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

Tags: dna archaeology migration science-and-technology early-humans caves stone-tools north-america

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

Tags: dna evolution plants genomes science-and-technology flowers

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

Tags: dna science-and-technology data-storage

Chicken ‘memories’ ease return to ancestral homeland

A study with chickens from Tibet shows that organisms have a kind of "memory" of their ancestral homes that makes adaptation to environmental change easier.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dna evolution climate-change birds genes chickens science-and-technology

Most common ocean organisms host virus in DNA

A tiny jelly-bean shaped organism—the most common in the ocean—may thrive because of an ability to host viruses in its DNA.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna bacteria viruses oceans earth-and-environment

Tuning PARP inhibitor drug amps up its cancer-killing power

With modification a PARP inhibitor drug that's struggled in clinical trials kills cancer much more effectively, researchers say.

Melissa Moody-Penn • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna cancer enzymes health-and-medicine medications

Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans ancient-history

Oldest human genetic data may expand our ‘family tree’

The oldest human genetic data ever recovered could shed light on the evolution of our ancestors and clarify the branches of the human family tree.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals fossils science-and-technology early-humans

‘DNA origami’ motor rolls over nano speed record

Researchers have created the world's fastest nanoscale motor with "DNA origami." It could be the first step to nanobots that can deliver drugs and more.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna nanotechnology health-and-medicine speed

DNA ‘replication catastrophe’ could kill cancer cells

Human DNA replication is a lot looser than researchers thought. A tweak to the process could even kill cancer cells, researchers say.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna cancer health-and-medicine

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