A healthy mind in a healthy body? Here’s what the science says.
One genetic study of over a quarter million people highlights the cognitive benefits of exercise, while another, based on 30 years of scientific literature, says the opposite. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
New gene therapies are helping to treat certain forms of inherited blindness.
Genetics expert Jean Bennett explains how gene therapy is being used to treat certain forms of inherited blindness.
Pictish stones feature distinctive symbols.
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The genetic study challenges previous theories about the origins and culture of the Picts.
An article written for Time Magazine, but never published, could have rewritten the history of how DNA was discovered.
The research and vision of Canadian scientists were key foundations of the Human Genome Project. Today, lack of funding threatens discovery research in Canada.
On DNA Day, Canada should be inspired by the lifesaving discoveries of its researchers. However, lack of funding threatens Canadian researchers’ ability to meet the challenges of the future.
Our DNA is a treasure-trove of information. However, there are limits to what it can reveal about us.
New genetic studies claim to be able to foretell our intelligence or predisposition to certain diseases. But two scientists beg to disagree, reminding us that not everything is written in our DNA.
Gene editing may hold promise for curing some diseases.
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Chemist David Liu explains how gene editing is paving the way to treating and even curing certain genetic diseases.
A forensic anthropologist analyses exhumed bones removed from a mass grave in one of Guatemala City’s largest cemeteries, La Verbena, in 2011.
Forensic anthropologist Alexa Hagerty’s work faced her with the brutality of the genocides in Guatemala and in Argentina’s “Dirty War” – and with the bureaucratic violence of state institutions.
Stone obelisks stand tall in Aksum, Ethiopia. This city was once the capital of a kingdom spanning northeast Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
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DNA analysis sheds light on important societies within Africa that existed before colonialism.
Eventually weather, pests and disease will take their toll, but the story doesn’t end there.
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Even in death, a tree helps others live.
The extraordinary life of William Astbury: a pioneer of genetics, fashion, and animal welfare.
Vegan wool, peanut coats and the discovery of DNA: the forgotten life of scientist William Astbury
Beethoven was afflicted with health conditions for much of his adult life, and wished for their cause to be discovered and made public.
Our understanding of Parkinson’s disease is far from complete. But researchers now believe that in most cases, Parkinson’s is caused by a complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors.
Cells move their genetic material from one place to another in the form of RNA.
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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.
Epigenetics is but one of many factors that influence aging, health and disease.
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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 revolutionised science.
Gene editing promises everything from treatments for serious conditions like sickle cell disease to the resurrection of the dodo.
Analyzing DNA can tell us what colour a person’s eyes are.
Our DNA contains the information that determines the colour of our eyes.
More people moved into Scandinavia in Viking times than at any other time period analysed in the study.
DNA analysis reveals a large migration of people into Scandinavia during Viking times.
A number of multicancer early detection tests are currently in development.
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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.