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.

Research identifies a gene that makes our brains (and those of primates) unique

Smarts, we got’em!

Google’s AI algorithm could usher in new age of protein understanding

We’re entering a new age of scientific breakthrough, and this could be absolutely huge.

China pulls the plug on rogue scientist who genetically modified twin human babies

The whole odd affair is unprecedented.

Mitochondrial DNA can sometimes come from fathers, too

A discovery that’s set to rewrite textbooks on biology.

More evidence shows that Neanderthals and early humans interbred — multiple times

A significant portion of most people’s DNA is Neanderthal.

Chinese scientists created the world’s first gene-edited babies

Against international best practices, researchers in China claim to have facilitated the birth of twin girls whose DNA had been altered with gene editing tools.

Coffee or tea? The answer might lie in your genes

So, which one is your favorite?

New project aims to map the DNA of every animal, plant and fungus

One of the most ambitious projects ever attempted in science.

Researchers document first evidence of epigenetic inheritance via sperm

We’re not sure yet if a father’s experience can affect the health of offspring.

How Siberian Huskies got their ghostly blue eyes

These canine white walkers got their famous blue eyes thanks to a genetic duplication.

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.