Humans and chimp brains may have a turbo-charged fight-or-flight response

Such adaptations could form the evolutionary roots of human warfare.

‘Sea nomads’ adapted abnormally large spleens to dive to unheard of depths

Natives of Indonesia can dive up to 70 meters thanks to a genetic adaptation.

Wild yeast likely evolved in China, reveals genetic sequencing of over 1,000 strains

Their results point to East Asia (China) as the yeast’s area of origin.

Empathy might also be part genetic, a new study concludes

Don’t blame it on genetics though.

Debunking some misconceptions about evolution

Sometimes, it’s good to remember that even evolution doesn’t want you to be perfect. Good enough is just fine.

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

This discovery might lead to a new type of painkillers.

DNA just got a major update, with readable synthetic nucleotides

Half-synthetic life isn’t sci-fi any longer.

DARPA awards $65 million to make CRISPR safer, more efficient

Money well spent!

They’re everywhere on facebook, and now scientists have stored a GIF inside a living bacteria with the help of CRISPR

It’s the first time CRISPR was used to store and retrieve media from DNA.

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.

Scientists map out the bits of DNA damaged by smoking

The method can be used for any type of damage where the cell has to replace bits of DNA.

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.

Researchers find 6,500 genes expressed differently in men and women

The genes, it’s all in the genes.

Sleeping around makes it hard to speciate by mixing genes, paper shows

I don’t even want to speciate.

Genetic ‘typos’ may be a more powerful driver of cancer in humans than environmental factors

Worrying.

Natural selection is weeding out our drive to go to school, study reports

Not a good sign for a race hoping to colonize space.

Chimps, unlike humans, are more likely to choose genetically-dissimilar mates

Two different takes on an age-old topic.

Chimps interbred with bonobos, surprising study reveals

Just like humans and Neanderthals interbred, so too did chimps and bonobos.

New gene-editing technology successfully cures genetic disorder in mice – and it’s not CRISPR

Researchers using a new genetic technique have successfully cured a genetic blood disorder in living mice, unlocking new possibilities for genetic editing.

Chicken korma shows why we like the food we like

Pass me some of that fat.