Trilobites: Cheetahs in Danger of Extinction, Researchers Say

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

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

Cheetahs heading for extinction, study says

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

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

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes

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

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

Ash tree genome sequenced for first time

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

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

Some young dinosaurs shed teeth, say experts

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

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

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

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

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

Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

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

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

Nickel clue to 'dinosaur killer' asteroid

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

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

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

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

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

100 million year old dinosaur tail is discovered

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

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

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

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

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

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

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

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

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

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

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

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

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

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

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

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

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

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

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

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

Human evolution 'not over yet'

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

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

Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

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

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

$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where the Police Protect Venus Flytraps

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

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

Ginkgo 'living fossil' genome decoded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to make plants use more sunlight

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

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

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

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

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

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow

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

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

RSPB hails 'remarkable' recovery of threatened cirl bunting

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

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

Seawater's DNA secrets to life in the deep

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

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

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

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

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

Dippy dinosaur's national tour stops announced

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

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

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits, Study Finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

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

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

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

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

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

How dogs became our friends - DNA evidence

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

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

Florida polls split on GM mosquitoes

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

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

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

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

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

Florida vote on GM mosquito release

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

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

Trilobites: After Dinosaur Extinction, Some Insects Recovered More Quickly

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

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

Scientists apply for GM wheat trial in UK

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

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

DNA clues to how chipmunk earned its stripes

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

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

Thousands of baby turtles released into Peruvian Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trilobites: First Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Found

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia

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

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

Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dinosaur-era 'swordfish' discovered in outback Australia

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

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

Virus stole poison genes from black widow spider

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

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

Fossil sheds light on evolution of birdsong

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

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

Chicxulub 'dinosaur crater' investigation begins in earnest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists

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

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

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

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

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

New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal

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

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

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

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

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

Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell

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

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

DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

Evidence for an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans.

From the BBC News-2016-9-21:14:6:1

Matter: A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Unprecedented DNA analyses of people in indigenous populations suggests that almost all non-Africans trace their roots to one migration from the continent.

From the NYTimes News-2016-9-21:14:6:2

Meet Earth's indestructible micro-beast

Meet the planet's hardiest animal - the tardigrade - that has just revealed a genetic secret that could help protect human cells.

From the BBC News-2016-9-20:14:6:2

Survival secret of 'earth's hardiest animal' revealed

A gene from an almost indestructible microscopic creature could provide "radiation shield" for human cells, scientists find.

From the BBC News-2016-9-20:14:6:1

How Indonesia's rare birds are facing extinction

A BBC team finds rare Java hawks for sale, as environmentalists say more must be done to tackle Indonesia's illegal bird trade.

From the BBC News-2016-9-16:14:6:1

The tortoise that has saved his species from extinction

Diego the tortoise, 100, has fathered around 800 offspring on his native Galapagos Archipelago.

From the BBC News-2016-9-15:8:5:1

Giraffe DNA study identifies four distinct species

A study into the DNA of giraffes reveals they are not one species, but four.

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

Dormice in Britain 'vulnerable to extinction'

Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new report by wildlife charity, the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

From the BBC News-2016-9-8:20:6:1

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have only just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

From the BBC News-2016-9-8:14:6:1

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind the Great Plague of London.

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

Skye's Storr Lochs Monster fossil unveiled in Edinburgh

The fossilised skeleton of a 170 million-year-old Jurassic predator discovered on the Isle of Skye is unveiled in Edinburgh.

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

World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland

The find, thought to be layers of sediment packed together by microbial communities living in shallow water, could alter our understanding of how life evolved.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-31:14:6:2

Wavy Greenland rock features 'are oldest fossils'

Some of the world's earliest life forms may have been captured in squiggles found in ancient rocks from Greenland.

From the BBC News-2016-8-31:14:6:1

DNA sequenced in space for first time

DNA has been successfully sequenced in space for the first time.

From the BBC News-2016-8-30:14:6:2

Tasmanian devil DNA shows signs of cancer fightback

A genetic study uncovers signs that wild Tasmanian devils are rapidly evolving to fight back against the infectious face cancer threatening them with extinction.

From the BBC News-2016-8-30:14:6:1

Early human ancestor Lucy 'died falling out of a tree'

New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed 'Lucy' by scientists may have died falling from a great height - probably from a tree.

From the BBC News-2016-8-29:20:6:1

Adopted Koreans, Stymied in Search of Birth Parents, Find Hope in a Cotton Swab

Many are turning to DNA testing after years of frustration with bureaucratic hurdles and flawed records.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-27:20:6:1

Extinct 'lion' named after Attenborough

A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.

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

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.

