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Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved?Has the puzzle of rapid climate change in the last ice age been solved?

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Is empathy in humans and apes actually different?Is empathy in humans and apes actually different?

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Genetically engineered fruit flies could save cropsGenetically engineered fruit flies could save crops

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Scared of crime? Good.Scared of crime? Good.

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Diamonds are a quantum computer's best friendDiamonds are a quantum computer's best friend

Mercury in the global oceanMercury in the global ocean

Scientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilingsScientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilings

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Photo editing algorithm changes weather, seasons automaticallyPhoto editing algorithm changes weather, seasons automatically

Seamless gene correction of beta-thalassemia mutations in patient-specific cellsSeamless gene correction of beta-thalassemia mutations in patient-specific cells

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birdsShrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

Running for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral columnRunning for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral column

Protein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research findsProtein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research finds

A healthy lifestyle adds years to lifeA healthy lifestyle adds years to life

Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?

Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of wormsStrict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of worms

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Genetic Archaeology Research & News

500 million year reset for the immune system (8/21/2014)

500 million year reset for the immune systemA single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. ...> Full Article


8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes (8/20/2014)

8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudesTibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, an environment in which others struggle to survive in. A study led by University of Utah scientists is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation -- a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000 years -- and demonstrate how it contributes to the Tibetans' ability to live in low oxygen conditions. The study appears online in the journal Nature Genetics on Aug. 17. ...> Full Article


Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biology (8/14/2014)

Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biologyAll life on Earth came from one common ancestor -- a single-celled organism -- but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today's modern cells is a four-billion-year-old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modelling. ...> Full Article


Researcher sees survival story in Antarctic fly's small genome (8/13/2014)

Researcher sees survival story in Antarctic fly's small genomeThe Antarctic midge -- an extremophile that develops over two brutal winters -- has the smallest insect genome sequenced so far. ...> Full Article


Study traces evolutionary origins of migration in New World birds (8/8/2014)

A team of scientists from the University of Chicago have developed a new method to reveal the ancestral ranges of New World birds, and discovered that bird migration in the Americas evolved in species that resided in North America. Their work also offers evidence that many tropical bird species descended from migratory ancestors that lost migration. The study was published Aug. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history (8/7/2014)

Study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary historyBy tracing nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, University of Florida scientists have created an extensive 'Tree of Lepidoptera' in the first study to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing. ...> Full Article


Analysis of the iceman mummy suggests genetic predisposition to atherosclerosis (8/6/2014)

While prevalence and types of risk factors for atherosclerosis have varied over time from ancient times to modern society -- such as levels of obesity, physical activity -- genetic predisposition/risk for the condition today appears to be very similar to that in ancient times. This forms the subject of a paper in this month's edition of Global Heart. ...> Full Article


Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes (8/4/2014)

Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyze residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots. ...> Full Article


Mixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birds (7/28/2014)

Mixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birdsMixed genes appear to drive hybrid birds to select more difficult routes than their parent species, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists. ...> Full Article


Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time (7/27/2014)

Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first timeA UAB research concludes that the Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria causing dental caries, has increased the changes in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary changes linked to the expansion of humanity. ...> Full Article


Marmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolution (7/26/2014)

Marmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolutionAn international team of scientists led by the Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University St. Louis, including a researcher from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have completed the genome sequence of the common marmoset -- the first sequence of a New World Monkey -- providing new information about the marmoset's unique rapid reproductive system, physiology and growth shedding new light on primate biology and evolution. The team published the work in the journal Nature Genetics. ...> Full Article


Untangling spider's webs (7/25/2014)

The largest-ever phylogenetic study of spiders, conducted by postdoctoral student Rosa Fernández, Gonzalo Giribet, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and Gustavo Hormiga, a professor at George Washington University, shows that, contrary to long-held popular opinion, the two groups of spiders that weave orb-shaped webs do not share a single origin. ...> Full Article


Oetzi's 'non-human' DNA (7/24/2014)

Oetzi's human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC in Bolzano and the University of Vienna successfully analysed the non-human DNA in the sample. They found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease. The results have been published in PLOS ONE. ...> Full Article


Genome-wide analysis reveals genetic similarities among friends (7/23/2014)

If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically. ...> Full Article


A-maize-ing double life of a genome (7/22/2014)

Early maize farmers selected for genes that improved the harvesting of sunlight, a new detailed study of how plants use 'doubles' of their genomes reveals. The findings could help current efforts to improve existing crop varieties. ...> Full Article

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500 million year reset for the immune system500 million year reset for the immune system

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Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biologyOur ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biology

Researcher sees survival story in Antarctic fly's small genomeResearcher sees survival story in Antarctic fly's small genome

Study traces evolutionary origins of migration in New World birds

Study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary historyStudy advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history

Analysis of the iceman mummy suggests genetic predisposition to atherosclerosis

Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes

Mixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birdsMixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birds

Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first timeAncient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time

Marmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolutionMarmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolution

Untangling spider's webs

Oetzi's 'non-human' DNA

Genome-wide analysis reveals genetic similarities among friends

A-maize-ing double life of a genome



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