Fast blood test flags patients at risk for severe COVID-19

A blood test can predict—within a day of a hospital admission—which patients with COVID-19 are at highest risk of severe complications or death.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 22, 2021 ~8 min

DNA synthesis method generates ‘true random numbers’

From slot machines to data encryption, many fields need true random numbers. Now researchers have generated them using DNA synthesis for the first time.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Add ‘molecular Darwinism’ to theory of evolution?

Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability "energy code"—so-called "molecular Darwinism"—say scientists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Animal poop DNA could transform conservation

DNA in animal feces could help researchers get a picture of an entire ecosystem and the secondary effects of extinction or invasive species.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

There were 5 types of dogs 11,000 years ago

New research sheds light the bond between dogs and people. "We note a clear link between the movement of people and the introduction of a new type of dogs."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~5 min

Does mating explain variation in great ape Y chromosomes?

New research indicates rapid evolution in some great ape Y chromosomes, but not others. The scientists wonder if mating habits are why.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Luminescent DNA tool makes cell forces visible

"It's extremely challenging to image the forces of a living cell at a high resolution." Scientists compare their luminescent DNA method to fireflies.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Sept. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Do stone tools put humans in America 30K years ago?

Researchers say DNA from stone tools from in a Mexican cave suggests humans first arrived in America about 15,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Gardenias show how plants became great chemists

Sequencing the gardenia genome shows how plants evolved to re-use tricks from their genetic toolbox to create new chemicals.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

DNA data storage take a leap forward with ‘DORIS’

A new system called DORIS fixes one major problem with making DNA data storage widespread, including letting users "delete" data as well as store it.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~6 min