By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics
All too often the medical community 'fat-shames' patients trying to lose weight, when in fact obesity and overweight are complicated medical issues.
Sept. 8, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: diet genes prejudice eating obese overweight dieting losing-weight overeating obesity-series-2018
The findings from a toddler’s severe infection with Shiga-toxin E. coli could help identify genetic markers and potential vaccines for the increasingly common pathogen.
Tags: bacteria genes e-coli health-and-medicine food-poisoning
The remains of Bronze Age warriors suggest lactose tolerance, or the ability to digest milk, spread rapidly throughout Central Europe.
Tags: evolution history food genes bones science-and-technology health-and-medicine milk dairy
Variation in a group of genes called a "supergene" explains why two kinds of white-throated sparrows have different levels of aggression, researchers say.
Tags: evolution birds genes aggression science-and-technology
New evidence suggests that the way brains work across the animal kingdom goes back to a common source, researchers report.
Tags: evolution mammals insects genes brains science-and-technology neurodevelopment
Brain scientists haven't been able to find major differences between women's and men's brains, despite over a century of searching
Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.
Aug. 6, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: genetics brain genes learning intelligence hippocampus human-brain john-stuart-mill sex-differences brain-regions brain-size
Genes that are thought to play a role in how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells have been found to be active in embryos as early as during the second week
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus genes embryo embryology developmental-biology
The genomes of six living bat species reveals the source of some of their superpowers, including echolocation, flight, and imperviousness to certain deadly viruses.
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New research clarifies the throat and belly colors of hybrid warblers. It's plumage that ornithologists have puzzled over for a long time.
Tags: birds genes genomes colors science-and-technology earth-and-environment
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