Genetics book encoded in DNA

To demonstrate that DNA's suitable for use as a large-scale data storage medium, a team of scientists has encoded a 5.27MB book using DNA microchips, and then read it back again.

Humans didn't breed with Neanderthals

Just as we were all getting used to being part-Neanderthal, Cambridge University scientists say we might not be, after all.

Neanderthal 'sister species' interbred with us

A mysterious sister species to Neanderthals once roamed Africa, interbreeding with human ancestors.

Oxford University looks for Yeti DNA

In an effort to settle things once and for all, Oxford University scientists are calling for samples of so-called Yeti remains for genetic investigation.

Rewritable digital data storage built in DNA

Scientists have successfully and repeatedly encoded, stored and erased digital data within the DNA of living cells.

Alien DNA is in Prometheus

It's really shaping up to be one amazing genre summer at the movies.

Ancient viruses trapped in our DNA

Scientists have uncovered clues as to how our genomes became riddled with viruses, some dating back 100 million years.

Artificial DNA alternative evolves on its own

The prospect of artificial life has just come one step closer, with the discovery that a synthetic version of DNA and RNA can evolve like the real thing.

Modern humans not responsible for Neanderthals' decline

European Neanderthals were on the verge of extinction even before moderns humans arrived on the scene, a DNA analysis has shown.

Tiny device cuts cost of DNA sequencing

A British company has developed a disposable DNA sequencing device that's the size of a USB memory stick.

'DNA robot' makes cancer self-destruct

Harvard researchers have created a tiny  'DNA robot' that can seek out and destroy specific cells - including cancer cells.

Biological computer reads encrypted logos

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a 'biological computer' - made entirely from biomolecules - that can encrypt and decipher images.

Native Americans traced to Siberian mountains

Native Americans can trace their origins to a remote mountainous region of Siberia, new genetic research has shown.

'Yeti finger' turns out to be human

Scottish scientists have analyzed the DNA of a mummified finger claimed to belong to a yeti.

Mammoth find raises hopes of successful cloning

A Japanese team which has been hoping to clone a mammoth says that a specimen discovered this summer looks likely to yield up the necessary DNA.

Black Death DNA sequenced from fourteenth-century teeth

An international team of scientists has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, extracted from skeletons more than 700 years old.

Synthetic yeast allows on-demand evolution

A team of Johns Hopkins researchers has created from scratch a new form of yeast that includes synthetic DNA.

DNA components confirmed to come from space

The building blocks of DNA have been arriving here from meteorites in greater quantity than previously thought, lending weight to the idea that the seeds of life on Earth originated in space.

Caltech 'soup' shows brainlike behavior

Caltech researchers have created the first artificial neural network from DNA - a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete patterns, just as a brain can.

Team develops tools to edit DNA

MIT and Harvard researchers say they can edit the genetic code of a living cell, allowing them to give cells new functions such as building proteins not found in nature, or engineering bacteria that are resistant to any viral infection.