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Genetic Archaeology Research & News

Swiss scientists explain evolution of extreme parasites (10/23/2014)

Swiss scientists explain evolution of extreme parasitesExtreme adaptations of species often cause such significant changes that their evolutionary history is difficult to reconstruct. Zoologists at the University of Basel have now discovered a new parasite species that represents the missing link between fungi and an extreme group of parasites. Researches are now able to understand for the first time the evolution of these parasites. The study has been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Treasure trove of ancient genomes helps recalibrate the human evolutionary clock (10/16/2014)

To improve the modeling and reading of the branches on the human tree of life, authors Francois Balloux et al, compiled the most comprehensive DNA set to date, a new treasure trove of 146 ancient (including Neanderthal and Denisovian) and modern human full mitochondrial genomes (amongst a set of 320 available worldwide). ...> Full Article


Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox (10/15/2014)

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxUniversity of California, Davis, researchers have for the first time investigated ancestry across the red fox genome, including the Y chromosome, or paternal line. The data, compiled for over 1,000 individuals from all over the world, expose some surprises about the origins, journey and evolution of the red fox, the world's most widely distributed land carnivore. ...> Full Article


GIANT study reveals giant number of genes linked to height (10/14/2014)

The largest genome-wide association study to date, involving more than 300 institutions and more than 250,000 subjects, roughly doubles the number of known gene regions influencing height to more than 400. The study, from the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits Consortium, provides a better glimpse at the biology of height and offers a model for investigating traits and diseases caused by many common gene changes acting together. ...> Full Article


Ancient protein-making enzyme moonlights as DNA protector (10/13/2014)

Ancient protein-making enzyme moonlights as DNA protectorScientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that an enzyme best known for its fundamental role in building proteins has a second major function: to protect DNA during times of cellular stress. The finding is remarkable on a basic science level, but also points the way to possible therapeutic applications. ...> Full Article


Semen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspring (10/12/2014)

Semen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspringScientists have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance, showing for the first time that offspring can resemble a mother's previous sexual partner -- in flies at least. Researchers at UNSW Australia manipulated the size of male flies and studied their offspring. They found that the size of the young was determined by the size of the first male the mother mated with, rather than the second male that sired the offspring. ...> Full Article


Research confirms controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal' (10/11/2014)

Research confirms controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the plumage of birds.Though many were skeptical of Darwin's 'jump dispersal' idea, a new study suggests that Darwin might have been correct. ...> Full Article


DNA signature found in ice storm babies (10/10/2014)

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec's Ice Storm in 1998 predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds. ...> Full Article


Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins (10/9/2014)

Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our originsThe skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tells us about ourselves as humans, and throws some light on our earliest common genetic ancestry. The man's genome was sequenced and shown to be one of the 'earliest diverged' -- oldest in genetic terms -- found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago. ...> Full Article


Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself (10/8/2014)

Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itselfNew findings by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggest that an evolutionary arms race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex regulatory networks that orchestrate the activity of genes in every cell of our bodies. The arms race is between mobile DNA sequences known as 'retrotransposons' (a.k.a. 'jumping genes') and the genes that have evolved to control them. ...> Full Article


Genetic, developmental and anatomical basis of natural selection for sensory structures (10/7/2014)

Genetic, developmental and anatomical basis of natural selection for sensory structuresHoping to understand how the tremendous diversity of life on Earth evolved even as irreversible species and habitat loss rapidly proceeds, a research group of bat experts including biologist Elizabeth Dumont of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1.91 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study how bats sense their environment and other individuals, including potential mates, to ensure survival and reproduction. ...> Full Article


New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance (10/6/2014)

Female populations have been larger than male populations throughout human history, according to research published today in the open-access journal Investigative Genetics. The research used a new technique to obtain higher quality paternal genetic information to analyze the demographic history of males and females in worldwide populations. ...> Full Article


Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes (10/5/2014)

How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they 'like' and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...> Full Article


Project launched to study evolutionary history of fungi (10/4/2014)

Project launched to study evolutionary history of fungiThe University of California, Riverside is one of 11 collaborating institutions that are funded a total of $2.5 million by the National Science Foundation for a project focused on studying zygomycetes -- ancient lineages of fungi that include plant symbionts, animal and human pathogens and decomposers of a wide variety of organic compounds. Jason Stajich, an associate professor of plant pathology and microbiology, is principal investigator of the project called the 'Zygomycete Genealogy of Life.' ...> Full Article


Termites evolved complex bioreactors 30 million years ago (10/4/2014)

Achieving complete breakdown of plant biomass for energy conversion in industrialized bioreactors remains a complex challenge, but new research shows that termite fungus farmers solved this problem more than 30 million years ago. The new insight reveals that the great success of termite farmers as plant decomposers is due to division of labor between a fungus breaking down complex plant components and gut bacteria contributing enzymes for final digestion. ...> Full Article

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Swiss scientists explain evolution of extreme parasitesSwiss scientists explain evolution of extreme parasites

Treasure trove of ancient genomes helps recalibrate the human evolutionary clock

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxAround the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

GIANT study reveals giant number of genes linked to height

Ancient protein-making enzyme moonlights as DNA protectorAncient protein-making enzyme moonlights as DNA protector

Semen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspringSemen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspring

Research confirms controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'Research confirms controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'

DNA signature found in ice storm babies

Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our originsAncient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins

Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itselfHuman genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself

Genetic, developmental and anatomical basis of natural selection for sensory structuresGenetic, developmental and anatomical basis of natural selection for sensory structures

New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance

Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes

Project launched to study evolutionary history of fungiProject launched to study evolutionary history of fungi

Termites evolved complex bioreactors 30 million years ago



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