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How to track down your ancestry with DNA

Many can follow their ancestry as far back as 2,000 years.

Global genetic diversity mapped by new study

New method couples genes and geography to produce the first global map of genetic diversity.

Scientists trace unknown ocean life from a can of water

Scientists have discovered a new method to map animal life in the deep ocean, using only DNA samples contained in a can of water.

DNA evidence is not always foolproof

DNA testing has become more and more precise, and tests can now be conducted on tiny bits of material from the crime scene. But DNA testing has its —mostly human—weaknesses.

Scientists want to collect your DNA when you die

It will take 10 years to gather genetic information on half a million dead people. But is it ethical? And how will they do it?

Do you have composer genes?

Musical creativity is at least partly inheritable according to a new study.

New evidence that environmental change can outpace genetic adaptation

DNA analyses of a now extinct population of butterflies shows they could not adapt fast enough to habitat loss during the 20th century.

Genetic tests uncover lethal legacy — at a price

It’s become ever easier to test for mutations that increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But what kind of psychological burden does the test impose on women who take it?

Wild horses lost their camouflage because of humans

Scientists find the genetic mechanism that determines the colour patterns of wild horses.

Facial mites reveal where you come from

Facial mites have always been with us. A new study uses them to find out who we are, and where we come from.