From the BBC News-2016-8-25:8:5:1

Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says

Researchers found that nearly half of women with early breast cancer can safely avoid the treatment with little risk of cancer recurring or spreading in five years.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-24:20:6:1

In Florida Keys, Some Worry About ‘Science and Government’ More Than Zika

Officials want to test genetically modified mosquitoes built to blunt the spread of dengue and Zika, but many Key Haven residents fear the experiment more than the viruses.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-24:14:6:1

Trilobites: Ötzi the Iceman’s Patchwork Ensemble

A man who lived 5,300 years ago wore a mix-and-match wardrobe, including a bear fur hat, a sheepskin loincloth and a goat coat, DNA shows.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-22:20:6:1

Trilobites: Some Turtles See Red Better Than You Do

A “red gene” that originated from dinosaurs gives some birds and turtles special color vision, allowing them to see differences in shades that aren’t detectable to humans.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-19:20:6:1

DNA traces origins of Iceman's ragtag wardrobe

A new analysis shows that Oetzi the Iceman's clothes came from at least five species of animal, including a hat of brown bear fur.

From the BBC News-2016-8-18:14:6:1

Genetic Tests for a Heart Disorder Mistakenly Find Blacks at Risk

A study finds that errors were made because earlier research linking genetic traits to illness did not include enough blacks.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-18:8:5:1

New species of fossil dolphin found

Scientists have identified a new species of dolphin that lived 25 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2016-8-17:14:6:1

Tooth in poo suggests ancient shark ate its young

Scientists find a baby tooth in the fossilised faeces of an extinct shark, suggesting the animals practised filial cannibalism.

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

How Did People Migrate to the Americas? Bison DNA Helps Chart the Way

Two groups of experts generally agree when a gateway from Siberia to North America opened, but not on who used it first.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-10:20:6:1

Trilobites: Vikings Possibly Spread Smooth-Riding Horses Around the World

DNA analysis of ancient horse remains suggests that ambling horses arose in England and Iceland before spreading to the rest of Eurasia.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-10:20:6:2

Piltdown review points decisive finger at forger Dawson

After an eight-year study, researchers conclude that history's most infamous fake fossils were made by one man - the prime suspect, Charles Dawson.

From the BBC News-2016-8-10:14:6:1

DNA shows that horse's 'funny walk originated in York'

The speedy, almost comical horse step known as an ambling gait originated in England in the middle of the Ninth Century, scientists say.

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

Trilobites: Smoke, Fire and Human Evolution

Figuring out how to make fire was no doubt an evolutionary boon to our ancestors. But it may have led to our smoking habit and the emergence of tuberculosis.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-5:20:6:1

N.I.H. May Fund Human-Animal Stem Cell Research

The agency had banned funding for these kinds of experiments last September, but is reconsidering allowing some under strict conditions.

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

Trilobites: An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues on Whale Evolution

A newly-identified ancient species of whale suggests the water-bound mammals were capable of ultrasonic hearing much earlier than previously known.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-4:14:6:1

Trilobites: Island’s Mammoths May Have Been Thirsty at Their Extinction

Mammoths on Alaska’s St. Paul Island could have faced freshwater problems that could be experienced by island dwellers all over in a warming world.

From the NYTimes News-2016-8-1:20:6:1

Gibraltar caves reveal Neanderthals' secrets

The cave systems at the base of the rock of Gibraltar have just received UNESCO world heritage status, in recognition of the rich insights they bring to the study of Neanderthals.

From the BBC News-2016-7-31:8:5:1

Large Abelisaurus Dinosaur dinosaur footprint found in Bolivia

One of the largest ever dinosaur footprints has been found in Bolivia, of the Abelisaurus dinosaur

From the BBC News-2016-7-29:8:5:1

Cancer found in ancient human ancestor's foot

The earliest evidence of cancer in the human fossil record has been discovered in South Africa, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2016-7-28:14:6:1

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Helped Scientists Discover a New Gene Tied to A.L.S.

A social media campaign disparaged by some as “slacktivism” raised $115 million and encouraged research.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-27:20:6:2

Matter: DNA Study Says Only One Kind of Wolf in North America: The Gray Wolf

The finding highlights the shortcomings of laws intended to protect endangered species that don’t take into account research of the evolution of species.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-27:20:6:1

How have Dolly the Sheep's 'siblings' fared?

The prospect of using cloning to treat humans has been boosted by new evidence suggests that it can be used safely in animals.

