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Mystery of the missing Neanderthal genes solved

Neanderthal inbreeding likely gave rise to harmful genes, lost in larger human gene pool when the species interbred.<p>Humans and Neanderthals interbred …

Why Humans Don't Have More Neanderthal Genes

Neanderthals and modern humans interbred long ago, but evolution has purged many of our caveman relative's genes from modern human genomes, a new …

Neanderthal Sex Could Explain Why Europeans And Africans Have Different Immune Systems

Your family tree just got way more interesting.<p>Scientists investigating the immune system of modern humans have found significantly different …

Immune System

Neanderthals May Have Given Us Genital Warts

A case of ancient hominid hanky-panky<p>At some point in our evolutionary history, our <i>Homo sapiens</i> ancestors had sex with Neanderthals. Those cross-species trysts are the reason why almost everyone has a little bit of Neanderthal DNA in them today. Now, a new study published in the journal <i>Molecular</i> …

Neandertal DNA Affects Modern Ethnic Difference in Immune Response

DNA acquired from breeding with Neanderthals may explain why people of European descent respond differently to infection than those of African …

Your Neanderthal DNA might actually be doing you some good

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins.<p>For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental. Research suggests …

Humanity

Neanderthals mated with European humans and it made their immune systems weaker

The path to humanity as we know it was long.<p>Over about 2 million years, early human species slowly evolved beneficial mutation after beneficial (or at least benign) mutation, shaping our bodies into how they look and work today. Simultaneously, these early humans were migrating all over the planet, …

Australian Aboriginals May Have Bred with Mysterious, Previously Unknown Human Lineage

Researchers have just stumbled on a new, mysterious branch of humanity that was previously unknown. By examining models which heretofore assumed that …

Obama Says Fake News Is Impeding Progress on Climate Change

"There was a baseline of facts that we could all work off of. And now we just don't have that."<p>Fake news is an epidemic on social media. Even …

Dakota Access pipeline: 300 protesters injured after police use water cannons

Twenty-six people hospitalized from ‘mass casualty incident’ that included bone fractures and hypothermia shown in dramatic video footage of standoff<p>Support our fearless, independent journalism with a contribution or by becoming a member<p>Twenty-six people were hospitalized and more than 300 injured …

New Orleans Water Protectors Show Solidarity With Standing Rock

Protesters line the street in front of the US Army Corp of Engineers headquarters. (Photo: ©2016 Julie Dermansky)<p>On November 15, over 150 people …

One looming consequence of climate change: Small island nations will cease to exist

As United Nations climate change talks get set to wrap up on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco, negotiators representing the Alliance of Small Island Nations underscored the need to speed up efforts to combat global warming and adapt to its effects.<p>"I'm happy about the progress that we are making, but …

As If 2016 Isn't Terrible Enough, It's Also Going to Be the Hottest Year on Record

It just won't quit.<p>According to the World Meteorogical Association, 2016 is well on its way to being the hottest year on record, surpassing the already record-breaking 2015. You know, as if we needed another reason to hate this year.<p>The reason? Surprise, surprise: climate change.<p>"Another year. …

Scientists Have Rejuvenated Old Mice With The Blood of Human Teenagers

The fountain of youth is real, and it's creepy.<p>It might sound like something out of a creepy folk tale, but scientists have found evidence that …

Another victim of climate change: kelp

Kelp, with its incredible ability to overcome biological stressors and grow back quickly, is an important indicator of how healthy the ocean is.<p>As …

Ecology

Humans Are Still Evolving - But in Ways That Might Surprise You

We're changing what it means to be human.<p>It’s often said that through our innovations in science, agriculture, and medicine, humans have become …

Scientists Urge Trudeau To Stop Using Poor Environmental Assessments

Canada’s young scientists aren’t satisfied with the way the federal government reviews energy projects, saying the current process lacks high …

Canada gives $3.3bn subsidies to fossil fuel producers despite climate pledge

Government subsidy to gas and oil companies undermine Trudeau’s plan to put national price on carbon dioxide by 2018, environmental report warned<p>Canada’s attempt to act on climate change is being undermined by $3.3bn in government subsidies flowing to oil and gas producers in the country a year, a …