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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

Scientists Code GIF Image Into DNA Of Bacteria: Here's How They Did It

Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.

Material Science July 13, 2017

66 Percent Of Cancers Triggered By Unpredictable DNA Glitch, Research Says

Apparently, even the healthiest person is not spared from cancer. This is what a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center suggest.

Medicine March 24, 2017

Scientists Create 5 New Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes: Are We Closer To Creating ‘Designer’ Organisms?

An international team announced that they have constructed and integrated five new synthetic chromosomes into baker's yeast. Here are the next steps and prospects toward creating "designer" organisms in the future.

Biotech March 10, 2017

Huge Leap Forward In Understanding Autism: 18 New Genes Identified

Extensive DNA scan reveals additional 18 genes associated with autism. Study shows genetic mutations differ for each affected individual, offering a deeper comprehension of the autism spectrum.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Ancient Chaco Canyon Society May Have Been Dominated By Maternal Dynasties

Power in ancient Chaco Canyon society may have been passed down from women to women, based on genetic data, a new study revealed. A burial site at the heart of Chaco Canyon provided clues that point to a matrilineal society.

Ancient February 23, 2017

4-Billion-Year-Old Organism Named Luca May Be The Last Common Ancestor Of All Living Things

The single-celled organism known as LUCA is the common ancestor of bacteria and archaea. Genetic analysis revealed it thrived in hot and non-oxygenated environment and consumed hydrogen gas.

Animals July 26, 2016

First Virus-Hunter In Space To Test DNA Sequencing Device At The ISS

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will use a pocket-sized DNA sequencer to study a virus, bacteria and mice genome in space. What are the objectives of the experiments?

Space July 18, 2016

DNA Sequencing Proves Aboriginal People As Australians

New DNA evidence suggests that Aboriginal Australians were in fact the original inhabitants of Australia. This runs contrary to an earlier assumption that a different group of ancient humans lived on the continent but was only displaced by Aboriginal people.

Ancient June 7, 2016

How Close Are We To An Entirely Synthetic Human?

Genetic technology is making the sequencing and development of DNA cheaper, faster and easier. How long will it be before artificial human beings are walking the Earth?

Biotech May 15, 2016

New Blood Test Detects Multiple Diseases Using DNA

A blood test still in its early stages is poised to detect a range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. It is based on next-generation DNA sequencing, using signatures of DNA coming from dying cells.

Life March 17, 2016

DNA Sequencing Firm Illumina Wants To Fight Cancer With Grail, A 'Liquid Biopsy' To Detect Cancer

San Diego-based DNA sequencing company Illumina plans to build startup Grail to offer liquid biopsy to the market. This cancer blood test is promoted by CEO Jay Flatley as the "turning point" in the war on cancer.

Life January 11, 2016

Black Widow Spider Webs Reveal Genetic Secrets Of Spiders And Their Prey

Researchers collected genetic material from black widow spiders and their prey by studying spiderwebs. The scientists highlighted the greater benefits and ease of genetic sequencing using this method compared with traditional sampling methods.

Animals November 27, 2015

Almost-Human DNA Found In A Super Old Tooth

The fossilized molar belongs to a Denisovan, a sister group to the Neanderthals.

Animals November 19, 2015

DNA Sequencing Reveals Parasite Myxozoan Could Be A Tiny Jellyfish

A new study revealed that the Myxozoa are actually tiny jellyfish that went through degeneration. Scientists said the discovery could change the way we understand the evolution of animals.

Animals November 19, 2015

DNA Reveals 'Fourth Strand' Of European Ancestry In Ancient Tribe, Researchers Say

Genetic study shows ancient populations of hunter-gatherers sheltering in the Caucasus Mountains during the ice age contributed to a significant portion of the genome of modern Europeans. The discovery rounds out our knowledge of European ancestry, researchers say.

November 16, 2015

DNA Of Mummified Inca Boy Reveals How Humans Spread To South America

A team of scientists recently sequenced the DNA of a mummified Inca boy who lived 500 years ago. Their research revealed how ancient humans migrated to South America.

November 13, 2015

You Can Sequence Your Own DNA Using The MinION Handheld Device

A device called the MinION has been released that is aimed at helping people like doctors be able to much more easily scan and sequence DNA samples. The device, does, however, come with a $1,000 price tag.

Gadgets November 5, 2015

Researchers Figure Out How To Sequence DNA In Space

As humans continue to venture into space, there may soon come a time where they will need to be able to sequence DNA in zero gravity. This was impossible until recently, as researchers have tested two methods to do so.

