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Decon Recon

By | October 1, 2015

Published genomes are chock-full of contamination. But as awareness of the problem grows, so do methods to help combat it.

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Lefties, Language, and Lateralization

By | October 1, 2015

The long-sought genetic link between handedness and language lateralization patterns in the brain is turning out to be illusory.


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Early Hominin Hearing

By | September 29, 2015

Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.

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Polar Dino Discovered

By | September 28, 2015

Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.


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By | September 28, 2015

A pioneer of the gene-editing technique discovers a protein that could improve its accuracy.


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Local Microbes Give Wine Character

By | September 24, 2015

Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.


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Venter Enters the Consumer Genomics Biz

By | September 22, 2015

The genomic entrepreneur has struck a deal with a South African health insurer to sequence the exomes of its customers.


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Genetics, Immunity, and the Microbiome

By | September 16, 2015

The makeup of an individual’s microbiome correlates with genetic variation in immunity-related pathways, a study shows.


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Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy

By | September 13, 2015

Some doctors advise shoppers to be skeptical of a newly marketed cancer diagnostic.


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Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers are developing new techniques to better understand how and why knots of DNA are distributed throughout the genome.


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