BabySeq is a newborn-screening study that is taking place in Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Childrne's Hospital, which is one of the four study sites of the NIH.
DNA has met its rival (or partner) in identifying individuals in crime scenes. Scientists have discovered a new and better way in identifying someone through sequencing proteins in an individual's hair.
A NASA astronaut has successfully sequenced DNA for the first time aboard the International Space Station.
A cargo sent to the International Space Station included a DNA sequencer, which could possibly detect alien life forms.
Scientists are working on identifying important sequences of a mosquito’s DNA to control the insect’s cell development and behavior.
Scientists from John Hopkins University successfully showed in a proof-of-principle study the potential of next generation DNA sequencing as a cost-efficient diagnostic tool for brain infection.
The evolution of modern birds was largely shaped by Earth's changing geography and climate. In a recent study, researchers discovered the birds we know today share a common ancestor that arose in South America 90 million years ago.
A new snake species with oversized pitch black eyes and a distinct yellow belly suggests there are still unique animals hiding in the Andes.
Embedded in the genetic code of several snake species was DNA that generally controls the development and growth of limbs in other animals.
Characteristic of the wile canines of oral tradition, jackals, it seems, had us tricked. Researchers have found what they are calling concrete evidence that a species of golden jackal living in Africa and Asia is actual two separate species - marking the first discovery of a new canine group in over 150 years.
It may sound utterly outrageous, but experts are now arguing that some very fat and blind cave fish may hold the key to understanding humanity's obesity problem. The same genes that apparently help these fish feast without constraint also happens to be one of the strongest genetic drivers for inherited obesity ever seen.
Scientists have successfully mapped the first ever nearly complete genome of two Siberian woolly mammoths, shedding light on their evolutionary history and what led to the mass extinction of this iconic species at the end of the Ice Age.
Researchers have now determined that hippos were likely some of the first large animals to migrate from Asia to Africa, swimming from one continent to the other roughly 35 million years ago. However, they certainly weren't the semi-aquatic giants they are today. Fossil evidence indicates that ancient hippos were no larger than modern sheep.
Despite their fame as movie stars and entertainers, orca whales were first and foremost known as the "wolves of the sea." After all, they aren't called "killer" whales just for fun. Recently, scientists from the NOAA were reminded of this after coming upon a gruesome scene, where a pod of orcas absolutely decimated their prey until there was little left. Some forensic sleuthing has now revealed just what the victim was, and it came as something of a surprise.
The Abominable Snowman is something of a world-famous legend, and as most of these high-profile legends go, there are always scientists trying to debunk them. Now, recent DNA analyses of hair from two "yetis" has caused one lab to refute the claims of another concerning the legendary creature's true nature.