Scientists dive into the deep, dark heart of the human chromosome to see what's within. Their discovery included chunks of DNA from Neanderthals and a mystery human ancestor.
Ancient June 21, 2019
Researchers developed a CRISPR system that eliminated the need to cut the genome to insert new DNA sequences. Called CAST, the new system can enable safer and more accurate gene-editing.
Biotech June 15, 2019
Researchers found that the genome of the C. elegans, a worm used in many studies, is flawed. In a study, they described a single genetically clean strain where every individual is identical.
May 24, 2019
Researchers found a fast-evolving lineage of the yeast Hanseniaspora that has lost genes, including those that repair DNA and limit changes in the genome. They believe that the findings could offer insights that might help in the war against cancer.
Earth/Environment May 22, 2019
Researchers from Sweden and Britain found that a person's genetic makeup can highly influence whether they want a dog or not. The findings of the study can support why some people are more drawn to dogs than other pet companions.
Animals May 19, 2019
The fossil of a Denisovan jawbone found in a Tibetan cave may offer scientists clues as to what the mysterious ancient human species looked like. There is only one caveat: there were no preserved DNA in the jawbone.
Ancient May 2, 2019
Scientists have discovered a new form of technology that allowed them to study DNA more closely. Researchers from Bionano Genomics in San Diego called it nanochannel technology.
Biotech April 29, 2019
Scientists at Los Alamos National laboratory utilized the Trinity Supercomputer to create the first billion-atom biomolecular simulation. It's the sixth fastest computer in the entire world.
Biotech April 25, 2019
Bones found in mass burial pit in Lebanon offer glimpse of the lives of the Crusader soldiers. DNA analysis suggests some married local women and had families with them.
Ancient April 18, 2019
Researchers developed a new method in which the guide RNA is extended to it folds onto itself and create an unbreakable lock. Only the correct DNA sequence can unlock the guide RNA, reducing the risk of off-target activity.
April 17, 2019
A*Star, a research facility based in Singapore, confirmed that Dr. Sydney Brenner passed away in his sleep on Friday. The revered scientist made plenty of contributions to the fields of genetics and developmental biology.
April 6, 2019
The modern-day Iberia that is known today as Spain and Portugal is a melting pot of cultures. Thousands of years ago, the local men of the ancient Iberian Peninsula were mysteriously driven out of the genetic pool.
Ancient March 17, 2019
Researchers analyzed the DNA from ancient Iberian individuals to create the most extensive genetic record of the region to date. A paper revealed that the last hunter-gatherer group that survived in the region was more diverse than originally thought.
Ancient March 15, 2019
Twins from Brisbane, Australia have become the first-ever pair of semi-identical twins to be detected during pregnancy. The boy and girl, now 4 years old, are only the second case of semi-identical twins to be recorded in the world.
February 28, 2019
Researchers believe that the hachimoji DNA can help NASA's search for life outside of Earth. In a study, they presented an eight-nucleotide synthetic molecular system that can store and transmit genetic information of a potential extraterrestrial organism.
Space February 22, 2019
Researchers found that heavy drinkers have altered their DNA. They hope that the new findings could one day help develop a treatment for excessive drinking, which continues to kill millions around the world.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2019
James Watson, the scientist who co-discovered double helix structure of the DNA, has made several controversial statements about gender and race. The laboratory he once led is now stripping him of his titles for his repeated racist remarks.
Feature | Science January 14, 2019
Dr. James Watson got into trouble once again after he had reiterated comments widely regarded as racist. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in which he once served as a president, severed ties with the DNA scientist.
January 12, 2019
The accused Golden State Killer is cleared of involvement in a 1975 murder case. DNA profile from a sample taken from Donna Jo Richmond's body does not match Joseph DeAngelo's genetic profile.
Feature | Science January 10, 2019
The Chinese scientist who was instrumental to the birth of the world's first genetically edited babies has far worse predicament than earlier thought. He could face corruption and bribery charges, which are punishable by death in China.
Feature | Science January 7, 2019
A new study found that analysis of DNA from ancient Aboriginal Australian remains can be used to repatriate their bodies and bring them back to their original land. The study yielded a positive match in remains used.
Earth/Environment December 20, 2018
Xenothrix monkeys have gone extinct, but researchers were able to extract ancient DNA from remains in a cave in Jamaica. They found that titi monkeys are the closest surviving relatives of the ancient monkey species.
