Topic: Genetics & Evolution

December 24, 2015 Kids & Sugar - Some children are much better at detecting sugar in food and drink than others.
December 17, 2015 Cheetah Genes - The African cheetahs we know today likely migrated there from North America around 100,000 years ago.
December 15, 2015 Prairie Vole Fidelity - Prairie voles that cheat on their mates might be able to blame their spatial memories.
December 11, 2015 Sperm & Obesity - A man’s weight influences how genes are expressed in his sperm.
November 24, 2015 Mixed Up Myxozoans - Microscopic fish parasites called myxozoans are actually animals with stripped down jellyfish genes.
November 18, 2015 Ancient Cocoa’s Trees - The cacao tree has been around for millions of years, and that might help save the chocolate industry.
November 16, 2015 Ancient Mass Extinction - What happened after an ice age wiped out nearly all of earth fish 359 million years ago?
October 30, 2015 Alarm Call Mimics - A tiny Australian bird sets off false alarms to fool predators.
October 29, 2015 Gene Swapping Cheese Fungus - How the genes in cheese fungus get around.
September 29, 2015 Bumble Bee Tongues - Bumble bee tongues have shrunk over the past 40 years of warming in the Rocky Mountains.
September 25, 2015 DNA History - DNA evidence is filling in gaps in human history.
September 18, 2015 Dinosaur Watching? - Is your bird feeder a window back to the Cretaceous period?
August 26, 2015 GMO Trees - Should regulations that limit genetic engineering research be modified to allow GMO trees?
August 21, 2015 DNA Data Storage - Is DNA the answer to our data storage limitations?
July 28, 2015 Four-Legged Snakes - A fossil of a four-legged snake links snakes with their lizard ancestors.
July 7, 2015 Rose Scents - When it comes to their scent, not all roses are created equal. Now researchers have identified the gene responsible for how fragrant a flower will be.
June 29, 2015 Parrot Mimicry Circuit - A newly discovered brain structure in parrots hints at new mechanisms in brain evolution.
June 9, 2015 Alarm Call Mimics - A tiny Australian bird sets off false alarms to fool predators.
June 5, 2015 Mini Frogs - Scientists discover new species of tiny frogs in the remote mountains of Brazil.
April 29, 2015 Natural Frankenfoods - Sweet potatoes are a naturally transgenic crop.
April 13, 2015 Mountain Gorilla Genome - The genome of the critically endangered mountain gorilla provides clues to its genetic past as well as its prospects for future survival.
April 1, 2015 Shape-Shifting frogs - The skin of a newly discovered frog species transitions from spiny to smooth in a matter of minutes depending on its background.
March 14, 2015 LIFE ON THE EDGE - LIFE ON THE EDGE (Encore Presentation) - The challenges facing endangered California Condors when they return to the wild. Could armadillos help end blindness? How scientists can tell that sharks really are what they eat. Fuel from the sea. And, unraveling the mysteries of glowing blue slime.
March 5, 2015 Pest-Resistant Crops - A new advance in modifying plants to kill specific insect pests.
February 6, 2015 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
January 26, 2015 Science News Roundup - A roundup of some of this week’s most interesting science news, including key genetics variants related to brain size and psychiatric disorders, leaky methane in Boston pipelines, and the genetics of longevity.
January 15, 2015 Birth Year & Obesity - Scientists find that the most well-known genetic marker for human obesity had no effect before the 1940s.
January 14, 2015 Polar Bear Genetics - Melting sea ice is has resulted in a recent northward shift in polar bear genes.
January 8, 2015 Penguins & Climate Change - Comparing the evolutionary histories of Antarctica’s penguin species may predict how they’ll respond to climate change.
December 29, 2014 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Ancient Art - Science Breakthroughs of 2014: When did humans first become artists?
December 22, 2014 Birdsong & Language Genes - Birds and humans share remarkable similarities in the expression of genes involved in vocal communication in the brain.
December 19, 2014 Re-Wilding Crops - Can genetic engineering help “re-wild” our grains, fruits and vegetables?
December 17, 2014 Penguin Genomes - Scientists have sequenced the genomes of two penguin species, revealing much about how they’ve adapted to inhospitable environments.
December 15, 2014 From Teeth to Beaks - The ancestors of birds had teeth, but started to lose them around 100 million years ago.
November 21, 2014 Flying Without Wings - Some animals took to the skies long before the advent of wings.
November 19, 2014 Mind-Controlled Medicine - Could brainwaves one day trigger an implant that stops epilepsy and chronic pain episodes before they begin?
November 18, 2014 Kissing Biome - How many microbes can be shared in a kiss?
November 17, 2014 Mosquitoes & People - Thousands of years ago, the mosquitoes that now transmit dengue fever made the switch from biting forest animals to seeking out humans.
November 10, 2014 Snake Bite DNA Test - Working like crime scene investigators, researchers use a rapid DNA test to analyze snake venom from the bite site.
November 4, 2014 Politics of Disgust - Brain scans reveal our political leanings.
November 3, 2014 Lactose Intolerance Genes - Central Europeans developed a dairying culture at least 4,000 years before they evolved the ability to digest milk.
October 31, 2014 Kangaroos in Trees - Tree kangaroos hop up trees instead of swinging through them like monkeys.
October 29, 2014 Fast-Evolving Lizards - An invasive lizard puts evolution of a local species into high gear.
October 27, 2014 Playful Fish - Some fish appear to play with objects in their tanks.
October 24, 2014 Soda & Telomeres - Sugar-sweetened soda may cause cell damage.
October 20, 2014 Ancient Kangaroos - The largest kangaroos once walked - instead of hopped - across ancient Australia.
October 16, 2014 Programming Plants - Researchers strive to engineer plants with the same precision they use to design microchips.
October 15, 2014 Fruit Flies & Beer - Beer owes its distinctive aroma to fruit flies.
October 7, 2014 Monarch Genetics - Scientists have identified the genetic underpinnings of monarch butterfly migration.
September 8, 2014 Coffee Genome - Scientists decode the complete genome of a popular species of coffee plant.