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Scientists Link Covid-19 Risk to Genetic Variations


The Trump administration chose five companies as the most likely to produce a vaccine. The tally of new cases is rising in the U.S., partly because of expanded testing. Italy ends travel restrictions.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-4:8:5:1




Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19


Geneticists have turned up intriguing links between DNA and the disease. Patients with Type A blood, for example, seem to be at greater risk.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-3:20:6:1




Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'


A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

From the BBC News-2020-6-2:8:5:1




E.P.A. Limits States' Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects


The agency tweaked the rules on how to apply the Clean Water Act, which New York and other states have used to fight fossil-fuel ventures.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-1:20:6:1




U.S. and Chinese Scientists Trace Evolution of Coronaviruses


Researchers whose canceled U.S. grant caused an outcry from other scientists urge preventive monitoring of viruses in southwestern China.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-1:14:6:1




Isle of Wight pterosaur species fossil hailed as UK first


The University of Portsmouth identified it as a tapejarid, a flying pterosaur from the Cretaceous period.

From the BBC News-2020-5-28:14:6:1




Evolution of the spacesuit


How SpaceX's stylish spacesuit differs from other attire flown by astronauts.

From the BBC News-2020-5-27:14:6:1




'Billions of years of evolutionary history' under threat


'Weird and wonderful' animals unlike anything else on Earth are sliding toward extinction, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2020-5-26:8:5:1




Life-sized Crystal Palace Park dinosaur sculpture damaged


The Grade I-listed Megalosaurus statue has been in Crystal Palace Park since the Victorian era.

From the BBC News-2020-5-25:8:5:1




Elephants Really Can't Hold Their Liquor


Humans and other species have a gene mutation that lets them digest alcohol. In other species, it's missing.

From the NYTimes News-2020-5-20:8:5:2




Megaraptor: Fossils of 10m-long dinosaur found in Argentina


Palaeontologists say the remains date back 70 million years, close to the end of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2020-5-20:8:5:1




Elaphrosaur: Rare dinosaur identified in Australia


The elaphrosaur roamed Australia 110 million years ago and was related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

From the BBC News-2020-5-19:8:5:1




Longer overlap for modern humans and Neanderthals


Modern humans began to edge out the Neanderthals in Europe earlier than previously thought.

From the BBC News-2020-5-11:14:6:1




HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin's ship gets protected status


The submerged mud berth on the River Roach in Essex is recognised as a nationally important site.

From the BBC News-2020-5-11:8:5:1




Did a Mutation Turbocharge the Coronavirus? Not Likely, Scientists Say


A preliminary report posted online claimed that a mutation had made the virus more transmissible. Geneticists say the evidence isn't there.

From the NYTimes News-2020-5-6:20:6:1




With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus


A pioneer of the gene-editing technology has devised a diagnostic test for the infection that could be as simple as a pregnancy test.

From the NYTimes News-2020-5-5:14:6:1




A Coronavirus Vaccine Project Takes a Page From Gene Therapy


The technique aims to make a person's cells churn out proteins that will stimulate the body to fight the coronavirus.

From the NYTimes News-2020-5-5:8:5:1




Labs Across U.S. Join Federal Initiative to Study Coronavirus Genome


The project, announced by the C.D.C., will help trace patterns of transmission, investigate outbreaks and map how the virus is evolving, which can affect a cure.

From the NYTimes News-2020-5-1:8:5:1




Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back the American Chestnut?


The tree helped build industrial America before disease wiped out an estimated three billion or more of them. To revive their lost glory, we may need to embrace tinkering with nature.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-30:14:6:1




'Crazy beast' lived among last of dinosaurs


The discovery that the badger-like animal lived alongside dinosaurs challenges ideas about mammals.

