By searching the church's famed family trees, scientists have tracked down a cancer-causing mutation that came west with a pioneer couple—just in time to save the lives of their great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Corn lurks in so many surprising places, from table salt to apples to IV bags.
It’s moving, and the shutdown means that maps can’t be updated.
The president’s glandular instinct has become a substitute for all expertise and all nuance.
An analysis of dental plaque illuminates the forgotten history of female scribes.
The name of the world’s most spoken language has a surprising origin story.
As Spain simultaneously persecuted its Jews and expanded its colonies in the Americas, conversos secretly came over to the New World. Their legacy lives on in DNA.
Chewed tar is an unexpectedly great source of ancient DNA.
DNA tests can have a placebo effect.
In the 19th century, cold rinses and days-long baths became a way to treat—and control—psychiatric patients.
A 4,900-year-old skeleton has turned the accepted story of the disease on its head.
The world’s most famous genetic tool has a major diversity problem.
Researchers fear that the controversial study will be a stain on China’s scientific reputation.
More and more companies are selling DNA-test kits for pets.
In the 1930s, saltwater was shipped by rail. Since then, things have gotten more high-tech.
The increasing popularity of genetic tests poses concerns about the accessibility of personal information.
People are sharing their deepest secrets on Facebook. Does the social network understand what it’s gotten into?
Urban areas are heat islands. Could that be dictating the color of their gastropods?
“Who cares,” the president said about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s results.
A father reflects on an experience that is becoming more common.
Even people who have never taken a genetic test can be tracked down like the Golden State Killer suspect.