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Ancient Irish

By Jef Akst | December 30, 2015

The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.

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Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA

By Bob Grant | December 30, 2015

Several studies using centuries-old genetic material graced the pages of life-science journals in 2015. Here’s a look at a few of the researchers and papers that made headlines this year.

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Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots

By Bob Grant | November 19, 2015

The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.

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Bronze Age Plague Sequenced

By Karen Zusi | October 26, 2015

Plague-causing bacteria may have been around as early as 5,000 years ago, though a genomic analysis suggests that ancient strains were less contagious.

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New Virus Discovered in Human Blood

By Jef Akst | September 23, 2015

Researchers identify a novel virus in blood samples taken in the 1970s.

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Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes

By Jef Akst | September 10, 2015

Researchers are developing new techniques to better understand how and why knots of DNA are distributed throughout the genome.

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Big Data Problem

By Amanda B. Keener | July 8, 2015

Scientists estimate that, in the next 10 years, the data needs of genomics will outpace those of astronomy and some social media.

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Telltale Tusks

By Amanda B. Keener | June 22, 2015

Sequencing DNA from ivory may be useful for tracking down elephant poachers.

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Kennewick Man Was Native American

By Jef Akst | June 18, 2015

Genomic analysis suggests that the skeleton’s closest living relatives are Native American after all.

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TS Live: Genetic Time Machine

By Bob Grant | June 12, 2015

Piecing together scraps of DNA from a 400,000-year-old hominin femur

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