From the BBC News-2020-4-29:14:6:1




Airborne Coronavirus Detected in Wuhan Hospitals


While the RNA of the virus was found in tiny droplets in China, scientists don't know if it was capable of transmitting the virus.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-28:20:6:1




Birds That Eat Fire, Pet Food and Sugar Packets to Live Another Day


A willingness to experiment with new foods and ways of foraging may make some birds less vulnerable to extinction.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-28:14:6:1




Hurricanes Are Reshaping Evolution Across the Caribbean


A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-27:20:6:1




First Frog Fossil Found on Antarctica


The specimen is some 40 million years old, and is probably related to species currently living in South America.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-23:14:6:1




New York and Boston Pigeons Don't Mix


The East Coast is made up of two pigeon genetic megacities, and a patch of Connecticut seems to be what's keeping them apart.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-23:8:5:1




Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors' Hunting Techniques


Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-22:14:6:1




UK Biobank: DNA to unlock coronavirus secrets


A vast store of DNA is being used to study why the severity of symptoms for coronavirus is so varied.

From the BBC News-2020-4-14:14:6:1




The audacious plan that could save a species


With only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both female - extinction seems a certainty.

From the BBC News-2020-4-13:20:6:1




Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show


Travelers seeded multiple cases starting as early as mid-February, genomes show.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-9:8:5:1




Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa


The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-2:20:6:1




Scientists Find 2 Mating Flies Trapped in Prehistoric Amber


The discovery was part of a haul of unusual fossils recovered from sites across Australia and New Zealand.

From the NYTimes News-2020-4-2:14:6:1




Heirloom plants: Saving the nation's seeds from extinction


The incredible history of the UK's heirloom plants and why they're set to make a comeback.

From the BBC News-2020-3-28:8:5:1




Green sea turtles: Vulnerable animal's hatching season draws to close


The green sea turtle is vulnerable to extinction as the climate warms, Australian scientists say.

From the BBC News-2020-3-27:8:5:1




Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins


Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

From the BBC News-2020-3-26:20:6:1




Fossils Show Raptors Prowled North America Late in Dinosaurs' Era


They were smaller than the creatures that savaged "Jurassic Park," but may have had superior ability to stalk and take down prey.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-26:14:6:1




Neanderthals Ate Fish, Seabirds, Perhaps Even Dolphins


Scientists say that a discovery in a seaside Portuguese cave further challenges popular images of Neanderthals as meat-eating brutes.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-26:14:6:2




Mammal study explains 'why females live longer'


Across wild mammal species, females live over 18% longer than males because of genetics and environment.

From the BBC News-2020-3-24:8:5:2




Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings


A tiny, 555-million-year-old seafloor creature reveals why our bodies are organised the way they are.

From the BBC News-2020-3-24:8:5:1




What to Name the Oldest Modern Bird Fossil? Wonderchicken


Its skull was found in a chunk of rock that went overlooked for nearly two decades.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-18:20:6:1




Fossil 'wonderchicken' could be earliest known fowl


A newly discovered fossil bird could be the oldest-known ancestor of every chicken on the planet.

From the BBC News-2020-3-18:14:6:1




Some Paleontologists Seek Halt to Myanmar Amber Fossil Research


The substance has driven remarkable discoveries about the prehistoric world, but concerns about its sourcing are growing.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-11:20:6:1




Smallest Known Dinosaur's Fossil Found in Amber


Researchers say it is tinier than the smallest living bird, the bee hummingbird, and raises questions about bird evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-11:14:6:2




Smallest dinosaur found 'trapped in amber'


Scientists say a fossil from Myanmar represents the tiniest dinosaur ever found.

From the BBC News-2020-3-11:14:6:1




Can Finland's Saimaa seals survive climate change?


This breed of seal is facing extinction but conservationists in Finland are trying to save it.

From the BBC News-2020-3-10:20:6:1




Haunted by a Gene


For the first time, Nancy Wexler reveals that she has inherited the disease she has spent her life studying.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-10:8:5:1




The Networks That Ruled Earth's Ancient Seas


Fossils of rangeomorphs, which dominated the oceans more than a half-billion years ago, show the thin threads that connected them.

From the NYTimes News-2020-3-6:14:6:1




Global rescue plan for nature 'overlooks genetic diversity'


A new 10-year strategy to halt extinction must protect the gene pools of all life on earth, say experts.

From the BBC News-2020-3-5:20:6:1




Earth's Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery


The lower Congo River's depths have made it a natural lab for convergent evolution, yielding fish with unexpected features.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-25:14:6:1




This Tiny Creature Seemed Extinct. DNA Technology Helped Prove It Wasn't.


