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GeneHub’s Crowdfunding Flub

By | September 29, 2014

A campaign to build a direct-to-consumer genome sequencing service pulls the plug after two days of fundraising.

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Genetic Spectra of Schizophrenia

By | September 16, 2014

An analysis of three independent genome-wide association studies suggests schizophrenia is a group of heritable disorders associated with distinct clinical syndromes.

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Australian Court Upholds Patents on Human Genes

By | September 8, 2014

The Federal Court of Australia rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes.

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Losing Languages

By | September 4, 2014

Biological criteria and evolutionary models help predict threats to spoken language, according to two studies.

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Arctic Expansion

By | September 2, 2014

Genetic analysis reveals the history of the earliest human migrations in the region.

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image: NIH Issues Genomic Data Sharing Rules

NIH Issues Genomic Data Sharing Rules

By | August 28, 2014

Updated guidelines expand upon existing policy to include more kinds of data. 

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Roots of Alcohol Dependence?

By | August 27, 2014

Researchers link a gene already tied to alcohol dependence with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

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RNA-based Sex Determination?

By | August 20, 2014

Researchers find that microRNAs may play a role some of the sexual differences seen in fruit flies.

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Light-Tolerant Tomatoes

By | August 7, 2014

Upping the expression of a single gene improves the plant’s ability to withstand light and increases yields. 

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FDA Gets Into the Lab Test Game

By | August 4, 2014

So-called laboratory-developed tests will eventually face regulations similar to those that currently govern diagnostic tests or kits that are sold to hospitals.

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