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Surprising Sperm Diversity

By | July 23, 2012

The first genetic comparison of one man’s individual sperm cells uncovers unique genetic shuffling representative of a much bigger population.

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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Watson Opposes Gene Patents

By | July 19, 2012

James Watson files a brief in the ongoing legal case over Myriad Genetics’ right to hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

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Early Epigenetic Influence

By | July 16, 2012

Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.

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Genetic Shift in Salmon

By | July 12, 2012

A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.

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Natural Alzheimer’s Protection

By | July 11, 2012

Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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New Genome Resource

By | July 11, 2012

Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.

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Filling in the Missing Letters

By | July 3, 2012

A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.

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In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.

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DNA Truth or Dare

By | July 1, 2012

Learning the intricacies of your own genetic profile is a double-edged sword.

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