New University of Otago research sheds light on guinea pig domestication and how and why the small, furry animals became distributed around the world.
Through deep genetic analyses, Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombia—something that’s been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades.
Thanks to the success of the Human Genome Project, 20 years ago this week, scientists can track biology and disease at a molecular level
We now know that many of us are part Neanderthal, with our genes carrying traces of past encounters between our early ancestors and the Stone Age homininsthat populated Europe until around 40,000 years ago.
Animal DNA gleaned from parchments is helping researchers piece together the scrolls’ history
Once considered an unimportant curiosity, Z-DNA is now recognized to provide an on-the-fly mechanism to regulate how an RNA transcript is edited.
A hormone called progesterone is important for preparing the uterine lining for egg implantation and in maintaining the early stages of pregnancy. Almost one in three women with European descent inherited a genetic variant of the progesterone receptor called V660L from Neanderthals. According to a new study, its carriers have higher fertility, more siblings, fewer miscarriages, and less bleeding during early pregnancy.
National Geographic funds UVic paleoanthropologist to solve 40,000-year-old mystery
If you think you got your freckles, red hair, or even narcolepsy from a Neanderthal in your family tree, think again. People around the world do carry traces of Neanderthals in their genomes. But a study of tens of thousands of Icelanders finds their Neanderthal legacy had little or no impact on most of their physical traits or disease risk.