New research has found the lower the degree of genetic similarity in a couple, the more likely it is their children will be taller and quicker thinkers

If you want to have children who are tall and smart, then be prepared to travel further to find a partner. New research has found the lower the degree(...)

Dr Elaine Dunleavy of NUI Galway: “I am trying to find out the genes that are important for fertility in males”

A Galway-based researcher who studies the genetics of fruit flies as a way to understand human health has been awarded the President of Ireland Youn(...)

In the US Alzheimer’s study, published by the American Academy of Neurology, blood samples were taken from 20 people who later developed Alzheimer’s. Photograph: PA

Rising levels of a naturally occurring protein in the brain could give up to a decade’s warning of Alzheimer’s disease, before memory problems have be(...)

The movement babies experience by lying on the floor, waving their arms and legs in the air, is essential to their development. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s endearing the way newborn babies fling their arms out when somebody closes a door too loudly, in what is known as the “startle” reflex. And th(...)

Crowdfunding: ‘It has to be the correct flavour for the correct cause’

Got a few euro to spare? Through crowdfunding websites, some researchers and start-ups are asking the public to pitch in directly. And while crowdf(...)

The Medical Council has decided that no further action should be taken against Dr Katherine Astbury (above) in relation to the care of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No action will be taken by the Medical Council against Dr Katherine Astbury, the consultant obstetrician who led the care of Savita Halappanavar befor(...)

Cathal Ó Dochartaigh, who has died aged 72, was emeritus professor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. Cathair Niall Ó Dochartaigh, known to frien(...)

A Liberian man carries his sick brother suspected of having Ebola after being delayed admission to a treatment unit due to a lack of beds on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Before this year, the largest-known outbreak of Ebola comprised 318 cases, in 1976. That was the year the virus first became known to scientists. T(...)

Scottish neighbourhoods that have large numbers of pubs and off-licences have nearly three times the number of alcohol-related deaths and illness, a major study has shown.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Scottish neighbourhoods that have large numbers of pubs and off-licences have nearly three times the number of alcohol-related deaths and illness, a m(...)

Fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland on September 2nd. Photograph: Reuters

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano continues to rumble, threatening to blow its top and throw tonnes of ash into the atmosphere like the Eyjafjallajökull v(...)