The modern European gene pool is likely a bit confused now, with international travel spreading people far and wide. However, in the case of native Europeans whose family never left the continent, it has been found that they likely boast a cocktail of genetic information from three distinct "tribes" of ancestors.
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.
Experts have recently completed sequencing and analyzing the genome of the gibbon, a rare kind of primate with a unique chromosomal rearrangement, allowing for rapid evolution and surprising variety.
Not all tuberculosis-causing bacterium were created equal. Researchers have recently developed a new genetic "bar-coding" system to help professionals identify different strains of tuberculosis that affect patients in different ways.
It may be one of the last examples of ongoing natural selection in humans. Pygmy hunter-gatherer tribes in Uganda have genes to thank for their incredibly small stature, and researchers now suspect that this trait has evolved several times to help these people better adapt to their unusual lifestyle.
Studies of substance abusers have long hinted that some people are at least partially genetically predisposed to addiction. This certainly doesn't mean they are doomed to become addicts, but it may mean that some vulnerabilities to substance abuse may be exacerbated by genetics. Now researchers have found evidence that environmental factors also have a huge, though distinct, influence on men and women.
Experts are trying to promote the recent creation of Genetically Edited Organisms (GEOs) as a preferable alternative to gene-insertion-based Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops. A very specific type of GMO, they say, has been raising concerns with governments and the public alike, and the editing of a plant within the bounds of its own natural genetic information may simply be a preferable course of action.
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.
A recent ad campaign by the Singapore's National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) that aired during the World Cup was turned on its head recently after Germany proved victorious. However, attention to the now viral ad has also brought attention to the stark reality of problem gambling - it's genetic.
Researchers have determined that individuals who are commonly called "sensitive" have heightened activity in the empathy-related portions of their brains, and this activity level might be genetically determined.
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.
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.
Very few people know that there has been an ongoing debate for decades on whether or not Native Americans are the ancestors of the "first Americans." Now, DNA testing of ancient remains has verified that Native Americans are in-fact descendants of the first.
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.
Researcher Leonid Moroz and fellow scientists are studying a fascinating translucent sea creature that has regenerating abilities on a floating laboratory off the Florida Keys in hopes of finding clues to genetics and spinal cord regeneration.