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“Social” Chromosome Discovered

By | January 16, 2013

Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.

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Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness

By | January 9, 2013

Reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, or are they?

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Is Frog Skin a Red Herring?

By | January 2, 2013

Despite decades of work, compounds in frog skins have failed to yield new antibiotics. Why?

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Evolution by Splicing

By | December 20, 2012

Comparing gene transcripts from different species reveals surprising splicing diversity.

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Real-time Outbreak Sequencing

By | December 19, 2012

Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.

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Year of the Fetus

By | December 18, 2012

2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 

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Cancer More Diverse than Its Genetics

By | December 13, 2012

Tumor cells can exhibit different behaviors despite being genetically indistinguishable.

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Genome Digest

By | December 7, 2012

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

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Detailing Color Vision

By | December 6, 2012

Scientists engineer a spectrum of artificial pigments to understand how animals see in color.

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Architecture Reveals Genome’s Secrets

By | November 25, 2012

Three-dimensional genome maps are leading to a deeper understanding of how the genome’s form influences its function.

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