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What Is Mutation?

Depiction of Gene Mutation
The English biologist discovered the fact that species better adapt to their environment over time by developing, modifying, repurposing, and losing inheritable characteristics. However, Darwin did not understand the mechanism behind how species change. What Darwin did not know was genes and subsequently their mutation.

Is an At-Home DNA Test an Ideal Gift?

For highly personalized gifts, at-home genetic testing kits that promise to fill in family tree branches or reveal cancer-linked gene mutations can be hard to beat. These kits, which allow consumers to mail in a saliva sample and have their DNA sequenced, sold at unprecedented rates in 2017.  

Layman’s Guide to Understanding DNA

In 2003, the Human Genome Project successfully mapped the entire sequence of genes in human DNA. Since then, DNA and genetic testing have been all over the news, and the science behind it can leave your head spinning if you’re not familiar with what DNA is or how it works.

Who were the Neandertals?

Human evolution expert Prof Chris Stringer has studied Neanderthals his entire career. Here, he tells us what scientists have uncovered about the lifestyle of these early humans, their distinctive characteristics and what they were like.