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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.

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New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

By Sandeep Ravindran | March 1, 2018

Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.

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The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.

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Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.

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The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.

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Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 

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