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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

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A new study counters the popular theory that after Mount Toba blew its top 74,000 years ago, humans almost went extinct.

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New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified

By Catherine Offord | March 13, 2018

Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 

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John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 12, 2018

The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.

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Image of the Day: Living Color

By The Scientist Staff | March 8, 2018

Biodegradable pigments could be custom-grown by bacteria in the future, say researchers.  

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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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EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution

By Kerry Grens | March 5, 2018

In audio files from 2005, the future Administrator of the EPA said there’s a lack of “sufficient scientific facts” to back the theory.

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Slime Mold in Residence

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 2, 2018

At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  

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A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.

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