| Dec 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
If you are innocent, you have nothing to fear. Right?
What could possibly go wrong with widespread unwarranted searches designed to collect evidence, in the form of DNA samples, from people who have not been convicted of anything?
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Scientists have mapped the effects of war, colonization, trade, migration and slavery on the genetic mixing of humans over the bulk of recorded history and created an online interactive atlas of humanity's genetic history.
In a paper published...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The forensic anthropologist lifted a thighbone from the skeleton arrayed on her metal lab table and studied the fine cracks traversing its surface, gray and weathered as driftwood.
Associate professor Lori Baker, 44, set the bone down and cradled the...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:00 AM
If one sign of a happy relationship is that the partners rarely run out of things to talk about, then cancer researchers Stephen Baylin and Feyruz Rassool of Baltimore have been a blessed couple indeed.
In the 13 years they've been married, they've...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:23 PM
The ancestors of most modern humans mated with Neanderthals and made off with important swaths of DNA that helped them adapt to new environments, scientists reported Wednesday.
Some of the genes gained from these trysts linger in people of European...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:31 PM
Cocaine use may not make you a better dad, but it may make your son a bit more resistant to addiction, says a new study conducted on rats.
Compared with the pups of rats who got no cocaine, the male offspring of rats that were allowed to self-administer...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:35 AM
As a creative director at Cramer-Krasselt (think Don Draper without the booze or cigarettes), Derek Sherman must get into people's heads. It's his job to figure out what makes people buy one product — Monopoly, let's say — over another. For...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:30 PM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are telomeres, and how do they affect overall health?
ANSWER: Telomeres are part of the body's chromosomes. Located at the tip of each chromosome, telomeres function as a type of cap, protecting the DNA inside. Studies have shown...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 12:37 PM
It’s a favorite parlor game for science geeks: predicting who will win the Nobel Prizes.
For guidance, you can look to the winners of the Lasker Awards for medical research, or the Shaw Prizes for astronomy and life sciences. Recipients of the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Here's a novel idea, given that American parents send almost 4 million of their children out to play tackle football every year, despite mounting concerns about youth concussions: Maybe the helmets their kids wear should be tested and ranked on how well...