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Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies

By Kerry Grens | June 11, 2015

Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.

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MERS Sequence Analysis

By Tracy Vence | June 11, 2015

The strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus currently circulating in South Korea is highly similar to the one in the pathogen’s namesake region.

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Ebola Virus Virulence

By Jef Akst | June 9, 2015

The strain of Ebola that has circulated in West Africa for the last year takes longer to kill macaques than the virus that caused an outbreak in Central Africa in 1976.

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Disease-Causing Mutations in Healthy People

By Amanda B. Keener | June 8, 2015

A large-scale genome sequencing effort identifies mutations with disease-causing potential at higher rates than expected.

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Drug for Low Sex Drive in Women?

By Jef Akst | June 8, 2015

A federal advisory panel supports the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first drug for female sexual dysfunction.

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Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare

By Anna Azvolinsky | June 5, 2015

Somatic mosaicism may be responsible for a larger proportion of genomic variability within humans than previously thought.

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The Roots of Schizophrenia

By Jef Akst | June 4, 2015

Researchers link disease-associated mutations to excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain.

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Clinical Matchmaker

By Kate Yandell | June 1, 2015

Enrolling the right patient population could be key to a successful clinical trial.

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New Legs to Stand On

By Mary Beth Aberlin | June 1, 2015

Reconstructing the past using ancient DNA

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Not So Noncoding

By Jenny Rood | June 1, 2015

An RNA thought to be noncoding in fact encodes a small protein that regulates calcium uptake in muscle.

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