Family from Italy can’t feel physical pain because of genetic mutation

This discovery might lead to a new type of painkillers.

Tasmanian tiger genome reveals new clues about its extinction but also surprising kinship to kangaroo

It was also particularly vulnerable to disease well before humans arrived in Australia.

Gene mutation very common in a Amish community might extend lifespan by 10 years

The Amish could hold the secret to the ‘fountain of youth’.

New ‘Golden’ Potato packed with Vitamin A and E could fight malnutrition in developing nations

A new GMO crop could help millions with micronutrient deficiencies.

Gene therapy creates new skin for boy with rare, devastating condition

The boy was given a new chance at life.

New therapy rejuvenates old cells in the lab, which now behave like young cells

Shortly after the therapy, the aged cells started dividing and had longer telomeres.

New CRISPR tools target RNA rather than DNA. They could fix ‘typos’ responsible for half of all genetic diseases

Scientists have sharpened CRISPR’s scalpel.

Scientists create low-fat pigs by giving them a thermal regulation gene

At the very least, this is a testament to how far genetic editing has come.

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.