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Largest Human Genetic Variation Repository Yet

By | August 17, 2016

An open-access catalog of tens of thousands of human exome sequences highlights the power of a very large genomic dataset in pinpointing genes linked to rare diseases. 


image: “Redhead” Gene Variant Boosts Melanoma Risk

“Redhead” Gene Variant Boosts Melanoma Risk

By | July 12, 2016

People without red hair who possess the variant are also more likely to develop this form of skin cancer, researchers report.


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Immune Defect Detected in Knockout Mice

By | May 20, 2016

Researchers have identified a mutation in a commonly used commercial mouse strain that could impact experimental results.

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Advances in Genome Editing

By | April 20, 2016

Researchers develop a CRISPR-based technique that efficiently corrects point mutations without cleaving DNA.


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Genetic Resilience

By | April 11, 2016

An analysis of the genomes of nearly 600,000 healthy individuals reveals a handful of people who appear resistant to certain genetic disorders.


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A Tree Takes Root

By | April 1, 2016

Four apparently unrelated individuals share a common ancestor from whom they inherited a rare mutation that predisposed them to the cancer they share.


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Pulling It All Together

By | April 1, 2016

Systems-biology approaches offer new strategies for finding hard-to-identify drug targets for cancer.


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Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis

By | February 25, 2016

Clinical cases link immune changes to a cancer’s spread through the body, but find no role for so-called “driver” mutations.


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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.


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Domestication’s Downsides for Dogs

By | December 21, 2015

The selection of traits suitable for human companionship may have dragged along some unfavorable alleles.


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