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Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2017

The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.

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Microbiome Racer

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2017

Genomicist Lauren Petersen wins a mountain bike race after she altered her own gut microbial communities.

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Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2017

See how scientists designed food with amino acid compositions based on protein-coding regions in the genomes of mice and fruit flies.

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No Place to Hide

By Claire Asher | May 31, 2017

Environmental DNA is tracking down difficult-to-detect species, from rock snot in the U.S. to cave salamanders in Croatia.

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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

By Jef Akst | May 25, 2017

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

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Opinion: Token Pharmacovigilance

By Peter Doshi | May 23, 2017

A US government website for collecting reports of side effects associated with vaccines is broken. Why has no one noticed?

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Smarty Genes

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 23, 2017

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.

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Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel

By Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017

Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 

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The antibodies bind conserved viral parts, allowing them to neutralize all five Ebola types.

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Two Confirmed Cases of Ebola in Congo

By Kerry Grens | May 15, 2017

More than a dozen other individuals are suspected of infection in the central African nation.

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