Water sampling for eDNA analysis.
Photograph credit: Katrina West.
DNA sequencing means a scientist can take a bucket of seawater and ID every fish in the area. Now we need a universal 'biobank' of samples to make a truly powerful environment monitoring tool.
New research could allow us greater control over what happens to genetically modified organisms once they're in the wild.
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Separating children from their parents is not just a psychological stress, it's a DNA stress. Scientific research shows that early life stress may have irreversible effects on how DNA works in the cells of the body.
Lifting fingermarks from a crime scene often destroys the DNA they can contain.
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Car parks seem to be intersecting with English history quite a bit lately.
Resurrecting dinosaurs might not be so easy.
Jurassic Park's dinosaur DNA premise is not so simple in real life
Genetics is influencing more and more of our decisions, but we can't make the right choices if we don't understand it.
Reading over the consent form.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.
Sunset looking across Port Warrender to the Mitchell Plateau on the Kimberley coast. It is in Wunambal Gaambera country.
Mark Jones Films (with permission)
The first people to make it to Australia could have navigated their way by sea crossing, reaching the north-west coastline of the island continent more than 50,000 years ago.
It all begins with spitting in a tube like this one.
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More people are sending off saliva samples to find out about their genetic roots. But the raw DNA results go way beyond genealogical data – and could deliver unintended consequences.
Imagine using synthetic DNA as a sensor recording device.
One way to make sensors small is to make them out of something that's incredibly small in the first place, such as DNA.
Most of our genes descend directly from the last common ancestor of animals.
The science of DNA facial reconstruction is advancing rapidly.
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Our ability to reconstruct physical features from DNA is advancing, but can we ensure the privacy of "anonymised" genetic data if we can predict the face of its owner?
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world.
Julio C. Valencia, NCI Center for Cancer Research
Synthetic biology allows us to engineer biological cells. This could help us tackle cancer in remarkable ways.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970s and ‘80s, during his arraignment on April 27, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.
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A public genealogy data base was used to track down the so-called "Golden State Killer," raising concerns about the privacy of using public sites to fill out our family trees.
Life over the microscope.
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It's 65 years since the structure of DNA was first published, but the woman who made that possible remains unknown to many people.
Naloxone is often used to revive people overdosing from opioids.
Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?
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New research shows just 1% of E. coli bacteria's genetic mutations are lethal.
When the Human Genome Project completed its work in 2003, the entire human genome was published in book form.
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In 2003 the Human Genome Project "cracked the code of life", yet parts of our DNA remained unidentified. A new study fills out our genetic blueprint by using a nanotechnology-based technique.