Skeletons reveal genetic history of ancient Rome

DNA from skeletons fills in gaps in our understanding of the genetic makeup of ancient Rome's population, researchers say.

Nathan Collins-Stanford | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna history migration

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation dna dogs lizards reptiles

How proteins stabilize and repair broken DNA

For DNA repair, proteins build a relatively huge scaffold around the fracture.The proportions are roughly that of "a basketball and a pin head."

Anders Buch-Larsen | Nov. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer dna genes proteins

Imposters could pose as a relative using your DNA info

Malicious users could use a site called GEDmatch to get your genetic identity and use it to impersonate family.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

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DNA delivery into T cells may improve immunotherapy

A new method that delivers DNA directly into immune cells could help solve some of the problems with immunotherapy cancer treatments.

National University of Singapore | Oct. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer dna drug-delivery immunotherapy nanotechnology t-cells

Some cancer cells turn cannibal to survive chemotherapy

Some cancer cells get the energy they need to survive chemotherapy by going cannibal and chowing down on neighboring tumor cells.

Keith Brannon-Tulane | Sept. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer chemotherapy dna tumors

CRISPR fix in mice may lead to muscular dystrophy therapy

Using CRISPR to correct mutated muscle stem cells in mice may pave the way for lifelong treatments for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Derek Thompson-Missouri | Sept. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine dna genes genetic-engineering muscular-dystrophy

New forensics method works ‘backward’ to DNA

Proteomics, a new forensics tool, means "reading DNA when you don't have any DNA to read." Here's how the technique works.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Sept. 18, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna forensics hair proteins teeth

2-million-year-old rhino tooth’s genetic info is the oldest ever

A new method is letting researchers get at the ancient proteins preserved in a rhino tooth fossil from almost 2 million years ago.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna evolution fossils mass-spectrometry proteins teeth

How private will an ancestry website keep my DNA?

"...these are for-profit companies and ultimately their responsibility is to maximize their profits, not to protect your privacy," says law professor Erin Murphy.

Kendall Boyda-NYU | Aug. 27, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

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