genomics

Plan To Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes A Staggering 66,000 Species

Plan To Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes A Staggering 66,000 Species

An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an ambitious project to assemble high-quality genome sequences of all 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth, including all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. With an estimated total cost of $US600 million ($835 million), it’s a project of biblical proportions.

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2017

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, for granted. As a reminder that we’re actually living in…

Key Mutations Show How Tibetans Thrive At High Elevations

Key Mutations Show How Tibetans Thrive At High Elevations

At altitudes of 4570m, Tibetans live in environments that would incapacitate most humans. New research has uncovered several genetic mutations that appear to be responsible for these high-altitude superpowers — including a trait inherited from an extinct human species.