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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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A Little Help from My Friends

By | July 1, 2012

How to get the most out of your collaboration with bioinformaticians

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Brain Mosaic

By | July 1, 2012

Retrotransposons contribute to genetic variability in human brain cells.

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Move Over, Mother Nature

By | July 1, 2012

Synthetic biologists harness software to design genes and networks.

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The Little Cell That Could

By | July 1, 2012

Critics point out that cell therapy has yet to top existing treatments. Biotech companies are setting out to change that—and prove that the technology can revolutionize medicine.

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Jumping Genes a Cause of Cancer?

By | June 28, 2012

Genome sequence analysis confirms mobile genetic elements are a mutagenic mechanism in a variety of cancers.

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Patent War for Prenatal Tests

By | June 28, 2012

Four companies who have developed noninvasive genetic prenatal tests are fighting over who has the patent rights to the new and revolutionary techniques.

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A Plea to the FDA

By | June 21, 2012

Protesters crash the BIO conference to protest the delayed approval of a breast cancer drug.

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Gene Patents Back in Court

By | June 19, 2012

A public interest legal group has renewed the fight against DNA patenting.

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