Humans are porcine ape hybrids?

A top genetics expert claims that he has found evidence that modern humans were caused by pigs and chimps mating.

Romani origins revealed

Europe's Romani people, widely known as gypsies, migrated out of northwestern India about 1,500 years ago, researchers say.

Native Americans more 'European' than thought

A genetic analysis has shown that Northern European people are a mixture of two very different ancestral populations - and one of these populations is related to Native Americans.

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. 

New-found gene separates man from apes

Scientists say they've identified a crucial gene, unique to humans, that may help explain how we learned to use tools and language.

Humans may be becoming less intelligent

A new study suggests that humans may be (slowly) losing our intellectual and emotional abilities because they're at risk from mutation or loss from the genome.

Was AEG Earth's first genetic material?

Before DNA became Earth's primary genetic material, early forms of life are believed to have used RNA to encode genetic instructions. But what was doing the job before RNA came on the scene?

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.

Genes shown to influence criminal behavior

Genes could be a strong predictor of whether a person becomes a career criminal, according to US scientists.

Silkworms modified to make super-strong silk

Scientists say they've been able to genetically engineer silkworms to make them spin spider silk - far stronger and more elastic than normal silk.

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.

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.

Human evolution much slower than supposed

Human beings are evolving much more slowly than previously believed, new research shows - maybe at just a third of the rate.

Nuclear radiation affects gender of babies

New research challenges the belief that exposure to nuclear radiation has a negligible genetic effect on human beings, indicating that it can lead to an increase in male births.

A single gene may have shaped human cerebral cortex

The size and shape of the human cerebral cortex - responsible for all conscious thought - is largely determined by mutations in a single gene.

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.

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.

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.

Women? Who needs 'em...?

We women can no longer take comfort from the fact that we'll always be necessary for the reproduction of the species: geneticists have succeeded in creating viable male and female mice from two fathers.

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.