1

Dot Earth Blog: Can Genetic Engineering Save the Orange, and Vice Versa?

An orange grower's wise and promising search for a gene that can save citrus from a spreading scourge.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-28:14:6:1

A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA

Growers turned to genetics in hopes of building a tougher orange tree. But what intervention would the public accept?

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-27:20:6:1

Op-Ed Contributor: High-Tech, High-Risk Forensics

How can DNA from an innocent person end up on a murder victim?

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-25:8:5:1

New 'Superman' shrew discovered

A new species of the mysterious "Hero Shrew" has been discovered in Africa which sheds new light into the evolutionary changes of this unique strong shrew.

From the BBC News-2013-7-24:16:27:1

Looking at Oil Palm's Genome for Keys to Productivity

Scientists have found that mutations to a single gene of the oil palm tree, a huge global industry, can raise the oil yield of the tree by as much as 30 percent.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-24:14:6:2

Genetic secrets of oil crop revealed

The genome of one of the world's key commercial crops, the oil palm, is sequenced by researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-7-24:14:6:1

VIDEO: Rare dinosaur fossil found in Mexico

Rare dinosaur fossil is unearthed in Mexico

From the BBC News-2013-7-23:14:6:1

VIDEO: Five Minutes With: Sir Paul Nurse

Nobel Prize-winning geneticist and cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse talks to Matthew Stadlen about why science excites him, how he found out about winning the Nobel through a voicemail message, discovering his 'sister' was really his mother - and coming face to face with death.

From the BBC News-2013-7-19:20:6:1

Asian carp DNA sought in Lake Erie water near Windsor

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources spent Thursday looking for evidence Asian carp lives in Lake Erie, near Windsor, Ont.

From the CBC News-2013-7-18:20:6:3

Changing View on Viruses: Not So Small After All

A newly discovered pandoravirus is 1,000 times the size of the flu virus and has nearly 200 times as many genes. And giant viruses turn out to be everywhere.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-18:20:6:2

Overweight? Maybe You Really Can Blame Your Genes

Researchers have found a genetic mutation that may help explain why some people can eat the same amount as others but gain more weight.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-18:20:6:1

Down syndrome gene suppressed by scientists

U.S. researchers have discovered a way to disable the gene that causes Down syndrome, opening up new avenues for research and treatments.

From the CBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:3

Genetic advance in Down's syndrome

US scientists say they have moved a step closer to being able to treat disorders such as Down's syndrome caused by extra chromosomes.

From the BBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:2

Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union.

From the BBC News-2013-7-18:14:6:1

'Big-nose horn-face' dinosaur found

An unusual new species of dinosaur, which was unearthed in the deserts of Utah, is described by scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-7-17:8:5:1

Manitoba butterfly faces extinction

A research team is combing through tall-grass areas of southeastern Manitoba to find a small, brown butterfly that is at risk of becoming extinct.

From the CBC News-2013-7-16:20:6:2

201 strange microbes get DNA profiled

A British Columbia lake that's freshwater on top and salty on the bottom is among nine unusual environments that have yielded the genomes of 201 microbes that scientists have never identified and know almost nothing about.

From the CBC News-2013-7-16:20:6:1

Books: 'Frankenstein's Cat' Explores Genetic Manipulation of Animals

Even before cloning and genetic tinkering, scientists have long meddled with animals, and it appears the benefits may outweigh the ethical quandaries.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-15:20:6:1

A Dog That Goes Way Back

Carolina dogs, like a few other breeds, are without certain genetic markers indicating European origins, suggesting they have been in the Americas since the last Ice Age.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-15:14:6:1

Genetic secrets of microbes revealed

The genomes of 200 microbes, which represent the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth, are sequenced.

From the BBC News-2013-7-15:8:5:1

Alberta floods could increase chance of finding fossils

Last month's severe flooding in southern Alberta could increase the chances of finding unearthed fossils and dinosaur bones.

From the CBC News-2013-7-14:20:6:1

Like-Minded Rivals Race to Bring Back an American Icon

Two teams of plant breeders and geneticists are within reach of creating an American chestnut tree that can withstand the fungus blight that wiped the trees out.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-14:8:5:1

Cutbacks may leave Mistaken Point fossils unguarded

Provincial government cuts may leave the site of half-a-billion-year-old fossils on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula unprotected for half of the year.

From the CBC News-2013-7-12:14:6:2

Fossils of extinct scorpionflies found in B.C.

Ancient fossils of an extinct family of insects have been found in British Columbia and northern Washington state, and a Canadian biologist says they may hold valuable lessons about climate change and evolution.

From the CBC News-2013-7-12:14:6:1

Ancient origin for American dogs

Genetic research has challenged the idea that the dogs present in America when Europeans arrived were replaced by animals brought by the settlers.

From the BBC News-2013-7-11:8:5:2

Scientists building synthetic yeast

A UK team is building a synthetic chromosome to be inserted into the world's first synthetic yeast, which could help make vaccines and biofuels.

From the BBC News-2013-7-11:8:5:1

Genetic Connections: Rare Mutation Ignites Race for Cholesterol Drug

Companies are rushing to win approval for a drug mimicking the effects of a rare gene mutation linked with astoundingly low LDL cholesterol levels, and many heart researchers are bracing for a blockbuster.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-10:8:5:1

By Degrees: Old Tactic in New Climate Campaign

Students are urging their colleges to divest from fossil-fuel companies as a way of forcing climate change higher onto the agenda.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-8:20:6:2

Observatory: Genetic Differences That Let Octopods Flourish

Hemocyanin, a protein that delivers oxygen to the tissues of octopods, has different genetic properties in different climates, researchers find.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-8:20:6:1

Matter: How Simple Can Life Get? It's Complicated

Scientists have long wondered how much life can be stripped down and still remain alive. The answer seems to be that the true essence of life is not some handful of genes, but coexistence.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-4:14:6:1

VIDEO: Fossils reveal 'missing links' after dinosaurs

Paleontologist Lance Grande tells the BBC why a prehistoric lake in the US state of Wyoming is such a rich source of fossils and clues about the Earth's evolution after the dinosaurs became extinct

From the BBC News-2013-7-4:8:5:1

Gene Sleuths Find How Some Naturally Resist Cholera

People living in the Ganges Delta have adapted genetically to the ancient scourge through variations in some 300 genes, researchers say.

