Making sure RNA molecules are in the right place at the right time in a cell is critical to development and normal function. Researchers are figuring out exactly how they get to where they need to go.
The largest birds that ever lived on Earth, elephant birds have a spotty fossil record. But understanding them could help protect Madagascar’s biodiversity.
People don’t all age at the same rate. Untangling the factors that influence health and disease – such as epigenetics, demographics and behavior – could lead to better care for those who need it most.
Gene editing promises everything from treatments for serious conditions like sickle cell disease to the resurrection of the dodo.
Our DNA contains the information that determines the colour of our eyes.
DNA analysis reveals a large migration of people into Scandinavia during Viking times.
Multicancer early detection tests are among the priorities of the Biden administration’s Cancer Moonshot. The tests show promise, but questions remain about when and how to use them.
A new ‘rule book’ for naming genomically sequenced bacteria is a boon for science.
Journals, museum collections and other historical sources can provide valuable data for modern ecological studies. But just because a source is old doesn’t make it useful.
New research adds to scientists’ understanding of how invading pathogens can change the way our genes switch on and off.
Modern DNA sampling is shockingly sensitive – you can get someone’s profile from just 80 cells.
Ancient DNA helps reveal the tangled branches of the human family tree. Not only did our ancestors live alongside other human species, they mated with them, too.
The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for 2022 has been awarded to Svante Pääbo, whose discoveries have been pivotal to the way we understand our evolutionary history.
As the potential for space travel increases, it is necessary to develop methods to protect astronauts from environmental stresses in space. Studying the DNA of baker’s yeast may provide some clues.
Existing genetic data and sequencing tools are overwhelmingly based on people of European ancestry, which excludes much of the rich genetic variation of the world.
DNA dating could complement radiocarbon technology to help make archaeology more accurate.
Our study in mice shows epigenetic changes in the mother can be passed to her offspring to influence a critical time in how the spine develops.
Taking a DNA test kit sounds like harmless fun but some people end up getting more than they bargained for.
The first hammerhead shark was likely the result of a genetic deformity. A biologist explains how shark DNA reveals hammerheads’ history.
The protective caps at the ends of chromosomes naturally shorten over time. Researchers found that direct damage can prematurely trigger senescence and contribute to age-related diseases like cancer.