Step toward fountain of youth?

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say they've been able to turn back the molecular clock by infusing the blood stem cells of old mice with a longevity gene - bringing back the stem cells' ability to regenerate.

Team gives ancient life another chance to evolve

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are attempting to repeat the path of evolution by taking a gene from an ancient organism and watching it evolve.

'Longevity gene' is nothing of the sort

British scientists have poured cold water on US research that claimed to have identified a gene responsible for ageing.

'Happiness gene' identified

Scientists have for the first time discovered a 'happiness gene', which works by regulating the transport of serotonin in the brain.

New genome sequence could make finest chocolate better

Chocolate: the finer the better. Fortunately, the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome is likely to benefit chocolate lovers and producers all over the world.

Researchers identify wild orgy gene

Ménage à trois? Wild orgies? One night stands? Who says science can't be sexy?

Humans and sea sponges more alike than not

A surprised team of international scientists recently discovered that sea sponges - one of Earth's oldest life forms - share almost 70 percent of the same genes as human beings.

'Liberal gene' is identified

A liberal outlook may be partly genetic, according to a team of US scientists.

Sperm gene hasn't changed in 600 million years

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, they say - and there's no doubt you lot seem pretty pleased with the stuff. And now scientists have discovered that the human sperm gene has survived for 600 million years, unaltered.

Scientists identify genetic causes of ageing

Next time somebody compliments you on your youthful good looks, don't  give your moisturizer the credit - it doesn't work, and you're really not worth it.