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People who report having enjoyed amphetamine are more likely to have gene variants associated with protection against attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and schizophrenia, a study shows.


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An Ancient Evolutionary Advantage?

By | April 1, 2014

Shared sequences within the brain lipid-metabolism pathway between Neanderthals and modern Europeans highlight questions about how these genetic similarities arose.


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Synthetic Yeast Chromosome

By | March 27, 2014

A heavily edited version of yeast shows just how flexible eukaryotic chromosomes can be.


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Enhancer and Promoter Atlases

By | March 26, 2014

Consortium annotates the human genome with cell type-specific information about transcription start sites, active enhancers, and their expression throughout the body.


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Genome Digest

By | March 20, 2014

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

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Old-School Fish Guides

By | March 18, 2014

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.


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Origins of Lactase Persistence in Africa

By | March 13, 2014

Large-scale sequencing effort confirms several mutations that confer lactase persistence in Africans, while haplotype analysis sheds light on the trait’s origins.


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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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