From the NYTimes News-2013-7-3:20:6:1

In pictures: Colouring in dinosaurs

How scientists 'colour in' dinosaurs

From the BBC News-2013-7-1:8:5:1

'3-parent' fertility treatments planned in Britain

A move to create babies with DNA from three people to avoid passing on rare, incurable diseases has government backing in the U.K.

From the CBC News-2013-6-28:20:6:1

UK government backs three-person IVF

The UK is in line to become the first country to allow an IVF technique using DNA from three people, in a bid to eliminate serious genetic disorders.

From the BBC News-2013-6-28:8:5:1

VIDEO: Mouse cloned from one blood drop

Professor Christopher Mason explains the significance of a mouse being cloned from a single drop of blood, as achieved by scientists in Japan.

From the BBC News-2013-6-27:20:6:1

Matter: Studying Tumors Differently, in Hopes of Outsmarting Them

To understand why drug resistance often causes targeted cancer therapies to fail, geneticists have teamed up with mathematicians to create detailed models of cancer.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-27:14:6:1

Mouse cloned from drop of blood

In a pioneering experiment, scientists in Japan clone a mouse from white blood cells collected from the tail of a living donor.

From the BBC News-2013-6-27:8:5:1

Ancient Yukon horse yields oldest genome ever

A 700,000-year-old horse bone found in the permafrost of a Yukon gold mine has yielded a complete genetic profile, breaking scientific records and revealing many new insights about the evolution of horses.

From the CBC News-2013-6-26:20:6:1

Genome of Horse Buried 700,000 Years Is Recovered

The genome is 10 times as old as any retrieved so far, and scientists now say that DNA should be recoverable from animals that lived a million years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-26:14:6:2

Why Apes Can't Pitch: Solving a Riddle of Evolution

No other primate throws with such force, and scientists say that anatomical changes that allow us to store energy are behind the speed and power of the overhand pitch.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-26:14:6:3

Horse DNA oldest by 500,000 years

A bone found in a remote part of Canada has shed light on the ancestry of the modern horse, and pushed back the oldest sequenced DNA by a huge margin.

From the BBC News-2013-6-26:14:6:1

Q&A: How Do Ticks Know to Latch On Behind the Ear?

Ticks have inbuilt guidance systems, honed by evolution, for reaching the ideal attachment points to suck blood - in mammals that is often the thin-skinned area behind the ear.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-24:14:6:1

Business Briefing | Company News: Monsanto Calls Altered Wheat in Field Suspicious

Monsanto officials said that the presence of the company's experimental, genetically altered wheat in an Oregon field could not have happened through normal farming practices.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-22:8:5:1

1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction

One in eight bird species worldwide faces the threat of extinction, according to a report released by Birdlife International.

From the CBC News-2013-6-20:8:5:2

Snail genes reveal human migration

A genetic similarity between snail fossils found in Ireland and the Eastern Pyrenees suggests humans migrated from southern Europe to Ireland 8,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2013-6-20:8:5:1

Genetically-modified crop inventors win World Food Prize

Three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops have been awarded this year's World Food Prize.

From the CBC News-2013-6-19:20:6:2

Government leads new GM crops push

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is set to reopen the debate about genetic modification by calling for the reform of crop licensing at EU level.

From the BBC News-2013-6-19:20:6:1

Op-Ed Contributor: Our Genes, Their Secrets

Why the Supreme Court's ruling on gene patents is only a partial victory for DNA-data sharing.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-19:8:5:1

News Analysis: Poking Holes in Genetic Privacy

People providing DNA for research have generally been assured of their privacy, but now there are signs that they can, in fact, be identified by their DNA alone, or even by the way their cells use it.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-18:14:6:4

Dot Earth Blog: A Reality Check on a Plan for a Swift Post-Fossil Path for New York

A journal that published an ambitious plan for New York State to go fossil free in a few decades now runs a critique.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-18:14:6:3

Ash genome reveals fungus resistance

Scientists sequence the genome of a type of ash tree which is resistant to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the country.

From the BBC News-2013-6-18:14:6:1

Paracyclist 'has no fat under skin'

Budding Paralympic cyclist Tom Staniford has no fat on his face or his limbs as a result of a rare genetic mutation that has finally been diagnosed by sequencing his genome.

From the BBC News-2013-6-18:14:6:2

Ancient armoured fish had 'abs'

Ancient armoured fish had complex musculature - including abdominal muscles - the discovery of uniquely preserved tissue on Australian placoderm fossils has revealed.

From the CBC News-2013-6-14:14:6:1

Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA

Local law enforcement agencies have moved into what had been the domain of the F.B.I. and state crime labs, and the trend is expected only to accelerate after a recent Supreme Court decision.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-14:8:5:2

Observatory: 120,000-Year-Old Tumor in Neanderthal Rib

A tumor found in the rib of a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal specimen is the earliest of its kind in the human fossil record, a new study reports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-14:8:5:1

Medieval leprosy skeletons sequenced

The genetic code of leprosy-causing bacteria from 1,000-year-old skeletons has been laid bare, showing the bug has hardly changed over the past millennium.

From the BBC News-2013-6-13:20:6:1

U.S. Supreme Court rules human DNA cannot be patented

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a ruling that could profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.

From the CBC News-2013-6-13:14:6:2

US Supreme Court bans DNA patents

Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be intellectual property, the US Supreme Court rules unanimously.

From the BBC News-2013-6-13:14:6:1

Can you patent a disease?

The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in the Middle East is not only raising worldwide health concerns but is triggering questions about the ability of organizations to patent the genetic sequences of diseases for potential profit.

From the CBC News-2013-6-12:14:6:1

Observatory: 120,000-Year-Old Cancer in Neanderthal Rib

A tumor found in the rib of a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal specimen is the oldest occurrence of the disease in the human fossil record, a new study reports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-10:14:6:1

'De-extinction' of woolly mammoth possible in 30 to 50 years

Hendrik Poinar, a professor of evolutionary genetics at Hamilton's McMaster University who has mapped the genome of the woolly mammoth, is working on a process called "de-extinction."

From the CBC News-2013-6-7:14:6:1

VIDEO: Pliosaurus named for 'Kevs of the world'

A man from Dorset who found the fossil of what is thought to be most powerful creature ever - has had it officially named after him.

From the BBC News-2013-6-7:8:5:1

GM salmon in wild might produce bold hybrids

There might be potential risks if genetically modified salmon escape into the wild, indicates a new study from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.

From the CBC News-2013-6-6:14:6:2

Study reveals how birds lost penises

New research sheds light on why some birds have lost their penises over the course of evolution.

