genetics, history
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2017
Most didn’t believe French doctor Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran when he said he’d spotted the causative agent of the disease—and that it was an animal.
Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study
Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study
Diana Kwon | Jul 18, 2017
A new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.
Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start
Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start
Shawna Williams | Jul 5, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Diana Kwon | Jun 26, 2017
The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 
Flycatchers’ Song Preference Linked to Genes
Flycatchers’ Song Preference Linked to Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 14, 2017
The birds learn the songs of their conspecifics even when raised by another species.
Art’s Diagnosticians
Art’s Diagnosticians
Abby Olena | Jun 12, 2017
Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | Jun 1, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
Developer of Amniocentesis Dies
Developer of Amniocentesis Dies
Aggie Mika | May 4, 2017
John Littlefield pioneered the use of the prenatal testing method in diagnosing genetic disorders in the womb.
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2017
By analyzing the genomes of 161 dog breeds, scientists discover how and when certain canine breeds emerged.