DNA, ecology, evolution
Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble
Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble
Jef Akst | Mar 27, 2015
A study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous group estimated.
Researchers Unearth Cervantes’s Tomb
Researchers Unearth Cervantes’s Tomb
Bob Grant | Mar 19, 2015
A convent in Madrid may contain some of the Spanish literary giant’s remains, forensic experts say.
Oldest <em>Homo</em> Remains Yet Found
Oldest Homo Remains Yet Found
Ruth Williams | Mar 4, 2015
A newly discovered 2.8 million-year-old jawbone is thought to be that of a direct human ancestor.
Reading Between the Pages
Reading Between the Pages
Molly Sharlach | Mar 1, 2015
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of York excavate the genetic secrets contained in the DNA of old parchments.
Drunk Monkeys
Drunk Monkeys
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2015
UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2015
Evolving Ourselves, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Bats, and The Invaders
A Deathly Pallor
A Deathly Pallor
Carina Storrs | Mar 1, 2015
Global warming could lead to lighter-colored insects with waning immune defenses.
Slip Me Some Skin
Slip Me Some Skin
Molly Sharlach | Mar 1, 2015
Scientists tracing the history of livestock breeding probe parchment documents for genetic information.
Falling Out of the Family Tree
Falling Out of the Family Tree
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2015
A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.
Wrangling Retrotransposons
Wrangling Retrotransposons
Andrei Seluanov, Michael Van Meter, Vera Gorbunova | Mar 1, 2015
These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.