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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By | January 24, 2013

The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.

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Dogs Adapted to Agriculture

By | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.

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Some Insurers Protected by GINA

By | January 23, 2013

Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.

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Double DNA

By | January 22, 2013

Scientists provide evidence for the existence of four-stranded human DNA, which has previously only been theorized and synthesized.

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Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?

By | January 21, 2013

A variety of genetic strategies to counter insect-borne diseases are close to maturity.

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Genetic Deodorant

By | January 18, 2013

People carrying a certain gene variant that dictates fresh underarms are less likely to wear antiperspirant.

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Anonymity Under Threat

By | January 17, 2013

Scientists uncover the identities of anonymous DNA donors using freely available web searches.

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DNA Reveals Ancient Looks

By | January 17, 2013

By analyzing a collection of 24 genetic variations, researchers are able to predict the hair and eye color of long-dead humans.

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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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DNA Jumps Between Vertebrates

By | January 3, 2013

Scientists show that horizontal transfer of a particular DNA sequence among a diverse range of vertebrates is more widespread than previously believed.

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