From the BBC News-2013-6-6:14:6:1

Neanderthal clues to cancer origins

A Neanderthal living 120,000 years ago had a cancer that is common today, according to fossil evidence.

From the BBC News-2013-6-6:8:5:1

U.S. investigating rogue GM wheat found in Oregon field

U.S. authorities are still trying to figure out how a genetically-modified wheat strain that was never approved for commercial use ended up in a field in Oregon.

From the CBC News-2013-6-5:20:6:2

VIDEO: Fossil could be 'ancestor of humanity'

A fifty five million year old fossil could provide crucial evidence of the earliest phases of human evolution

From the BBC News-2013-6-5:20:6:1

Accord Aims to Create Global Trove of Genetic Data

The aim is to put the vast and growing collection of data on genetic variations and health into databases open to researchers and doctors all over the world.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-5:14:6:3

Oldest primate fossil reveals tiny 'cousin' of human ancestor

New fossil evidence of the earliest complete skeleton of an ancient primate suggests it was a hyperactive, wide-eyed creature so small you could hold a couple of them in your hand - if only they would stay still long enough.

From the CBC News-2013-6-5:14:6:4

Palm-Size Fossil Resets Primates' Clock, Scientists Say

A nearly complete skeleton of a creature that weighed less than an ounce dials back the primate fossil record by eight million years, paleontologists report.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-5:14:6:2

Primate fossil is oldest yet found

A 55-million-year-old, mouse-sized fossil from China provides remarkable new insights into the origin of primates, the broad grouping of animals that also includes humans.

From the BBC News-2013-6-5:14:6:1

Rediscovered frog is 'living fossil'

The Hula painted frog, which was recently rediscovered after being declared extinct, has been reclassified as a "living fossil".

From the BBC News-2013-6-4:14:6:1

Connecticut Approves Qualified Genetic Labeling

The law would not take effect unless four other states, at least one of which shares a border with Connecticut, passed similar regulations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-4:8:5:2

Teeth unveil our ancestors' diet

New analysis of teeth from extinct fossils finds that our forbearers expanded their diets about 3.5 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2013-6-4:8:5:1

Observatory: New Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Avian Creature

The discovery of a pheasant-size fossil has prompted a re-examination of the entire lineage.

From the NYTimes News-2013-6-3:20:6:1

Woolly mammoth discovery raises exciting possibilities

The recent discovery of a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass and mammoth blood on a Siberian Island has the potential to "raise the ceiling" on scientific research on extinct species, say Canadian researchers who work with mammoth DNA.

From the CBC News-2013-5-31:20:6:1

Japan Suspends Some Imports of U.S. Wheat

After a genetically altered crop was found on an Oregon farm, Japan suspended some imports.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-31:8:5:2

Fossil shows how turtle got a shell

How the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years, but new research sheds light on how their hard shells were formed.

From the BBC News-2013-5-31:8:5:1

Matter: Mountain Populations Offer Clues to Human Evolution

When people moved to high altitudes, they experienced natural selection that has reworked their biology and allowed them to cope with low oxygen levels.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-30:8:5:1

Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Field

The presence of the herbicide-resistant wheat, a type developed by Monsanto but never approved, could threaten exports of American wheat.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-29:20:6:1

Bird ancestor reshuffles fossil pack

What may be the earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds has been unearthed from the famous fossil beds of Liaoning, China.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:14:6:1

AUDIO: Is being fat 'in your genes'?

The UK's leading biomedical research funders are joining forces to confront what many now regard as the epidemic of obesity. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:8:5:2

GM salmon can breed with wild fish

The potential risks of genetically modified fish escaping into the wild are highlighted in a new study.

From the BBC News-2013-5-29:8:5:1

Mom's obesity surgery may help her children

Genes linked to obesity-related health problems worked differently in younger siblings of women who had weight-loss surgery than in their older brothers and sisters

From the CBC News-2013-5-27:20:6:1

The Scan: Tasting Words; DNA Art; Neuroscience on the Small Screen

A look at coming events at the intersection of science and culture.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-27:14:6:1

Food Companies Seeking Ingredients That Aren't Gene-Altered

Consumers are driving a movement toward labeling food products made from genetically modified organisms, and food producers are responding.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-27:8:5:1

Google Street View captures Galapagos Islands

Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

From the CBC News-2013-5-24:14:6:1

Genetics of white tigers pinpointed

Chinese scientists trace the rare white colouration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.

From the BBC News-2013-5-23:14:6:1

VIDEO: 'Worrying declines' for UK species

A major new report from 25 wildlife organisations, assessing the state of Britain's Nature, is warning that many species of wildlife are facing extinction in the UK unless urgent action is taken.

From the BBC News-2013-5-23:8:5:1

From Neanderthal Molar, Scientists Infer Early Weaning

Patterns of barium in the fossil tooth of a child indicate that breast-feeding ended after 1.2 years, researchers say - much sooner than in modern nonindustrial populations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-22:14:6:1

Wildcat extinction 'in 24 months'

A scientist who has developed a genetic test to identify pure Scottish wildcats says the species could be extinct within two years.

From the BBC News-2013-5-22:8:5:1

Xbox launch Tuesday highly anticipated

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox expected to be revealed Tuesday, and anticipation for the entertainment console's latest evolution is running high.

From the CBC News-2013-5-20:14:6:1

Matter: Dogs: From Fearsome Predator to Man's Best Friend

Scientists are zeroing in on some of the genes that were crucial to the rewiring of canine brains in the transition from wolves to domesticated dogs.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-16:14:6:1

Cloning Is Used to Create Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers fused skin cells with donated human eggs to create human embryos that were genetically identical to the person who provided the skin cells.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-15:20:6:1

DNA reveals origin of Minoan culture

Europe's first advanced civilisation had a local origin and was not imported from outside the continent, according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:3

Tigers 'lacking variety' in mates

India's tigers face extinction due to a collapse in the variety of their mating partners, say Cardiff University researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:2

Milestone in medical human 'cloning'

Human cloning is used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-5-15:14:6:1

Q&A: Can Scientists Change the Shape of Hair Follicles?

Researchers have been researching genes and other factors that might determine whether you have straight, curly or wavy hair, but they are not close to developing a medical intervention.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-13:20:6:1

Genetic Connections: Seeking Clues to a Heart Killer in the DNA Binding a Family

Scientists are studying the DNA of the Del Sontro family for mutations or aberrations, hoping to see if genetics can explain why heart disease strikes apparently healthy people.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-13:8:5:1

US to return dinosaurs to Mongolia

The US is to return more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaurs to Mongolia, following the return on Monday of a Tyrannosaurus skeleton.

