A child born and raised by obese parent is more likely to grow up as obese compared to those who were raised by thin parents.
Despite the consequences of modern human civilization, nature still finds a way to adapt and survive. A team of researchers from the University of California, Davis has found that the Atlantic Killfish has evolved to adapt to estuaries containing toxic polluted waters.
Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have discovered one group of corals that survived the Caribbean coral extinction between one and two million years ago continues to adapt to future climate changes because of their high genetic diversity.
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered chicken bones from Ethiopia that could explain how domesticated chickens crossed ancient roads and seas.
Male bluebirds benefit from spending a year at home before moving out to build a nest of their own, according to a new study from Cornell University and the Santa Fe Institute. Researchers say the cooperative behavior, or rather helping out around mom's nest, improves the birds' life span and increases genetic diversity of offspring, as females prefer mating with older males.
Vast genetic changes can occur in hatchery-raised fish in as little as one generation, according to the latest study from Oregon State University. This poses a significant threat to wild populations that come in contact with their genetically unique relatives.
Bedbugs are hardy pests that have built up a strong resistance to common pesticides. In a recent study, researchers sequenced the genome of these bugs, revealing unique genetic features that could help create better methods of pest control.
Virgin births, scientifically called parthenogenesis, may be more common among snakes than previously thought. Understanding this sort of reproduction sheds light on the evolutionary history of vertebrates, researchers say.
Utah's Henry Mountains is home to a viable population of genetically pure, disease-free American bison. Researchers say this could open new doors for improved conservation of these animals, which were recently named the U.S. National Mammal.
Following the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, marine-dwelling three-spine stickleback fish had to rapidly evolve to live in freshwater ponds. This sheds light on how other species may be impacted by climate change.
How did skates and rays develop their unique wing-like fins? Researchers from the University of Chicago recently revealed the animals altered their body structure to live on the ocean floor, and to do so they relied on repurposed genes.
Black swans' wariness is partly determined by their genes, researchers reveal in a new study. This could have important implications for releasing captive-bred birds into the wild.
Some prairie voles are monogamous, while others seek out multiple mates. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin reveal sexual behavior is largely controlled by genetic differences in the rodents' brains, suggesting natural selection has allowed for both characteristics to co-exist.
Cheetahs migrated to Africa from North America 100,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Following their "big move," populations dwindled and incestuous breeding increased. This troubled linage has had a lasting impact on modern Cheetahs, many of which have difficulty reproducing due to a gene mutation that affects sperm development.