The rediscovery of a fly species in Wales hints at environmental DNA sampling's potential to change endangered species protection.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-24:20:6:1




Extinction: Meet the new poster animals of conservation


Scientists say charismatic but lesser-known "flagship species" are key to raising money for conservation.

From the BBC News-2020-2-24:8:5:1




Philip Leder, Who Helped Decipher the Genetic Code, Dies at 85


Dr. Leder, who also discovered a genetic cause of cancer, said he got his best scientific ideas while listening to classical music.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-23:14:6:2




Reading the Past in Old, Urine-Caked Rat's Nests


Scientists worked out what lived in part of the Western United States tens of thousands of years ago by studying DNA found in pack rat middens.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-23:14:6:1




'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia


The biggest animal on Earth is returning to waters where it was nearly driven to extinction.

From the BBC News-2020-2-20:8:5:1




George Coyne, 87, Vatican Astronomer and Galileo Defender, Dies


While seeking to reconcile science and religion, Father Coyne also vigorously supported Darwin and challenged believers in intelligent design.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-14:20:6:1




Car-sized turtle fossils unearthed


The turtle is believed to have lived in northern South America between 13 and seven million years ago.

From the BBC News-2020-2-13:14:6:1




This Rodent Was Giant. Its Brain Was Tiny.


Reconstruction of a fossil of an extinct South American relative of the capybara shows it didn't have much space in its skull for a brain.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-12:20:6:1




Ghost DNA Hints at Africa's Missing Ancient Humans


Genes in some living West Africans shed light on human genetic diversity, which has been difficult to find in the continent's fossil record.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-12:14:6:1




Tyrannosaurus species named 'Reaper of Death' found in Canada


The fossils of the predator, which stood around 8ft (2.4m) tall, were found by a farmer in Alberta.

From the BBC News-2020-2-11:20:6:1




An Alzheimer's Treatment Fails: 'We Don't Have Anything Now'


With high hopes, drugs to fight brain plaques were tested in people genetically destined to develop dementia. The drugs failed.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-10:20:6:1




Fireflies face extinction risk - and tourists are partly to blame


Tourists love the sight of fireflies glowing at night but it can kill the insects, scientists say.

From the BBC News-2020-2-7:8:5:1




New Origin Story for Gross Blobs That Wash Up on Beaches


DNA evidence shows that jetsam ambergris comes from sperm whales.

From the NYTimes News-2020-2-4:20:6:1




Neanderthal Genes Hint at Much Earlier Human Migration From Africa


Modern humans may have left the continent as long 200,000 years ago, a new analysis suggests.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-31:20:6:1




Fossilized Tooth Captures a Pterosaur's Failed Squid Meal


The unlikely fossil sheds new light on the flying reptile's dining habits.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-30:20:6:1




Jersey 'drowned landscape' could yield Ice Age insights


Archaeologists plan an ambitious survey of part of the seabed off Jersey where Neanderthals once lived.

From the BBC News-2020-1-30:8:5:1




Endangered cheetahs can return to Indian forests - court


The world's fastest land animal was hunted into extinction in the country more than 70 years ago.

From the BBC News-2020-1-28:14:6:1




Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans' Rise


From a burial site in Cameroon, archaeologists recovered human genetic material dating as far back as 8,000 years.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-22:20:6:1




Dinosaur extinction: 'Asteroid strike was real culprit'


A team of scientists discounts the idea that large-scale volcanism drove the demise of the dinosaurs.

From the BBC News-2020-1-17:8:5:1




Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer


It's not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped human evolution.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-13:14:6:1




Tortoise with species-saving sex drive returns to Galápagos


The 100-year-old tortoise of legendary libido is credited with saving his species from extinction.

From the BBC News-2020-1-11:8:5:1




A Teenager's Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease


Doctors reset Helen Obando's DNA in an effort to cure her of a painful genetic blood disorder. She's the youngest person to receive the treatment.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-10:14:6:1




Fossil Reveals Earth's Oldest Known Animal Guts


The find in a Nevada desert revealed an intestine inside a creature that looks like a worm made of a stack of ice cream cones.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-10:8:5:1




Trove of New Bird Species Found on Remote Indonesian Islands


Researchers found 10 new species and subspecies of songbirds off the coast of Sulawesi, with distinct songs and genetics from known birds.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-9:14:6:1




The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, But Should We?


