New research shows just 1% of E. coli bacteria's genetic mutations are lethal.
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.
Are DNA samples today's version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species' history – but at an ethical price.
Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
Each discipline tells us only part of the story. And so the truest picture of prehistory comes from triangulating these independent lines of evidence.
Humans have long been trying differentiate themselves from the rest of the biological world. Is it because we're superior, or just insecure?
The genes in our cells' mitochondria are passed on in a different way than the vast majority of our DNA. New studies shed light on how the unique process isn't derailed by mutations.
A new study suggests that high blood-sugar levels are an effect rather than a cause of type 2 diabetes.
Mutated bone marrow stem cells could double your risk of having a heart attack.
The first British people were black – and other interesting findings made possible by genomic sequencing.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia's Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
DNA marketplaces powered by the blockchain and new cryptocurrency tokens promise to let you profit from your own genome.
Scientists have made advances in developing a new type of blood test to detect eight of the most common cancers.
Wild chimpanzees are hard to find, but their DNA – left-behind genetic traces – are opening up a new way of studying them.
New mouse model study sheds light on why alcohol is so harmful.
A conversation between a biologist and a philosopher on the relationship between man and divinity.
The Anglo-Saxons were written into history by their descendants.
Antisense therapy showed promising results in a first-in-human trial for Huntington's disease.
One big challenge for gene therapies is delivering DNA or RNA safely to cells inside patients' bodies. New nanoparticles could be an improvement over the current standard – repurposed viruses.
The rapid growth of genetic testing and data-gathering could revolutionize health and medicine if governments work to protect people against privacy and societal risks.