How the black rat colonized Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe — revealing that the rodent …

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Solving the disappearance of bears and lions with ancient DNA

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide, suggest a change in climate is the likely cause of the mysterious disappearance of …

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Zoo air contains enough DNA to identify the animals inside

The air in a zoo is full of smells, from the fish used for feed to the manure from the grazing herbivores, but now we …

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ancient life

Ancient DNA found in soil samples reveals mammoths, Yukon wild horses survived thousands of years longer than believed

Mere spoonfuls of soil pulled from Canada’s permafrost are opening vast windows into ancient life in the Yukon, revealing rich new information and rewriting previous …

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animal health

Aging the unageable: New way to age lobsters

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have identified a way of determining the age of a lobster based on its DNA. Lobsters are …

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Scientists discover a mechanism for memory transfer between individuals in C. elegans

When an organism encounters a threat in its environment, it is to the species’ advantage to warn others of the peril. The microscopic roundworm C. …

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Police considering dog DNA database to tackle livestock worrying

New data prompts rethink from National Police Chief’s Council  Police are exploring the idea of a dog DNA database to help tackle the problem of …

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Future research could lessen mastitis susceptibility

Delegates at the the 3rd Milk Quality Academy were told researchers have been able to use next-generation pyro-sequencing to separate bacterial DNA from host DNA …

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