A new genetic engineering technology could help eliminate malaria and stave off extinctions - if humanity decides to unleash it.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-8:8:5:1




Pocahontas Heacham mulberry tree DNA test 'inconclusive'


Researchers are unable to establish whether the Native American planted a mulberry tree in Norfolk.

From the BBC News-2020-1-5:14:6:1




Beware Tyrannosaurus Rex Teenagers and Their Growth Spurts


Fossils that some scientists thought to be a separate species were likely adolescent Tyrannosaurus rexes, a new study says.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-3:20:6:1




Human Remains in Idaho Cave Belonged to Bootlegging Jail Escapee


The case of Joseph Henry Loveless, who sawed his way out of jail in 1916, is among the oldest solved using genetic genealogy.

From the NYTimes News-2020-1-3:8:5:1




Chinese Scientist Who Genetically Edited Babies Gets 3 Years in Prison


He Jiankui's work was also carried out on a third infant, according to China's state media, in a new disclosure that is likely to add to the global uproar over such experiments.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-30:8:5:1




Extinction: A million species at risk, so what is saved?


With around one million species at risk, how do conservationists decide what species to save?

From the BBC News-2019-12-27:20:6:1




Pentagon Warns Military Personnel Against At-Home DNA Tests


The tests, from companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry, have become popular holiday gifts, but the military is warning service members of risks to their careers.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-24:20:6:1




What You're Unwrapping When You Get a DNA Test for Christmas


To what extent is gifting a DNA test also a present for law enforcement?

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-22:14:6:1




Once, America Had Its Own Parrot


The Carolina parakeet was beautiful, and doomed. What could have driven it to extinction?

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-20:14:6:1




World's oldest fossil trees uncovered in New York


Fossil trees, dating back 386 million years, have been found at an abandoned quarry in New York.

From the BBC News-2019-12-19:14:6:1




DNA from Stone Age woman obtained 6,000 years on


Ancient DNA extracted from a tooth print in ancient "chewing gum" reveals new clues about our ancestors.

From the BBC News-2019-12-17:14:6:1




Humans 'sole culprits' in US parrot extinction


A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.

From the BBC News-2019-12-12:20:6:1




The Case of a Man With Two Sets of DNA Raises More Questions


A crime lab studied a patient's response to a bone marrow transplant. Readers requested more information about the perplexing findings.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-12:14:6:2




DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan


Scientists calculate the lifespans of long-lost species, including ancient human relatives.

From the BBC News-2019-12-12:14:6:1




When a DNA Test Says You're a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away


After a bone marrow transplant, a man with leukemia found that his donor's DNA traveled to unexpected parts of his body. A crime lab is now studying the case.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-7:14:6:1




Genetics can play key role in saving trees


Tree conservation strategies based on genetic data are best suited for landscapes affected by a rapidly changing climate, a study suggests.

From the BBC News-2019-12-5:14:6:1




Why the Great Auk Is Gone for Good


New research finds that the extinction of this flightless bird was completely our fault.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-4:14:6:1




China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West


Beijing's pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-3:8:5:1




Was This 18,000-Year-Old Siberian Puppy a Dog or a Wolf?


The animal was buried in a lump of frozen mud in Russia, its fur, whiskers and body fully intact. Scientists are studying its DNA to understand whether it is a dog or a wolf.

From the NYTimes News-2019-12-2:20:6:1




Is This the First Fossil of an Embryo?


Mysterious 609-million-year-old balls of cells may be the oldest animal embryos - or something else entirely.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-27:14:6:1




Great auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird


Extinction reconstruction with ancient DNA reveals humans were responsible for the demise of the giant, flightless great auk.

From the BBC News-2019-11-27:8:5:1




Dinosaurs: Restoring Mongolia's fossil heritage


The Gobi Desert produces stunning fossils but many Mongolians never get the chance to see them.

From the BBC News-2019-11-22:20:6:1




A third of tropical African plants face extinction


An assessment shows rapid loss of trees, shrubs and herbs in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania.

