Genetic techniques are helping scientists work out how to stop invasive species before they rack up huge environmental and financial costs.
Genetic therapy might be able to reverse the harmful effects of sickle cell anaemia.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
There’s more to our DNA than just genes.
microRNA used to be dismissed as "junk DNA", but it plays an important role regulating the other genes in our genome.
The genetic modification of humans make many people feel very uncomfortable.
The first case of genetically engineering a human embryo to cure a congenital disease is a technical breakthrough but raises troubling ethical questions.
Genes but no jeans – mozzie bliss.
Being bitten by mosquitoes may not be pleasant but they're after your unique microbial fingerprint.
Could genetics be a legal get-out clause?
A recent study showing that the potential for committing a sex crime may be written in our genes is interesting but unlikely to help prevent sex offenses.
Legend tells that huge hollow boabs were used as prisons in north west Australia.
Genetics and linguistics show Aboriginal people spread iconic boab trees around north west Australia.
The discovery of the genes that influence the beak shape in the famous Galapagos finches highlight the underlying unity of all life.
Darwin's finches are known to be a paragon of evolution by natural selection, but a recent genetic discovery relating to their beaks highlights the evolutionary connectedness of all life.
Heard it on the (research) grapevine.
Spreading mutations and chimeric plants – there's a lot going on in the Pinot grape.
Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies.
These insects are so much more than just the scourge of fruit bowls everywhere. They're a key model system for all kinds of research that teaches us about our own brain and body systems.
Jolie Pitt has announced she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to mitigate cancer risk.
Jolie Pitt has announced more surgery, this time to mitigate her risk of developing ovarian cancer. But this should ideally not have the same "Jolie effect" as her last operation.
Feeling snubbed at the lack of invite?
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Benedict Cumberbatch is related to him – as are many others. But very few helped us identify the car park king.
Map depicting the two major hypotheses of the spread of Indo-European languages (white arrows) and geographic distribution of the archaeological cultures described in the text.
Europe is famously tesselated, with different cultural and language groups clustering in different regions. But how did they all get there? And how are they related?
Yorkshire: not in the top five distinct areas.
Researchers have created the finest-scale genetic map of any country in the world.
Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
Gary Miller/Australian Antarctic Division
Emperor penguins are adapted to the bitter cold of Antarctica, but a new study reveals that during the last ice age it got too cold even for them.
The Human Genome Project was just the beginning. The Epigenome Roadmap is now telling us how all these genes switch on and off in different parts of the body, and how they go wrong with disease.
There's still a lot we don't know about how various genes are switched on and off. But a new project is seeking to shed light on the complex world of epigenetics.
Evolution isn’t necessarily progressive.
Evolution is often perceived as being a “directional” or “adaptive” process. We often think of species evolving to become stronger or faster, or to have sharper teeth, for example. And we tend to see this…
The actions of cells underpin new thinking about pancreatic cancer, which took the life of Apple’s Steve Jobs.
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease. With a ten-year survival rate of just 1%, it has the poorest prognosis of all solid tumours. The main reason for this is that tumours of the pancreas largely…
Mum’s gone to Iceland.
The traditional picture of Vikings is one of boatloads of hairy men pillaging their way along the coasts of Europe. Though true to some degree, this stereotype has more recently been tempered with the…
How has domestication changed the humble house cat?
House cats are a great source of companionship for many people – 3 million cats are kept as pets in Australia. Now thanks…