Mountain gorillas are currently suffering from a serious inbreeding problem, and while scientists everywhere worry that this will lead them down the path to extinction, one new genetic study says that it might in fact be their salvation.
It turns out that children who don't like school aren't merely lazy, but could blame their lack of interest on the genes inherited from their parents, according to new research.
Apparently being short increases your risk of developing coronary heart diseases, and the shorter you are, the more at risk you are.
Chickens, it seems, did a lot more than cross roads and make bad jokes. Researchers recently took a closer look at Hawaii's mysterious feral chicken population - wild hens that have overrun the Island of Kauai. Before this work, people could only speculate as to how the birds got there, but now experts suspect that their strange origins may help save the poultry industry.
Scientists may be able to bring back the long extinct woolly mammoth after pasting its DNA into the elephant's genetic code.
You can blame it on the holidays, a bad breakup or even a slow metabolism, but new research shows that gaining weight may actually be all in your genes.
Turkey Day is behind us, but that doesn't mean our appreciation of the bird should end with it. That's especially true after new research revealed that the turkey, along with the chicken, remain the most genetically similar to their dinosaur ancestors, even despite decades of domestication and breeding.
Researchers have recently cracked the code on the modern horse's genomic sequence, unveiling what genes our ancestors were selecting for in these beasts of burden for the last 5,500 years. This work also reveals what kind of genetic variation was lost along the way, leading to the inevitable disappearance of wild horses that we see today.
A new study has revealed that only a small portion of the population receives heart health benefits from moderate and regular alcohol consumption. Interestingly, these lucky few all boast the same genetic profile, suggesting that a person's health gains from alcohol may be heavily influenced by their genes.
Experts have decoded the genetic factors that contribute to an Ebola patient's susceptibility to the virus, potentially helping to determine who faces the greatest risk of deadly symptoms.
A recent study details how within the last five decades, popular chicken breeds have quadrupled in size, even when fed the exact same diet as their predecessors. Experts explain how this demonstrates the incredible influence - and consequences - of a demand-driven breeding system.
Researchers have found that genetics can influence how people respond to caffeine, helping some develop a taste for the world's favorite dark and bitter brew.
Scientists have followed the red fox's 400,000-year journey around the world, and created the first comprehensive genetic map of its evolutionary history, a new study describes.
Scientists have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance, showing for the first time that fly offspring can resemble a mother's previous sexual partner, a new study describes.