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NIMH Head Leaves

By | September 16, 2015

Thomas Insel, the director for the National Institute of Mental Health, will work for Google Life Sciences on the prevention and detection of mental diseases.

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Genetics, Immunity, and the Microbiome

By | September 16, 2015

The makeup of an individual’s microbiome correlates with genetic variation in immunity-related pathways, a study shows.

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Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy

By | September 13, 2015

Some doctors advise shoppers to be skeptical of a newly marketed cancer diagnostic.

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Tide Shifting on Embryo Gene Editing?

By | September 11, 2015

An international bioethics group says that research that involves editing genes in human embryos can be valuable, though it doesn’t approve of making “designer babies.”

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Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers are developing new techniques to better understand how and why knots of DNA are distributed throughout the genome.

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Ancient DNA Elucidates Basque Origins

By | September 9, 2015

Researchers find that the people of northern Spain and southern France are an amalgam of early Iberian farmers and local hunters.

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Unexpectedly Wild

By | September 1, 2015

Genomic analysis reveals pigs interbred with wild boars during domestication.

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Alphabet Announces Life Sciences

By | August 24, 2015

Google’s parent company is launching a research-and-development project as a standalone firm.

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Illumina, Investors Launch Consumer Genetics Firm

By | August 19, 2015

With $100 million in initial funding, Helix aims to make personal genomics accessible.

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Fending Off Infection in Future Generations

By | August 17, 2015

Female fruit flies challenged with infection during their lifetimes have offspring with greater genetic diversity.

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