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Nailing Down HAR Function

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

A remaining challenge in the study of human accelerated regions (HARs) is establishing their specific functions during development and other biological processes.

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On Becoming Human

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2016

Some thoughts on going to the Galápagos

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A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Understanding Human Accelerated Regions

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

Fast-evolving regions of the human genome differentiate our species from all other mammals.

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Wanted: Transcriptional Regulators

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

Researchers have designed a screen to find unique molecules, called riboswitches, that determine whether transcription will proceed.

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Decoding Human Accelerated Regions

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?

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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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Contributors

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Wolf Species Are Part Coyote

By Alison F. Takemura | July 28, 2016

Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

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Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs

By Jef Akst | July 28, 2016

Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.

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