Genetic mutations that made ancient people shorter and more prone to osteoarthritis may have also helped them endure an ice age, the New York Times reports.

"There are many cases like this where evolution is a trade-off," study author and Stanford University researcher David Kingsley tells the Times.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.