From the BBC News-2013-5-11:8:5:1

Op-Ed Contributors: Save the Wolves of Isle Royale National Park

Not meddling with nature is central to America's modern wilderness tradition, but should we make an exception to save a population of wolves from extinction?

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-9:8:5:2

The great dinosaur stampede that never was?

The great dinosaur stampede that never was?

From the BBC News-2013-5-9:8:5:1

A Dream of Glowing Trees Is Assailed for Gene-Tinkering

A project to create a plant that glows in the dark, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace streetlamps, has been denounced for tinkering with genes.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-8:8:5:2

Ancient bone-headed dinosaur found

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of bone-headed dinosaur, which is the oldest in North America, and possibly the world.

From the BBC News-2013-5-8:8:5:1

Little dome-headed dinosaur discovered in Alberta

A newly identified species of dome-headed dinosaur roughly the size of a large dog once roamed the plains of southern Alberta, a team of Canadian scientists announced Tuesday.

From the CBC News-2013-5-7:14:6:2

US returns stolen Mongolia dinosaur

The US returns a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton which was smuggled from Mongolia and auctioned for more than a million dollars.

From the BBC News-2013-5-7:14:6:1

Christian de Duve, Nobel-Winning Biochemist, Dies at 95

Dr. de Duve, a Belgian biochemist whose discoveries shed light on genetic disorders like Tay-Sachs disease, shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two others.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-6:20:6:2

Out There: A Glossy Science Magazine or Living Fossil?

Though the graveyard of journalism is littered with popular science magazines, a new one emerges, Nautilus, with the goal of being "a New Yorker version of Scientific American."

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-6:20:6:1

P.E.I. fossil footprints could be 290 million years old

A geology student from Halifax is investigating a set of fossil tracks he found on the South Shore of P.E.I. that may be 290 million years old.

From the CBC News-2013-5-3:14:6:2

Dot Earth Blog: DNA from Tiger Scat Aids Conservation Efforts in Nepal

Tiger scat offers DNA traces that can help conserve Nepal's struggling tiger population.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-3:14:6:1

Study Finds No Single Cause to Honeybee Deaths

Pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity are blamed for a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-2:20:6:1

DNA Studies Lend Weight to New Way of Looking at Cancer

A major new study provides the best evidence yet that cancer will increasingly be seen as a disease defined by its genetic fingerprint rather than by the organ where it originated.

From the NYTimes News-2013-5-1:20:6:1

Novelties: In Cancer Treatment, New DNA Tools

Cancers have long been categorized by the tissue where they originate in the body, but new tools and tests are helping doctors tailor treatment to specific gene mutations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-28:8:5:2

Mountain wild ponies breed 'unique'

The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed which need to be protected, say scientists after a genetic study.

From the BBC News-2013-4-28:8:5:1

VIDEO: Kew reorders plant collection

The lengthy process of re-categorising plants through their DNA rather than their physical appearance is well under way at the Kew Gardens Herbarium.

From the BBC News-2013-4-26:20:6:1

François Jacob, Geneticist Who Pointed to How Traits Are Inherited, Dies at 92

Dr. Jacob was a French war hero whose combat wounds forced him to change his career paths from surgeon to scientist, a pursuit that led to a Nobel Prize in 1965.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-26:8:5:1

GM salmon company losses mounting

AquaBounty, which is hoping to put its genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves soon, is finding its net losses are growing as it waits for U.S. FDA approval.

From the CBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:3

DNA: the 'smartest' molecule in existence?

How DNA packs two metres of genetic information into every cell

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:2

Memorial for DNA pioneer Crick

An engraved stonework memorial to DNA pioneer Francis Crick is unveiled at his former college at the University of Cambridge.

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:14:6:1

In Pictures: The story behind DNA's double helix

The story of DNA's discovery told in pictures

From the BBC News-2013-4-25:8:5:1

Human extinction warning from Oxford

The institute studying how humans could become extinct

From the BBC News-2013-4-24:8:5:1

Making of Europe unlocked by DNA

DNA sequenced from nearly 40 ancient skeletons has shed light on the complex prehistoric events that created the present day European population.

From the BBC News-2013-4-23:14:6:1

Genetic study finds salmon refuge

An area of coastal waters around North-West France is identified as a site for a previously unknown ice-free refuge for salmon during the Ice Age.

From the BBC News-2013-4-23:8:5:1

Mind: Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution

Studies of children are looking at how they let their imagination run free to make and find unlikely connections.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-22:20:6:1

Anna Merz, Protector of Black Rhinos, Dies at 81

Mrs. Merz founded a wildlife reserve in Kenya that has helped the black rhinoceros come back from the brink of extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-22:8:5:2

Patients' Genes Seen as Future of Cancer Care

Hospitals are spending heavily to develop "precision medicine" treatments for cancer based on the special, even unique characteristics of the patient's genes.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-22:8:5:1

Dinosaur 'fills fossil record gap'

Dinosaur fossils unearthed in Madagascar are of a new species that roamed the Earth around 90 million years ago, say US researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-4-19:8:5:1

'Living fossil' fish's genome decoded

Scientists have decoded the DNA of a celebrated "living fossil" fish, gaining new insights into how today's mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds evolved from a fish ancestor.

From the CBC News-2013-4-17:20:6:1

Coelacanth DNA May Tell How Fish Learned to Walk

Scientists have decoded the genome of the endangered lobe-finned fish that was long believed extinct until a specimen was found in South Africa in 1908.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-17:14:6:2

Genome of 'living fossil' sequenced

The genome of the coelacanth fish - a "living fossil" - is sequenced by scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-4-17:14:6:1

Justices Mull Patents on Human Genes

The Supreme Court on Monday struggled to find a narrow way to rule on whether human genes can be patented, in a case that will shape future research.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-16:8:5:2

Tulip trees are 'molecular fossils'

The "extraordinary level of conservation" of the tulip tree's mitochondrial genome redefines our understanding of flowering plants' evolution, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-4-16:8:5:1

Major moments in genetic science

From pea plants to Dolly and the human genome, the evolution of genetic research

From the CBC News-2013-4-15:20:6:2

A Conversation With Eric D. Green: The Human Genome Project, Then and Now

A decade ago this week, scientists announced that they had completed the Human Genome Project. Eric D. Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, discussed what that accomplishment meant and what is coming next.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-15:20:6:1

US court hears gene patents case

The US Supreme Court hears arguments questioning whether the human genome can be claimed as intellectual property.

