Researchers create bacteria synthetic DNA

Move away, Nature — come in, Life 2.0.

Bacteria steal genetic material from predator viruses using Spam gene

This could help us keep dangerous viruses at bay.

Crusaders were a diverse bunch, genetic analysis shows

Modern genetics sheds new light on these ancient religious wars.

Scientists sequence genomes of world’s tallest trees

The redwood has the 2nd largest genome in the world.

Russian researchers extract liquid blood from frozen 42,000-year-old foal — plan to clone it

You want Jurassic Park? Because this is how you get Jurassic Park.

Scientists treat first US patients with gene-edited cells

The powerful CRISPR is set to revolutionize medicine.

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.

Scientists use CRISPR to breed albino anole lizards, finally extending the powerful tool to reptiles

There are over 10,000 reptiles but scientists haven’t been able to use CRISPR on any of them — until now.

Scientists present first computer-generated artificial genome

Synthetic life isn’t a paradox anymore.

Chip combining CRISPR and graphene can detect genetic mutations in minutes

The marriage of these two technologies can only mean something great is in store.

Scientists reactivate 28,000 year-old mammoth cells

Researchers say that the study marks a “significant step toward bringing mammoths back from the dead.”

Asia may have given the world beer yeast, new research finds

Thank you, Asia, you’re the real MVP.

Yeast genetically-modified to produce cannabis compounds

In fact, it can produce some cannabinoids that are not naturally-occurring.

Antarctic icefish produces antifreeze to maintain liquid blood

This group of fish is unique among all vertebrates.

Nanoparticles inject genes directly into the chloroplast of plants

It’s easier and more effective than other gene editing methods. What’s more, there’s no risk of transmitting altered genes to other species, such as weeds.

The ‘forager gene’ of humans and fruit flies works in practically the same way

No time like mealtime.

New software allows researchers to CATCH any known virus in a sample

“Tools like CATCH will help us and others detect outbreaks earlier and generate more data on pathogens that can be shared with the wider scientific and medical research communities,” the authors say.

DNA testing is becoming more popular — but how does it really work?

DNA testing kits have developed tremendously in recent times, moving out of the lab and onto the real world. After all, who wouldn’t want to trace their genetic heritage? Most of the time, it only takes a few weeks (and a reasonable sum) to find out where your lineage came from. But how does it work, and how accurate is

DNA pioneer James Watson stripped of honorary titles after racist remarks

It’s not the first time Watson has made racist statements.

Scientists turn blood cells into neural stem cells, opening door for new regenerative therapies

It could be a game changer for patients suffering from paralysis and other nervous system problems.