From the BBC News-2016-7-26:20:6:1

Trilobites: Clones of Dolly the Sheep Have Aged Like Any Other Sheep, Study Says

Scientists have answered a longstanding question about whether cloned animals age prematurely.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-26:14:6:2

Dolly the sheep's siblings 'healthy'

Dolly the sheep's "siblings" are generally healthy, a study has shown, providing hope that cloning can yield animals free from degenerative illness.

From the BBC News-2016-7-26:14:6:1

Potsdam Boy’s Murder Case May Hinge on Minuscule DNA Sample From Fingernail

The prosecution may use a cutting-edge method to tie Oral Nicholas Hillary to the killing of Garrett Phillips. The defense says the method is unreliable.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-25:8:5:1

Uncle Sam Wants You — Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information

Government scientists want a million volunteers to share the secrets of their genes and lives for a research project into the causes and cures of disease.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-25:8:5:2

South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction‚ after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.

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

On the Runway: Fashion That Gets Under the Skin

As we get more obsessed with celebrity and personalization, could DNA-infused clothes be the next big thing?

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-19:20:6:1

Dolly's sisters

Scientists are studying Dolly the sheep's "siblings" in order to study the health of cloned animals.

From the BBC News-2016-7-19:8:5:1

Ancient barley DNA gives insight into crop development

An international group of scientists have analysed the DNA of 6,000 year old barley, showing that it is remarkably similar to modern day varieties.

From the BBC News-2016-7-18:14:6:1

DNA sequencer sent to space station

Nasa has sent a DNA sequencer to the International Space Station in an effort to help astronauts monitor their own health.

From the BBC News-2016-7-18:8:5:1

Dr. Alfred G. Knudson, the ‘Mendel of Cancer Genetics,’ Dies at 93

A 1971 theory on the inheritable nature of retinoblastoma in children, proved in 1986, is credited with helping advance the framework of how cancers are studied.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-15:20:6:1

First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows

Analysis of DNA from some of the world's first farmers shows that they had surprisingly diverse origins.

From the BBC News-2016-7-15:14:6:1

Predatory dinosaur had tiny arms like Tyrannosaurus rex

A new meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered in Argentina that possessed stubby arms like Tyrannosaurus rex.

From the BBC News-2016-7-14:8:5:1

Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk

People can carry a "silent" red hair gene that raises their risk of dangerous skin cancer, experts warn.

From the BBC News-2016-7-12:14:6:1

Juno Halts Cancer Trial Using Gene-Altered Cells After 3 Deaths

The study was testing the use of genetically engineered cells as a treatment for cancer, which had shown promising earlier results.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-8:8:5:1

Why Do More Black Women Die of Breast Cancer? A Study Aims to Find Out

Scientist will investigate whether genetic and biological factors, not just lifestyle factors, influence racial disparities.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-7:20:6:1

Irving Gottesman, Pioneering Psychologist on Schizophrenia, Dies at 85

Dr. Gottesman was perhaps best known for a study of twins that found a genetic link to mental illness, changing how people thought about its origins.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-7:20:6:2

Sea worm fossil gives clues to 'common ancestor'

Fossils of a sea worm that lived on the ocean floor about 500 million years ago are giving new insights into how early creatures evolved.

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

Ewe win again

In July 1996, scientists in Scotland created the world's first animal cloned from an adult cell

From the BBC News-2016-7-5:20:6:1

Dolly's legacy

What has been the human and scientific impact of cloning since Dolly the sheep's birth in 1996?

From the BBC News-2016-7-5:8:5:1

G.M.O.s in Food? Vermonters Will Know

As of Friday, nearly all food labels in the state must disclose when products include genetically engineered ingredients.

From the NYTimes News-2016-7-2:14:6:1

Stop Bashing G.M.O. Foods, More Than 100 Nobel Laureates Say

The world’s top scientists say opponents of genetically modified foods are standing in the way of nutrition for people around the world.

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

Why Do We Inherit Mitochondrial DNA Only From Our Mothers?

New research investigates why paternal mitochondria perish in embryos.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-23:20:6:1

Study unlocks surprising behaviour of soil bacteria

Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have led to questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour, on agriculture and emissions.

From the BBC News-2016-6-17:8:5:1

'Fossil' meteorite was from asteroid smash-up

Scientists identify a completely new type of meteorite that likely originated in a huge asteroid collision some 470 million years ago.

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

A Conversation With: Samuel K. Wasser, a Scientific Detective Tailing Poachers

A conservation biologist discusses his forensic analysis using DNA to determine the origins of seized elephant ivory.

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

Gene editing lab tries to grow human organs inside pigs

Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:5

Scientists say three-person DNA babies are 'safe'

Using DNA from three people to create a baby is safe, according to a major research study, by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre at Newcastle University.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:4

Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed

Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:3

Rise of mammals 'began well before dinosaur extinction'

Mammals began to flourish well before the end of the dinosaur age, a new study finds.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:2

Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years.

