ancient DNA
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Bob Grant | Nov 19, 2015
The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.
Incan Mummy Genome Sequenced
Incan Mummy Genome Sequenced
Bob Grant | Nov 16, 2015
Researchers decode mitochondrial DNA from the 500-year-old remains of a native South American child, revealing a new line of maternal ancestors.
Life Scientists Honored
Life Scientists Honored
Karen Zusi | Nov 9, 2015
Breakthrough Prizes of $3 million each go to five researchers in the life sciences, recognizing their pioneering work in optogenetics, disease-associated mutation analyses, and ancient DNA sequencing.
Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Peopling of Americas
Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Peopling of Americas
Bob Grant | Oct 28, 2015
An analysis of centuries-old genetic material from two infants who lived near the Bering Strait suggests that people came to North America in a single wave from Asia about 25,000 years ago.
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Bob Grant | Oct 13, 2015
A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.
Ancient DNA Elucidates Basque Origins
Ancient DNA Elucidates Basque Origins
Bob Grant | Sep 9, 2015
Researchers find that the people of northern Spain and southern France are an amalgam of early Iberian farmers and local hunters.
TB over Time
TB over Time
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2015
Eighteenth-century DNA sequences yield insights into the history of tuberculosis infections.
TB Traces
TB Traces
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2015
Take a trip to the mummy museum in Vác, Hungary, to see the human remains that helped researchers learn more about the origins of tuberculosis in Europe.
The First Americans
The First Americans
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2015
Two genetic studies seeking to determine how people first migrated to North and South America yield different results.
Week in Review: June 22–26
Week in Review: June 22–26
Jef Akst | Jun 26, 2015
Neanderthal-human hybrid discovered; the neurobiology of fear behavior; and an insulin patch that responds to high glucose levels in mice