After looking at about two million common genetic variants, scientists have roughly doubled the number of known gene regions influencing height to more than 400, according to a new study.
In a bizarre attempt to better understand human and animal genealogy, researchers recently inserted what they call the "human language gene" into lab mice. The results shockingly revealed that these mice were making significantly faster and better decisions, hinting at how key the gene was to human evolution.
African elephants no doubt have one of the most impressive noses in the animal kingdom, and new research reveals that their superior shnozzes also contain 10,000 genes for smell - the most ever found.
Experts have crafted what they are calling a "biological pacemaker" by simply implanting modified genes into the cells of an irregularly beating heart. This minimally invasive procedure could potentially do away with physical pacemakers entirely, reducing the chance of infection or other complications.
Scientists have confirmed the function of a gene that controls the awakening of trees from winter dormancy, a discovery that may be the key to a world in which trees don't have to worry about adapting to warmer climates.
Researchers have identified the genes and gut microbes that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. The identification of these genes can help researchers understand why some animals produce far more emissions than others of the same species.
Autism Speaks announced a collaboration with data supergiant Google Cloud Platforms to make the world's largest database of genomic sequence information on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), creating an invaluable autism research tool that can be used anywhere in the world.
According to a new study, scientists have come to a better understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences, which they say can lead to personalized nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases such as cancer, depression, and hypertension.
The exact genetic change that creates blonde hair has been identified, providing more insight into how the human genome works and proving once-and-for-all that being blond has nothing to do with intelligence.
Spanish and Japanese men and women over the age of one hundred have revealed that the key to longevity, at least in southern Europe, lies in their genes; specifically in a variant on chromosome 9p21.3, according to a recent study.
Scientists created functional genetic information that contributes two additional letters to the natural four-letter genetic alphabet. Not only has this altered genetic information been accepted by organisms in labs, it has also been copied and carried over in natural cell reproduction.
Traits that lead to both procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked and "moderately inheritable," according to research published in Psychological Science.
Researchers claim people from all corners of the European continent share a common genetic footprint that dates back just a mere thousand years ago.
Once extinct animals, like the woolly mammoth, passenger pigeon and western black rhino, can be brought back to life via genetic engineering. This topic has caused some debate among the scientific community as to whether they should and what are the moral implications related to that.