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By spreading a poison and hoarding the remedy, wtf4 improves its chances of being inherited. 

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Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.

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Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

By | June 19, 2017

A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.

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Trump Picks National Cancer Institute Director

By | June 12, 2017

Ned Sharpless currently leads the cancer center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Gene Mutations Foretell Immunotherapy Response

By | June 12, 2017

A drug that blocks an immune checkpoint protein effectively treats tumors in patients with deficient DNA repair genes. 

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The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 

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The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

By | May 25, 2017

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

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Smarty Genes

By | May 23, 2017

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.

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Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel

By | May 22, 2017

Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 

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