From the BBC News-2016-6-9:8:5:1

Trilobites: Scientists Find Genes That Let These Bees Reproduce Without Males

In a subspecies of honey bees from South Africa, female workers can escape a queen’s control and produce offspring of their own. Scientists say a gene explains how.

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

VIDEO: The science behind 'three-person babies'

Using DNA from three people to create a baby is safe, according to a major research study, by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre at Newcastle University.

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

Gene Editing to Alter Whole Species Gets Limited Backing

A technique to change or eliminate entire populations of organisms could be used against virus-carrying mosquitoes. It could also have unintended consequences.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-8:14:6:3

Fossils show Hobbits shrank 'rapidly'

Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian Island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years.

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

Matter: New Fossils Strengthen Case for ‘Hobbit’ Species

Teeth, a piece of jaw and tools dating to 700,000 years ago support the idea that ancestors of Homo floresiensis arrived in Indonesia about a million years ago.

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

Trilobites: Fighting Lyme Disease in the Genes of Nantucket’s Mice

Residents there heard a proposal Monday from a M.I.T. scientist to use genetically engineered mice to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease.

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

Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed

Australian scientists have used genetic material to pinpoint the origin of the deep-sea mushroom, an unusual gelatinous creature first dredged up near Tasmania in 1986.

From the BBC News-2016-6-7:8:5:1

Matter: Scientists Find Form of Crispr Gene Editing With New Capabilities

A common bacterium contains molecules that target RNA, not DNA. If it can be harnessed for use in humans, the process may lead to new forms of bioengineering.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-3:20:6:1

Scientists Announce HGP-Write, Project to Synthesize the Human Genome

The formal announcement of the plans, which leaked last month, seeks to raise $100 million this year. The total price tag could exceed $1 billion.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-2:20:6:1

Trilobites: Studies of Moth and Butterfly Genes Color In a Scientific Classic

The studies identified the mutation at the heart of a lesson about adaptive evolution taught in many science classes.

From the NYTimes News-2016-6-2:8:5:1

Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

One of the scientists credited with starting the gene editing revolution discusses her landmark discovery and how science has driven her.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-30:20:6:1

Matter: Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

Geneticists have studied clues in the DNA of African-Americans about the history of slavery and the Great Migration.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-27:20:6:1

DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history

Researchers invent a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in a body.

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

Trilobites: Frogs That Escaped Extinction

Robin Moore takes photos he hopes will highlight the plight of amphibian species worldwide, 40 percent of which are threatened.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-26:20:6:1

VIDEO: Did Neanderthals create stone rings?

Stone rings thought to be created by Neanderthals have been found in France

From the BBC News-2016-5-26:14:6:1

Neanderthal stone rings discovered

Researchers investigating a cave in France have identified mysterious stone rings that were probably built by Neanderthals.

From the BBC News-2016-5-25:14:6:1

Crayfish and worms may die out together

A study finds that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish are at risk of extinction - because the crayfish themselves are endangered.

From the BBC News-2016-5-25:8:5:1

Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize

US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold takes the million-euro Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering 'directed evolution'.

From the BBC News-2016-5-24:14:6:1

The gene's still selfish: Dawkins' famous idea turns 40

Scientist and author Richard Dawkins discusses his legacy - and giving up Twitter

From the BBC News-2016-5-24:8:5:1

Scientist spots Turkish banknote error

Nobel chemistry laureate spots DNA error on Turkish banknote.

From the BBC News-2016-5-23:14:6:1

Fossil gives clues to ancient extinction

A strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil suggests there was a burst of evolution after the mass extinction 250 million years ago.

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

Two birds yield genetic key to crimson

Two independent scientific papers identify the same single gene as the cause of red beaks and feathers in birds.

From the BBC News-2016-5-20:8:5:1

Books: Review: Twin Books on the Genome, Far From Identical

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee offers a soaring epic, while Dr. Steven Lipkin watches a revolution in genomics unfold in the clinic.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-19:14:6:1

Dog sex cancer's global march mapped

In a major genetic study, scientists trace the historic global spread of a cancer transmitted between mating dogs.

From the BBC News-2016-5-16:20:6:1

Profiles in Science: Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

The director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen is discovering through ancient bones new things about our development.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-16:14:6:1

The Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Porpoise, Slips Closer to Extinction

Scientists say only about 60 are left in the Gulf of California, threatened by nets that fishermen illegally use to catch totoaba, a source of a Chinese delicacy.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-14:20:6:1

Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

The project poses ethical issues about whether humans could be created without parents.

