Changes in our environment can reveal previously hidden mutations in our DNA with potentially good and bad consequences.
Outside Earth’s protective atmosphere, there is nothing to shield astronauts from the dangerous cosmic radiation of space.
Space missions are dangerous. But when it comes to long missions, radiation may be the greatest threat to astronauts' health.
The ancestral population of modern humans appears to have split as it moved across Asia.
New research outlines how the ancestors of modern humans interbred with several archaic human groups on the passage from Africa to Australia.
What a good boy.
Having different coloured eyes is quite unusual, but it happens in many species throughout the animal kingdom.
An array of positron emission tomography or PET images.
New study challenges traditional view of Parkinson's disease.
If you’ve got the raw data, why not mine it for more info?
New research investigated who uses the wide array of tools available to people who've received their own raw genetic data and want to maximize what they learn from it.
He Jiankui claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered.
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News of the gene-edited babies excludes images of the children's mother. Cutting her out of the picture underscores the idea that the mother is obsolete and babies can be created in the lab.
Two-footed walking, large human brains and using stone tools are all examples of evolution.
Understanding our evolution can tell us a lot about the health challenges we face today.
A Wire Fox Terrier named King is trotted out before being named Best in Show on the second night of the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
A global research effort is targeting inherited disorders in dogs.
Genes not only influence how sweet you think something is, but also how much sugary food you eat.
People with a sweet tooth can (partly) blame their genes for their sugar habit. New research shows how the brain also gets involved.
Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer.
Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana.
Reversing lactose intolerance might make it possible for adults to enjoy a milkshake again.
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You may think that your milk-drinking, ice cream-licking days are behind you as you battle the discomfort of lactose intolerance. But there maybe be a way to reverse the situation.
With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts.
Genomics research is crucial to identify Africa-specific solutions to a range of diseases.
Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States.
Before you attribute a trait to a famous ancestor like George Washington or Marie Antoinette, you might want to see how much DNA you actually share with these people. It's not what you thought.
Teeth covered in pits were common in the 2m-year-old species Paranthropus robustus.
What’s the best way to put the brakes on current research?
Scientists and ethicists have called for a five-year moratorium on editing human genes that will pass on to future generations. Yes, society needs to figure out how to proceed – but is this the best way?
The concept of a shared inheritable risk underlying mental illnesses could lead to a new paradigm shift in drug discovery,
Mental health is impacted by both genetic and environmental factors. But new research reveals that many mental health disorders may flow from early disturbances in fetal development.
Gene editing a fertilized human embryo.
Scientists worldwide are calling for a moratorium on gene editing in germline cells. But what is a germline cell? How does it differ from other cells in our body? Why does it matter if we edit them?
Nearly 20 years ago, Bill Clinton said that sequencing the human genome would give us a "new power to heal".
New technology means accessing new information from ancient human remains, some which have been in collections for decades.
Ancient DNA allows scientists to learn directly from the remains of people from the past. As this new field takes off, researchers are figuring out how to ethically work with ancient samples and each other.