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Genes tell how the giraffe got its long neck

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have sequenced the genome of the giraffe for the first time, uncovering DNA quirks that help explain how the tallest animals on earth developed their remarkably long necks.<p>Being a giraffe is not easy. To pump blood two meters up from the chest to the brain calls for a …

Humans are 60 percent the same as chickens in one surprising way

When it comes to our genes, there's very little variation from one human to the next — about 99.9% of our DNA is the same as the person sitting next to us.<p>For example, in a recent TED talk, physicist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini demonstrated that a printed version of the entire human genetic …

We Tried Weightlifting For Six Weeks And Here's What Happened

A three-times-a-week program that even fitness newbies can do.<p>Or, well, we decided we wanted to become at least a <i>little</i> bit stronger. Both of us are pretty fit people (averaging 2-5 workouts per week), but neither of us had any real prior experience with weight training. The free weight area always …

Ruby-red seadragon species spotted in the wild for the first time

There are rubies in the sea.<p>Not gemstones, but ruby-colored seadragons that have been spotted in the wild for the first time, in the waters off Western Australia.<p>The discovery made by marine biologists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography confirms that there is a third species of seadragon, …

The 7 Stretches Everyone Should Be Able to Do

Most workouts involve a mix of strength and cardio. Maybe you do a dynamic warm-up, then a total-body workout or a quick HIIT routine, and <i>possibly</i> a …

Yoga

Scientists have identified the minimum set of genes needed for life

In a paper published in Science on March 25, the researchers, headed by genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, reported that their cell survived and reproduced with only 473 genes, which is the smallest genome of any organism found in nature.<p>The human genome, in comparison, has between 19,000 and 25,000 …

HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out of Immune Cells

Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune …

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Science Explains Why You Can't Stop Eating Potato Chips

You might think fatty foods are delicious, but fat alone isn’t actually very appetizing. (The true taste of fat, according to recent research, tastes …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Organisms

Golden jackal: A new wolf species hiding in plain view | @GrrlScientist

Illustration: Klaus-Peter Koepfli & John Pollinger et al./Current Biology 2015<p><b>Figure 4. Principal Component Analyses of the Morphometric Data for African and Eurasian Golden Jackals.</b> (<b>A</b>) Plot of principal component 2 (PC2) against PC1 based on 45 linear measurements of teeth and skulls of 140 …

Zoology

With NASA's New Horizons, it's finally Pluto's time to shine

We're all on the cusp of something big.<p>For the first time in history, a spacecraft will be able to see the possible cliffs and crags of Pluto up …