Genetics is the study of cellular science. It furthers our understanding of how DNA and the genetic make-up of species and can lead to cures for diseases and shape our future.
You probably feel like you have very little in common with that banana lying on your kitchen counter. But science says you do! So, how is this possible? And is that stat accurate? We talk to the scientist who did the research.
DNA websites can give you info about your ancestry and possible health issues. They can also give you trait reports about taste preferences and personal habits. But how much of that is really DNA-driven?
At least not in nature. Scientists have discovered the two gene families that play key roles in making fruits and vegetables either round or long. Could a square fruit be on the horizon?
Cell division can be confusing, but it's not as difficult if you pretend chromosomes are sentences.
Humans are a diverse lot. We can look distinctively different. But is that because of race or ethnicity?
Nearly every living cell is made of DNA, and every chromosome contains exactly one molecule of DNA. But not all cells are made of the same number of chromosomes.
Before the widespread use of DNA, establishing the paternity of a child was a tricky business. Ever heard of the oscillophore?
It's easy to equate "Caucasian" with "white." But that one word — Caucasian — touches on issues much deeper than skin color.
Does everyone have a double out there somewhere that they don't know about? Science says the odds are pretty slim.
The study found no long-lasting differences in the DNA of the two Kelly brothers after one year space.
Scientists are banking frozen DNA in the hope of saving endangered animals in the future.
From solving a mystery to clearing up issues of paternity, exhuming a corpse can provide answers.
North Americans have been moving south for tens of thousands of years.
Superhuman powers are rare, but some do exist. But what if scientists used gene manipulation to create humans with super strength and abilities in the future — like super soldiers?
Composites from DNA in cold cases is helping investigators make predictions about the appearance of both suspects and victims in hopes of generating leads.
What happens when twins are reunited decades later? And how in the world can you explain separated twins giving their firstborn son or their family dog the same exact name?
A NASA study of astronaut Scott Kelly showed that spending time in space altered the expression of some of his genes. But does being on a mountain cause similar effects?
In addition to the double-stranded spiral, a four-stranded tangle, known as an i-motif, has been shown to exist throughout our genetic material.
Tetragametic chimerism occurs when a single organism has two genetically distinct types of DNA.
Scientists in China successfully cloned the first-ever primates using the same method that created the world's most famous sheep — a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer.
The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."
A groundbreaking study finds light skin pigmentation gene variations originating in Africa, eroding the notion of race as a biological characteristic, and shedding light on cancer and evolution, too.
Mapping the genome of the King of Fruits reveals the source of its smell, and may present opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals.
At least two commercial DNA testing services offer users information on heritage coming from coupling between ancient humans and other species.
A recent letter in the journal Nature claims that access to ancient human remains should be more open, especially in light of advancements in analysis techniques.
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