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Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.

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Infographic: Partitioning the Genome

By | December 1, 2016

To make sense of the genetic variation within species, researchers are turning to the concept of the pangenome.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal

By | December 1, 2016

Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.

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Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.

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Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully

By | December 1, 2016

The Harvard professor is pursuing fundamental questions about autophagy, protein homeostasis, and other cellular processes, and he’s always on the lookout for his next new topic.

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The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?

By | December 1, 2016

Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.

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The Topography of Teeth

By | November 29, 2016

Intricate, digital maps of animals’ teeth, created using the same geographical tools used by mapmakers, may help researchers determine the diets of extinct species.

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A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.

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Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.

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