From the BBC News-2019-11-20:20:6:1




Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand Mysterious DNA Circles Common in Cancer Cells


For years, researchers weren't exactly sure what to make of these extra loops of genetic material . That's quickly changing.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-20:14:6:1




Fossils Provide Clues to When Snakes Still Had Use for a Pair of Legs


The discovery in Argentina will help to resolve mysteries over when snakes began their transition to their modern form.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-20:14:6:2




Will Science Ever Give Us a Better Night's Sleep?


Unraveling the mysteries of sleep might depend on studying the genes of people who don't get much.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-19:8:5:1




New hope for trees affected by ash dieback


A study identifies the genetics in ash trees that confers resistance to a deadly disease.

From the BBC News-2019-11-18:14:6:1




Millions of Ibises Were Mummified. But Where Did Ancient Egypt Get Them?


DNA analysis of the preserved birds found in many catacombs undercuts the explanation that there were large-scale ibis breeding farms.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-16:8:5:1




How Did Plants Conquer Land? These Humble Algae Hold Clues


Two algal species share important genes with all modern land plants, a new analysis finds.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-14:14:6:1




Secrets of the largest ape that ever lived


The fossilised tooth of a mysterious extinct ape is shedding new light on the evolution of great apes.

From the BBC News-2019-11-13:14:6:1




Some people 'genetically wired' to avoid some vegetables


An inherited gene makes certain healthy foods taste exceptionally bitter and unpleasant, according to researchers.

From the BBC News-2019-11-12:8:5:1




Norman Myers Dies at 85; Sounded Early Alarm on Environment


He lobbied governments and wrote books, papers and articles to alert the public to looming disasters like mass extinction well before they were common knowledge.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-8:20:6:1




Crispr Takes Its First Steps in Editing Genes to Fight Cancer


So far, a procedure that turbocharges the immune system to attack tumors seems safe, but it's too soon to tell whether it helps patients.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-6:14:6:2




'Astonishing' fossil ape discovery revealed


Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how walking on two feet evolved.

From the BBC News-2019-11-6:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: High Court rules London protest ban unlawful


Lawyers say police now face claims for false imprisonment from "potentially hundreds" of protesters.

From the BBC News-2019-11-6:8:5:1




'Game-Changer' Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database


Privacy experts say it could set a precedent, opening up all consumer DNA sites to law enforcement agencies across the country.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-5:20:6:2




Climate change alters Highland red deer gene pool


Scientists say they have seen "evolution in action" in the Highlands because of warmer temperatures.

From the BBC News-2019-11-5:20:6:1




Why Didn't She Get Alzheimer's? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease


Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease.

From the NYTimes News-2019-11-4:14:6:1




HMS Beagle: Dock where Darwin's ship 'was dismantled' revealed


Researchers use specialist technology to trace the outline on the mud flats of a river in Essex.

From the BBC News-2019-10-29:8:5:1




Is Crispr the Next Antibiotic?


In nature, the gene-editing tool Crispr protects bacteria against viruses. Now it's being harnessed in the fight against superbugs and the flu.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-28:14:6:1




Fossils Reveal the Epoch When Mammals Filled Dinosaurs' Void


An unusually rich trove found in Colorado shows the world in which our mammalian forebears evolved into larger creatures.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-24:14:6:1




Prime editing: DNA tool could correct 89% of genetic defects


New technology - called prime editing - is like a "genetic word processor" able to re-write DNA.

From the BBC News-2019-10-21:14:6:1




Trilobite Fossils Show Conga Line Frozen for 480 Million Years


The orderly collection of ancient arthropods suggests that complex social behavior goes way back in the history of life on Earth.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-17:14:6:2




Extinction Rebellion protesters dragged from Tube train roof


Extinction Rebellion says it will "take stock" of the reaction to the action for future protests.

From the BBC News-2019-10-17:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London despite ban


The group says it believes a police order banning further climate protests in London is unlawful.

From the BBC News-2019-10-15:8:5:1




This Fungus Mutates. That's Good News if You Like Cheese.


