Genetic risk for IBD differs by ancestry

The genetics of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, in African Americans differ from those in whites, new research finds.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory • futurity
Feb. 22, 2021 ~6 min

Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

Why the platypus sweats milk and is so weird

The first complete mapping of the genome of the quirky duck-billed platypus reveals how it got so strange.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~5 min

Bonobo and chimp genomes shed light on huge differences

A whole-genome comparison of bonobos and chimpanzees reveals the pathways associated with differences between their diets, sociality, and sexual behaviors.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Vanilla genome may lead to better beans

Researchers have sequenced the DNA of a variety of vanilla plants with hopes the information can help create tougher, better crops.

Lourdes Rodriguez • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Gene loss gave songbirds the ‘pipes’ for singing

Researchers have mapped 363 genomes from 92.4% of all bird families on Earth. Their findings include insight into how songbirds got their voices.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 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

Genomes debunk the idea of blonde, Nordic Vikings

Researchers sequenced the genome of 442 Viking Age bone fragments from all over Europe. The Vikings may not have been quite as Nordic as we thought.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Odd immune system lets anglerfishes fuse males to females

Among deep-sea anglerfishes, tiny males permanently attack to relatively gigantic females. New understanding of this process could benefit human health.

U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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