Algae steals genes to survive toxic environment

A species of algae that can cope with 'battery acid' conditions managed it by copying genes from bacteria.

Majority of human diversity occurred in 'recent' times

A study published in Nature this week, has found that the majority of human genetic variation occurred in the past 5000 to 10,000 years, relatively recently in evolutionary terms. 

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.

Studies wrong to link IQ to specific genes

Most of the genes thought to be linked to human intelligence have nothing to do with it at all, according to Harvard researchers.

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.

'Jumping genes' revise view of evolution

The 'tree of life' model of evolution may turn out to be more tangled and overgrown than thought.

Bees help clarify nature, nurture debate

It seems as if bees are aiding scientists in their quests to solve the great mysteries of life. Recently bees have helped scientists gain more insight into the great nature-nurture debate.

Is alcohol tolerance all in the genes you wear?

Do you drunkenly pride yourself on how much alcohol you can consume without passing out while your friends lay drooling on the floor? Well, researchers have discovered that alcohol tolerance might have nothing to do with how manly you are and could be more closely related to genes in the human body.

New genetic test predicts who will live to 100

A team says it's identified a group of genes that can predict exceptionally long life in humans with 77 percent accuracy.