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
Is this the next step for artificial life? By streamlining and rebuilding the E. coli genetic code, scientists have created the first-ever organism with a genome that is completely human-made.
Biotech May 18, 2019
Researchers found that the majority of participants in genomic studies of human diseases are of European descent, ignoring the diverse populations around the world. They argued that this might exacerbate health inequalities and even harm the public.
Public Health March 23, 2019
Scientists have decoded the entire great white shark genome, a groundbreaking step in the field of marine science. Analysis showed that huge-bodied sharks do not acquire cancer as frequently as humans or other animal species.
Animals February 19, 2019
Marine scientists have discovered that certain species of whales are outsiders to the rorquals, the biggest group of whales in the ocean. Genome analysis revealed how whales have evolved and mated across neighboring species.
Animals April 10, 2018
Five new ancient genomes of Neanderthal tribes have been sequenced, giving scientists a new picture of their final days. It could also show more Neanderthal DNA in humans.
Ancient March 23, 2018
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
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
ZeitZeiger, a computer method developed at Vanderbilt University, uses blood samples to measure the circadian time of the body. This method can eventually be used to personalize treatments for sleep-related disorders.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 28, 2017
By aligning both natural and man-made bases in the genetic code of single-celled bacteria, biologists at the Scripps Research Institute led by Floyd Romesberg developed the first ever stable semi-synthetic organism.
Biotech January 26, 2017
A group of government-funded researchers and clinical geneticists are exploring the pros and cons of possibly using genome sequencing techniques in newborn screenings in the future.
Medicine January 21, 2017
For the first time, the genome of Ash tree has been decoded by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London. The results have indicated that Ash trees in Britain carry a higher resistance to the fungal disease, Ash Dieback.
Earth/Environment January 1, 2017
How did ancient humans go on to disperse the population in different regions over thousands of years? A new study seeks to find a possible explanation.
Ancient September 22, 2016
A certain gene variant may be to blame for your addiction to coffee, a new study suggests. Researchers found that those without this gene variant tend to drink more cups of Joe than others.
August 25, 2016
Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016
The tobacco hornworm is a caterpillar known for eating too much before turning into the Carolina sphinx moth. In a new study, researchers successfully sequenced the genome of this hungry caterpillar.
Animals August 15, 2016
A synthetic human genome project is on its way as scientists unveil their plans to help in human health and agricultural sectors in the most ethical way possible.
Biotech June 3, 2016
Scientists held a secret meeting to discuss the possible creation of synthetic human genomes from scratch. Such technology may pave the way for modifying human embryos and creating humans without biological parents.
Biotech May 16, 2016
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
A new sequencing technique allows scientists to carefully study the genome of lowland gorillas like never before possible. How can this study assist knowledge of our own species?
Animals March 31, 2016
Scientists have unveiled the genetic secrets of tick species that spread Lyme disease. The research could pave way for methods that can help control these bloodsucking creatures.
Life February 10, 2016
Genome sequencing of ancient Irish humans revealed new information about the people, including their Middle East ancestry. The study testified to the vital role of migration to the holistic development of the Ireland.
Animals December 29, 2015
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
In a recent discussion with Google Ventures' CEO Bill Maris, entrepreneur and XPrize founder Peter Diamandis claimed that we have the technology to be able to predict what a person will look like based on their genome.
October 21, 2015
Traces of DNA from a 4,500-year-old skeleton that scientists have named Mota might be the key to figuring out the history of humanoid migratory patterns — and how civilization became what it is today.
Animals October 9, 2015
DARPA confirms that it has granted a five-year $32 million contract to the Foundry in a move to support the facility’s projects on genetic engineering.
Society September 26, 2015
For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the octopus genome. Within these biological blueprints, they found clues about how these cephalopods became so incredibly intelligent.
August 12, 2015
Genome engineering could be used to prevent genetic diseases, but could also be used to custom design babies, but is the practice ethical? A group of researchers is now calling for a halt to the practice until that question can be addressed.
Life March 20, 2015
Genomes of humans and other animals contain genes from other species, including bacteria. How could this rewrite the laws of evolution?
March 13, 2015
Scientists identify some genes involved in the formation of long-term memories. Finding may help discover why loss of long-term memories often occurs in old age, researchers say.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 23, 2015
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
Mankind altered the horse genome, not always for the better, during the animals' domestication. Study of ancient horse DNA shows the changes humanity wrought.
December 16, 2014
Centipedes have more legs than we do but fewer genes, researchers say. The genes that aren't there are more interesting than those that are, they find.
November 26, 2014
Although Google announced Google Genomics earlier this year, the program is now making progress as a cloud computing service for storing human genome information. The company will charge $25 per genome stored in its cloud.
Internet Culture November 7, 2014
The primate genome has been the scene of a long battle between proteins and genes. This struggle has shaped the evolution of humans for millions of years.
September 30, 2014
New study suggests that the mental disorder schizophrenia is not a single disease. It is actually a group of eight genetic disorders that individually has its own distinct symptoms.
Life September 16, 2014
Gibbons have "scrambled" DNA in the genomes that may yield clues to their evolutionary history. The research could also yield insights into human diseases such as cancer, researchers say.
Animals September 11, 2014
Sequencing the coffee genome yields some surprises about caffeine. Evolution of the chemical that gives us our morning lift is at last understood.
September 8, 2014
Scientists have sequenced the coffee genome for robusta coffee, and the findings were recently released in a report in the journal 'Science.' Now that scientists have made this discovery, what can they do with it?
Internet Culture September 5, 2014
We love coffee for its caffeine, but what benefit to the coffee plant would make it evolve the ability to create it, researchers ask. Newly sequenced genome of coffee offers some possible answers, they say.
Animals September 4, 2014
A few subtle shifts in the genome of wild rabbits created today's beloved pet rabbits, researchers find. Genetic variations helped turn skittish animals into contented lap-sitters.
Animals August 31, 2014
Worms, flies and humans may be three very different and distance species but findings of a new study reveals that they share a lot of gene expression patterns, which indicate a shared ancestry.
August 30, 2014
Genetic studies of fruit flies and roundworms could yield insights into human disease, researchers say. Despite being dissimilar species, there are similarities in genomes, they say.
Animals August 28, 2014
Researchers have found that the tiny Antarctic midge has genome, which is even smaller than a body louse. The larval stage of the Antarctic midge lasts for about two years.
Animals August 14, 2014
The hardy Antarctic midge has the smallest genome ever sequenced, which may be a response to frigid conditions.
August 13, 2014
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