From the BBC News-2013-4-15:14:6:1

Question over human gene ownership before U.S. high court

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments today about whether it's really legal to patent human genes and whether a company with a patent can restrict testing and treatment.

From the CBC News-2013-4-15:8:5:2

As Court Considers Gene Patents, Case May Overlook Relevant Issues

The Supreme Court is poised to take up the question of whether human genes can be patented. But some say advances in the field may blunt the impact of its ruling.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-15:8:5:1

DNA Project Aims to Make Public a Company's Data on Cancer Genes

Researchers are asking cancer clinics to hand over Myriad Genetics' test results so they can more easily interpret the risk posed by mutations of two breast cancer genes.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-13:8:5:1

DNA pioneer's Nobel Prize auctioned

The Nobel Prize won by British scientist Francis Crick for his discovery of DNA - the "secret of life" - sells for $2.3m at a New York auction.

From the BBC News-2013-4-11:14:6:1

GMO fears do not 'translate to the average consumer'

Farmers across Canada were up in arms this week, protesting the possible introduction of genetically modified alfalfa into the country, but for the average Canadian consumer, it seems that the issue of bioengineered foods barely registers on their radar.

From the CBC News-2013-4-11:8:5:2

Crick DNA letter sells for $5.3m

A letter written by scientist Francis Crick to his son describing his discovery of DNA is sold at auction for $5.3m (£3.45m).

From the BBC News-2013-4-11:8:5:1

Rare dinosaur fossil bed reveals growth inside eggs

A Canadian-led group of paleontologists is getting a detailed look at how baby dinosaurs developed inside their eggs, by examining an ancient fossil bed full of embryos.

From the CBC News-2013-4-10:14:6:2

Insight into life in a dinosaur egg

Scientists gain a remarkable insight into the very earliest stage of dinosaur development - their life inside the egg.

From the BBC News-2013-4-10:14:6:1

Report Calls for Broad Changes in Science Education

New curriculum standards, which at least 26 states have pledged to consider, take a firm stand on climate change and evolution and emphasize hands-on learning.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-9:20:6:2

Blacks and Whites Have Same Altered Genes, Alzheimer's Study Finds

Researchers found that older African-Americans with Alzheimer's were slightly more likely to have one gene, ABCA7, that is thought to confer risk for the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-9:20:6:1

Rhino horn DNA database introduced

A new DNA database is being set up to hold genetic information on all the rhinoceros horn in the UK in an attempt to stop its theft and trade.

From the BBC News-2013-4-9:14:6:1

VIDEO: Rhino horn DNA database introduced

A new DNA database of rhino horn is being set up in the UK after a spike in the number of criminal incidents.

From the BBC News-2013-4-9:8:5:4

'Deadly' prostate cancer gene find

Men with prostate cancer and an inherited BRCA2 gene mutation have the most aggressive form of disease, research reveals.

From the BBC News-2013-4-9:8:5:3

Leukaemia tracked 'back to the womb'

Scientists say they have traced the root genetic cause of leukaemia back to life in the womb.

From the BBC News-2013-4-9:8:5:2

Eco-change triggers rapid evolution

Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows.

From the BBC News-2013-4-9:8:5:1

Profiles in Science: Elizabeth Blackburn: Molecular Biologist Charts Her Own Course

A Nobel-winning molecular biologist explores the connections of emotional stress, health and DNA.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-8:20:6:1

VIDEO: Fossils reveal racehorse weakness

Comparing modern racehorses with their ancient ancestors

From the BBC News-2013-4-4:8:5:1

5 major moments in cellphone history

Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the world's first public call from a mobile phone. To celebrate this anniversary, CBC News looks at the evolution of the handheld device, from "the brick" to its sleeker and more powerful recent incarnations.

From the CBC News-2013-4-3:8:5:1

Scientists find government justification of new environmental policy unfounded

Recent efforts by the Canadian government to curb the time allowed for +environmental reviews over fears of adverse impact on economic development are misguided and +unnecessary, according to research by scientists at the University of Toronto.

From the CBC News-2013-4-2:9:19:1

Observatory: Tarsiers Hint Primates Developed Color Vision at Night

A genetic examination of tarsiers indicates that the saucer-eyed primates developed three-color vision when they were still nocturnal.

From the NYTimes News-2013-4-1:20:6:1

Loch's new beaver given DNA test

The first wild beaver in more than 400 years is trapped at a Perthshire nature reserve in order to perform health checks and a DNA test.

From the BBC News-2013-3-28:8:5:1

Mountain pine beetle's genome decoded

The days of the mountain pine beetle gnawing, unchecked, through the forests of B.C. and north-central Alberta could be numbered, thanks to a microscopic breakthrough.

From the CBC News-2013-3-27:14:6:2

DNA test reveals cancer risk markers

More than 80 genetic markers that can increase the risk of developing breast, prostate or ovarian cancer have been found in the largest study of its kind.

From the BBC News-2013-3-27:14:6:1

Darwin letters reveal emotional side

A collection of previously unpublished letters by Charles Darwin reveal a highly emotional side to the naturalist.

From the BBC News-2013-3-27:8:5:1

No longer kids stuff: the evolution of video games

For kids who've grown up with game consoles equipped with motion-sensing technology, it's difficult to imagine that only a generation ago, playing video games meant popping a quarter in an arcade machine in the corner of a restaurant.

From the CBC News-2013-3-26:14:6:2

VIDEO: British butterflies hit by 2012 weather

Several species of British butterflies face extinction in some areas because of last year's extremely wet weather.

From the BBC News-2013-3-26:14:6:1

Why such a fuss about extinction?

Extinction has always been with us - but is it always a bad thing?

From the BBC News-2013-3-25:8:5:1

Atlantic Canadian mega-volcanoes blamed in mass extinction

The major extinction that paved the way for the rise of the dinosaurs was caused by the eruption of massive volcanoes in what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the northeastern U.S. and Morocco, a new study says.

From the CBC News-2013-3-22:20:6:1

VIDEO: Giant pterosaur fossil unveiled in Brazil

Palaeontologists unveil the reconstructed skeleton and fossilised remains of a giant pterosaur which used to rule the skies over Brazil millions of years ago.

