Soil microbes alter DNA in response to warming

As scientists forecast the impacts of climate change, one missing piece of the puzzle is what will happen to the carbon in the soil and the microbes that control the fate of this carbon as the planet warms.

Using DNA to assemble a transistor from graphene

DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene? That’s the theory behind a process that Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao reveals in Nature Communications.

DNA nanorobots find and tag cellular targets

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, working with their collaborators at the Hospital for Special Surgery, have created a fleet of molecular "robots" that can home in on specific human cells and mark them for drug therapy or destruction.

Human genome: name your price

Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have issued a warning that, according to the patent system, the vast majority of humans on the planet don't 'own' their own genes, and in fact their biological make-up is being exploited for profit. Even seemingly innocent research into cow breeding can cover human genetic make-up.

Learning can cause brain damage

A team of scientists based at UCSF has established a link between learning and brain damage. Researchers found that brain activity could lead to DNA damage within brain cells, and although the damage is repaired quickly, it might explain the mechanism behind some neurological diseases. So thanks a lot, mum, I told you nothing good would come of law school.

Light cast on origins of life

University of Georgia researchers say they've discovered important genetic clues about archaea, one of Earth's oldest life forms.

Key component of DNA found in interstellar space

Two prebiotic molecules - one related to DNA and the other to an amino acid - have been identified in a gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way.

Scientists store Shakespeare's sonnets in DNA

Scientists say they've found a comparatively error-free way to store data in DNA, and have already used it to encode Shakespeare's sonnets and MP3 music files.

40,000-year-old DNA reveals origins of native Americans

Many present-day Asians and Native Americans are related to humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing, an analysis of ancient DNA shows.

Four-stranded DNA points to cancer cure

Cambridge University researchers say they've proved that four-stranded ‘quadruple helix’ DNA structures exist within the human genome.

Indians migrated to Australia 4,000 years ago

Native Australians weren't, as thought, isolated from the rest of the world for 40,000 years: they absorbed a wave of migration from India just 4,000 years ago, a genetic study shows.

DNA technique reveals ancient hair and eye color

Researchers have discovered that a new method of establishing hair and eye color from modern forensic samples can also do the same for ancient human remains.

3,000-year-old murder solved

Egyptologists say they believe they've established the truth about the death of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses III 3,000 years ago. And, just as an ancient papyrus suggests, they say, conspirators murdered him by slitting his throat.

DNA study confirms existence of Bigfoot. Really?

Bigfoot is not only real, it's the product of breeding between human females and an unknown hominid, and should be given human rights - if a Texas DNA researcher is to be believed.

HTC Droid DNA gets official

Verizon and HTC have finally rolled out the Droid DNA.

Is this blob dinosaur DNA?

A US researcher is claiming to have found further evidence that ancient dinosaur proteins - and even DNA - may have been preserved until the present day.

DNA-based gel moves when stimulated

Artificial muscles are a step closer to reality, with the creation of a  dynamic 'goo' made of DNA that responds to stimuli mechanically, much like a real cell.

Ancient DNA won't resurrect dinosaurs

DNA can't survive for more than a few million years at most, putting paid to any plans to take the grandkids to a real Jurassic Park one day.

Five genes found to determine face shape

DNA evidence could soon be enough to help law enforcement draw up photofits of criminal suspects, thanks to a new genetic discovery.

'Junk DNA' plays crucial role in health

It's been nearly ten years since the human genome was first decoded - and now scientists say they've finally mapped the underlying regulatory system that enables it to do its job.