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Two genes inherited from our evolutionary cousins may affect skull shape and brain size even today. What that means for human behavior is a mystery. [Read More]
Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival... [Read More]
Two decades ago, scientists started to tinker with biology like engineers with electronics. Now, they've created a 'living medicine' to cure a rare genetic disorder.... [Read More]
Scientists hit a huge milestone over the summer: They successfully "trained" bacteria to fight disease from inside the body, the New York Times reports. [Read More]
In a limestone cave nestled high above the Anuy River in Siberia, scientists have discovered the fossil of an extraordinary human hybrid. The 90,000-year-old... [Read More]
A new study reveals many species stopped making the same enzyme, one that provides an essential defense against certain kinds of pesticides. [Read More]
With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals. [Read More]
The oldest stone tools outside Africa have been discovered in western China, perhaps made by small bipedal apes. [Read More]
In 2003, researchers digging in a mountain cave on the Indonesian island of Flores discovered astonishing fossils of a tiny, humanlike individual with a small,... [Read More]
Kelvin Droegemeier, a well-regarded meteorologist, has a long research record. But his views on climate change are not well known. [Read More]
Rising carbon dioxide levels are making the world greener. But that's nothing to celebrate. [Read More]
The ruling may curtail exports from the United States, which has taken a more lenient view of gene-edited foods. [Read More]
E.U. court ruling sows confusion over the issue. [Read More]
The find may add a new chapter to the story of hominin evolution, suggesting that some of these species left Africa far earlier than once... [Read More]
Scientists have long known that genetic makeup explains some of the differences in time spent in school. Their hope is that the data can be... [Read More]
In 1951, Eugene Aserinsky, a physiologist at the University of Chicago, placed electrodes on the scalp of his 8-year-old son, Armond, before putting him to... [Read More]
No one has reached age 122 in past 21 years, and there’s debate over if and when we will match or surpass it. [Read More]
Inside the controversial world of epigenetics research... [Read More]
Scientists may need to bypass a cell's cancer defenses in order to successfully edit its DNA. The finding raises questions about gene-editing advances. [Read More]
Sleeping fur seals toggle between two brain patterns: one while at sea, the other on land. Researchers suggest that R.E.M. sleep serves to warm the... [Read More]