When airlines want to investigate dangerous bird strikes against planes, they turn to the head of the Smithsonian’s Feather Identification Lab
January 16, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
A husband-and-wife team's experimental genetic treatment for blindness is renewing hopes for a controversial field of medicine
January 2009 | By Jocelyn Kaiser
Though we may talk of cancer as one disease, skin cancer has little in common with pancreatic cancer and breast cancer is something else entirely
October 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
In Colorado, the gene linked to a virulent form of breast cancer found mainly in Jewish women is discovered in Hispanic Catholics
October 2008 | By Jeff Wheelwright
A genealogical surprise led the author to ask: What does it take to be one of the family?
September 2008 | By Jake Halpern
What the platypus and other Australian species reveal about genetics
August 01, 2008 | By Dina Modianot-Fox
These holidays, give the people who have everything the one thing they don't: a map of their own DNA
December 12, 2007 | By Eric Jaffe
Biologist Beth Shapiro has figured out a recipe for success in the field of ancient DNA research
October 2007 | By Andrew Curry
African Americans use scientific advances to trace their roots
February 01, 2007 | By Whitney Dangerfield
Svante Paabo has probed the DNA of Egyptian mummies and extinct animals. Now he hopes to learn more about what makes us tick by decoding the DNA of our evolutionary cousins.
October 2006 | By Steve Olson
A Nobel laureate holds forth on flies, genes and women in science.
June 2006 | By Amy Crawford
To prosecutors, it was child abuse - an Amish baby covered in bruises, but Dr. D. Holmes Morton had other ideas
February 2006 | By Tom Shachtman
After DNA, what could he possibly do for an encore?
November 01, 2005 | By Smithsonian magazine
Vindicated for his controversial sociobiology? Yes. Satisfied? Not yet
November 01, 2005 | By Robert Wright
It is the world's No. 1 fruit, with millions of people dependent on it to stay alive. Now diseases threaten many varieties, prompting a search for new hybrids of the "smile of nature"
October 2005 | By Craig Canine
Researchers make an annual pilgrimage to Twinsburg, Ohio, to study inherited traits
November 2004 | By Mark Wheeler
A San Francisco scientist's genetic research renews the ancient hope for a way to slow aging
March 2004 | By Stephen S. Hall
Researchers' efforts to clone the vanished Tasmanian tiger highlight the quandary of reviving long-gone creatures
June 2003 | By Luba Vangelova
Fifty years after the discovery of DNA's structure, the payoff hasn't matched the hype. But really, we've only just begun
April 2003 | By Horace Freeland Judson
Is it the fresh air, the seafood, or genes? Why do so many hardy 100-year-olds live in yes, Nova Scotia?
January 2003 | By Mary Duenwald