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How malaria parasites resist drugs revealed

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:53

A study has revealed the answer to how malaria parasite becomes resistance to the antimalarial drug in clinical trials, which makes the drugs less effective.

How rare chance events influence evolution

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:08

How much does our evolution depend on chance mutations? Quite a lot, say scientists.

Neanderthals carried more copies of potentially detrimental mutations

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:55

Scientists have revealed that Neanderthals carried more copies of mutations that would alter the amino acid makeup of proteins than modern humans possess, which suggests that their populations across Eurasia were likely small and isolated.

How rice underwent mutations from crop to weed and back

Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 15:55

Researchers have looked back in time to see whether the same genetic mutations underlay the emergence of the same traits in both cultivated and weedy rice.

Just 2 genetic mutations sparked evolutionary jump 500 million years ago

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:44

A research team has found that the stage for the evolution of modern hormonal signalling was set by just 2 mutations about 500 million years ago.

Evolution to be blamed for bad backs and tooth aches

Last Updated: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 12:12

Evolution may have put humans at the top of the food chain but it also landed us with bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, scientists have claimed. <br><br>

Mutations in humans can make bird flu a pandemic

Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:53

A new research has suggested that it might be possible for human-to-human airborne transmissible avian H5N1 influenza viruses to evolve in nature.