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Wrangling Retrotransposons

By , , and | March 1, 2015

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.

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DNA Loop-the-Loops

By | December 11, 2014

A new full-genome map indicates how DNA is folded within the nuclei of human cells.

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Winning Bidder to Return Watson’s Nobel

By | December 9, 2014

Russian entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, who purchased James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize medal last week, is returning it to the molecular biologist.

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Watson Sells Nobel for $4.1M

By | December 8, 2014

James Watson, who helped to discover the structure of DNA, has auctioned off his Nobel Prize medal.

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Fact or Artifact?

By | October 29, 2014

A study documenting the ubiquity of DNA contamination calls into question a recent paper on food-derived nucleic acids in the human bloodstream.

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Giant DNA Origami

By | September 18, 2014

Researchers create the largest 3-D DNA structures to date, many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.

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Birds of a Genome

By | May 21, 2014

Married couples have more similar DNA than random pairs of people, a study shows.

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Exploring the Roles of Enhancer RNAs

By | May 7, 2014

Scientists have recently discovered that enhancers are often transcribed into RNAs. But they’re still not sure what, if anything, these eRNAs do.

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Genetic Brain Disorder Explained

By | April 25, 2014

Researchers uncover a mutation responsible for a rare neurological condition.

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