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.
25 September 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Contrary to popular wisdom, chromosomes only briefly look like an x shape, instead resembling blobs most of the time, new measurements reveal.
19 September 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Rosalind Franklin was a scientist whose contributions to the discovery of the shape of the DNA molecule went uncredited for many years.
25 August 2013, 02:30 PM ET
In what experts are calling a major advance, new research reveals several routes to target a protein called TXNIP with drugs. The protein TXNIP kills and damages the cells that make insulin, and is involved in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
21 August 2013, 03:40 PM ET
Aging is often thought to result from cell-damaging experience through life. Now, researchers have found that damaged DNA inherited from mothers may predetermine aging rates to a certain degree.
20 August 2013, 11:00 AM ET
The longest-living bat species may owe its exceptional life span, at least in part, to its genes, a new study suggests.
12 July 2013, 01:45 PM ET
The news that 50-year-old DNA provided a break in the Boston Strangler murder case may have you wondering: just how long does DNA last?
27 June 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Understanding the biological causes of migraines could lead to more personalized treatments.
24 June 2013, 07:00 PM ET
Epigenetics refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes "on" or "off."
06 June 2013, 03:57 PM ET
What is DNA? DNA is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce.
06 June 2013, 11:20 AM ET
Heather Dewey-Hagborg's 3D portraits were created by analyzing DNA from cigarette butts and strands of hair.
04 June 2013, 12:52 PM ET
Epigenetics is the study of experiences or environmental factors that can trigger genetic changes.
31 May 2013, 12:49 PM ET
The art is meant to spur conversation on the nature of identity and scientific progress.
22 May 2013, 02:40 PM ET
Researchers identified the exact strain of plant disease that caused the devastating famine.
12 April 2013, 01:05 PM ET
Researchers use advanced sequencing and TACC’s Ranger supercomputer to uncover origin of common algae.
09 April 2013, 06:40 PM ET
'Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery,' begins the modest seven-page note.
21 March 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have found a way to fold DNA, origami-style, into unusual shapes like corkscrews and spheres.
08 March 2013, 09:34 AM ET
A miniscule bit of DNA from an African American man now living in South Carolina has been traced back 338,000 years.
01 March 2013, 09:41 AM ET
The weird structures sponge up micro-RNA to keep it from interfering with genetic activity.
14 February 2013, 04:56 PM ET
Scientist learns a lot about how human DNA works by studying yeast.
08 February 2013, 09:42 AM ET
Being obese may raise the risk of a D-deficiency.
02 February 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Extra copies of certain gene may make our mouths water more.
01 February 2013, 04:28 PM ET
Whatever your sex, everyone starts off as a woman in the womb. Nipples on men are a vestige of those early, gender-bending days.