Non-Africans really are part-Neanderthal, says team

New genetic research appears to confirm that the ancestors of modern non-Africans interbred with Neanderthals.

Team overrides faulty genetic signalling for first time

Scientists have discovered an entirely new way to change the genetic code, bringing hope of treatments for devastating genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and many forms of cancer.

Big leap forward for DNA computing

Caltech researchers have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever, creating a DNA computer that can calculate square roots.

DNA could act as an antenna in electromagnetic communications

A theoretical physicist has presented research that shows bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals to produce species-specific wavelengths. 

Craig Venter team finds evidence of new form of life

A team, including DNA pioneer Craig Venter, says it may have discovered an entirely new domain of life.

Scientists hope to check Martian surface for earthling DNA

MIT research scientists are planning to check whether we're all Martians, descended from organisms that were carried here aboard meteorites.

Scientist extracts DNA from Amelia Earhart's letters

In the age of CSI and Law & Order, scientists are putting newfound interest into the mystery of Amelia Earhart. Hoping to extract her DNA from dried saliva on two envelopes she is believed to have sealed, one British Columbia researcher is attempting to reveal new secrets about her past.

Human DNA discovered in gonorrhea

Scientists have found their first evidence of gene transfer from humans to bacteria  - and, guess what, it's gonorrhea that's the lucky recipient.

Asymmetry of life may have cosmic origin

The asymmetry of biological molecules may have come from space, say French scientists.

Solar cell mimics plants to self-repair

Using carbon nanotubes and DNA, researchers have created a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants.

DNA can show hair colour of criminals

Forensic investigators will now be able to tell the hair color of an unknown perpetrator from DNA traces.

New DNA technique sketches virtual depiction of suspects

When it comes to analyzing DNA evidence, law enforcement can't do much nowadays but compare samples to known suspects or criminals within a police database. 



'DNA fingerprint' could identify pirated movies

Inspired by DNA testing techniques, researchers have developed a way of identifying pirated movies.

Team prototypes instant genome test

Scientists from Imperial College London have prototyped a tool that they say could ultimately sequence a person’s genome in minutes, at a fraction of the cost of current techniques.

Spawned from DNA, Mercedes-Benz BIOME concept car to grow in lab

Mercedes-Benz is taking "green" technology to a whole new level. No, we’re not talking about hybrids or low fuel emission models, we’re talking about a brand new concept in automotive design. 

Crowdsourced game helps decode genetic diseases

Play FarmVille, and a few virtual chickens lay eggs. Play Phylo, and you could be helping decode a genetic disease.

Can shows like CSI accelerate the pace of DNA tech?

On TV programs like CSI, all it takes is one sip from a soda can for detectives to swab, tag, and bust a guilty criminal with DNA certainty. But is real life technology advanced enough to perform such a feat? 



What animal is that? Hold on, I'll check the barcode

One of the biggest problems in cataloguing species is being able to tell whether a specimen is actually new or not. This week, for example, a sea eagle that had been believed to belong to a new species was discovered to be simply a variant on a known type.

Self-assembling nanodevices can move and change shape on demand

A Harvard-led team has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape. They're perfect for medical applications, says the team, because DNA is biocompatible and biodegradable.

Venter team creates first synthetic living cell

In what is being hailed as the greatest scientific breakthrough in a generation, researchers have created the first artificial living cell.