Easter Island natives may not have sailed all the way to South America after all

It doesn’t seem that Native Americans mixed with Polynesians before European contact.

What gives durian, the world’s smelliest fruit, its distinctive pungent scent

Their aroma has been described as “terrible” and “foul”. Now we know why.

Redheads do feel more pain — and they’re tougher than anyone else

Redheads might not have more fun, but they’re definitely more interesting.

Biologists find genetic master switch for the butterfly’s wing color

Only two genes code both the canvas and paintbrush for the intricate butterfly wing patterns.

Scientists catch human evolution in the making

Gene variants linked to Alzheimer’s or heavy smoking are being gradually weeded out by natural selection.

Game of Thrones inbreeding: odds are stacked against Jon and Dany having a healthy baby

Let’s just say that famous Habsburg jaw isn’t ruled out.

Blood DNA sequencing reveals there’s a lot more microbes living inside you — and we’ve never seen over 99% of them before

What we don’t know can’t hurt us, right? Right? Guys?..

Researchers hijack plant to produce polio vaccine

Anti-vaxxers finally have a natural option.

How alleles make us who we are

It has to do with your parents, and a bit of luck.

DNA study confirms near-mythological origin of the Greek people

Archaeology, meet genetics.

A lost race of hominids left their legacy in the saliva of Sub-Saharan populations

Unlikely discoveries hide in unlikely places.

Second gene-silencing mechanism found, could lead to viable clones and safer in vitro

It’s gotta be pretty important if it has a back-up system in place.

A single ‘letter’ difference in their DNA made some whales huge, others sleek and predatory

That’s one really dramatic typo.

No bones needed — researchers use DNA in soil to tell if humans were around

This can be a game changer.

Early Europeans may have survived the Ice Age because of arthritis

Ok, but can it go away now?

Where humans went, cats followed — the story of cat domestication started 9,000 years ago

From Egypt’s pyramids to Viking longboats, cats never left our side since we invented agriculture.

Abnormal chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA might explain why suicide seems to favor some people

People kill themselves for all sorts of reason, but there’s a genetic makeup to it too.

How Ancestry Shapes Our Immune Cells

The body’s defense systems are impressive.

We’re entering a new age of genetic editing, as flurry of CRISPR trials already gear up

This could usher in a wondrous era for genetic science, but risks also loom nearby.

It’s not fun and games with CRISPR: the technique can induce hundreds of unwanted mutations

Even with over 1000 unexpected mutations, the mice seemed healthy and normal.