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Whole-Genome Growing Pains

By | March 11, 2014

Small study suggests that whole-genome sequencing faces several hurdles before it can be used routinely in the clinic.


A butterfly’s varied disguises are controlled by variants of a single gene, partially confirming—and refuting—a decades-old hypothesis.


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Plants Without Plastid Genomes

By | February 28, 2014

Two independent teams point to different plants that may have lost their plastid genomes.

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First Ancient North American Genome Sequenced

By | February 12, 2014

Analysis of 12,600-year-old DNA refutes the idea that Native Americans originated in Western Europe.

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Review: “Please Continue”

By | February 11, 2014

A play that dramatizes Stanley Milgram’s infamous social psychology experiments from the 1960s captures the personal side of human research.


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Genome Digest

By | February 6, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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Science Cartoonist Doesn’t Draw “Funny Style”

By | January 31, 2014

Sidney Harris communicates science with minimal line work.

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Review: “Green Porno”

By | January 29, 2014

Isabella Rossellini explores nature’s kinky side in a one-woman show.


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Drosophila’s New Genes

By | January 23, 2014

An analysis of the transcriptomes of several fruit fly strains reveals dozens of possible de novo genes in each.


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Daytime Sleep Alters Human Transcriptome

By | January 20, 2014

A mistimed sleep cycle drastically reduces the number of genes that are expressed in a 24-hour rhythm.


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