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Nigerian female scientist: 'My brain is what matters'

<b>Grace Itunuoluwa Akinwande, from Nigeria, is doing a master's degree in mathematics at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Senegal - one of 12 female scientists in a group of 54.</b><p>"I love the fact I can interact with people from different fields, like physics and computer science," Ms …

A Genetic Mutation Could Save You From A Heart Attack

By keeping your triglyceride levels low<p>Though they may come as a surprise, heart attacks don’t just happen at random—chances are, years of poor diet and not enough exercise set the stage for a heart attack to occur. Over the past few years, researchers have learned that genetics also play a role, …

DNA: it’s in your blood [Discovering Biology in a Digital World]

Did you know small fragments of DNA are circulating in your blood stream?These short pieces of DNA are left behind after cells self-destruct. This …

Eye on the Cure: Can Algae Genes Restore Vision in First Optogenetics Human Trial?

In the next month, scientists from RetroSense Therapeutics will inject a virus deep into the retina of legally blind human volunteers.<p>The virus will …

Dodos: Smarter Than Most People Think

According to a newly published study, the dodo was probably not as stupid as people believe. Using modern medical imaging techniques to create scans of the interior of a well-preserved dodo skull, a team of researchers report that the dodo’s brain was proportionally similar in volume to that of …

Gene editing: The next frontier in America’s abortion wars

Longtime combatants find themselves on the same side when it comes to manipulating the DNA of human embryos.<p>Activists on both sides of the abortion debate now have a common enemy — the use of a powerful new gene editing technology to tinker with the human race.<p>That may seem like an idea from a …

Genetics

Genome Study Links Misfolded DNA to Brain Tumors

January 12, 2016, by NCI Staff<p>Researchers studying brain tumors have identified a previously unknown genetic mechanism that may contribute to cancer. …

How Biotech Will Help Achieve Zero Hunger

I am not your typical pro-GMO advocate. As a twice-over returned Peace Corps Volunteer who shops at farmers’ markets, is a certified yoga teacher, and has built a career around alleviating hunger and poverty in the developing world, you might immediately peg me as someone who believes the only way …

Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything

If life is effectively an endless series of photocopies, as DNA is transcribed and passed on from one being to the next, then evolution is the high-stakes game of waiting for the copier to get it wrong.<p>Too wrong, and you’ll live burdened by a maladaptive mutation or genetic disorder. Worse, you …

Biology

Archaeologists dig up 'unexpected' evidence of Iron Age life

<b>Archaeologists have uncovered "totally unexpected" remains from an Iron Age village on land where a housing estate is being built.</b><p>Experts from the University of Leicester believe the remains, in the village of Welford, Northamptonshire, date back more than 2,000 years.<p>They believe the artefacts …

Archaeology

We've Rediscovered 'Extinct' Giant Tortoises

Here's how it happened.<p>The Galápagos Islands, 1,000 kilometers off the coast of South America, are probably most famous as the place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They are home to an extraordinary array of wildlife, including giant Galápagos tortoises, the world’s largest …

Extinction

Neanderthal genes 'boosted our immunity'

<b>We may owe our ability to fight disease to our extinct relatives - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.</b><p>According to a pair of scientific studies, key genes in the immune system come from our ancient "cousins".<p>The findings, which appear in The American Journal of Human Genetics, suggest we have …

Immune System

How have anti-evolution tactics evolved over time? They’ve gotten sneakier.

You have to admit that this is pretty cheeky: In the latest issue of Science magazine, Australian National University researcher Nicholas Matzke traces the evolution of anti-evolution efforts using the same methods he usually uses to track the shared origins of different species. But Matzke's work …

A controversial tool that lets scientists rewrite DNA just achieved a major milestone

On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of Homo Naledi, a previously unknown ancestor to humans and the Pluto flyby, which allowed scientists to get an up-close view of Pluto and its …

Genetics

Forensic Anthropologist Creates A More Realistic Portrait Of Jesus

Jesus seems like he would have been a pretty cool guy, and since he turned water into wine and hung out with hookers he was probably the life of the …

The Magdala Stone May Be A Portal To Early Religion

The Magdala Stone, a stunning archaeological find from an excavated synagogue in Israel that dates back to the time of Jesus, sits at the intersection of Jewish and Christian history.<p>Since its 2009 discovery, the stone — a carved block decorated with symbols including a seven-branch menorah (rare …

Scientists are training computers to ‘think' by simulating brain processes

Scientists are now racing to sequence the genomes (all the genes) or proteomes (all the proteins) of various organisms - and in the process are compiling massive amounts of data.<p>For instance, a scientist can use "omics" tools such as DNA sequencing to tease out which human genes are affected in a …

Machine Learning

The major concern about a powerful new gene-editing technique that most people don't want to talk about

The technique, known as CRISPR/Cas9 , lets scientists cut-and-paste DNA inside cells to correct genetic defects or, potentially, add new capabilities. It offers enormous promise to improve our understanding of biology and to treat or even eliminate genetic diseases.<p>But there's a dark side to …

Genetics

Could CRISPR Homogenize Humanity?

What if, with the stroke of a molecular cleaver, you could fix what you think is wrong in your family tree? Thanks to the work of Berkeley professor Jennifer Doudna and the MIT’s Feng Zhang, we now have the ability to edit, crisply and precisely, gene sequences in our cells that for whatever reason …

Rare mark from biblical king's seal found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis.<p>A projected image of a clay imprint, known as a bulla, which was unearthed from excavations near Jerusalem's Old City, and later …

Archaeology

How 10 of Your Favorite Beauty Brands Got Their Names

We all have our favorite beauty brands that we’re loyal to and use every single day. But have you ever stopped mid-mascara application and wondered …

Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes

Watch out, malaria — scientists are coming for you with genetically engineered mosquitoes.<p>A team of researchers has altered the DNA in mosquitoes so they can fight and kill the parasites that cause malaria inside their own bodies. That way, the insects can't transmit the deadly parasites to …

Exploring how absence of ASS1 protein affects sick children may provide a 'lens' on cancer

Master genetic switch for brain development discovered

Cells in which NeuroD1 is turned on are reprogrammed to become neurons. Cell nuclei are shown in blue and neurons, with their characteristic long …

Neuroscience

The Tardigrade Genome Has Been Sequenced, And It's Even Weirder Than We Thought

What the...<p>Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the tardigrade, AKA the water bear, for the first time. And their results suggest that this …

Biology

The Search for Queen Nefertiti Enters a New Phase

Mounting evidence suggests the legendary monarch’s burial chamber is hidden in King Tut’s tomb.<p>They are two of the most renowned figures in Egyptian history.<p>But, while King Tutankhamun owes his fame to the stunning treasures that were buried with him after his death, Queen Nefertiti is remembered …

Was King Tutankhamun's famous burial mask originally intended for his stepmother Nefertiti?

One of the most famous relics from the ancient world – the golden and heavily decorated funeral mask of ancient Egypt's King Tutankhamun – could have …

15 Stylish and Easy Ways to Wear Your Skinny Jeans Right Now

We're willing to bet that you have a stellar pair of skinny jeans in consistent outfit rotation. Summer, fall, winter, or spring, the beloved wardrobe essential will always be—well—an essential. No matter how much you love your slouchy boyfriend denim, want to try a pair of high-waisted flares, or …

Clothing

Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter

Spending more time sitting on our butts isn't just a problem for obesity and heart disease. The shift to a more sedentary lifestyle has probably been …

Scientists map genes essential for cancer to survive

Scientists are closing in on the goal of finding drugs to target genes that drive individual cancers while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Taking a …