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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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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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In the prologue, “Lemurs and the Delights of Fieldwork,” author Ian Tattersall shares the paleoanthropological lessons he learned from studying non-human primates in Madagascar.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2015

How to Clone a Mammoth, The Upright Thinkers, The Thirteenth Step, and Humankind

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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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Reimagining Humanity

By Ian Tattersall | June 1, 2015

As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.

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Silencing Surprise

By Jenny Rood | June 1, 2015

A chromatin remodeler in embryonic stem cells clears the DNA for mRNA transcription while stifling the expression of noncoding transcripts.

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Genomes Point the Way

By Ruth Williams | May 28, 2015

Sequence analysis of Egyptian, Ethiopian, and non-African peoples indicates a likely route taken by modern humans migrating out of Africa.

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