MDMA or ‘ecstasy’ makes octopuses more social, too

This could help scientists uncover the origin of social behavior in all animals.

One broken gene made us very good runners

A genetic fluke two to three million years ago turned humans into the best endurance runners around.

Extinct cave bear DNA pops up in modern brown bears

Looks like some DNA is able to bear the test of time.

Losing sleep can lead to more extra pounds

If you have sleep issues or weight issues, you should read this.

Wheat’s genetic secrets could lead to better, more resilient crops

More food for less effort? Sign me up!

Bermuda fireworms glow in a one-of-a-kind way

Glow your own way.

Foxy genes: Scientists map red fox genes associated with wild or tame behavior

Foxy genes.

Naked mole-rat kings and queens challenge what we know about aging

Having babies actually makes them live longer.

A lung-healing protein could be the reason why men recover from flu faster than women

Sorry, ladies.

Scientists find more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment

But that doesn’t mean the environment isn’t more important.

Roman fish salting workshops reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean

The discovery stands to change our understanding of the Roman fishing industry and the history of two endangered whale species.

What are the steps of DNA replication

DNA replication is the basis for biological inheritance.

Scientists find 22,000 year-old giant panda belonging to a distinct long-lost lineage

The lazy panda has a richer story than you’d think.

Understanding the Pros and Cons of DNA Testing

What you need to know before testing your DNA.

Icelanders went through drastic genetic changes since the island was colonized

A lot has changed in the past 10 centuries — including genetics.

Wearing glasses might really mean you’re smarter, new study finds

Glasses can drastically change a person’s appearance.

Genes of living descendents might solve mystery of the Inca Empire’s origin

Myths surrounding the founding of the Inca might not only be true — they also seem to be linked.

Weight gain is mostly controlled by what you eat — not genetics

This is good news, because it means we can change things.

This fungus senses gravity using a gene it borrowed from bacteria

Don’t mind me, just borrowing some genes to make gravity-sensing crystals. Sorry, what?

Scientists confirm weird ‘knot-shaped’ DNA structure in human cells for the first time

Forget the double-helix for a second — there are other, more interesting DNA structures out there.