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Synthetic Yeast Chromosome

By | March 27, 2014

A heavily edited version of yeast shows just how flexible eukaryotic chromosomes can be.

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Genome Update

By | January 2, 2014

Scientists present the first major human genome assembly update since 2009.

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Cancer Pioneer Dies

By | December 20, 2013

Janet Rowley, who earned fame for linking chromosomal abnormalities to cancer in the 1970s, has passed away at age 88 from ovarian cancer.

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Depression Speeds Aging

By | November 12, 2013

Cells in the bodies of depressed people appear older and contain chromosomes with shorter telomeres.

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Lords of the Fly, circa 1910

By | September 1, 2013

In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.

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“Social” Chromosome Discovered

By | January 16, 2013

Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.

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Older Dads Have Healthier Kids?

By | June 11, 2012

New research finds that older men have children and grandchildren with longer telomeres, possibly pointing to health benefits of delayed reproduction.

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Six Threats to Chromosomes

By | May 3, 2012

Researchers identify two new DNA repair systems, in addition to four that were already known, that can attack unprotected telomeres.

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Marooned Chromosomes Cause Cancer?

By | January 23, 2012

Chromosomes accidentally stranded outside of the nucleus could contribute to cancer formation.

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Before the Genes Jumped, 1930s

By | January 1, 2012

How Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock nearly gave up genetics for meteorology

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