24 September 2014, 07:24 AM ET
There were a lot more mothers than fathers throughout much of human history, a new DNA analysis of people around the world shows. The genetic findings offer evidence for polygyny, when one man has many wives, as people migrated out of Africa.
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Walter Gilbert, the 1980 winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, discusses the future of DNA sequencing.
20 August 2014, 12:07 AM ET
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
01 August 2014, 09:48 AM ET
A new blood and saliva test that looks for traces of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can predict whether some people with oral cancers will have their cancer come back, early research suggests.
24 July 2014, 04:47 PM ET
A new virus that lives in the gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study.
24 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
More than a decade has passed since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the international collaboration to map all of the "letters" in our DNA. Yet, it's still unclear what percentage of the human genome is actually doing something important.
22 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
African elephants bested rats, a former olfactory record-holder, among selected placental mammals.
14 July 2014, 03:05 PM ET
People unsuspectingly choose friends who share parts of the same DNA, a new genetic analysis finds.
09 July 2014, 10:34 PM ET
In the world of sport, we remember a winner. The history of science is often also described in similar terms.
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Married people are more likely to have matching DNA segments than random strangers, suggesting that people pick their mates based partially on genetic-influenced traits.
13 May 2014, 01:19 AM ET
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give us a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague our waterways.
07 May 2014, 01:49 PM ET
The first report of a bacterium whose genome contains man-made DNA building blocks opens the door for tailor-made organisms that could be used to produce new drugs and other products.
15 April 2014, 05:21 PM ET
Tiny tubes deliver functioning genes to cells with broken copies.
15 April 2014, 03:10 PM ET
People with certain personality traits may at increased risk for drug use problems, and studying personality may help researchers better understand and treat these problems, according to a new review.
11 April 2014, 04:41 PM ET
Women with a certain genetic marker may be at increased risk for breast cancer, especially if they are overweight or obese, a new study suggests.
27 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
By editing its DNA sequence on a computer, scientists modified a eukaryotic yeast cell.
21 March 2014, 04:26 PM ET
Scientists say they've generated the longest genome sequence to date, unraveling the genetic code of the loblolly pine tree, which is seven times longer than the human genome.
20 March 2014, 02:43 PM ET
The genome of the sea anemone suggests this ancient creature shares many traits with both plants and animals.
18 March 2014, 06:30 PM ET
People with certain genes may be more susceptible to the fattening effects of fried food, a new study suggests.
26 February 2014, 01:16 AM ET
The single research paper making this claim, on which the news article is based, is yet to be replicated. But it is more important to note that, even if there is plant DNA in your blood, there is no evidence that it poses a risk to you.
25 February 2014, 12:37 PM ET
The University of Leicester plans to sequence the full genome of medieval king Richard III, but not everyone thinks the gene sequencing is scientifically relevant or ethical.
12 February 2014, 01:05 PM ET
The findings, based on the only burial from the Clovis culture, reveal these prehistoric toolmakers are the direct ancestors of many contemporary Native Americans, and are closely related to all Native Americans.
27 January 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Scientists say that the two great bubonic plagues — the Black Death (14th century) and the Plague of Justinian (6th century) — aren't connected after all, and were caused by different bacterial strains.
27 January 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A new method for analyzing ancient DNA could help scientists distinguish the genetic material in ancient fossils from contamination caused by archaeologists who handled the bones, new research suggests.
09 January 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Tiny marine microbes that are thought to play a crucial role in the planet's carbon and nutrient cycles are mysteriously shedding massive amounts of bacterial "buds," loaded with proteins and genetic information, into the world's oceans.
30 December 2013, 05:05 PM ET
Dinosaurs, medieval kings, elementary particles and life below the ice. These are a few of the most exciting scientific discoveries and stories of 2013.
30 December 2013, 04:38 PM ET
Genetic research from across the ocean poised to help coffee bean growers in Columbia.
18 December 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Nature's annual pick for 10 people who contributed to science spans research that includes an asteroid that broke up above Russia, and HIV in babies.
10 December 2013, 03:32 PM ET
There's a large and growing body of evidence that psychological stress can cause genetic damage. But if stress can cause genetic damage, can stress-relieving activities like meditation and mindfulness training help reduce genetic damage?
27 November 2013, 06:54 PM ET
Every now and again you might read about gene therapy and efforts to correct serious genetic diseases. But I’m betting that very few readers have had gene therapy, nor have they ever met anyone who has, nor will they ever meet that many.
23 October 2013, 05:50 PM ET
The few genes found outside the nucleus affect cell metabolism more than expected.
17 October 2013, 03:40 PM ET
Your genes control features inside you body and researchers are trying to use this to help doctors prescribe more effective medications.
17 October 2013, 11:41 AM ET
Scientists believe they may have begun to solve the riddle of one of most enduring myths in all of cryptozoology: the yeti, or abominable snowman, of the Himalayas.
11 October 2013, 06:25 PM ET
James Watson was a pioneer molecular biologist who, along with two other scientists, was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.
09 October 2013, 04:12 PM ET
A mummified head identified three years ago as that of French king Henry IV may not belong to him, according to a new DNA study that failed to authenticate the remains. The researcher who originally identified the head still argues that it is Henry’s.
30 September 2013, 09:18 PM ET
Francis Crick's work unlocked the secret to how genetic material gets passed from parent to child.