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The Sound of Salt

By | January 30, 2013

A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.


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Humans Adapt to Icy Life

By | January 30, 2013

A genetic analysis of Siberians finds three genes that have evolved to help the populations weather the frigid winters.


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Review Retracted for Plagiarism

By | January 29, 2013

The authors of a review article on genome-wide association studies have retracted the paper due to “substantial textual overlap” with other sources.

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Pfizer Scientist Dies

By | January 25, 2013

Genetics researcher and senior vice president of the pharmaceutical giant, David Cox, has passed away unexpectedly at age 66.


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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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