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One Specific Gene Mutation Helped Turn Humans Into Excellent Long-Distance Runners

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

Ancient Fossil Had Mixed Parentage: Neanderthal Mom And Denisovan Dad

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

Genetic Study Involving 1.1 Million Participants Finds Genes Play Role In Educational Attainment

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 Say DNA Study Of Atacama 'Alien' Mummy Is Flawed And Unethical

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

Tiny One-Celled Microbe Breaks DNA Rule All Other Life Forms Follow

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 $100 Saliva Test Can Accurately Predict The Top 10 Percent Of Men Who Will Get Prostate Cancer

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

Researchers Studied 25 Ancient Skulls To Discover How Iceland's Genetics Evolved Over 1,100 Years

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

People Who Wear Glasses Are Indeed More Intelligent, Genetic Study Reveals

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

Massive Genetic Study Reveals 90 Percent Of Earth’s Animals Appeared At The Same Time

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

DNA May Finally Confirm If Loch Ness Monster Is Real: Earlier Evidences That Legendary Beast Is Real

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

Scientists To Collect Possible DNA Evidence Of The Loch Ness Monster

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

New Study Suggests Leprosy Began To Spread From Europe To The World

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

DNA At Crime Scenes Led To Capture Of 'Golden State Killer'

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

Scientists Identify 44 Genetic Risks For Depression, And Everyone Carries At Least Some Of Them

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

Scientists Are Proposing To Sequence DNA Of All Life On Earth As Part Of BioGenome Project

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 Discover New Type Of Human DNA That Defies The Science Of Double Helix

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

Milky Way Stars's DNA May Help Astronomers Find Sun's Siblings

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

April Fool's Lexus Genetic Select Lets You Start Your Car By Licking The Steering Wheel

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

Up To 40 Percent Of Direct-To-Consumer DNA Tests Are Wrong

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

Cockroach DNA Reveals Why These Household Pests Are Hard To Kill

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

30 Years Later: Rapist Caught By DNA Test After Peeing Into Neighbor’s Potted Plant

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 Confirms Scott Kelly's Genes Have Been Altered By Space Travel

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

Your Genes Might Explain Why You Have A Great Deal Of Empathy

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

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Was Altered In Space: How Did That Even Happen?

Scott Kelly’s DNA did indeed change after staying in the International Space Station for a long time. What are the factors that contribute to such changes?

Space March 11, 2018

Here’s Why Elephants Don't Get Cancer, According To A New Study

It’s an astonishing fact that elephants, one of the biggest mammals in the world, don’t get cancer. So a team of researchers looked into that and found an interesting discovery.

Animals March 8, 2018

Your DNA Has No Relation To Your Weight Loss Diet, New Study Says

Stanford University researchers wanted to know whether a person’s DNA ultimately affects how efficiently they lose weight when given the right type of diet. The result? Turns out DNA might be irrelevant.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2018

Pocket-Sized Device Could Make Genome Sequencing Cheaper And Faster

The mobile phone-sized device called MinION sequenced a complete human genome ever mapped using a single technology. What are its potential applications in the field of medicine?

Medicine January 30, 2018

Google Doodle Celebrates 96th Birthday Of Har Gobind Khorana, A Nobel Prize-Winning Biochemist

Google Doodle is celebrating the 96th birthday of the biochemist Har Gobind Khorana. The Indian-American won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work in DNA research.

January 10, 2018

CRISPR Gene Editing Tools May Not Work On Most Humans

CRISPR has been touted as the next step for human evolution, but a new paper may cast doubt on its effectiveness. Due to immune responses, the gene editing tool may not work on most humans.

Biotech January 9, 2018

Alcohol Consumption Increases Cancer Risks, Damages DNA: Study

Yet another study was able to link alcohol consumption to cancer. Apparently, drinking alcoholic beverages causes some level of DNA damage in stem cells, increasing cancer risks.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 4, 2018

Ancient DNA Of Baby Girl Unearthed In Alaska Provides Glimpse Into First Native Americans

DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.

Ancient January 4, 2018

New Editing Technique Could Life-Saving Treatment For Thousands Of Diseases

Harvard University scientists have come up with two breakthrough finds using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The techniques can be used in the future for curing or treating various diseases.

Biotech October 27, 2017

DNA Confirms Female Viking Warrior Buried In Sweden Grave

DNA tests offer the first evidence that female Viking warriors did exist. The Viking warrior buried in a Sweden grave was a high-ranking officer with knowledge of tactics and strategy.

Ancient September 11, 2017

Hackers Infect Computer With Malware Encoded In Strand Of DNA: Should We All Panic?

A team of biologists and security researchers used DNA encoded with malware to compromise a computer. Should we all panic now that hackers are moving from exploiting computers to exploiting the human body?

Security August 11, 2017

Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study

Researchers find that mindfulness activities such as yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi can steer our DNA to react differently toward stress-inducing experiences. The reversed reaction to stress could lead to better physical and mental health.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 17, 2017

Small Study Finds Fatal Flaw In Gene Editing Tool CRISPR

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique may lead to unwanted genetic mutations, warns a new study. Researchers sequenced the whole genome of mice previously treated with CRISPR gene editing for genetic blindness and found it caused unpredicted changes in their DNA.

Biotech May 31, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

How New Technology Reveals Early Human DNA Without Skeletal Remains

Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.

Ancient May 1, 2017

Neanderthal And Denisovan DNA Detected In Cave Even Without Bones

The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?

Ancient April 28, 2017

Fountain Of Youth May Be Hiding Within Human Body: Blood From Babies' Umbilical Cord Reversed Aging In Mice

New evidence suggesting overall improvement in memory and cognitive function through cellular infusion shows promising results in age reversal. Human DNA and cell analyses pave the way to unlock the fountain of youth.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 22, 2017

What Makes The Octopus Intelligent? Answer Could Be Cephalopod's Ability To Rewrite RNA

The octopus has the unique ability to edit its own RNA. Can this explain why the cephalopod is intelligent enough to solve complex puzzles and escape from aquariums?

Animals April 9, 2017

FDA OKs 23andMe At-Home Genetic Test Predicting Risk Of 10 Diseases

The U.S Food and Drug Administration granted permission to DNA company 23andMe to market personal genetic tests for 10 diseases. It will help consumers know genetic markers in advance and take precautions.

Medicine April 7, 2017

Here’s How Doctors Successfully Created First ‘Three-Parent’ Baby

The birth of a three-parent baby in Mexico was a big news, but the project had many risks. According to the details published by the doctors, the process involved in vitro fertilization (IVF) and mitochondrial replacement therapy.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Random Unlucky DNA Mutations Cause Cancer More Than Other Factors But There Are Ways To Lower Your Risk

Simple random errors during cell division cause 66 percent of cancerous mutations, versus lower numbers for environmental and lifestyle factors. But it's not just a case of bad luck: Cancer and lifestyle still have strong links to focus on.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2017

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead To Development Of Drug That Fights Off Aging And Radiation Damage

Science has always been keen on reversing the aging process. Researchers may have finally found the key in human DNA that could speed up the development of anti-aging drugs.

Medicine March 26, 2017

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