Dugongs are rare and elusive.
While the other members of the Sirenia are found in the Atlantic, the dugong is the only sea cow found in the Indian Ocean and south-western Pacific. This highlights its deep African connections.
Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight.
Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person’s control.
Identical twins look the same, are the same sex, share the same birthday and shares the same genes.
Interestingly, there are more non-identical twins in Australia now than there have been before. The number of twin pregnancies has grown over the past 30 years.
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A thought experiment from Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene turned out to be a more realistic explanation for altruism than he expected.
More than 200 gene variants have been linked to outstanding sporting performance and this number could increase as we continue to research the link between genetics and athlete performance.
Genetic testing could help us build targeted and effective training routines for athletes, but the emerging science could also introduce opportunity for discrimination in the sporting world.
The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes.
The largest study of its kind - comparing the genetic sequences of almost half a million people - has revealed many different parts of our genetic code that seem to influence same-sex sexual behaviour.
It seems genes have a greater influence than previously thought not only on the number of moles you have but also where they are on your body.
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.