American scientists set out to simulate a fungus's evolution into the edible mold that makes French cheeses like Camembert.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-15:8:5:2




A Virus in Koala DNA Stirs the Genetic Pot


Many animals, including humans, have DNA left over from ancient viral infections. In koalas, researchers are studying the process in real time.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-10:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Flight delayed as activists vow to 'shut down' airport


Extinction Rebellion activists say they want to "shut down" London City Airport for three days.

From the BBC News-2019-10-10:8:5:1




Genome-edited bull passes hornless gene to calves


Researchers produce cattle that lack horns, meaning they cannot use them to injure other animals or humans.

From the BBC News-2019-10-7:14:6:1




Hampshire farmers join Extinction Rebellion climate protest


They want to highlight the fact they are one of the industries worst affected by climate change.

From the BBC News-2019-10-5:8:5:1




More than a quarter of UK mammals face extinction


A report on nature in the UK also shows 41% of species have experienced decline.

From the BBC News-2019-10-3:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion 'lose control of fake blood hose'


Climate change activists sprayed fake blood outside the Treasury - but the jet was too powerful.

From the BBC News-2019-10-3:8:5:1




These Butterflies Evolved to Eat Poison. How Could That Have Happened?


Scientists have unraveled the sequence of gene mutations that enabled the monarch butterfly to thrive on toxic milkweed.

From the NYTimes News-2019-10-2:14:6:1




Pine martens returned to Forest of Dean after facing extinction


A group of Scottish pine martens have been brought to the Forest of Dean and fitted with tracking collars.

From the BBC News-2019-10-1:8:5:2




Collecting polar bear footprints to map family trees


Scientists use new 'environmental DNA' technique to identify each polar bear and their relationship.

From the BBC News-2019-10-1:8:5:1




Joachim Messing, 73, Who Charted the DNA of Viruses and Plants, Dies


His "shotgun sequencing" helped decode genetic information faster, transforming agriculture, medicine and the basic sciences. One result: engineered corn.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-27:14:6:1




'Alarming' extinction threat to Europe's trees


Half of tree species found only on the European continent face extinction, including the conker tree.

From the BBC News-2019-9-27:8:5:1




What Whales and Dolphins Left Behind for Life in the Ocean


The ancestors of dolphins and whales survived in the seas by shedding genes involved in sleep, DNA repair and other seemingly critical activities.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-26:14:6:1




Giving birth two million years ago was 'relatively easy'


Why is human childbirth so long and difficult? Scientists may have the answer from studying fossils.

From the BBC News-2019-9-18:20:6:1




How to Cool a Planet With Extraterrestrial Dust


A study of fossil meteorites suggests that a distant asteroid collision once sent Earth into an ice age.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-18:14:6:1




Wild wheat genetics offer climate hope for food crops


Wild relatives of food crops, such as wheat, host an abundant array of genetic material to help the plants cope with a changing climate.

From the BBC News-2019-9-17:14:6:1




World's biggest amphibian 'discovered' in museum


DNA from historical museum specimens may help save the giant salamander from extinction in the wild.

From the BBC News-2019-9-17:8:5:1




Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers' Hair


Getting sufficient DNA out of a rootless hair has long been considered impossible. A scientist, better known for work with ancient fossils, has figured it out. It's a game-changer for crime and surveillance.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-16:20:6:1




Neanderthal Footprints Found in France Offer Clues to Group Behavior


The 80,000-year-old prints fill in gaps left by fossils and artifacts.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-12:20:6:1




Heathrow drone protest: Five arrested over planned disruption


The co-founder of activist group Extinction Rebellion is among those held in "pre-emptive" raids.

From the BBC News-2019-9-12:14:6:1




The day the dinosaurs' world fell apart


Scientists reconstruct the seconds, minutes and hours following the dino-killing asteroid impact.

From the BBC News-2019-9-11:8:5:1




Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer


By comparing fossils and CT scans, researchers say they have reconstructed the skull of the last common forebear of modern humans.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-11:8:5:2




Lasker Awards Honor Advances in Modern Immunology


The prizes recognized the discoverers of B and T lymphocytes, pioneers in genetic engineering to fight breast cancer, and a nonprofit that helps get vaccines to the world's poorest children.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-11:8:5:3




Loch Ness Monster may be a giant eel, say scientists


A DNA study rules out suggestions that "Nessie" is a prehistoric reptile or a shark.

