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Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

<b>DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.</b><p>The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.<p>One theory proposed that they were an unmixed …

Watch A Girl Named Isabella Unpack A New 3-D Printed Arm

At this point in the 3D-printing game it should be obvious why the tech exists and why we should all own 3D printers: because they can change lives. Nowhere is that point hammered home more than in videos featuring the E-nable arms. In this latest video a girl named Isabella gets an amazing purple …

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This Is The First Baby Conceived With Controversial Mitochondrial Method

One of several due to be born this summer<p>Zain Rajani was born 22 days ago in Toronto, Canada. To say he was much anticipated would be an understatement—his parents, Natasha and Omar Rajani, had been trying for four years to get pregnant. Finally, they turned to in vitro fertilization, but Natasha’s …

Transgenic Cows Might Help Struggling Farmers In Africa

A baboon gene could give cattle a fighting chance against a deadly disease<p>The answer to a deadly disease in Africa could be a babbling, bumbling band of baboons--or at least their genes, anyway.<p>One-third of the African continent is almost completely free of cattle. About the size of the continental …

Scientists Describe Potential New DNA Base

DNA, the genetic material of all living things, is what makes us who we are. Written in this molecular code are the instructions for making proteins, …

Biology

Bermondsey bomb: World War Two device safely removed

<b>An unexploded World War Two bomb found in south London has been driven away safely under police and Army escort.</b><p>The 500lb (250kg) device was found on a building site in Grange Walk, Bermondsey on Monday.<p>Two primary schools were closed and hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution.<p>A cordon …

DNA Nanobots Set To Seek and Destroy Cancer Cells In Human Trial

This year, researchers hope that tiny robots built entirely of DNA will help save a critically ill leukemia patient. These DNA nanobots are designed …

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Gene Method Makes Mutants More Easily, and Sparks Concerns

Scientists have found a way to create mutant organisms more reliably, using a recently developed gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. And just as in the "X-Men" movies, not everyone is happy about that.<p>The procedure, known as mutagenic chain reaction, is described in a paper published online …

Letting go of the (genetic) apron strings

A new study from Princeton University sheds light on the handing over of genetic control from mother to offspring early in development. Learning how …

Genetics

The brutality of the Stone Age: Only one man had children for every 17 women 8,000 years ago.

Bad news for anyone who touts the idea that our ancient ancestors had it all figured out: Scientists have discovered evidence that, during the Stone …

Stone Age

Scientists call for ban on editing human genome

A group of leading biologists have called for worldwide boycott on a new technique for editing genomes that results in DNA being altered in a way …

Do your genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

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Study of Britain produces first fine-scale genetic map of a nation

Britain may be famous for preserving its royal DNA, but a genetic analysis of the nation is providing new insights into the "story of the masses," according to scientists.<p>Researchers announced Wednesday that they had created the world's first fine-scale genetic map of any country, an achievement …

Controversial DNA test comes to UK

<b>A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has launched in the UK.</b><p>The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says the 23andMe spit test, which is designed to give details about a person's health risks based on their DNA, can be used with caution.<p>But critics …

DNA smeared on a rocket survives re-entry and tells of life's origins

Well, would you look at that: scientists have discovered that DNA can make it through the hellish ordeal of atmospheric re-entry after all. German and Swiss researchers dotted a rocket's grooves and screw heads with fragments of genetic blueprints to see how they'd fare in situations that could've …

Ancient Russian's DNA sheds light on Neanderthal interbreeding | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - DNA extracted from the skeleton of a man who lived in Russia about 37,000 years ago is giving scientists new insights into the genetic history of Europeans including interbreeding that took place with Neanderthals more than 50,000 years ago.<p>A Kostenki skull fossil is seen in …

'Missing link' found for spectacular ancient sea reptiles | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ichthyosaurs were a hugely successful group of marine reptiles that flourished in the world’s oceans for more than 150 million years, with many looking much like today’s dolphins and some getting even bigger than a sperm whale.<p>Fossil remains showing the first amphibious …

Low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic hand to be tested on amputees in Ecuador

A PhD candidate and six undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UCIC) have created a low-cost, programmable, …

movie hopping for geeks

Enter your zipcode, find a movie theater, and pick some movies to watch.<p>Drag the movies to different times shown on the chart. Plan out movie hopping …

A Genetic Mutation Renders One Family Unable To Sweat

In an interesting twist, scientists have found that targeting this gene could help people who sweat way too much.<p>In Pakistan, there lives a family of five with a unique – and tragic – condition. Several of their children cannot sweat. It’s an extremely rare disorder called anhidrosis, and while it …

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team regrow cells of patient’s severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability<p>A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord …

Sense Of Touch Recreated For Amputees In Their Prosthetics

How gentle electric buzzes can give a man sensations in a hand he's lost<p>Years after they had lost parts of their arms in industrial accidents, Igor Spetic and Keith Vonderhuevel once again felt sensations -- such as the fuzz of a cotton ball, or a trickle of water -- seemingly on the backs of their …

Newly Discovered Engraving May Revise Picture of Neanderthal Intelligence

Carved grooves hints at abstract thought among these extinct early humans.<p>An engraving carved into dolomite stone more than 39,000 years old in a seaside Gibraltar cave suggests that Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thinking—once thought unique to modern humans, researchers reported …

Breathtaking Photos of the Tower of London Adorned with 888,246 Ceramic Poppies to Commemorate WWI

To honor the centennial of Britain’s beginnings in World War I, a pair of artist teamed up to work on an incredible installation, which you can see …

How to Capture Gorgeous Product Shots with a Couple of Cheap Pocket LED Lights

Yesterday evening, Pye Jirsa over on SLR Lounge shared an interesting and informative video about how he’s managed to incorporate a small army of LED …