Archive for January 29th, 2018:

Boris Johnson ‘is descendant’ of mummified Basel woman

Media captionBoris Johnson: Mummy is distant ancestor Scientists in the Swiss city of Basel have solved a decades-old mystery over the identity of a mummified woman. Their research revealed a surprise: the woman is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The body was uncovered in 1975 while renovations were being done on

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Handheld device sequences human genome

Image copyright Oxford Nanopore Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome. They say the feat, detailed in the journal Nature Biotechnology, opens up exciting possibilities for using genetics in routine medicine. It is a far cry from the effort to sequence the first human

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Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed

Image copyright Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Image caption Reconstruction of the new dinosaur on a coastline in what is now the Western Desert of Egypt A new species of dinosaur found in the Egyptian desert is shedding light on Africa’s missing history of dinosaurs. Few fossils have been unearthed from the last

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