Pond-dwelling powerhouse's genome points to its biofuel potential

Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that's been known to drive people daffy. It's one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants that often becomes a hard-to-control weed in ponds and small lakes. But it's also been exploited to clean contaminated water and as a source to produce pharmaceuticals.

'Anonymous' genetic data can identify individuals

Supposedly anonymous people taking part in genomic studies can be identified using publicly accessible online resources, a team of Whitehead Institute researchers has shown.

Cracking wheat genome could help feed the world

By cracking the genetic code of wheat, scientists may have made a big step toward securing global food supplies.

Humans bred with Neanderthals after leaving Africa

Humans last interbred with Neanderthals well after they spread out of Africa, a genetic analysis has shown.

Khoe-San people first to split from other humans

The click-speaking Khoe-San people of southern Africa split from the rest of humanity 100,000 years ago, a genomic analysis has revealed.

'Junk DNA' plays crucial role in health

It's been nearly ten years since the human genome was first decoded - and now scientists say they've finally mapped the underlying regulatory system that enables it to do its job.

Denisovan DNA shows link with modern humans

By sequencing the genome of an ancient human with unparalleled accuracy, scientists have for the first time revealed the relationship between her species and our own. In 2010, Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck

First Americans arrived in three waves from Siberia

A detailed genetic analysis has settled the question of how and when the first Americans arrived in the continent.

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.

Gene mapping often fails to predict disease

Whole genome sequencing as a method of predicting disease risks isn't as informative as thought, a study of thousands of identical twins has found.

Iceman's genome reveals health problems

He was predisposed towards heart problems, suffered from Lyme disease and was lactose intolerant - and he died over 5,000 years ago.

Extinct human's genome placed on internet

Scientists have reconstructed the entire genome of an extinct type of human from a 30,000-year-old finger bone, and made it available on the internet.

Biofuel hopes rise with rice genome model

When it comes to feeding the world you’d be hard pressed to find a crop more valuable than rice - the staple food of half the world’s population.

More people have Denisovan genes than thought

Genes from non-human hominids are more common in present-day humans than thought, a new genetic analysis shows.

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.

Third type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors

Researchers have discovered that a recently-discovered type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors.

Neanderthal genome sequenced - and they interbred with us

Scientists have sequenced the complete Neanderthal genome, and discovered that modern humans are as much as two percent Neanderthal ourselves, thanks to comparatively recent interbreeding.