From the NYTimes News-2016-5-13:14:6:1

VIDEO: Scientists: 21% of plants risk extinction

Scientists have published their first global assessment of the state of the world's plants.

From the BBC News-2016-5-10:8:5:2

Trade routes written in camel DNA

Cross-continental study reveals how camels' genetic diversity is shaped by ancient trade routes.

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

VIDEO: How daughter's DNA led to murderer

A man who sexually assaulted and stabbed a girl 32 years ago has been given a life sentence for her murder.

From the BBC News-2016-5-9:14:6:1

Fossils shed light on 'bizarre' reptile

Scientists say new fossils found in China are of a crocodile-like creature that was the first known plant-eating marine reptile.

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

Fat Labradors give clues to obesity

Genes are partly to blame for some dogs getting fat, say scientists who have studied Labrador retrievers.

From the BBC News-2016-5-3:14:6:1

DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked

Genetic analysis unlocks the secrets of Europe's Ice Age inhabitants.

From the BBC News-2016-5-2:14:6:1

Breast cancer genetic discovery hailed

Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer, which they hope will unlock new ways of treating the disease.

From the BBC News-2016-5-2:14:6:2

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene

Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

From the BBC News-2016-4-29:8:5:2

Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade

President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.

From the BBC News-2016-4-29:8:5:1

VIDEO: Gene therapy could reverse sight loss

A pioneering new treatment is giving is new hope for those with macular degeneration, as Pallab Ghosh reports.

From the BBC News-2016-4-28:14:6:2

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

From the BBC News-2016-4-28:14:6:1

Gorillas in Danger of Extinction

The population of the world’s largest primate, the Grauer’s gorilla, has plummeted 77 percent over the last 20 years, with fewer than 3,800 remaining.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-25:20:6:1

Matter: Foxes That Endure Despite a Lack of Genetic Diversity

The island fox has lived on the Channel Islands off California for several thousand years, surviving even though many of the animals are nearly identical.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-22:14:6:2

Seed clue to how birds outlived dinosaurs

Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor strike that wiped out the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-4-22:14:6:1

Start-Up Plans 3-D Visualizations of Pot Strains, Using Genetic Data

Phylos Bioscience is unveiling a marijuana guide called Galaxy, offering people a way to see how Sweet Island Skunk might be related to Humboldt OG.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-20:8:5:1

People Who Avoided Illness Could Be Key in Treating Those Who Didn’t

Scientists hope to find answers in the DNA of people who have a mutated gene that should have made them ill or killed them, but did not.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-15:20:6:1

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

Efforts to expand use of biotechnology to crops other than corn, soybeans, cotton and canola have been hindered by opposition from consumer and environmental groups.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-13:14:6:1

People Who Avoided Illness Could Be Key in Treating Those Who Didn't

Scientists hope to find answers in the DNA of people who have a mutated gene that should have made them ill or killed them, but did not.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-11:14:6:3

A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve

The shy yellow-eyed penguin, threatened by human endeavors, natural predators and hot weather, face extinction despite conservation efforts.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-11:14:6:2

'Superhero DNA' keeps diseases at bay

Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, say researchers.

From the BBC News-2016-4-11:14:6:1

Misconceptions: In Science, It's Never 'Just a Theory'

When everyone has a theory, actual scientific theories like evolution take a hit.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-8:20:6:1

Matter: Fathered by the Mailman? It's Mostly an Urban Legend

A number of recent genetic studies challenge the notion that mistaken paternity is commonplace, finding a rate of less than 1 percent.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-8:14:6:1

Clue to Neanderthal breeding barrier

Incompatibilities in the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans may have limited the extent of interbreeding between the two groups.

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

Op-Ed Contributors: Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus

A genetically modified mosquito might eradicate the mosquito species that carries the Zika virus but must first survive a cumbersome approval process.

From the NYTimes News-2016-4-6:8:5:2

'Mystery voyage' of Scottish island deer

Red deer on the outer Scottish islands were probably brought there in boats by Neolithic humans from as far away as mainland Europe, according to a study of ancient and modern deer DNA.

From the BBC News-2016-4-6:8:5:1

Project to drill into 'dinosaur crater'

An expedition gets under way to drill into the Chicxulub Crater, the deep scar made in the Earth's surface by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2016-4-5:14:6:1

Bizarre fossil 'kept babies on strings'

A newly discovered 430 million-year-old creature appears to have dragged its offspring around on strings, like underwater kites.

From the BBC News-2016-4-4:20:6:1

VIDEO: The sanctuary saving Sumatran tigers

A rescue centre in Indonesia is trying to rescue Sumatran tigers and save the species from extinction.

