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


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.

A major difference between DNA and RNA could explain why one is the go-to blueprint for life

Keeping your genes in good condition is priority nr.1 for all life.

Study suggests that primates prefer alcohol in their nectar

Looks like happy hour isn’t just a human thing.

Researchers coax neurons into regenerating and restore vision in mice

This could allow us to restore vision, mobility or fight diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Harvard team turns bacteria into living hard drives

Make your data evolve!

Evolution selects the most effective genes — even by a hundredth of a percent

A new study measuring the forces that shape bacterial genomes determined that a difference in efficiency of hundredth of a percent is sufficient to determine the winners and losers in the evolutionary race.