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DNA Ancestry for All

By | July 10, 2014

Big ad campaigns and celebrity involvement have helped increase public interest in genetic genealogy, but helping consumers understand their DNA ancestry testing results remains difficult.

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New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes

By | July 9, 2014

An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 

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Human Gene Set Shrinks Again

By | July 8, 2014

Proteomic data suggest the human genome may encode fewer than 20,000 genes.

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Mutations Pervade Mitochondrial DNA

By | July 7, 2014

Pathogenic mutations in mitochondrial DNA are common in healthy people, according to a new study.

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Week in Review: June 30–July 4

By | July 4, 2014

STAP retractions; comparing SCNT-derived stem cells with iPSCs; malaria-infected mice more attractive to mosquitoes; stem cell banks face business challenges

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NIH Expands Undiagnosed Diseases Program

By | July 3, 2014

The National Institutes of Health is funding six extramural medical centers to help identify the causes of mysterious diseases.

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Lichen Legion

By | July 2, 2014

Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.

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Ancient North American Infant Reburied

By | July 1, 2014

Tribal members and scientists gather to honor Anzick-1, the 12,600-year-old remains of an infant found in central Montana, whose DNA was sequenced earlier this year.

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Going Beyond the Lab

By | July 1, 2014

Scientists who study the biological roots of sexual orientation should continue working with educators, policy-makers, and the public to put their data to good use.

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Searching for Gay Genes

By | July 1, 2014

Watch NIH researcher and Critic at Large Dean Hamer describe the nuances of his research into the genetics of sexual orientation.

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