From the BBC News-2013-3-22:14:6:1

An Epic Gathering of the Ocean's Leviathans

The remarkable story of the evolution of whales will be displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-21:8:5:1

Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Acute Type of Leukemia

Genetically altering a patient's immune cells has, for the first time, produced remissions in adults with a virulent blood cancer. In one patient, the disease vanished in eight days.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-20:20:6:1

VIDEO: Girl has pterosaur named after her

A nine-year-old girl has had a prehistoric creature named in her honour after fossilised bones she found turned out to be an undiscovered species.

From the BBC News-2013-3-20:14:6:1

Francis Ruddle, Who Led Transgenic Research, Dies at 83

Dr. Ruddle, one of the first scientists to map genes' locations on specific human chromosomes, helped lay the groundwork for the Human Genome Project.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-20:8:5:2

Prehistoric beast named after girl

A nine-year-old girl from the Isle of Wight has a prehistoric flying beast whose fossilised bones she found named after her.

From the BBC News-2013-3-20:8:5:1

Reviving extinct species within reach, says researcher

Scientific advances in recent years have created a new field called de-extinction. The TEDx event was organized because researchers say it is time to begin a public discussion of how de-extinction projects can happen responsibly.

From the CBC News-2013-3-19:14:6:1

Researchers Report on Work to Bring Back Extinct Frog

It could be years before scientists succeed in bringing species back from extinction, but they are thinking of ways to give new life to creatures like woolly mammoths and frogs.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-19:8:5:1

The Scan: Genetic Art, Whale Hearts and Morality

A look at coming events at the intersection of science and culture.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-18:20:6:1

Big fish catches 'mean smaller fish'

Scientists warn that a rethink on fishing is needed after finding that catching big fish triggers a rapid change in genes - leading to fewer, smaller fish stocks.

From the BBC News-2013-3-18:8:5:1

How bed bugs 'dodge insecticides'

A genetic study provides an insight into the tricks that these bugs are using to evade insecticides.

From the BBC News-2013-3-14:14:6:1

Ancient phallus-shaped worm described

Scientists report the discovery of a peculiar, phallus-shaped creature found in a Canadian fossil bed.

From the BBC News-2013-3-14:8:5:1

Phallus-shaped acorn worms resolve fossil mystery

A beach-dwelling sea creature has stubbornly kept the same phallus-shaped form from the time of the trilobytes through the rise and fall of the dinosaurs to the present day, suggests a study that identifies a mystery fossil in the Canada's Burgess Shale.

From the CBC News-2013-3-13:20:6:1

VIDEO: Tasmanian devil cancer vaccine 'close'

Researchers say they are now a step closer to developing a vaccine for a contagious cancer which is driving the Tasmanian devil towards extinction.

From the BBC News-2013-3-12:14:6:1

Observatory: Biltong Meat Often Mislabeled, Study Finds

Using DNA analysis of the popular South African cured meat snack, researchers found two-thirds of the samples mislabeled, including kangaroo, as well as pork and lamb, called ostrich.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-11:20:6:2

Remarkable Creatures: Solving the Puzzles of Mimicry in Nature

Analyzing the DNA of dangerous butterflies who copy other unpalatable species, scientists have found that some shared color-controlling genes, signaling past interbreeding.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-11:20:6:1

Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content

Whole Foods, the first retailer in the country to require such labeling, said all foods sold in its stores would need to be labeled within five years.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-9:8:5:1

Ash fungus genetic code unravelled

British scientists decode the DNA of the fungus attacking Europe's ash trees, offering hope that a way of stopping the epidemic can be found.

From the BBC News-2013-3-8:8:5:1

VIDEO: Ancient camel fossils found in Arctic

A Canadian scientist has discovered bone fragments which confirm that the ancestors of modern camels once roamed the country's Arctic region.

From the BBC News-2013-3-7:14:6:1

DNA ancestry 'astrology' claim

Scientists describe some services provided by companies tracing ancestry using DNA as akin to astrology.

From the BBC News-2013-3-7:8:5:1

Camel Fossil Found in Canada's Arctic

A paper published in Nature Communications details the 2006 discovery of the fossilized remains of a giant camel in Canada.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-6:8:5:2

Fencing off lions 'could save them'

Using fences to separate lions from humans could help to save them from extinction, a report suggests.

From the BBC News-2013-3-6:8:5:1

Giant camel fossil found in Arctic

The fossilised remains of a giant species of camel have been unearthed in Canada's High Arctic.

From the BBC News-2013-3-5:14:6:1

Herschel telescope to go blind

Europe's Herschel space telescope, which has helped transform our understanding of star birth and galaxy evolution, is expected to cease operations this month.

From the BBC News-2013-3-5:8:5:1

'Extinction crisis' focus for CITES

Delegates from 178 countries will review the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES) amidst an unprecedented extinction crisis.

From the BBC News-2013-3-2:20:6:1

Horsemeat found in four new products

Four beef products sold by Bird's Eye, Taco Bell and catering supplier Brakes are found to contain horse DNA, the Food Standards Agency says.

From the BBC News-2013-3-1:14:6:1

Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders

A large genetic study has identified common glitches involved in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

From the NYTimes News-2013-3-1:8:5:1

Thriving cancer's 'chaos' explained

The way cancer cells can make a completely chaotic mess of their genetic code in order to thrive has been explained by UK researchers.

From the BBC News-2013-2-28:8:5:1

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DNA Sampling

“I think this is perhaps the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-27:8:5:2

Spiral-toothed fossil mystery solved

An ancient spiral-toothed fish has been reconstructed from fossil evidence by scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-2-27:8:5:1

Stuxnet nuclear sabotage malware's evolution revealed

An earlier version of malware designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program has been discovered, uncovering new information about the development of the sophisticated cyber-weapon.

From the CBC News-2013-2-26:20:6:1

Letters: Benefits of DNA Testing (1 Letter)

A letter to the Editor.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-25:20:6:2

A DNA Lesson, From the Expert's Pen

A letter from Francis Crick to his son, Michael, two weeks after solving the DNA puzzle in 1953, is the first written description of the code and is being put up for auction.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-25:20:6:1

Evolution takes a similar course each time, study suggests

Evolution is surprisingly predictable and its course seems relatively unaffected by chance events, a new study on bacteria suggests.

From the CBC News-2013-2-22:14:6:1

VIDEO: Eddie Izzard: 'I'm 2.8% Neanderthal'

While using comedian Eddie Izzard's DNA to trace the migration of his ancestors out of Africa and into Europe, geneticist Dr Jim Wilson has discovered that Izzard is 2.8% Neanderthal.

