Scientists now know that mating and offspring did occur between humans in Neanderthals, but it looks like we now have tangible proof. Actually, we’ve had the proof in our possession since 1957, but we didn’t have the techniques and the genetic knowledge for someone to test the jawbone until now. And it looks like this old jawbone likely did come from a Neanderthal/human hybrid.
While the dream of bringing dinosaurs back to life might never happen, genetic science is at a point where we could bring other, more recently vanished species back to life. It won’t be long before “de-extinction” becomes a thing, where we can undo some of the extinction that either we, or nature as a whole have caused, and now that we’re here, we’re asking whether we should.
There’s a good possibility in the future that scientists may be able to bring Neanderthals back to life using the power of genetics, but in order for that to happen, it’s going to require a human woman to carry the Neanderthal in her womb. So if you think you have the uterine fortitude to carry a fetal hominid that’s several times stronger than a human being, you could be the Eve of the new Neanderthal.
After something as tragic as the Sandy Hook massacre, everyone is looking for answers wherever they might be found. In a groundbreaking study, scientists will be examining deceased shooter Adam Lanza’s DNA to see if there are any genetic markers that may indicate someone who has the potential to do something as unthinkable as murdering children. Maybe there might be something there to point out severe mental illness, maybe not.
It’s an argument that has found some traction in anti-gay movements that want to label homosexuality as a “curable affliction”, but a group of scientists have new evidence that there isn’t a “gay gene”, but that it’s about epigenetics, or genetic traits that are expressed through external factors, mainly from within the womb. In a nutshell, it means that the traits that express themselves are genetic and can be passed down, but there isn’t a single gene or exact gene sequence that in and of itself causes homosexuality.
Genetics researchers create a fish with legs. Because that’s what you do when you’re a genetic researcher.
If you’re getting paid to research and experiment with genetics, I would think you would be doing a disservice to the world if you weren’t doing crazy shit like inventing fish with legs. That’s exactly what biologists Renata Frietas and colleagues did when they injected genes into a zebrafish embryo to force it to grow legs.
In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick first described the structure of DNA as a double helix. They knew they were correct, and their findings have been backed up by over a half century of science, but until just now, no one’s actually seen and photographed the double helix structure. Here it is.
Whenever someone claims to have found Bigfoot or any part of him, the question of DNA evidence always comes up. Well now, a lab in Texas says they’ve analyzed DNA from from supposed Bigfoot hair has yielded surprising results— it’s not human, but it’s not human. I WANT TO BELIEVE.
Whether it’s plant, animal or other, most species have developed a system of using males and females to create genetic diversity. But for bdelloid rotifers, since they’re all female, they create diversity by stealing DNA from other critters.
What separates man from the other apes and the rest of the animal kingdom? Toilet paper? Abstract thought? Nuclear weapons? Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland think they’ve discovered a sort of “missing link” gene that could be that tiny 1% that makes all the difference between humans and our primate cousins.
Since it holds the of the Amazon River and the Amazon basin, Brazil has a huge wealth of natural resources in the form of life. But as chunks of the rainforest disappear, so do entire species of plants and animals. In order to preserve some of that diversity, Brazil will start cloning some of its wildlife to ensure it lasts.
Right now, we’re only on the very near edge of the 3D printing future. 3D printing with plastic has become affordable on a consumer level and 3D printing with harder materials is starting to make its way slowly into commercial manufacturing. There are printers that can print baked goods, and in the future, scientists may be printing life forms out of chunks of DNA, like Spore, only in real life. Get ready for a future of real life penis monsters.
It’s good public health sense to have a kid not go to school if they’re carrying some really nasty, highly contagious disease, but one 11 year old in California was removed from school simply because he carries the gene for cystic fibrosis, even though he doesn’t have the disease.