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Opinion: Birds of a Feather?

By | March 10, 2017

Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.

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Protecting Patients from Genetic Discrimination

By | March 2, 2017

Despite laws meant to protect US citizens from insurance discrimination due to their DNA, some still fear such judgment, while others claim they have experienced it. 

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Duplicated Genes May Reduce Resilience in Yeast

By | February 14, 2017

Researchers find that some duplicated yeast genes develop dependency—the loss of one copy leads to the failure of the other.

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Preliminary results suggest a major shift in one astronaut’s microbiome.

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The Genetics of Human Height

By | February 2, 2017

Researchers can now explain more than a quarter of the variability in human stature.

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Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome

By | October 12, 2016

In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.

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DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic

By | October 1, 2016

Sequencing has gone from a laborious manual task costing thousands of dollars to a quick and cheap practice that is standard for many laboratories.

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Geography of Genetic Diversity

By | September 29, 2016

Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.

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The same genes can make people more sensitive to their experiences, “for better of for worse,” psychologists argue.

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Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs

By | June 1, 2016

Researchers scour the genome for micropeptides encoded within RNAs presumed to function in a noncoding capacity.

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