From the BBC News-2016-3-31:8:5:1

Team of Rival Scientists Comes Together to Fight Zika

A quest to create a state-of-the-art map of the Aedes aegypti mosquito's genome involves scientists from assorted disciplines who rarely collaborate.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-30:14:6:1

Ancient fossil was 'nearly a spider'

Scientists say a 305 million-year-old fossil is the closest ancient relative to "true spiders" ever discovered.

From the BBC News-2016-3-30:8:5:1

Synthetic bug given 'fewest genes'

Scientists take another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life, producing a laboratory bacterium that has only 473 genes - fewer than any independent bug in nature.

From the BBC News-2016-3-25:20:6:1

Matter: Researchers Find Fish That Walks the Way Land Vertebrates Do

In a cave in Thailand, scientists discovered a parallel to one of evolution's signature events: the transition from sea to land.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-24:8:5:1

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

From the BBC News-2016-3-23:8:5:1

Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

Scientists hope to use a cellphone app to recruit 100,000 women to submit DNA samples to try to identify genes that may be markers for postpartum depression.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-21:20:6:1

Go wild to protect food security

More needs to be done to ensure the genetic diversity of wild relatives of key food crops are conserved to ensure future food security, a study warns.

From the BBC News-2016-3-21:14:6:1

Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results

A wave of actions across the nation are combining not-in-my-backyard protests against fossil-fuel projects with concern about climate change.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-20:8:5:1

How extinct humans left their mark on us

Most of us share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals; some have genes from Denisovans; but their genetic mark has vanished in some stretches of genetic code.

From the BBC News-2016-3-18:8:5:1

Matter: Humans Interbred With Hominins on Multiple Occasions, Study Finds

The interbreeding may have given modern humans better immunity to pathogens, according to the authors of the analysis of global genomes.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:20:6:1

Elwyn L. Simons, Primate Specialist Who Discovered Early Human Forebears, Dies at 85

A scientist concerned with both ancient primates and living ones, he was described as having a golden touch for finding fossils.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:8:5:1

Bill to Stop States Requiring Labeling of GMO Foods Fails

A Senate bill that would prevent states from requiring food labels to note the presence of genetically modified ingredients failed on Wednesday.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-17:8:5:2

Fishy origin of fossil 'monster'

Scientists say a strange worm-like fossil with mysterious origins is actually the ancestor of living fish.

From the BBC News-2016-3-16:20:6:1

Senate to Vote on GMO Food Labeling Bill

The senators will consider whether the government should require labeling on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, an issue that has split the food industry.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-15:20:6:1

DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'

The oldest genome sequence from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.

From the BBC News-2016-3-15:14:6:1

Tyrannosaur Fossil Indicates Dinosaur Got Smart First, Then Grew Big

An older relative of Tyrannosaurus rex had a brain and ears like the well-known dinosaur, but not the stature or heft.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-14:20:6:1

Opinion: The Global Solution to Extinction

It is not too late to halt the alarming loss of species and biodiversity threatening the planet.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-12:20:6:1

Europe's rarest seabird 'faces extinction'

The Balearic sheerwater will be extinct within 60 years, according to a new analysis.

From the BBC News-2016-3-12:8:5:1

Test of Zika-Fighting Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Gets Tentative F.D.A. Approval

A trial in the Florida Keys has been tentatively approved, but public comment must be assessed first by the agency.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-11:20:6:1

Genetic Tests May Not Reveal a Clear Treatment Path for Breast Cancer

The results from genetic tests can leave patients with frightening information but no clear guidance to fight the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-11:14:6:1

Reptile fossil discovery 'extraordinary'

A newly discovered 250-million-year-old fossil reptile from Brazil gives an insight into life just before the dinosaurs appeared.

From the BBC News-2016-3-11:8:5:1

Fossil of oldest pine tree discovered

Scientists have discovered the oldest-known fossil of a pine tree, dating back 140 million years to a time when wildfires raged across the land.

From the BBC News-2016-3-10:8:5:1

Matter: Unappetizing Experiment Explores Tools' Role in Humans' Bigger Brains

Scientists at Harvard concluded that stone tools that broke down food could have helped early human relatives conserve energy, aiding in their evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-9:14:6:2

Meat eating accelerated face evolution

Eating raw meat and making stone tools may be behind the smaller teeth and faces of humans compared with their ancient relatives.

