A crowd-funded new study sequenced the whole genome of one of the internet's most famous cats, Lil Bub. Researchers found that the furry celebrity owes its unique traits to two surprising mutations.
Animals February 27, 2019
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 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
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
Using genome sequencing, scientists have identified various genetic factors that give seahorses their unique body structure. These include genes that allow males to carry and give birth to their offspring in their brood pouch.
Animals December 15, 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
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
Genome analysis revealed a gene in carrots responsible for its orange color. This gene could be key to improving the nutritional content of the vegetable and other crops.
Feature | Science May 10, 2016
AstraZeneca will work with biotechnologist Craig Venter and other companies to incorporate genomics in drug research and development. The bold move is aimed at searching for new medicines that uses the advanced technology of genome sequencing.
Medicine April 22, 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
By grabbing DNA from other organisms, the creatures, also known as tardigrades, have adapted to extreme environments, scientists find. The tiny animals can survive extremes of temperature, dryness and even the vacuum of outer space.
November 25, 2015
Researchers found that humans share more genes with a slimy seabed worm, compared to any other animals. In a new study, acorn worms were found to have 70 percent of human genes, making the two species 'distant cousins.'
Animals November 19, 2015
Scientists from the University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University found genetic evidence that can help reveal the secret to the ancestry of early Europeans. This "fourth strand" was uncovered after sequencing the genome of 13,000-year-old human remains.
November 18, 2015
Researchers found that the mating strategies of wading birds are influenced by a supergene. The gene either triggers the birds to either be territorial, invasive or even turn into a 'cross-dresser' to get the females.
Animals November 17, 2015
An international team of researchers has traced cases of scarlet disease outbreaks in parts of the United Kingdom and Asia in the past five years. The illness, which is known to mostly affect children between the ages of eight and 12, has largely been eliminated from the world for 100 years.
Life November 5, 2015
Researchers were able to identify the genetic traits that allow pineapples to thrive in environments with limited water. Unlocking the secret to this ability can help scientists make other food crops become more adaptable to changes in the climate.
Animals November 3, 2015
A coalition of scientists called the Unified Microbiome Initiative Consortium has urged the U.S. government to create a national initiative that will provide support for experts working in the field of microbiome research. The group believes such a program would result in various scientific advances that would benefit mankind.
October 29, 2015
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
Scientists at the University of Cambridge sequenced a 4,500-year-old genome in order to find out more information on a large migration of Wester Eurasians into the African continent that occurred around 3,000 years ago.
Animals October 9, 2015
Whole exome sequencing, which is valuable in detecting disease-causing mutations in humans, is now being offered by Craig Venter to clients for a low cost. Through the collaboration of Venter's company with a South-African insurance firm, clients may now avail of this typically high-cost service at a much cheaper price.
Life September 24, 2015
DNA analysis of ancient skeletons sheds light on the early history of the Basque people. The findings also overturn the theory that this group of people was isolated for 10,000 years.
Life September 8, 2015
Having to survive in the dark, New Zealand kiwis adapted, subbing out the development of certain genes related to sight and enhancing others more useful to nocturnal living.
Earth/Environment July 26, 2015
A supercomputer will examine a cancer patient's DNA to select the best personalized treatment plan to battle their particular cancer. IBM says 14 U.S. cancer treatment centers will take part in an initial partnership.
Life May 5, 2015
Research on human embryo editing faces a lot of criticism. Many scientists believe that such studies are unethical.
Life April 24, 2015
A genetic study of the Icelandic population yields clues to the genetic basis of many diseases, researchers say. Both mutations and knockouts - genes that have stopped working entirely - are studied for their effect on human health.
March 25, 2015
Mammalian species are so diverse, but they share some common genes and a common ancestor.
Earth/Environment February 3, 2015
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
Scientist combine efforts in giant genome investigation of world's bird species. Findings create most detailed family tree of birds from the time of the dinosaurs to the present, researchers say.
Animals December 11, 2014
Genetic data from the centipede shows how it evolved from its original habitat in the sea to its current underground home. The study also found that the arthropod lacks genes that help detect light.
Earth/Environment November 28, 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
A tapeworm which lived in the brain of a man for four years has been removed, and the genetic code sequenced. What did researchers find?
Healthy Living/Wellness November 21, 2014
A DNA analysis of the thigh bone of an Ust'-Ishim man revealed that modern humans and Neanderthals interbred during the Initial Upper Palaeolithic period, the age associated with the emergence of artwork, musical instruments and jewelry.
Animals October 23, 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
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
Stripped-down genome of Antarctic insect, smallest of any creature, may be a response to its extreme environment. Frozen as larvae, they emerge to an adult lifespan of just a week.
Animals August 12, 2014
Researchers have apparently found the reason why people tend to be attracted to individuals who share similar physical traits, interests and personalities with them and the genes have something to do with this.
Life May 20, 2014
Craig Venter says cancer is "one of the most actionable areas right now."
Life March 4, 2014
Richard III, who ruled England in the late 15th century, will be the first historical figure to have his DNA completely sequenced. What will this be able to teach historians, and, more importantly, what does William Shakespeare have to do with DNA?
Animals February 12, 2014
The genome of hookworm has been decoded and experts are hoping that the sequenced genome will help provide clues to more efficient treatment methods.
Life January 21, 2014
HiSeq X Ten, a new genome sequencing machine lowers the cost of the sequencing process to $1,000. The new technique could bring about a new revolution in the health industry.
Life January 18, 2014
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