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Genetics

Modern Europe's Genetic History Starts in Stone Age

Scientists create the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.<p><b>Europeans as a people are younger than we thought, a new study suggests.</b><p>DNA recovered from ancient skeletons reveals that the genetic makeup of modern Europe was established around 4,500 B.C. in the mid-Neolithic—or 6,500 years …

Making of Europe unlocked by DNA

<b>DNA sequenced from nearly 40 ancient skeletons has shed light on the complex prehistoric events that shaped modern European populations.</b><p>A study of remains from Central Europe suggests the foundations of the modern gene pool were laid down between 4,000 and 2,000 BC - in Neolithic times.<p>These …

Anthropology

A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Mutations on a single gene appear to increase the risk for both an unusual sleep disorder and migraines, a team reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i>.<p>The finding could help explain the links between sleep problems and migraines. It also should make it easier to find new drugs to treat migraines, …

Cancer risk gene testing announced

<b>A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS.</b><p>It will look for genes such as those which led Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy.<p>The results will be used to pick targeted …

Cancer

Using 23andMe to Make Connections - 23andMe Blog

We plead guilty to occasionally geeking out on genetics, so it’s nice to see when someone else does it too. In September, Moment Magazine got all …

Whole Genome Scans Could Reveal Too Much

When doctors run out of clues on how to treat a cancer patient, they sometimes order a scan of all the patient's genes. But such a test can turn up unexpected results, such as greater risk of another disease. When are doctors obligated to tell the patient what they know? And do patients have the …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

Newly discovered mechanism could help researchers understand ageing process and lead to ways of slowing it down<p>A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same …

Alzheimer's study reveals new genes implicated in disease

Largest study yet into genetics of Alzheimer's disease identifies double the previous number of genes associated with disorder<p>Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study yet into the genetics of the disorder.<p>Findings from the …

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Study finds catastrophic diseases aren't things that evolve once – 'they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors'<p>Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and …

Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.<p>The comparison of Neanderthal and modern human genomes, …

Neanderthals Might Have Given Us Diabetes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you have diabetes, you may have a Neanderthal to thank/blame, according to recent genome</i> …

Half of all the men in Britain with surname Stewart 'descended from royalty'

Ground breaking survey traces origin of one DNA lineage to historical figure in 13th century<p>A ground breaking DNA study has found that half of all the men who carry the surnames Stewart, or Stuart, are descended from Scotland’s royal dynasty.<p>The same investigation has also traced, for the first …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Breakthrough could help battle diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's but ethical concerns remain over animal testing<p>Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the …

Uzbekistan Will Test Kids' Genes To Find Future Olympians

The (controversial) plan will go live in early 2015.<p>To spot future olympians, it's common practice to wait to see if youngsters are actually good at any given activity. But the central Asian country of Uzbekistan will begin testing the genes of kids as young as 10 to try and find future champion …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Google Explains Why It Won't Add a "Mute Tab" Option to Chrome

In Chrome 32, Google added tab indicators showing a speaker icon to show which tab is making noise, as well as icons on tabs currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV. The feature grew out of audio indicators added to Chromium back in February 2013, but despite the fact there are …

Ken Burns' first app lets you explore American history on your iPad

Over the years, legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has put out a lot of movies — but now he's released his very first app, which lets you explore his work on American history in a totally new way. Called simply "Ken Burns," the iPad app isn't a movie itself, but instead a collection of clips …

Of Course the Mall of America Has a Giant 5-Story Pinterest Board

Caribou Coffee has created a five-story Pinterest board at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Why? In part, because it could.<p>The brand, which recently …

FindIt’s Universal Search App Closes Down

Tough times for cross-platform personal search tools, maybe? Techstars Chicago grad FindIt, a mobile application offering universal search across your emails and files stored in the cloud, is shutting down, the company announced in an email sent out to the service’s early adopters.<p>The app, which …

Leap Motion + Google Earth

How RootsTech Became the Birthplace of Treelines

The first RootsTech I attended took place at the beginning of a major transition in my genealogical life, from part-time hobbyist to full-time …

RootsTech 2014: Use your iPad for Genealogy Research at the Family History Library | Genealogy Gems

Thinking about attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2014? Then I’m guessing a trip to the Family History Library (FHL) is part of your …

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and Family History: Quick Key Tip