Genes tell story of birdsong and human speech
His office is filled with all sorts of bird books, but Duke neuroscientist Erich Jarvis didn't become an expert on the avian family tree because of any particular interest in our feathered friends. Rather, ...
International team maps 'big bang' of bird evolution
The genomes of modern birds tell a story of how they emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else 66 million years ago. That story is now coming to light, ...
Viking families traveled together, research shows
Researchers compare mammals' genomes to aid human clinical research
For years, scientists have considered the laboratory mouse one of the best models for researching disease in humans because of the genetic similarity between the two mammals. Now, researchers at the Stanford ...
EU court clears stem cell patenting
A human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to develop into a viable embryo can be patented, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.
New conversion process turns biomass 'waste' into lucrative chemical products (w/ Video)
A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and ...
Big-data analysis reveals gene sharing in mice
Rice University scientists have detected at least three instances of cross-species mating that likely influenced the evolutionary paths of "old world" mice, two in recent times and one in the distant past.
New method identifies genome-wide off-target cleavage sites of CRISPR-Cas nucleases
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a method of detecting, across the entire genome of human cells, unwanted DNA breaks induced by use of the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided ...
Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international ...
Mapping crocodilian genomes
A Texas Tech University biologist led a team of more than 50 scientists who mapped the genomes of three crocodilians.
Scientists map the human loop-ome, revealing a new form of genetic regulation
The ancient Japanese art of origami is based on the idea that nearly any design - a crane, an insect, a samurai warrior - can be made by taking the same blank sheet of paper and folding it in different ways.
Research reveals structure of key CRISPR complex
Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing in living cells.
Regions in the genome cause infertility in some hybrids of house mouse subspecies
Three from one: Half a million years ago, the house mouse, Mus musculus, split into three subspecies, two of which are native to Europe. Within a transition zone, the two European forms interbreed to produce ...
SNAP-tagging gives scientists a glimpse of nerve function
Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy. ...