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DNA Could Be One of a Million Possible Genetic Molecules

    Saturn’s moon Enceladus, where we hope there are aliens.There could be a million different structures with the ability to store genetic inf…

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Gene-Editing CRISPR Pioneers Get a Well-Deserved Nobel Prize

    Depictions of Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna, right.On Wednesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel…

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New 23andMe Study Reveals the Genetic Legacy of Slavery in the Americas

    circa 1960: At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York’s public library, the hands of a group of scholars piece tog…

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Scientists Debut Precise New Gene-Editing Technique That Overcomes Some of CRISPR's Problems

    Image: Vcpmartin (Wikimedia Commons)Scientists have created a new gene-editing technique that overcomes some of the biggest drawbacks of the…

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A Controversial DNA Database Used to Solve Crimes Has Gone Commercial

    Above, a scientist preparing to extract DNA from a sample.A third-party DNA database that began as a passion project and later became embroi…

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CRISPR Scientist Gets Three Years of Jail Time For Creating Gene-Edited Babies

    He Jiankui speaking in 2018 at a conference in Hong Kong.Disgraced Chinese scientist He Jiankui has been sentenced to three years in jail fo…

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Forget the Woolly Mammoth—Let’s Resurrect Some Extinct Plants

    Illustration: Angelica Alzona (Gizmodo)From Jesus to “Jurassic Park,” people dream of resurrection, cheating death, defying nature, and un…

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A Study That Linked Shorter Lifespans to CRISPR Baby Mutation Has Been Retracted

    He Jiankui at the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong on November 28, 2018.An alarming study that added fuel to the fire over a rec…

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Bizarre Discovery Reveals Chlamydia-Like Bacteria Beneath the Arctic Seafloor

    Chlamydia-related bacteria were found several feet beneath Loki’s Castle (pictured), a series of hydrothermal vents in the Arctic Ocean.A p…

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Scientists Create Glowing Plants Using Bioluminescent Mushroom DNA

    Scientists have created glowing plants by using the DNA from bioluminescent mushrooms.Ornamental house plants with sustainably glowing leave…

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Genetics

    Researchers have identified the likely origins of Citrinus lanatus vulgaris, commonly known as the watermelon,…Its adorableness aside, the …

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Reports of First Genetically Enhanced Babies Spark Outrage

    Qin Jinzhou, an embryologist who works at He Jiankui’s lab in Shenzhen, gazes through a microscope.Twin girls born earlier this month had t…

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The Mystery of the Watermelon's Origins May Have Been Solved

    Watermelons at a Hyderabad fruit market in 2020.Researchers have identified the likely origins of Citrinus lanatus vulgaris, commonly known …

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Genetics

    Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular interest to scientists. On the molecular…A UK-based team says the…

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Gene Therapy Might One Day Treat Chronic Pain

    Illustration: Associated Press (AP)A group of scientistssay they’re on the verge of developing a promising treatment for chronic pain that …

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Scientists Dive Into Axolotl Genome, Looking for Secrets to Regeneration

    An axolotl in a regenerative therapy lab in Dresden in 2015.Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular intere…

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Reviews

    When Pioneer initially described their new DJ monitors, the VM-80s, I was convinced they’d be a great addition to my…My phone time is usua…

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Common DNA Testing Method Has High False-Positive Rate for Rare Mutations, Study Finds

    Image: Mohamed Abdiwahab (Getty Images)Consumer DNA testing remains a booming industry, but new research released Monday suggests that it ha…

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The World Is in the Middle of a Twin Boom, Study Finds

    7-month-old twinstaking part in the Double Take Parade held August 3, 2002 at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.Across the globe, t…

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These Mutant Rabbits Walk on Two Legs, and Geneticists Now Know Why

    A sauteur d’Alfort rabbit walking on its front feet, the result of a genetic mutation.An entire lineage of French rabbits has been doing ha…

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Investigative Genetic Genealogy: Solving a D

    Getting the conclusive lead with investigative genetic genealogyA successful case study of a 16 year old double murder in Sweden.The technol…

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First Tales of the Earliest Domesticated Goa

    Indentation of several goat hooves in a brick from the archaeological site of Ganj Dareh. Credit: The Tracking Cultural and Environmental Ch…

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Can brain damage help you quit smoking?

    According to New Scientist online, a little brain damage might go a long way with smokers trying to quit. Scientists at the University of So…

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A Skull From the 1845 Franklin Expedition Wa

    John Gregory's actual skull alongside a 3D rendering of his head.Diana Trepkov/ University of WaterlooBy April 1848, the members of the…

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In the Crosshairs: Why the Forensic Science

    microgen/iStock via Getty ImagesIt was a little after 3 a.m. on July 26, 1978—a typically muggy summer night in Washington, D.C.—when John…

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70-Year-Old Coffee-Killing Fungus Brought Ba

    Spores of the fungus that causes Coffee Wilt Disease. Credit: CABIResearchers have re-animated specimens of a fungus that causes coffee wilt…

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Researchers: Culture drives human evolution

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainIn a new study, University of Maine researchers found that culture helps humans adapt to their environment and over…

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Virus Variants: A Vital Tool to Study Viral

    Now we can mimic the massive experiment going on in naturewhere these mutations pop up due to natural selectionbut we can do it safely in a …

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Which Animals Will Survive Climate Change? G

    Threespine stickleback fish. Credit: Rowan BarrettGenetic changes in threespine stickleback fish driven by seasonal shifts could help scient…

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Evolutionary Experiments Show Natural Select

    An assassin bug approaching a male broad-horned flour beetle. Credit: University of ExeterNatural selection can reverse evolution that occur…

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Unprecedented Data Sharing Drives New Rare D

    Sergi Beltran and Leslie Matalonga pictured in front of a supercomputer and servers that hosts the RD-Connect GPAP platform. The platform is…

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Gene protection for COVID-19 identified

    IMAGE: Dr Carlos Echevarria, Newcastle University, UK view more  Credit: Newcastle University, UK The first evidence of a genetic link exp…

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How do plants hedge their bets?

    In some environments there is no way for a seed to know for sure when the best time to germinate is. In spring, cues like light, temperature…

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Collaboration controls killers

    Effector and killer T cells are types of immune cells. Their job is to attack pathogens and cancers. These cells can also go after normal ce…

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Better popping potential for popcorn

    Popcorn. What would movies and sporting events without this salty, buttery snack? America’s love for this snack goes beyond these even…

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