Remember those slightly horrifying sites that mash up two faces to tell you what your hypothetical babies might look like? With genome sequencing and "virtual embryos," we might actually be able to do that—using science.
Somewhere 11,000 years ago, something weird happened to a dog. It got cancer—and the really damn freaky part is that the cancer could survive even outside of its canine host. That unknown dog is long dead now, but its tumor cells have improbably lived on, continuing to sprout on the genitalia of dogs all over the…
If—like most of us—your entire understanding of DNA and genetics can be traced back to CSI reruns, you’re probably under the impression that your genome is unique; that it defines you completely. But scientists increasingly believe that’s not that case. In fact, we need to start thinking about our genomes differently.
Scientists have managed to sequence the genome of a 700,000-year-old horse—in the process generating the oldest complete DNA sequence yet.
Everyone knows that a drop of blood or strand of hair is all the police need to identify suspect's DNA. But now scientists from Harvard have gone a step further: they can sequence an entire genome from a single cell.
Mapping out your genome is the 21st Century equivalent of staring deep inside your soul; it's tempting to look, but terrifying what you might find. The DNA divers at 23andMe are hoping that slashing the price of their home-testing service—from $300 down to $100—will be enough to tilt the scales towards discovery. Are…
For the past decade, scientists have been working on the assumption that 20,000 genes, less than 2 percent of the total genome, underpin human biology. But a massive international project called ENCODE has just revealed that plenty of the remaining 98 percent, once tossed aside as "junk DNA", is in fact incredibly…
Nature or nurture? It's an age-old debate that sees conversations go round in circles and actually, if truth be told, for most human characteristics its often a combination of the two. A new study, however, suggests that where you live has a massive impact on which effect is most influential.
Don Wright was diagnosed with myeloma—cancer in his blood cells and bone marrow—two weeks after running his first marathon. His doctor gave him a five-year survival estimate. Eight years later he has run 60 26.2-mile races in 41 states and takes just one pill per day to keep his cancer at bay.
Despite representing different stages of human evolution, it looks like European Homo Sapiens might have had a penchant for a little Neanderthal booty. Or vice versa.
23andMe's DNA analysis kit doesn't cost $200 today. Rather, it's free. So, now that the super steep price can't scare you away from a deep analysis of your genetic past and future, is it worth it? Gizmodo's opinion is divided.
DNA sequencing technology isn't exactly accessible; a typical sequencing machine can easily cost $500,000. A startup called Ion Torrent aims to change that with a desktop sequencing machine for just $50,000.
Ever wonder if Dad's grandiose claims of Khan blood hold water? Or if you have a genetic predisposition to Psoriasis? Get your DNA analyzed by 23andMe. Ordinarily, that's a $500 proposition, but we can hook it up for 99 bucks.
Drawing individual strands of DNA through nanoscopic pores in a chip could do in a matter of minutes what the human genome project took more than a decade to achieve – sequence an entire human genome.
We collect an astonishing amount of digital information. But as the Economist recently pointed out in a special reports, we've long since surpassed our ability to store and process it all. Big data is here, and it's causing big problems.
On the tail-end of news that all of the HIV genome and 98% of the pig genome has been decoded, scientists are announcing that they've got a plan to collect and sequence the DNA of 10,000 vertebrate species.
Dr. Quake of Stanford University only needed $50,000 and a month's time to complete a genome sequencing process which previously took $300 million, over 250 people, and several years. How cheap would Windows 7 be with this guy's cost-cutting?
To celebrate the mapping of the human genome, Science magazine published an issue featuring a T-shirt covered with the annotated gene sequence map of human chromosome 1. Now the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) is releasing the shirt for all to have. And at just $22.50, nothing says "I…