From the BBC News-2019-9-5:8:5:1




A Creative Force in Understanding Genes


Dr. Heard grew up wanting to be a musician and is now an expert in epigenetics.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-5:8:5:2




Behold Mortichnia, the Death Trail of an Ancient Worm


A 500-million-year-old fossil offered a rare treasure: The imprint of an animal that literally died in its tracks.

From the NYTimes News-2019-9-4:14:6:1




Extinction Rebellion 'stemmed from failed bus lane protest'


One of the protest movement's founders says she was inspired after praying on a psychedelic retreat.

From the BBC News-2019-9-2:14:6:2




'Mission Jurassic' fossil dinosaur dig closes for winter


Three full truck loads of dinosaur fossils ship out as scientists end their excavation season.

From the BBC News-2019-9-2:14:6:1




Can Genetics Explain Why Some People Thrive on Less Sleep?


Several members of the same family get by on less than six hours of sleep a night. Their genetics could illuminate how sleep works for the rest of us.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-30:14:6:1




Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single 'Gay Gene'


The largest study of same-sex sexual behavior finds the genetics are complicated, and social and environmental factors are also key.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-29:20:6:1




'All bets now off' on which ape was humanity's ancestor


The discovery of an ancient skull in Ethiopia underlines the complexity in the evolution of humans.

From the BBC News-2019-8-28:14:6:1




Deformed Skulls Mark a Historic Migration Into Europe


Human remains found in Croatia with signs of artificial cranial deformation provide the earliest genetic evidence of the presence of people from East Asia in Europe.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-26:8:5:1




Extinction: Last chance to save 'rhinos of the oceans'


Sharks and rays pushed towards extinction by the shark fin trade are hot on the agenda at key wildlife talks.

From the BBC News-2019-8-24:8:5:1




Kenya northern white rhinos: Vets harvest eggs from last two females


It is hoped the unprecedented procedure will prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino.

From the BBC News-2019-8-24:8:5:2




Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.


Scores of children born through artificial insemination have learned from DNA tests that their biological fathers were the doctors who performed the procedure.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-21:14:6:2




The Mystery of the Himalayas' Skeleton Lake Just Got Weirder


Every summer, hundreds of ancient bones emerge from the ice. A new genetic study helps explain how they got there.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-21:14:6:1




Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation's Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95


Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-18:20:6:1




N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.


The city has 82,473 people in its database. Many of them have no idea their genetic information is there.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-15:20:6:3




Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear


The arrival of human ancestors in Europe spelled the downfall of the cave bear some 40,000 years ago.

From the BBC News-2019-8-15:20:6:1




Kary B. Mullis, 74, Dies; Found a Way to Analyze DNA and Won Nobel


His discovery created a new world of possibilities in diagnosing disease, unearthing the past and assisting in criminal cases, including O.J. Simpson's murder trial.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-15:20:6:2




This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.


The waterwheel lives a double life: facing extinction in its native habitat even as it creeps into places where it doesn't belong.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-13:8:5:1




Genome Study Reveals Clues to Komodo Dragon's Unique Abilities


A new study reveals evidence of a large number of mutations in important Komodo genes.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-9:14:6:1




What's wrong with buying a dinosaur?


There's a growing fashion for fossils, but some argue it is undermining scientific research.

From the BBC News-2019-8-8:8:5:1




Novartis C.E.O. Defends Company's Decision to Withhold False Data From the F.D.A.


Responding to the agency's stern rebuke, Vas Narasimhan, the company's executive, tried to reassure investors that Novartis did not intentionally deceive the F.D.A. while seeking approval for its $2.1 million gene therapy.

From the NYTimes News-2019-8-7:20:6:1




North Atlantic right whales in crisis - and the people risking lives to save them


Once hunted to near extinction, North Atlantic right whales are now facing new human threats.

From the BBC News-2019-8-2:20:6:2




Bid to better protect Scotland's 'Dinosaur Isle'


There are fears that Skye's fossils of creatures from more than 165 million years ago are threatened by irresponsible collectors.

From the BBC News-2019-8-2:20:6:1




Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA


Mr. Epstein, the accused sex trafficker, was fascinated by eugenics. He told scientists and others of his vision of using his New Mexico ranch to impregnate women.