From the BBC News-2016-3-9:14:6:1

Genetic Test Firm to Put Customers' Data in Public Domain

Ambry Genetics is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will put information from 10,000 customers into a publicly available database.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-8:8:5:1

Screening for Alzheimer's Gene Tests the Desire to Know

Two brothers in Denver came to different conclusions, one deciding it wasn't worth it, the other choosing to find out whether he had the gene.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-7:20:6:1

A Biotech Evangelist Seeks a Zika Dividend

A diverse biotechnology company hopes its genetically engineered mosquitoes can help stop the spread of a devastating virus. But that's just a start.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-5:8:5:1

VIDEO: Can scientists clone extinct cave lion?

Scientists from South Korea and Russia want to clone an extinct cave lion from its DNA.

From the BBC News-2016-3-4:20:6:2

Amber fossils reveal 'lost world'

Lizards locked in amber for 99 million years give a glimpse of how chameleons and geckos evolved, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2016-3-4:20:6:1

Matter: Study Finds Surprising Benefit of Viral DNA: Fighting Other Viruses

A report in the journal Science reveals how evolution harnessed viral DNA to rewire humans' own genetic circuitry and strengthen the immune system.

From the NYTimes News-2016-3-3:20:6:1

Fungus is oldest known land fossil

The fossil of a microscopic fungus that dates back 440 million years is thought to be the oldest of its kind - and the earliest fossil evidence of land dwellers.

From the BBC News-2016-3-2:8:5:1

Matter: DNA Under the Scope, and a Forensic Tool Under a Cloud

Cutting-edge technology has enabled analysis of ever-tinier genetic samples. But as the science pushes boundaries, some experts are raising reliability questions.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:14:6:1

Decline of Species That Pollinate Poses a Threat to Global Food Supply, Report Warns

Many pollinator species are facing extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats, according to the document.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:2

President Weighs In on Data From Genes

President Obama said the success of his initiative to collect genetic data so scientists can develop drugs and personalized treatments hinged partly on "understanding who owns the data."

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:3

In DNA, Clues to the Cheetah's Speed and Hurdles

A big cat named Chewbaaka has enabled scientists to sequence and decrypt the cheetah's complete genome.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-26:8:5:1

Monstrous fossils 'were armadillos'

A study of 12,000-year-old DNA shows that the fearsome, car-sized, club-tailed glyptodonts were cousins of modern armadillos.

From the BBC News-2016-2-22:14:6:1

Matter: Ancient Humans May Have Left a Genetic Mark on Neanderthals

On top of abundant evidence that humans carry Neanderthal DNA, a new study shows that the interbreeding went both ways.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-17:14:6:2

Earlier date for Neanderthal-human sex

Neanderthals and humans interbred about 40,000 years earlier than was previously thought, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2016-2-17:14:6:1

WHO backs GM mosquito trials over Zika

The World Health Organization backs trials of genetically-modified mosquitoes that could be used in the fight against the Zika virus.

From the BBC News-2016-2-17:8:5:1

The man making genes democratic

Meet the man making genetics democratic

From the BBC News-2016-2-16:14:6:2

VIDEO: Why the brain is a marvel of evolution

Fergus Walsh introduces the marvel that is the human brain.

From the BBC News-2016-2-16:14:6:1

Extinct plant discovered in amber

Biologists describe a new species of extinct plant, based on two fossil flowers that were trapped in chunks of amber for at least 15 million years.

From the BBC News-2016-2-15:20:6:1

Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men's testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown.

From the BBC News-2016-2-9:8:5:1

Official Quits Nobel Panel Over Inquiry Into Surgeon

Urban Lendahl, a genetics professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, resigned Saturday as secretary general of the Nobel Assembly at the institute.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-7:20:6:1

Matter: DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report

When other researchers studied the 4,500-year-old-genome, they discovered that the conclusion that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was incorrect.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-4:14:6:1

On Nature: A Hint of Danger in the Forest

An encounter with a wild boar momentarily realigns our relationship to nature in a time of mass extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-4:8:5:1

The Explorers Club Once Served Mammoth at a Meal. Or Did It?

At a legendary dinner in 1951, the Explorers Club was said to have served its members mammoth, but DNA tests have revealed what the meat really was.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-3:20:6:1

Scientists Map Genome of New York's Bedbugs

A surprising genetic diversity has been discovered among the city's bedbugs, which the scientists tracked through DNA samples that were taken from the subway system.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-3:8:5:1

British Researcher Gets Permission to Edit Genes of Human Embryos

Researchers worldwide have been observing a voluntary moratorium on changes to DNA that could be passed down to subsequent generations.

From the NYTimes News-2016-2-1:20:6:2

Are humans driving evolution in animals?

Is human activity driving evolution in animals?

From the BBC News-2016-2-1:20:6:1

'Living fossil' breeding ends in triumph

A reptile believed to pre-date most species of dinosaur hatches at Chester Zoo after a 38-year wait by conservationists.

