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Ancient DNA Reveals Gene Pool Of Men In Spain Was Nearly Wiped Out During The Bronze Age

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

Fossils From Hunter-Gatherers Shed New Light On Genetic History Of The Iberian Peninsula

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

Researchers Marvel At Twins With Semi-Identical DNA

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

Scientists Synthesize Artificial DNA With 4 New Nucleobases

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

Indulging In Alcohol Can Trigger DNA Change That Leads To Craving Even More Alcohol

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

Repeated Racist Remarks Prompt Lab To Cut Ties With James Watson, Scientist Who Co-Discovered DNA Double Helix

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

Nobel Laureate James Watson Stripped Of Several Honorary Titles

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

DNA Evidence Clears Accused Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo Of 1975 Murder

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

Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Who Created World's First CRISPR Babies May Face Death Penalty

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

DNA Study May Help Return Remains Of Aboriginal Australians Sold To Museums To Home Soil

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

DNA Analysis Unravels The History Of Mysterious Extinct Monkey Species Unlike Any Living Monkey

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

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

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