Space October 16, 2015

DNA From 4,500-Year-Old Ethiopian Skull Prompts Scientists To Rethink History Of Human Migration In Africa

Ancient DNA from a skull found in the Ethiopian highlands has shed light on early Africans, providing new clues on two mass migrations. The reasons for returning to Africa are yet to be explained.

Animals October 12, 2015

Genomics Industry Generating Huge Amounts Of Data Due To DNA Sequencing

Researchers compared data that has been gathered, stored and distributed by some of the biggest players in the world of Big Data, and found genomics to be at the top of the list.

July 9, 2015

Google Genomics Partners With Broad Institute To Offer Genome Analysis Toolkit On Cloud Platform

Google has teamed up with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to offer valuable solutions for storing, analyzing, and managing genomic sequencing data. This partnership brings a Genome Analysis Toolkit to Google Cloud Platform, as part of Google Genomics.

Business June 24, 2015

Madagascar Chameleon Turns Out To Be 11 Distinct Species Says DNA Study

Scientists from the University of Geneva in Switzerland have discovered that Madagascar's panther chameleons are actually a collection of eleven distinct species.

Earth/Environment May 26, 2015

Most Men In Europe Are Descended From Just A Small Handful Of Bronze Age Ancestors: Study

Two out of three men living in Europe can trace their ancestry to just three paternal lineages from thousands of years in the past, researchers say. That means just three individuals may have been the direct ancestors of a majority of European men today, they suggest.

May 19, 2015

Doctors Basing Cancer Treatments On Genomic Tests May End Up Prescribing Ineffective Drugs, Study Suggests

Genetic sequencing of a cancer patient's tumors without comparing it to their normal tissues can lead to misdirected treatment, researchers suggest. Not all mutations seen in a tumor are necessarily driving the cancer, they say.

Life April 15, 2015

Scientists May Be Inching Closer And Closer To Resurrecting Woolly Mammoth

Scientists at the Harvard Universty are a step closer in bringing back to life the woolly mammoth. The last species of the woolly mammoth is believed to have become extinct about 4,000 years ago.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2015

First Human Epigenome Map Will Help Fight Disease

Scientists create map of human epigenomes, the "instructions" that tell cells how to become specific in type and function. Map will help understand what happens when those changes go wrong, scientists say.

February 19, 2015

Obama's 'Precision Medicine' Begins Genetic Mapping, But Faces Some Obstacles

Precision medicine could bring about a new generation of medical treatments. What needs to happen to develop these new drugs?

Life January 28, 2015

UK Scientists to Sequence 100,000 Genomes to Cure Diseases

The 100,000 Genomes Project seeks to create a massive database of the human genetic code. What do researchers hope to find?

Life December 22, 2014

Current Gene-Mutation Screening Misses Cancer

Genetic screening for cancer, based solely on family history, may not be enough for people in high-risk populations, such as Ashkenazi Jews, a new report states.

Life December 1, 2014

Scientists bring a virus back to life from old poo

Ancient plant virus resurrected from caribou poo frozen for centuries in Arctic ice. Finding raises possibility ancient viruses still capable of infection might come back to life.

Animals October 29, 2014

DNA found in early modern human fossil shows evidence of interbreeding with Neanderthals

Timing and location of interbreeding between early modern humans and Neanderthals shows up in DNA analysis. Evidence suggests it occurred between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.

Animals October 22, 2014

Healthy humans are a favorite host for viruses

Viruses live in and on our bodies always, even if we're healthy. The average person has around five viruses as company, researchers say.

Life September 17, 2014

Scientists perform DNA sequencing during expedition at sea

A groundbreaking effort to carry a DNA sequencer onboard a ship for use after underwater research was made possible by a team of researchers from San Diego State University.

Earth/Environment August 20, 2014

Only 8.2 percent of our DNA actually does anything, Oxford study says

Only small percentage of our genome does the vital work of keeping us functioning, study suggests. The rest, genetically speaking, can be though of as "junk" DNA.

July 25, 2014

Y chromosome study suggests men aren't going to become extinct anytime soon

Evolution has stripped large numbers of genes off the Y male sex chromosome. But that doesn't mean men will become an endangered species.

April 28, 2014

Scientists doubt that the blood in gourd came from beheaded French King Louis XVI

Bloodstains on bloody relic of the French Revolution not those of King Louis XVI, DNA shows. Scientists suspect relic was faked to make money.

Animals April 26, 2014

Creation of synthetic yeast chromosome hailed as scientific breakthrough

Genetic code has been created step-by-step for the first time. But why could yeast change the future of medicine and energy?

March 28, 2014

Why did the chicken cross the Pacific? Answer lies in the bones

Chicken DNA reveals the history of one of the last great migrations of people to virgin lands on Earth. It also raises at least one big question.

Animals March 18, 2014

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