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.
Supposedly anonymous people taking part in genomic studies can be identified using publicly accessible online resources, a team of Whitehead Institute researchers has shown.
By cracking the genetic code of wheat, scientists may have made a big step toward securing global food supplies.
Humans last interbred with Neanderthals well after they spread out of Africa, a genetic analysis has shown.
The click-speaking Khoe-San people of southern Africa split from the rest of humanity 100,000 years ago, a genomic analysis has revealed.
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.
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
A detailed genetic analysis has settled the question of how and when the first Americans arrived in the continent.
Scientists have uncovered clues as to how our genomes became riddled with viruses, some dating back 100 million years.
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.
He was predisposed towards heart problems, suffered from Lyme disease and was lactose intolerant - and he died over 5,000 years ago.
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.
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.
Genes from non-human hominids are more common in present-day humans than thought, a new genetic analysis shows.
An international team of scientists has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, extracted from skeletons more than 700 years old.
Researchers have discovered that a recently-discovered type of ancient human interbred with our ancestors.
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.