Ancient DNA Analysis Could Return Aboriginal Remains to…

Aboriginal people hold Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as a sacred site. (Credit: Uwe Aranas/shutterstock) Scores of Aboriginal Australians were taken from their homelands when Europeans colonized Australia. And today, native peoples and their ancestors’ remains…

In Praise of Parasites

Kevin Lafferty emerges from the waters off Anacapa Island near Ventura, California, after spearing fish in March 2018. He’s advising a UCSB PhD student on research to determine if reef fish inside protected marine reserves…

Gut Microbes Could Soon Diagnose and Explain The…

(Credit: sedat seven/shutterstock) Doctors have long scratched their heads over the causes and cures for two common diseases of the digestive system: IBS and IBD. But research out today in Science Translational Medicine takes a…

Could Extraterrestrial Sugar Explain How Life Began on…

A composite image of meteors falling through Earth’s atmosphere during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower. (Credit: Belish/Shutterstock) Extraterrestrial Sugar Scientists have discovered derivatives of life’s building blocks in carbon-rich meteorite samples, a first. They also showed…