West African gene shared with ancient man
Genome analysis suggests ‘ghost’ hominin interbred.
Human prehistory is littered with tales of ancient trysts between the ancestors of modern-day people and populations ...
Reversing the reproductive clock
Finding offers hope to women struggling to conceive.
Australian researchers have lifted fertility rates in older female mice with small doses of a metabolic compound that...
Big potential in mini-gut organoid
Researchers explore treatment for an unpleasant condition.
This is a mini-gut organoid generated in a laboratory from human stem cells. It has helped US researchers simulate l...
A deep dive into the genomes of cancer
Study helps unravel the complexities of cause and effect.
The largest ever study of cancer genetics, involving more than 1300 researchers across four continents, has catalogue...
School smarts more than reading and maths
Academic and cognitive skill training goes both ways.
It’s well established that cognitive abilities such as reasoning, memory and focussed attention help children do well...
Illustrating a book of bits
Students compile encyclopaedia of genes.
This is not just a pretty picture: the microscopic image of fruit fly eyes, wings and lymph glands is shedding new li...
What we can learn from fish that can change sex
There are more than 500 species that do it regularly.
The bluehead wrasse is a fish that lives in small social groups in coral reefs in the Caribbean. Only the male has a ...
Grow your own venom to create antivenom
New snake organoids produce and secrete active toxins.
European researchers have used stem cells from snakes to grow mini-glands that make venom, a finding that could addre...
The story of a brain with staying power
A 2600-year-old mystery may have been solved.
The mystery of how a 2600-year-old brain was preserved may have been at least partly solved. Normally, the brain sta...
Gene drives work faster against problem insects
Forcing genetic changes is the best control measure.
Fiddling with genetics underpins many of the latest strategies for controlling mosquitoes that spread malaria and oth...
Lola found in ancient chewing gum
Genetics researchers sequence DNA from birch pitch.
This is an artistic reconstruction of “Lola” who, Danish researchers believe, lived around 5700 years ago. They obtai...
‘Fingerprinting’ cells to speed up analysis
New method could improve diagnosis, researchers say.
By Nick CarneAustralian researchers have developed a new way of analysing data from individual human cells by combini...