A new study suggests how the variant first identified in Britain hides from the human immune system. Its stealth may be part of its success.
Maryland and Montana have passed the nation’s first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.
A genetic analysis of a melon found in Sudan may point to the wild fruit that gave rise to one of summertime’s sweetest treats.
Alan Lee Phillips was rescued from a snowdrift in 1982 after he signaled SOS with his headlights. The police now say he became trapped on the road after killing two women.
Kyra and Kami never got a simple test that could have protected them. Their story exemplifies the failure to care for people with the disease, most of whom are Black.
Sickle cell trait has been cited in dozens of police custody deaths ruled accidental or natural, even though the condition is benign on its own, a Times investigation found.
Scientists found that the fish were gradually domesticated like dog breeds into the beautiful shapes and colors that turn up today in pet stores.
The royal matchmaking service may help these insects avoid inbreeding.
At a House subcommittee hearing, witnesses emphasize the need for much more genome sequencing, data-sharing and research to track virus mutations and their effects.
Forensic genealogy helped nab the Golden State Killer in 2018. Now investigators across the country are using it to revisit hundreds of unsolved crimes.
Decreased exposure to outdoor light appears to be a major factor in rising rates of myopia in young people around the world.
New research is intensifying the debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.
Physical activity during pregnancy might have long-lasting benefits for a child’s health, new research suggests.
“It was like rolling the dice, except for someone you’ve never met.”
Amid the pandemic, I.V.F. rates are on the rise, and so are disputes about what to do with remaining frozen embryos when couples split up. For some, it has gotten messy.
The clock was ticking. An M.R.I., a spinal tap and blood tests weren’t revealing the culprit. Could it be psychological?
Genetic sequencing of virus samples from patients in Guinea suggest that the new outbreak is a continuation of the 2014-16 epidemic.
Genetic genealogy connected Christopher Lovrien to a 1999 homicide victim, according to the authorities, who said they found the remains of a 2020 homicide victim when they searched his property.
Trials of experimental gene therapy for sickle cell disease were halted when patients developed worrying illnesses.
The case of Kathleen Folbigg has become a contest between cutting-edge science and an Australian court system that sometimes ignores it.
In “The Code Breaker,” Walter Isaacson turns to the life and work of Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel-winning scientist who has revolutionized gene editing.
Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.
Eyeless roundworms may have hacked other cellular warning systems to give themselves a form of color vision.
The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.
An oily, 100-nanometer-wide bubble of genes has killed more than two million people and reshaped the world. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of it.
Fossils, flowers, galaxies and a rare “lefty” snail.
Two studies confirm that a new coronavirus mutant in California is more contagious, although the scale of its threat is unclear.
Scientists say the new investment will help in the next couple of months, but hope that the stimulus package will provide much more.
Genomic data — the oldest ever recovered from a fossil — reveals the origin and evolution of the Columbian mammoth.
Our country has struggled to reckon with the horrors of the past. Could DNA tests help?
From a small lab in Cambodia, Dr. Jessica Manning is on the lookout for emerging diseases.
Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.
A new study bolsters the prediction by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the so-called B.1.1.7 variant will dominate Covid-19 cases by March.
No drug could touch a quivering protein implicated in a variety of tumors. Then one chemist saw an opening.
New studies underscore how coronaviruses frequently mix their genetic components — which could contribute to the rise of dangerous variants.
Scientists are exploring the physics of viruses, to understand how these pathogens assemble themselves — and might be rent apart.
Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.
“I want to know,” one twin said, “why did she have Covid worse than me?”
Back in March, researchers decided to routinely record the genetic sequences of the virus they found, giving them a powerful tool for tracking mutations.
The species’ remarkable genetic isolation from other wolves may have contributed to its demise.
Researchers have produced the most comprehensive platypus genome yet, as well as that of another monotreme, an echidna.
It’s good news, but experts cautioned that the new variants from Britain and South Africa also carry other potentially dangerous mutations that have not yet been investigated.
Many people want a pandemic baby, but some sperm banks are running low. So women are joining unregulated Facebook groups to find willing donors, no middleman required.
An Oxford scientist with a flair for the dramatic, he introduced millions of people to the secrets of their ancestry through his books and TV appearances.
It’s not too late to curb the contagious variant’s spread in the U.S., experts say — but only with a national program for genetic sequencing.
Like someone put a giraffe’s head and neck on a horse’s body.
Then she remembered a story from her mother.
Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.
New research delivers surprising findings about Indigenous people in the region before contact with Europeans.
A newly identified variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus appears to be more contagious than established ones. Here’s what scientists know.