Ancient November 13, 2018
A gene mutation that took place millions of years ago had changed the way modern human ancestors lived. The same broken gene made mice run faster and for a longer period of time in a new experiment.
Ancient September 13, 2018
A fossil found in Russia proved that Neanderthals and Denisovans had intermingled and interbred tens of thousands of years ago before they went extinct. Neanderthals and Denisovans are the closest relatives of modern humans.
Ancient August 23, 2018
A large genetic study has identified 1,271 gene variants linked to a person's educational attainment. Researchers also developed a scoring system that can give a rough prediction of how educated a person is based on his or her DNA.
Feature | Science July 24, 2018
Experts raised concern that the DNA study of the Atacama mummy known as Ata is flawed and unethical. They said that the genetic study of the bizarre specimen should not have been conducted in the first place.
Feature | Science July 23, 2018
Scientists discovered a rare species of yeast that breaks what is supposed to be a universal DNA rule. The yeast was found to translate its genetic code randomly.
June 16, 2018
A new study says that a saliva test can determine which men are likely to develop prostate cancer. It is based on over 150 genetic variants, including 63 new ones.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 11, 2018
A new study discovered how the genetic makeup of Iceland evolved over the last 1,100 years. About 70 percent of the population of Iceland has Norse ancestry compared to 57 percent during the founding of Iceland.
Public Health May 31, 2018
A genetic study found a link between poor eyesight and better cognitive function. An older study also found an association between nearsightedness and tendency to attain a higher level of education.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 30, 2018
The latest research is debunking current knowledge about evolution. After studying 5 million genetic barcodes, scientists found 90 percent of species on Earth may have emerged around the same time as humans.
Animals May 30, 2018
Scientists are hopeful that they can find traces of the Loch Ness monster through eDNA sequencing. Sightings of Nessie, the monster of the Scottish lakes, were sporadic but the public’s interest remains high.
Animals May 25, 2018
An international team of scientists announced its plan to collect DNA remnants from Loch Ness, the United Kingdom’s largest freshwater body. The location became famous for the legendary sighting of the Loch Ness monster or Nessie.
Animals May 23, 2018
Scientists have turned to ancient DNA to retrace the history and origins of leprosy. In the biggest study to date, they found that both humans and squirrels may have played a role in the transmission of the disease in Europe.
Ancient May 11, 2018
The Golden State Killer committed numerous crimes including murder and rape in the 1970s and 1980s but evaded justice for many years. How did investigators pin him down using DNA left at crime scenes?
Feature | Science April 28, 2018
Some people regard depression as just a feeling that can be solved by positive thinking. As a new large-scale study proves, it ties in with our genetics.
Neuroscience April 27, 2018
The Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence genomes of all known life on Earth. The project, which will invoke the help of scientists in the global scale, is expected to cost billions of dollars and take a decade to finish.
Animals April 24, 2018
Scientists discovered a new type of DNA that provided new information on gene structure and function. I-motifs are a four-strand twisted knot that is not exactly the shape of the double helix.
Biotech April 24, 2018
Stars have DNA, which can help astronomers search for the sun's long-lost siblings. The GALAH survey matches the DNA between stars to find their missing brothers and sisters.
Space April 18, 2018
Lexus teased its brand new Genetic Select model with a short video demonstration. The new genetically-customized car can be started with a lick on the steering wheel.
Car Tech April 3, 2018
Direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits shouldn’t be treated as diagnostic tools. A new study claims to have found that these kits have a 40 percent false positive rate, indicating the importance of having raw DNA data properly analyzed by labs.
Public Health April 2, 2018
DNA analysis revealed that roaches have expanded set of genes that allow them to thrive in filthy environments and consume toxic food. These genes also include those that allow these bugs to regrow broken limbs.
Animals March 21, 2018
A man was caught and found guilty of rape over 30 years later after getting arrested for something unrelated to the crime he committed. He urinated into his neighbor's plant, which led to his arrest and the revealing DNA test.
Viral March 20, 2018
NASA revealed preliminary findings that confirm recent stories that Scott Kelly's genes have changed after being in space for a year. Scott Kelly's identical twin brother now has different genes than him.
Space March 15, 2018
A new research sheds some light on why certain people seem to have more empathy than others. Could it be because of differences in genetics?
Healthy Living/Wellness March 13, 2018