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Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human

20 September 2019, 11:01 AM

Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the pinky bone of a 13-year-old girl who died 70 000 years ago.

No ‘gay gene’, but study finds genetic links to sexual behavior

31 August 2019, 2:50 PM

A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behaviour has confirmed there is no single “gay gene,” but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners.

A researcher inserts a sample into a receptacle inside the "DNA Lab".

China to tighten rules on foreigners using genetic material

10 June 2019, 2:08 PM

China said on Monday it will tighten regulations on human genetic material, putting checks on the passing of it abroad and insisting that any foreign companies or institutes wanting to use it in their work do so with a Chinese partner.

Chinese scientists create monkeys with human brain genes

12 April 2019, 7:48 PM

Chinese scientists have implanted human brain genes into monkeys, in a study intended to provide insights into the unique evolution of human intelligence.

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The real ‘Jaws’: Great white shark’s genetic secrets revealed

19 February 2019, 12:20 PM

The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature, right down to its genes.

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

5 February 2019, 6:12 PM

Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant.

Scientist He Jiankui

Scientists, officials in China abhor gene editing that geneticist claims

27 November 2018, 1:45 PM

Chinese officials and scientists denounced on Tuesday the claims of a geneticist who said he had created the first gene-edited babies, and a hospital linked to his research suggested its ethical approval had been forged

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Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water

7 March 2018, 10:26 AM

Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield.

A magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization.

Scientists grow human eggs to full maturity in a lab

10 February 2018, 11:15 AM

Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity – a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice.

Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

12 December 2017, 7:43 AM

Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said on Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction.

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