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Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps

By Ruth Williams | February 7, 2013

Protein aggregates in the brains of some people with dementia or motor neuron disease have a surprising origin.

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The Sound of Salt

By Sabrina Richards | 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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Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

By Dan Cossins | 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 Ed Yong | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.

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Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?

By Sabrina Richards | January 21, 2013

A variety of genetic strategies to counter insect-borne diseases are close to maturity.

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Anonymity Under Threat

By Ruth Williams | January 17, 2013

Scientists uncover the identities of anonymous DNA donors using freely available web searches.

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“Social” Chromosome Discovered

By Sabrina Richards | January 16, 2013

Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.

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It’s Elementary

By Joss Fong | January 10, 2013

Maria Konnikova says the field of psychology has something to learn from great works of fiction.

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Real-time Outbreak Sequencing

By Dan Cossins | December 19, 2012

Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.

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Year of the Fetus

By Beth Marie Mole | December 18, 2012

2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 

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