Bones found in an Italian cave over two decades ago might have provided the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever tested.
The species grew up to two meters (six feet) in length and lived in lakes and rivers.
A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do...
Researchers can precisely control the distribution of liquids suspended within each other...
New technologies will help the field of telemedicine drastically grow this year.
A massive worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer.
Single-letter genetic variations within parts of the genome once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ can increase cancer risk through 'wormhole-like' effects on far-off genes, new research shows.
Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice - a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.
Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Bacteria are most familiar through their roles in harmful infections. But scientists have realized that such bacteria are only a tiny fraction of the bacterial communities that live in and on our bodies. Most bacteria are commensal, which means they do not cause harm and often confer benefits.
The Human Genome Project wrapped up over a decade ago, yet around a third of the genome remains mysterious, its function unknown.
Humans aren’t the only species to be influenced by spin. Our closest primate relatives are susceptible, too.
This accelerated life cycle is a necessity when one makes one’s home in seasonal ponds that regularly evaporate, and the fact that the fish shares many biological characteristics with humans makes it a promising candidate for the study of aging and longevity. But until now, scientists didn’t have the necessary tools and information with which to conduct genetic studies.
A vial of rare snake venom refused to give up its secret formula for lethality; its toxins had no effect on the proteins that most venoms target.
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.
Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park.
A team of researchers are working on a diagnostic machine that can detect Ebola virus and other dangerous microbes.
A new study has shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.
A new study probed deep into this somewhat mysterious cycle in mice, to learn more about how the mammalian brain accomplishes it.
A new device offers a much more detailed picture of cellular communication.
Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone.
A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely fatal.
The investment made by Nestle Health Science, a subsidiary of Nestle, will help fund the next stage of development for the startup's CDI treatment.
These findings could shed light on related Alzheimer's protein.
A protein could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria.
Scientists have created primordial germ cells – cells that will go on to become egg and sperm – using human embryonic stem cells.
One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists.
A new instrument could someday build replacement human organs the way electronics are assembled today: with precise picking and placing of parts.
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