Some American Indian tribes, including the Navajo Nation, have moratoriums on genetic testing.
Why is Elizabeth Warren's DNA test so controversial with Native American groups? Two Indigenous geneticists explain the history and science behind the debate.
You can blame your parents for poor exam results…to an extent.
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Genetics play a large role in how well someone does at university.
Some Harlequin ladybugs,
Harmonia axyridis, have black elytra with two large red spots. Others have two additional red spots backwards, or are decorated with a dozen small red spots. Conversely, there are ladybugs with red elytra, decorated with 20 black spots. All these ladybugs belong to the same species.
B. Prud’homme, J. Yamaguchi
Where do the pretty colours of the harlequin ladybug come from? A single gene draws the colour patterns of this familiar insect.
Our risk of cancer is determined by a complex mix of genes, environment and lifestyle factors.
Claudia van Zyl
As we age, our DNA accumulates damage, which can increase our risk of developing
cancer. But our cells work hard to guard against cancer – new research explains how.
A three-banded clownfish (
Amphiprion ocellaris) navigates the anemones of the Andaman Coral Reef, India.
Our children all know the little clownfish Nemo, star of the Pixar film. But why does he have three stripes, rather than one or two? Developmental and evolutionary biology are revealing the answer.
Patricia Piccinini, Graham, 2016 Installation view,
A new Science Gallery Melbourne exhibition offers a set of reflections, calculations and speculations that engage with ideas about the perfect body, mathematical precision, quantum physics and a post-human world.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
From wealth, to the natural world, to genes and intelligence, a podcast exploring the theme of inheritance.
They may not be as far off as you think.
It has recently been suggested that humans could live to 150 by 2020 simply by taking a certain supplement.
Losing your parents or growing up in poverty can add years to your biological age.
Synthetic biology has the potential to change how we do agriculture – but will the public accept it?
Synthetic biology is highly promising – but if we don't get the regulation and engagement right, we risk alienating members of the public, and may even close doors for potentially fruitful research.
Genetic data holds a wealth of health information.
There is a need for genetic services in low and middle-income countries.
Earth’s Pacific Ocean seen from the International Space Station.
Genetic data has helped scientists develop new estimates for the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies.
African-Americans are severely underrepresented in genetics and neuroscience research. That could leave the treatments of the future out of their reach.
A healthy weight means a healthy heart.
Your weight during your youth could have an effect on your heart for the rest of your life.
Genetic ancestry testing might all seem like harmless fun, but there is a downside.
The results of genetic ancestry tests are grossly over-simplified. A new study shows the tests reinforce what you want to believe rather than offering objective, scientific proof of who you are.
Psoriasis is linked with psychosis.
Certain autoimmune disorders are linked to psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. But some appear to be protective.
Our genes are important when it comes to aptitude for sleeping soundly.
Genetics is influencing more and more of our decisions, but we can't make the right choices if we don't understand it.