In the academic world, researchers are rewarded for publishing frequently. Not only is this affecting research quality but it is also hindering female scientists.
New laboratory experiments add analytical rigour to the search for ancient biomolecules
Every living thing leaves traces in its environment. By sampling water or even air for this environmental DNA, we can know which species live where.
Blood isn’t sterile, and analyzing the bacteria in it could help assess the health of fish and prevent the collapse of their populations.
Through a blend of perseverance, technology, and a touch of serendipity, it was possible to solve a decades-old mystery.
On New South Wales’ southern coast, First Nations groups and European whalers hunted alongside orcas. But what happened to this unusual group?
DNA volunteered by citizens worldwide is helping to restore the identity of human remains found across Australia.
Many animal species can be detected using a simple, low tech method of collecting DNA from the environment.
We can predict hair and eye colour with reasonable accuracy from DNA, but other characteristics are being investigated.
DNA of the male-determining Y chromosome has been completely sequenced end-to-end, and it’s just as weird as we expected. Will we finally be able to understand how it works?
The smallest chromosome in humans, the men-specific Y chromosome, has just been sequenced after considerable hurdles.
New research sheds light on the interconnected nature of the human genome and what this means for future gene therapies.
Maui officials have asked relatives to provide DNA samples to help identify victims of the Lahaina wildfires. Time and exposure to the elements, however, can make DNA retrieval from remains difficult.
Many of the amino acids that make up proteins are encoded by genetic material in more than one way. An information theorist explains how principles of nature may account for this variance.
In the largest study of its kind, researchers have used DNA from a 6,700-year-old cemetery in France to reconstruct the lives of everyday Neolithic people.
Jurassic Park was a technological breakthrough for film because of its use of CGI. It also revived an interest in paleontology and raised ethical questions about DNA use.
For many years women were blamed for a couple’s infertility. But it’s now known that male factor infertility contributes to about 50% of total cases.
Researchers uncovered the foundations of biology by using E. coli as a model organism. But over-reliance on this microbe can lead to knowledge blind spots with implications for antibiotic resistance.
Biobanks collect and store large amounts of data that researchers use to conduct a wide range of studies. Making sure participants understand what they’re getting into can help build trust in science.
Researching family history is a popular hobby. But hobbyists can find themselves unearthing details of ancestors behaving badly or treated cruelly – or family secrets and trauma.