From the NYTimes News-2019-7-31:20:6:1




Genetic testing: What secrets could it reveal about you?


Genome sequencing projects around the world are revealing promising new health insights.

From the BBC News-2019-7-30:8:5:1




Red List: Extinction threat to overlooked species


Fish, snails and fungi join a list of threatened species, as conservationists say small, slimy species have been overlooked.

From the BBC News-2019-7-18:8:5:1




Extinction Rebellion: Who are they and what are their aims?


The Extinction Rebellion group is holding climate protests across the UK.

From the BBC News-2019-7-16:8:5:1




A Skull Bone Discovered in Greece May Alter the Story of Human Prehistory


The bone, found in a cave, is the oldest modern human fossil ever discovered in Europe. It hints that humans began leaving Africa far earlier than once thought.

From the NYTimes News-2019-7-10:14:6:1




'Amazing' gene-silencing drugs reach NHS


Doctors say the drugs are making the "previously untreatable, treatable" and have huge potential.

From the BBC News-2019-7-9:14:6:1




DNA Begins to Unlock Secrets of the Ancient Philistines


Genetic analysis of remains from ruins in Israel hints at the origins of the Levantine people described in the Hebrew Bible.

From the NYTimes News-2019-7-3:20:6:1




New Weapons Against Cancer: Millions of Bacteria Programmed to Kill


Genetically modified microbes release "nanobodies" that alert the immune system to cancer in mice, scientists report.

From the NYTimes News-2019-7-3:14:6:1




'Friendly' bacteria could help save frogs from disease


A discovery by UK scientists could help save species such as the European common frog from extinction

From the BBC News-2019-6-22:8:5:1




DNA Microscope Sees 'Through the Eyes of the Cell'


A new imaging tool works more like Google Maps than a traditional microscope.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-20:20:6:1




Meet the Narluga, Hybrid Son of a Narwhal Mom and a Beluga Whale Dad


Its skull sat in a museum collection for decades before new technology unlocked its genetic secrets.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-20:14:6:1




Fossil proves hyenas once roamed Canada's Arctic Plains


A 50-year-old mystery has been solved by scientists who identified the teeth of ancient Arctic hyenas.

From the BBC News-2019-6-19:8:5:1




How an Arctic Hyena Was Found in Canada, Then Lost, Then Found Again


The discovery illustrates how museum collections may be filled with forgotten fossils that could expand knowledge of prehistory.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-18:20:6:1




Cuttlefish Arms Are Not So Different From Yours


Cephalopods, flies and even humans share genes needed to develop limbs, perhaps provided by a common ancestor.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-18:14:6:1




Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can't Resist? Thank Evolution


Dogs have a muscle that lets them make a face to melt a human's heart.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-17:20:6:1




Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future


Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-17:14:6:1




Using DNA to tailor medicine


Technology is making it possible to tailor treatments to ever smaller groups of patients.

From the BBC News-2019-6-17:8:5:1




Climate Change: Why are thousands of species facing extinction?


The Earth's biodiversity is decreasing at a faster rate than ever before. Why is this happening?

From the BBC News-2019-6-16:20:6:1




Dr. Henry Lynch, 91, Dies; Found Hereditary Link in Cancer


To a doubting medical world, he found compelling evidence that some cancers are passed along genetically. His work was ultimately widely embraced.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-13:20:6:1




Bermuda land snail: An animal 'back from the dead'


A remarkable story of how a snail was rescued from the edge of extinction and returned to the wild.

From the BBC News-2019-6-13:8:5:1




How to Protect Your DNA Data Before and After Taking an at-Home Test


Mail-in genetic tests offer a wealth of information about your ancestry and insight into medical risks - in exchange for a lot of data. Here's where that data goes, and how to delete it.

From the NYTimes News-2019-6-12:20:6:1




Plant extinction 'bad news for all species'


Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a study.

From the BBC News-2019-6-11:8:5:1




Grape expectations: DNA reveals history of vintage wine


The French were probably sipping wines we drink today 900 years ago, according to DNA from old grapes.

From the BBC News-2019-6-10:14:6:1