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Gorilla genome casts new light on human evolution

Scientists have now managed to map the entire gorilla genome. The findings reveal the most accurate picture so far of the evolution of the great ape.

Diverse herrings are super survivors

New research reveals how herring genes vary with the environment. The discovery could make it easier to protect the herring stock against future challenges such as climate change.

Trees survived the Ice Age in Scandinavia

The genetic structure of ancient trees suggests that we may have to rethink how life reacts to climate change.

New European genome HQ to create genome atlas

The opening of a new international genome research centre in Copenhagen marks the kick-off to an ambitious research project, which could lead to a cancer vaccine.

Redheads feel a different kind of pain

Redheads are more sensitive to some kinds of pain and less sensitive to others. The explanation for these differences could be found in their genetic makeup.

Chimpanzees have the X factor

New research reveals how natural selection has affected the evolution of chimpanzees, and perhaps also humans. The X chromosome probably holds the answer.

Cerebral malaria risk is gene-linked

Europeans are three times more likely to develop cerebral malaria than Africans. The difference appears to be caused by a gene which has mutated in Africans but not in Europeans.

What will we look like in a million years?

What effect does evolution have on human beings, and what will we look like in the future? ScienceNordic gazes into the crystal ball to see what we can expect.

Diesel fumes can affect a foetus for generations

Diesel engine particles can make DNA mutate over generations, mouse trials show. Humans may also be affected.

Genetic clues to MS win research prize

A major breakthrough in multiple sclerosis research secured the top prize at the Danish Research Awards 2011.