From the BBC News-2013-2-19:20:6:1

DNA Analysis, More Accessible Than Ever, Opens New Doors

As the cost of genetic sequencing plunges, more people, especially parents, are using it to find disease-causing mutations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-18:20:6:3

Books: Napoleon Chagnon's War Stories, in the Amazon and at Home

The anthropologist Napoleon A. Chagnon tries to answer questions about human evolution in his 35-year study of the Yanomamö of Venezuela and Brazil.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-18:20:6:2

The Week: Drugging Fish, Naming a Moon and More

“The Week” highlights recent developments in health and science news and glances at what's ahead. In this column: help for the blind and a gene mutation that may explain the appearance of East Asians.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-18:20:6:1

Artificial finger grips evolution

A machine that runs an artificial finger across different types of surface is being used to investigate the evolutionary origins of the pattern of ridges on the ends of our digits.

From the BBC News-2013-2-17:8:5:1

Tests by food giants find horse DNA

Catering giant Compass Group and Whitbread, one of Britain's largest hotel chains, have found horse DNA in products sold as beef, it emerges.

From the BBC News-2013-2-15:20:6:1

EU launches wider horsemeat tests

EU member states plan to start testing immediately for horse DNA in processed beef foods and to detect an illegal medicinal drug in horsemeat.

From the BBC News-2013-2-15:14:6:1

AUDIO: Fifth of reptiles facing extinction

A zoological researcher told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that a fifth of the world's reptiles could face extinction.

From the BBC News-2013-2-15:8:5:2

Reptiles face risk of extinction

Almost a fifth of the world's reptile species are at risk of extinction, according to scientists.

From the BBC News-2013-2-15:8:5:1

Studying Recent Human Evolution at the Genetic Level

Researchers have identified a mutation in a critical human gene as the source of several distinctive traits that make East Asians different from other races.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-14:20:6:1

McMaster researchers shed light on origin of important human fossil

Researchers at McMaster have helped to unlock a mystery surrouding an ancient humanoid fossil that was discovered in a Serbian cave: its approximate age.

From the CBC News-2013-2-14:14:6:1

Shetlanders wanted for DNA research

Scientists are looking to recruit 2,000 Shetlanders for a study into the link between DNA and potentially fatal conditions.

From the BBC News-2013-2-14:8:5:2

EU urges DNA tests of processed beef

The EU urges members to conduct random DNA tests on processed beef for three months, to tackle a widening scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.

From the BBC News-2013-2-14:8:5:1

How to track an 'invisible' animal

Scientists are using DNA tricks to study the secrets of rare, shy and hard-to-reach species.

From the BBC News-2013-2-12:8:5:1

Observatory: More DNA Tests to Confirm Skeleton Is Richard III's

Mitochondrial DNA, passed through the female line, helped identify the remains of a skeleton as Richard III's, but firmer proof will come from matching the Y chromosome.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-11:20:6:1

Twins' DNA dilemma for French police

Police investigating a series of sexual assaults in the French city of Marseille have arrested identical twins, but do not know which one to charge.

From the BBC News-2013-2-11:8:5:1

'Closest' dinosaur extinction date

Researchers revisit the timings of a massive impact 66m years ago and the demise of the dinosaurs, finding firmer evidence that they coincided in time.

From the BBC News-2013-2-8:8:5:3

Earliest mammal ancestor pinpointed

Researchers using a vast database of physical and genetic data determine the ancestor of all placental mammals was small, furry and probably ate insects.

From the BBC News-2013-2-8:8:5:2

UK 'lags behind' on DNA forensics

Cross-border co-operation on terrorism and crime will be compromised unless the UK updates the technology it uses for DNA profiling, experts warn.

From the BBC News-2013-2-8:8:5:1

Hamster-sized mammal topped our family tree

Scientists have unveiled a detailed portrait of the earliest ancestor of dogs, horses, humans and all other mammals that don't lay eggs or carry their young in a pouch - even though it hasn't yet been found in the fossil record.

From the CBC News-2013-2-7:20:6:2

Common Ancestor of Mammals Plucked From Obscurity

A lowly occupant of the fossil record, Protungulatum donnae, is the most likely common ancestor of the mammalian family tree that includes mankind, scientists said.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-7:20:6:1

Extinction: Beyond dinosaurs and dodos

How extinction has helped other creatures flourish

From the BBC News-2013-2-7:8:5:1

Scientists testing for 'giant gene'

How common is genetic blip which can spawn giants?

From the BBC News-2013-2-6:14:6:1

Green Blog: Peeking Into the Sex Lives of Endangered Turtles

Genetic research reveals a surprisingly high level of monogamy and paternal diversity in hawksbill sea turtles, hinting that populations may be on the rise.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-6:8:5:1

Neanderthals, humans may have missed each other

A new study casts doubt on the idea that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed - and possibly even interbred - for millennia.

From the CBC News-2013-2-4:20:6:2

Pigeons, a Darwin Favorite, Carry New Clues to Evolution

Genetic scientists are using pigeons to study the mutations that produce radically new kinds of anatomy.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-4:20:6:1

Canadian's DNA helps ID King Richard III's bones

A Canadian carpenter says he's stunned that his DNA helped solve a 500-year-old mystery that stumped British historians for centuries.

From the CBC News-2013-2-4:14:6:1

Richard III dig skull image shown

An image of a skull which historians believe could be that of Richard III is released ahead of DNA test results being announced.

From the BBC News-2013-2-3:20:6:1

Novelties: Knome's New Machine to Aid Labs in Genomic Analysis

A new computer, made by a company called Knome, is the size of a file cabinet and can filter a person's genetic information, possibly yielding insights into cancer or other diseases.

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-3:8:5:1

Beliefs: Seeing Darwin Through Christians' Eyes

For the religious, evolution continues to divide more than 150 years after “On the Origin of Species.”

From the NYTimes News-2013-2-2:8:5:1

Pigeon DNA gives up fancy secrets

Scientists sequence the genome of the pigeon and pinpoint the DNA responsible for the head-crests seen in some fancy birds.

