Picturing mad scientists injecting glowing chemicals into tomatoes even while mega-corporations fill their bank accounts, many health-conscious consumers will do anything to avoid GMOs. But what if we told you that genetically modified crops existed even 8,000 years ago - modified by the hand of nature in the exact same way that scientists alter crops today?
Scientists may have discovered a sixth DNA base, changing the way we think about our genetic makeup, according to a new study.
As we embrace spring and with it warmer weather, soon mosquitos will become a regular nuisance. And if you often find yourself the victim of itchy mosquito bites, it's not because you taste sweet, but in fact because of your genes.
Scientists have discovered antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a remote South American tribe, which curiously had never before been exposed to antibiotic drugs, possibly shedding light on a phenomenon that has developed countries utterly surrounded.
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.
Scientists may be able to bring back the long extinct woolly mammoth after pasting its DNA into the elephant's genetic code.
It turns out good things do come in small packages, as shown by the tiny carnivorous bladderwort plant, which boasts an incredible amount of DNA in a remarkably short genome.
Scientists have discovered two new gene variants associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, a major new study says, providing important insights into the causes of the disease and how it develops.
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.
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.
Age old traditional medicines don't always get it right, but once in a while they prove that practitioners were on to something long before western medicine showed up to steal the show. That's how it is in the case of wild cucumbers, where the compounds that can be found in their fruit and leaves have been rediscovered by modern science.
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.