Researchers have teased out ancient DNA from the animal skin-based parchment on which medieval scribes wrote records, New Scientist reports.

"We realized all these dead cows have a date written on them," Matthew Collins from the University of Copenhagen tells New Scientist. "We thought, 'This is crazy, why aren't we exploiting this?'"

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

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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.