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One Million Genomic Datasets

By | July 23, 2012

Publicly accessible databases now store nearly 1 million gene-expression datasets, giving researchers a robust resource for discovery.

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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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Mosquito Gut Bacteria to Fight Malaria

By | July 17, 2012

Researchers engineer a member of the insect's intestinal flora to help thwart the malaria parasite before it can infect new hosts.

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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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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.

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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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Maps Show Animal Disease Hotspots

By | July 6, 2012

Researchers survey global incidence of 56 zoonotic diseases to identify the hardest hit countries.

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DNA Methylation Linked to Memory Loss

By | July 2, 2012

Scientists find that declining DNA methylation in mouse neurons may cause age-related memory deficits.

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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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