"We fear this mutation might have an impact, and what we don't know is the extent of the impact," said researcher Penny Moore.
And researchers estimate that by 2100, most people will have it.
Co-author Lynn B. Jorde of the University of Utah Health, said if the results from the small study are validated "it would mean that we could possibly find ways to fix ourselves and live longer and better lives."
Scientists studied human genes, mice and flies to arrive that their conclusion.
Neo-Nazis filmed themselves drinking milk to show off their ability to process lactose, presumably unaware that the same mutations have emerged among other non-European populations.
Research adds to evidence showing how archaic species shaped modern humans.
The latest results could have implications for the development of new anti-ageing therapies.
The data was derived from analyses of the genetic and health data of 200,000 military veterans.
Infertility is one of the most common problems for young people, affecting between 10 to 15 percent of couples.
Their genetic make-up could also ruin the taste of chocolate, coffee, and beer.
The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a bid to overturn the conviction of Anthony Blas Yepez due to a gene mutation in his DNA that has been theorized to impair anger regulation.
Researchers say their findings represent some of the first evidence that evolutionary changes are affecting the time of year that wild animals give birth.
The Gates Foundation is partnering with the National Institutes of Health to bring gene-based cures to countries in Africa were HIV and sickle cell disease are the most prevalent
The recent death of Elijah Cummings at age 68 underscores a disturbing statistic: black men die, on average, five years younger than white men. A study shows racism's effects on gene activity.
Each and every person of non-African descent carries traces of DNA derived from ancient hominin species to a varying extent.
A genetics testing company settled out of court for $42.6 over allegations of healthcare fraud.
Tardigrades—otherwise known as "water bears" or "moss piglets"—are considered extremophiles, organisms that thrive in extreme environments.
Experts have been trying to find a way to divide up these reproductive cells in different species for years.
Precision medicine is changing how cancer is diagnosed.
Running story by Dave Freedman on how a combo of AI, genomics and immunology have brought us to the threshold of being able to solve just about any form of cancer; the catch is that each one will be expensive.
"What if Alzheimer's is a disease of development as much as it is a disease of aging?" one scientist asked.
"No result like this had ever been described anywhere in the animal kingdom," said study author Daisy Robinton.
Research has revealed fascinating new details about the ancient history of the Americas.
"Rainforests are very challenging fieldwork environments, not least because the warm and wet conditions mean that very little of the archaeological record survives the test of time."
Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have been working to alter the genome of patients who suffer from the deadly genetic disorder Hunter syndrome.
New findings suggest that modern humans evolved in populations that were scattered across the African continent.