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Image of the Day: Super Spores 

By The Scientist Staff | September 28, 2017

The deadly fungus Cryptococcus deuterogattii harbors a genetic tweak that propels its mutation rate and allows it to rapidly develop antifungal resistance.

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Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study

By Kerry Grens | July 17, 2017

An estimate derived from fertility rates concludes that at least 75 percent of our DNA has no critical utility.

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DNA Replication Errors Contribute to Cancer Risk

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 23, 2017

A follow-up study confirms that random mutations acquired during normal stem cell division likely play a major role in cancer incidence.

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Low Mutation Rate in iPSCs

By Catherine Offord | April 11, 2016

The mutation rate in induced pluripotent stem cells is 10 times lower than in somatic cells, scientists show.

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Estimating Epigenetic Mutation Rates

By Jenny Rood | May 11, 2015

Generation-spanning maps of Arabidopsis thaliana DNA methylation allow researchers to compute how quickly epigenetic marks appear and disappear in the plant’s genome.

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Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble

By Jef Akst | March 27, 2015

A study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous group estimated.

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image: Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk

Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 1, 2015

An analysis of 31 tissues finds that random mutations acquired during stem cell divisions correlate with lifetime cancer risk.  

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image: Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations

Identifying Spurious Cancer Mutations

By Dan Cossins | June 19, 2013

Researchers reveal why analyses of cancer-causing mutations are riddled with false positives and demonstrate a new approach that eliminates the problem.

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image: Ginormous Genome

Ginormous Genome

By Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012

Researchers find organisms with huge genomes with high mutation rates, overturning a common expectation in evolutionary biology.

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Our Missing Genes

By Sabrina Richards | February 17, 2012

New research suggests that the average person has about 20 genes with loss-of-function mutations—many more than previously suspected.

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