From the BBC News-2013-2-1:8:5:1

F.D.A. Approves Genetic Drug to Treat Rare Disease

The Food and Drug Administration approved Kynamro, a new drug that not only treats a rare inherited disorder, but does so using a technology that can shut off specific genes that cause disease.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-30:8:5:1

SCIENCE: A Life in Science: Hopi Hoekstra

An interview with Hopi Hoeskstra, a leading researcher in the cutting edge field of genetics of behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-28:20:6:4

Genetic Studies of Deer Mice

Deer mice make an appealing subject of genetic studies because they are widely prevalent and that they have adapted to their environments in both coat color and behavior in tunnel-making.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-28:20:6:3

Profiles In Science | Hopi E. Hoekstra: Tracing the Roots of Behavior in DNA

Studying how deer mice build their burrows, a team at Harvard led by Hopi Hoekstra is getting closer to understanding how genes control complicated behavior.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-28:20:6:2

A Conversation With Nick Goldman: Using DNA to Store Digital Information

Researchers, whose goal is to store the equivalent of a million CDs in a gram of DNA, have developed a technique with an error-correction software, successfully storing and retrieving 739 kilobytes of data.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-28:20:6:1

3 Years After Inception, a DNA Technique Has Yielded Little Success for Police

Investigators have used partial match DNA to locate criminals in more than two dozen cases in New York City, but law enforcement officials said they knew of no cases solved because of a lead generated by the technique.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-28:8:5:1

Feathered dinosaur offers clues

A newly-discovered feathered dinosaur pre-dates those that birds were thought to have evolved from, a palaeontologist claims

From the BBC News-2013-1-25:8:5:1

New Mutations Discovered in Melanomas

The changes are in regions that control genes, not in the genes themselves, and they are exactly the type caused by exposure to ultraviolet light.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-24:20:6:1

Shakespeare sonnets encoded in DNA

Researchers have stored 154 Shakespeare sonnets, a photo, a scientific paper, and a 26-second sound clip from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in a tiny strand of synthetic DNA in a test tube.

From the CBC News-2013-1-24:14:6:1

VIDEO: When did dogs stop being wolves?

Domesticated dogs evolved into man's best friend much more recently than previously thought, according to a new analysis of their DNA.

From the BBC News-2013-1-24:8:5:1

The light fantastic: Harnessing Nature's glow

From Darwin to glowing nightclub drinks

From the BBC News-2013-1-24:8:5:2

DNA 'perfect for digital storage'

UK scientists demonstrate how DNA could be used to archive digital data, encoding Shakespeare's sonnets and other information in the "life molecule".

From the BBC News-2013-1-23:14:6:2

Dog evolved 'on the waste dump'

A genetic study indicates the ability to thrive on the starchy food leftovers of early farmers was a key step in the domestication of dogs from wolves.

From the BBC News-2013-1-23:14:6:1

Saving Tasmanian Devils From Extinction

Australian officials are racing to save the fierce doglike marsupials from a rare infectious cancer and as a backup have set up a tumor-free population on another island.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-21:20:6:4

The Well Column: Facing Cancer, a Stark Choice

Double mastectomies are on the rise, both among women with cancer in only one breast and those with a genetic risk.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-21:20:6:3

The Week: A Roundup of This Week's Science News

A new column highlights the week's developments in health and science news and glance at what's ahead. This week: fecal transplants, a new flying frog and not-so-private genomes.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-21:20:6:2

Temperature Rising: Seeking Clues About Sea Level From Fossil Beaches

In a bid to better project the expected rise in sea level from global warming, a team is studying a past era, the Pliocene, that appears to have experienced a sharp rise, too.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-21:20:6:1

Study Details What Activates Disease-Causing Genes

With rheumatoid arthritis patients, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Karolinska Institute evaluated the chemical tags that tell genes to be active or not.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-21:8:5:1

'Quadruple helix' DNA in humans

Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time and wonder if it might provide a target for the development of novel anti-cancer treatments.

From the BBC News-2013-1-20:20:6:1

Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities

Surprising results from a DNA researcher highlight the growing tension between the advancement of medical research and privacy concerns.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-17:20:6:1

Could Big Data herald a new era of medicine?

Could a mass DNA database revolutionise our healthcare?

From the BBC News-2013-1-17:8:5:2

Mouse burrowing 'in their genes'

The burrowing behaviour of mice is driven by just a few genetic regions and not through learning, researchers say - with implications for our own behaviour.

From the BBC News-2013-1-17:8:5:1

Leadership skills may be genetic, study suggests

For the first time a study was able to identify a specific DNA sequence associated with leadership. The findings estimate that a quarter of the differences in leadership behaviour among individuals can be accredited to the genotype rs4950.

From the CBC News-2013-1-16:14:6:2

Mouse Study Discovers DNA That Controls Behavior

Scientists have identified four regions of DNA that play a major role in controlling animal behavior: telling a mouse how long a burrow to dig and whether to add an escape tunnel.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-16:14:6:1

Anatomy 'wrong' in early animals

Our understanding of the anatomy of some of the first four-legged animals is wrong, a study reports.

From the BBC News-2013-1-16:10:16:1

Horsemeat found in beef burgers

Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, Ireland's food safety body confirms.

From the BBC News-2013-1-15:14:6:1

VIDEO: African elephant extinction fears

The Kenyan government has warned that an increase in poaching is edging the African elephant closer to extinction.

From the BBC News-2013-1-15:14:6:2

Global Update: A Genetic Link Found for Victims of Lethal Form of Leishmaniasis

A study comparing DNA in almost 6,000 blood samples from India and Brazil found that subjects who got the visceral form of leishmaniasis had similar DNA variations.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-14:20:6:2

Genes link Australians with India

Far from being cut off from the rest of the world, Australia experienced a migration from India about 4,000 years ago, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2013-1-14:20:6:1

'Extinction threat' for UK orcas

The UK's only known resident population of killer whales is at risk of becoming extinct, marine life experts fear.

From the BBC News-2013-1-9:14:6:1

Green Blog: In Flies' Innards, Vital Clues to Biodiversity

If camera traps and other tools cannot pick up on small mammals that still exist, DNA analysis of the carrion that flies eat could help guide research.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-8:14:6:1

Epilepsy 'link' to migraine gene

A strong family history of seizures could increase the chances of having severe migraines, says a study in Epilepsia journal.

From the BBC News-2013-1-7:8:5:1

Can genetically modified mosquitoes prevent disease in the US?

Can GM bugs halt disease spread in the US?

From the BBC News-2013-1-4:20:6:1

'Elegant' dinosaurs may have shaken their tail feathers

At least one species of dinosaur had a feathered tail "built for flaunting," says Univerity of Alberta scientist Scott Persons, who argues that it is time to update the image of dinosaurs as big, dull, lurching creatures.

From the CBC News-2013-1-4:14:6:1

Carl Woese, Dies; Discovered Life's 'Third Domain'

Dr. Woese was a biophysicist and evolutionary microbiologist who made a discovery 35 years ago that altered scientific understanding of evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2013-1-1:8:5:1