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Researchers can trace the family tree of individual mutations inside our cells

The task is like looking through a book with six billion letters for individual typos

Ancient DNA pulled from dirt yields evidence of a Paleolithic human, wolf, and bison in Georgia

Previously, ancient DNA had been extracted from bones, hair, and teeth, but it can also be found in soil

The butyrate produced by your gut bugs is good for your health

Gut bacteria make butyrate when they break down resistant starches. But the science of how you can boost it is proving to be personal

Scientists may have sequenced the missing eight percent of our genome

Most of the human genome was sequenced in 2001, but these newly sequenced pieces were missing from the picture

In the future, a simple blood test could identify who will develop pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal mortality, and symptoms don't manifest until late in a pregnancy

A person performing a genome sequencing to compare the genetic sequences of viruses.

 CDC (Videographer: Todd Jordan)

My brother has 4% Neanderthal DNA. What does that actually mean?

Neanderthals are an extinct relative of Homo Sapiens, having died out around 40,000 years ago

DNA double helix illustration

How many things can scientists name -Seq? Let us count the ways

From lettuce to cat poop to human cells, we're ready to sequence it all

Pocket-sized DNA sequencers could soon stop food-borne pathogen outbreaks as soon as they start

With new and improving technology, catching the annual romaine lettuce outbreak could get a lot easier

NIH seeks to enroll one million individuals in genetic counseling to improve health research diversity

Medical research has had a long history of disproportionately benefiting wealthier countries and white people, rather than ethnic minorities

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We can use genes to find serial killers, but how much more can they really tell us?

Using genetic data from over 100,000 individuals, it is now possible to do everything from finding genetic predictors of disease to tracking murderers

What do proteins and enzymes sound like? Now we know.

MIT researchers have created entire soundtracks from amino acid sequences with the help of artificial intelligence

When antibiotics stopped working, these viruses saved a girl's life

Phage therapy is attracting renewed interest in treating highly resistant infections

Who owns your cells?

Property rights get messy when DNA is involved

Human and reptile brains aren't so different after all

Reports of our brains' differences seem greatly exaggerated, according to recent neuroscience

How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

A new method using paper towels like you have in your kitchen could make diagnosing diseases more affordable