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

UK approves embryo 'gene editing'

UK scientists win permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.

From the BBC News-2016-2-1:8:5:1

New Weapon to Fight Zika: The Mosquito

Genetically engineered, bacteria-infected and sterilized mosquitoes are among the cutting-edge weapons being tested against diseases like Zika and dengue, even as some experts say old-fashioned tools like DDT may be worth discussing.

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

Matter: Tribes' Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies

For years the remains have been out of reach, the subject of a legal struggle that pitted 3 scientists against their own administration and the Kumeyaay.

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

A Single Cell Shines New Light on How Cancers Develop

Researchers set out to solve a puzzle that has baffled cancer investigators: Why do many cells that have cancer genes never turn cancerous?

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

Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

Are fitbands the future of genetic research?

From the BBC News-2016-1-28:8:5:1

Monkeys Built to Mimic Autism-Like Behaviors May Help Humans

Scientists in Shanghai are trying to locate the deficiency in the 'brain circuits' responsible for autism-like behavior found in genetically engineered monkeys.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-25:14:6:1

VIDEO: Attenborough on 'largest dinosaur' discovery

Sir David Attenborough speaks to Huw Edwards about the discovery of a new species of titanosaur, which is the biggest animal ever to walk the earth.

From the BBC News-2016-1-21:20:6:1

Matter: Telling Jewels From Junk in DNA

Some cellular DNA yields molecules that serve mysterious but important functions in the cell, new research suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-21:14:6:1

Reconstructing the 'world's biggest dinosaur'

The discovery of what may be the world's biggest dinosaur is told in a new BBC One documentary.

From the BBC News-2016-1-21:8:5:1

Welsh dinosaur named 'dragon thief'

A 201-million-year-old dinosaur that fell out of a cliff face in Wales in 2014 is formally named Dracoraptor hanigani - the "dragon thief".

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

English DNA 'one-third' Anglo-Saxon

The present-day English owe about a third of their ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons, according to two new studies.

From the BBC News-2016-1-19:14:6:1

In Argentina, Rancher's Discovery Leads to Largest Titanosaur

A cast of the creature is now at the American Museum of Natural History. Experts hope the fossil discovery will yield new insights.

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

The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From

With a major study of ancient bones and DNA, scientists hope to determine where and when dogs first appeared.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-18:14:6:1

New Tactics to Save California's Decimated Salmon Population

At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-15:8:5:1

Matter: Searching for Cancer Maps in Free-Floating DNA

A new study suggests that one day a simple blood test may tell doctors whether you have the disease and, if so, where it is.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-14:20:6:1

Scientist makes case to edit embryos

A scientist is making her case to be the first in the UK to be allowed to genetically modify human embryos.

From the BBC News-2016-1-13:14:6:1

Michael W. Davidson, a Success in Microscopes and Neckwear, Dies at 65

Mr. Davidson created psychedelic images of crystallized substances like DNA and hormones. Many of those images ended up on ties, millions of which were sold.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-13:8:5:2

'Giraffe relative' fossil analysed

A prehistoric giraffe that died out 10,000 years ago might have been the largest ruminant that walked the Earth.

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

Candidate to Run F.D.A. Is Approved, but Likely to Be Blocked

Dr. Robert M. Califf's candidacy as the head of the Food and Drug Administration is likely to be blocked over the agency's approval of genetically engineered salmon.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-12:20:6:1

First children diagnosed in DNA project

The first children with debilitating, "mystery" diseases have finally been given a diagnosis as part of a huge scheme to analyse people's DNA.

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

Q&A: DNA From Facial Tissue?

A used tissue can provide copious amounts of DNA, so the chief concerns are proper identification and safe storage.

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

Illumina Creating Company to Develop Early-Stage Cancer Detection Test

Illumina, a maker of DNA sequencing machines, said it was forming the company to develop a blood test that would work for any type of cancer, but some experts see risks.

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

Matter: Genetic Flip Helped Organisms Go From One Cell to Many

Some simple changes in ancient organisms might have given rise to a world of multicellular animals.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-7:20:6:1

Neanderthal genes 'boosted our immunity'

We may owe our ability to fight disease to our extinct relatives - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.

From the BBC News-2016-1-7:14:6:1

Amateur Sleuths on the Dinosaur Trail

With only two field paleontologists, the Forest Service has turned for help to a small group of amateur fossil-hunters, many in their 70s and 80s.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-4:20:6:2

Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction

For decades, a quarry provided sand used for water filtration. Now it's lush with fossil discoveries and opened annually to the public.

From the NYTimes News-2016-1-4:20:6:1