Topic: Genetics & Evolution

August 10, 2018 DNA in Amber - Could scientists really get dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber?
July 31, 2018 Prettier Produce - With the help of gene editing, fruits and vegetables may soon become prettier and more delicious.
July 20, 2018 Smart Houseplants - Could genetically engineered houseplants protect our homes?
July 16, 2018 Lost Whales - Whales used the Mediterranean as breeding grounds during ancient Roman times.
June 26, 2018 Songbird Culture - How a small songbird’s cultural traditions persist for more than a thousand years.
May 29, 2018 Green-Blooded Lizards - Some lizards thrive despite a toxic pigment that turns their blood green.
May 22, 2018 Our Insect-Eating Ancestors - What did our mammalian ancestors eat during the age of the dinosaurs? The answer might bug you.
April 26, 2018 Earth Genome - Scientists set out to sequence the genome of every species on Earth.
April 13, 2018 Sizing Up Dogs II - A listener asks whether it's true that large dogs don't live as long as small dogs.
April 4, 2018 Designer DNA - Bits of DNA may prevent neurons from producing a disease-causing protein.
March 20, 2018 Venomous Mammal - Scientists decode the genome of a rare, primitive mammal with a venomous bite.
February 28, 2018 Loopy DNA - How a protein keeps DNA neat, tidy, and ready to replicate.
February 22, 2018 UV Extinction - A new theory into a cataclysmic die-off.
January 25, 2018 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
January 8, 2018 Bonobo Bad Guys - One of our closest relatives, the bonobos, may have very different attitudes toward altruistic behavior in others.
January 3, 2018 Halitosis Gene - Researchers sniff out a halitosis gene.
December 12, 2017 Pterosaur Eggs - A new fossil find in China sheds light on how pterosaurs reproduced.
December 11, 2017 No Cut Gene Editing - A new form of gene therapy could correct genetic disorders with less risk.
December 4, 2017 Nucleic Acid Dipstick - Scientists develop a device that can purify genetic material from any organism right in the field.
November 14, 2017 Human Size Evolution - Our ancestors and their extinct relatives grew in height and weight at different times.
October 30, 2017 Masked Dinosaur - Remnants of pigments in the fossils of dinosaur feathers provide clues to how they looked and behaved in life.
October 20, 2017 Beak Evolution - More than a century of backyard bird feeding may have lengthened one bird species’ beaks.
October 17, 2017 Skin Tone Genes - The genetic origins of dark and light skin.
October 9, 2017 Identical Triplets - A listener asks if identical triplets are possible.
October 5, 2017 Origins of RNA - Ephemeral pools of water may have been the cradle of life.
September 22, 2017 Poison Frogs - Why don’t poison frogs poison themselves?
September 21, 2017 Bash the Bug - Citizen scientists help search for the best treatments for tuberculosis.
September 20, 2017 Sizing Up Extinction - Being the “right-size” helps protect species from extinction.
September 19, 2017 Butterfly Wing Patterns - Butterfly wings help reveal the genetics underlying coloration patterns.
September 15, 2017 DNA Cargo Robots - DNA robots move and sort nanoscale-sized payloads.
September 7, 2017 Environmental DNA Collection - Conducting a census of species using environmental DNA.
September 1, 2017 Leaf Size Limits - What limits the maximum size of a plant’s leaves?
July 24, 2017 Whale Diet & Genetics - A genetic difference between the two types of whales that could partially explain why some became so gigantic.
July 10, 2017 Mosquito-Killing Fungi - Scorpion and spider genes boost a fungi’s mosquito-killing ability.
June 26, 2017 Egg Shape - An exhaustive analysis of birds and their eggs may explain why eggs vary in shape.
June 2, 2017 Flightless Genes - Researchers identify genetic factors that grounded a species of birds whose relatives all can fly.
May 29, 2017 Giant Whale Evolution - A changing climate three million years ago drove whales to evolve to the giant size they are today.
May 8, 2017 Albatross Satellites - High-resolution space satellites monitor threatened albatross populations in remote areas of the world.
April 26, 2017 The Amino Acids of Life - How did the proteins forming life on earth come to be formed from just twenty of the the many possible amino acids available?
April 25, 2017 Dinosaur Proteins - Ancient dinosaur proteins could reveal how the Mesozoic creatures dealt with high carbon dioxide levels.
April 24, 2017 Star-Nosed Moles - What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.
April 21, 2017 Oxygen-Deprived Mole-rats - An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.
March 10, 2017 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
January 27, 2017 Crowd-sourcing Better Tomatoes - Researchers turn to panels of taste testers to identify key flavor chemicals lost during the past 100 years of commercial tomato breeding.
January 23, 2017 Mapping Extinct Brains - Scientists scanned preserved brains of extinct Tasmanian tigers in an attempt to better understand their behavior and life history.
January 2, 2017 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
December 30, 2016 Sizing Up Dogs II - A listener asks whether it's true that large dogs don't live as long as small dogs.
December 14, 2016 Carbon Monoxide Antidote - Researchers develop the first fast-acting antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning.
December 13, 2016 Pollution-Tolerant Fish - The Atlantic killifish has evolved the ability to survive in toxic waters.