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The Only Way To Save The Northern White Rhino Is A Jurassic Park-Style Intervention

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood science-fiction movie. An alien species is dying. Their only hope is for a brood of artificially fertilised eggs created from the preserved DNA of some of the last survivors to be brought back to life in a future world where (hopefully) conditions are better suited to them.

This Microbial Animal Threw The Evolutionary Rulebook Out The Window

We typically think of evolution as a progression from simplicity to complexity. But one organism seems to have thrown the rulebook out the window: a microbial animal that offers a striking example of evolution run “backwards.”

One 'Supergene' May Determine Mating Strategies For These Male Birds 

The birds you see above are all ruffs (Philomachus pugnax): wading birds that summer in marshes through Northern Europe and Asia. All three are wearing different forms of breeding plumage. And all of them are male.

Asking Men When Their Voice Broke Helped Find Genes For Start Of Puberty  

Puberty has a clear physiological signpost in girls: sooner or later, they have their first period. That’s been a critical part of identifying genes that influence when puberty starts in girls, but it wasn’t clear whether those genes also affected boys the same way.

Your Cheatin' Heart? More Like Your Cheatin' Brain

Video: Some people cheat on their partners. Others wouldn’t dream of it — the risk is too huge. A new video from ASAP Science lays out how genetic differences in the neurotransmitters that promote risk-taking and social bonding might influence people’s willingness to stray.

The Bread Lab's Mission To Breed The Best New Wheats 

The Bread Lab at Washington State University is a collaboration between plant geneticists and master bakers. The goal? To breed new varieties of wheat that can turn out superior breads and beers while still growing well in the cool and wet Northwest climate.

Pioneering Gene-Editing Therapy Reverses Cancer In Baby Girl

A one-year-old girl diagnosed with incurable aggressive leukemia is now in remission after receiving “designer cells” from a donor. The therapy made use of a powerful new gene-editing technique that could eventually be used to treat an array of hereditary diseases.

This Is How Plants Become Zombies

It sounds like a bizarre video game mashup, but farmers have reported “zombie” plants since the early 1600s: plants that took on a sickly yellow look and grew strange leaf-like structures or bushy growths instead of flowering and reproducing.

A Few Mutant Genes Can Turn A Stomach Bug Into The Black Death

Scientists have long known that one little microbe is responsible for the infamous Black Death plague that decimated Western Europe in the Middle Ages, wiping out roughly one-third of the population. Now they have learned more about where it comes from: it takes just a few small genetic changes to turn a mild stomach bug into a killer.

DNA Repair Earned The Nobel Prize In Chemistry, And Here's Why

Yesterday the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their work in mapping out how cells repair damaged DNA. Their research improved our understanding of how our own cells work and helped in the development of cancer treatments, but what does it all really mean?

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