Toddler’s Shiga-toxin E. coli infection holds pathogen clues

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.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria genes e-coli health-and-medicine food-poisoning

Bronze Age bones say lactose tolerance spread fast

The remains of Bronze Age warriors suggest lactose tolerance, or the ability to digest milk, spread rapidly throughout Central Europe.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Sept. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution history food genes bones science-and-technology health-and-medicine milk dairy

‘Supergene’ variation makes these songbirds more aggro

Variation in a group of genes called a "supergene" explains why two kinds of white-throated sparrows have different levels of aggression, researchers say.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution birds genes aggression science-and-technology

Bugs, mice, and people may share one ‘brain ancestor’

New evidence suggests that the way brains work across the animal kingdom goes back to a common source, researchers report.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution mammals insects genes brains science-and-technology neurodevelopment

Genomes reveal the source of bat ‘superpowers’

The genomes of six living bat species reveals the source of some of their superpowers, including echolocation, flight, and imperviousness to certain deadly viruses.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution genes genomes bats science-and-technology

Genes clarify the colors on these little hybrid birds

New research clarifies the throat and belly colors of hybrid warblers. It's plumage that ornithologists have puzzled over for a long time.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds genes genomes colors science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Invasive ticks are spreading without any males

All the adult Asian longhorned ticks found in the United States so far have been female. Here's why.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects genes invasive-species ticks parasites earth-and-environment

Drug could enhance cancer immunotherapy

A drug that blocks a tumor-producing protein could help make immunotherapy for cancer more effective, researchers find.

Brown University • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer genes tumors proteins health-and-medicine medications immunotherapy

Do your genes make you feel insecure in love?

There may be a connection between genes involved in the opioid system and feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships, researchers find.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution genes pain emotions relationships featured social-lives health-and-medicine love

Ancient pup ‘Zhokhov’ clarifies sled dog origins

DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from the Siberian island of Zhokhov provides a new picture of sled dogs today, including huskies and malamutes.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dogs genes arctic siberia wolves science-and-technology

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