1. Animals

    Two teens pull DNA from birds out of the air

    Animals shed DNA into their environment. Usually scientists find it in water or soil. Now, two teens have figured out how to capture this “environmental DNA” from air.

  2. Life

    How some birds lost the ability to fly

    Some birds have evolved to stay on the ground instead of flying. Scientists think changes to bossy bits of DNA might be the reason.

  3. Genetics

    Scientists Say: Genealogy

    This is the study of someone’s ancestry. It could mean finding out about someone’s family tree or the history of evolution from one species to another.

  4. Genetics

    Shaking hands could transfer your DNA — leaving it on things you never touched

    After a long handshake, the DNA you trade could end up on things you never touched.

  5. Genetics

    The smell of fear may make it hard for dogs to track some people

    Genes and stress may change someone’s scent, confusing search dogs.

  6. Science & Society

    Some scientists ask for ban on the gene editing of babies

    Scientists and research organizations have just issued calls for a voluntary ban on editing genes that can be inherited by people.

  7. Genetics

    Explainer: What are genes?

    Genes are DNA regions that tell cells how to build proteins. But we have many more proteins than genes. And much of our DNA controls when genes turn on and off.

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    Scientist reports first gene editing of humans

    A Chinese researcher claims to have edited the DNA of human embryos. Babies from those embryos were born this month, and the news kicked off a firestorm of controversy.

  9. Plants

    Plants don’t grow well when always on high alert

    Plants make bitter-tasting chemicals to defend themselves against hungry bugs. But they pay a cost for always being on alert, scientists find.

  10. Genetics

    Gene editing creates mice with no mom

    Scientists used gene editing to make the first ever mice with two dads. But these motherless pups died soon after birth.

  11. Genetics

    Gene editing wiped out a population of mosquitoes in lab tests

    For the first time, a gene drive caused a population crash of mosquitoes. Such gene editing could drive the malaria-carrying insects to extinction.

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    The mixed-up world of hybrid animals

    When animals from related species mate, they may produce hybrid offspring. These animals can display a jumble of traits, such as colors, shapes or behaviors.