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Tardigrades Have DNA Armour, And We Just Got Closer to Understanding...

Radiation that would reduce the DNA inside our own cells into genetic confetti is no match for the microscopic tough-guy known as a tardigrade,...

Genetic privacy: We must learn from the story of Henrietta Lacks

A street mural memorial to Henrietta Lacks in Oak Park, Illinois MedSci / AlamyToday is the 100 th anniversary of the birth of...

For The First Time, Scientists Find a Way to Make Targeted...

Most cells in your body come with two genetic libraries; one in the nucleus, and the other inside structures called mitochondria - also known...

The Conditions on Mars May Have Once Been Hospitable to RNA

The prospects of ancient life forming on Mars just got a little more likely. Scientists have determined that in the planet's distant past, conditions...

New Paper Suggests Life Could Be Common Across The Universe, Just...

The building blocks of life can, and did, spontaneously assemble under the right conditions. That's called spontaneous generation, or abiogenesis. Of course, many of...

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

On a large screen inside a packed Snohomish County courtroom, in Washington state, a young Canadian couple smiled out at the dimmed room from...

Scientists identify a drug that makes tumors more susceptible to chemo

Many chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells by severely damaging their DNA. However, some tumors can withstand this damage by relying on a DNA repair...

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

Since the mid-1990s, DNA has been used to identify suspects in nearly 400,000 police investigations. Today, the national criminal database, called CODIS, contains the...

Inside the audacious mission to map every microbe in Australia

Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesWaves submerge the algae, forcing us to hop onto higher ground to avoid getting wet feet. For the next few months, the...

Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine

Grape seeds dating back to medieval and Roman periods share many similarities with the wine grapes we enjoy today smithsonian.com Vin jaune, literally...