• Brain buster

    Genes help explain differences between Neanderthal and human brains.

    Researchers have identified a mutated gene that appears to be responsible for a large disparity between Neanderthal a...

    Anthropology February 12, 2021
  • Research

    Useless evolution

    Some evolutionary changes have no particular reason or benefit.

    It’s easy to focus on the big picture when one thinks of evolution: how organisms adapt and change over the march of ...

    Evolution January 18, 2021
  • Tasmanian devils may survive cancer threat

    New research suggests it is becoming endemic.

    There’s more possible good news for Australia’s troubled Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) – and the implication...

    Animals December 11, 2020
  • Natural selection and the pressure to evolve

    There’s a lot to learn when a gene turns green.

    Some genes might not mind a bit of extra pressure when it comes to evolution. A Swiss team led by Andreas Wagner o...

    Biology December 8, 2020
  • Wheat and barley are incredibly diverse

    Scientists begin building an encyclopedia of their genes.

    The grains we use for bread and beer have thousands of years of history. Now, researchers are one step closer to unde...

    Agriculture November 26, 2020
  • A great African gene migration

    New variants reveal patterns of human movement.

    Exploring a huge number of genes has helped uncover migration of early humans and the evolution of disease-resistant ...

    Biology October 29, 2020
  • Can cat genes explain their nine lives?

    Maybe not, but they can help unravel genomic mutations.

    Move over human genomic medicine – scientists are now getting closer to gene therapy for felines, thanks to an Abyssi...

    Animals October 24, 2020
  • Mozzies thrive with a gene missing

    Unfortunately, another has evolved to do its job.

    This may seem hard to believe given their tenacity and constant presence, but mosquitoes lack a gene that is critical...

    Evolution October 1, 2020
  • Conversation

    There’s no single gene for left-handedness

    At least 41 regions of DNA are involved.

    By David Evans, University of Queensland, and Sarah Medland, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute   Most peop...

    Biology September 30, 2020
  • Inherited genetics may drive cancer's spread

    Study with melanomas first to reveal a link.

    US researchers say they have shown for the first time that our genes can promote metastasis, the process by which can...

    Health May 26, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology January 28, 2020
  • How many genes in the human microbiome?

    Spoiler alert: it’s a lot, according to an early study.

    There are likely more genes in the body than there are stars in the universe.KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY, via ...

    Biology August 15, 2019
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