apps, genetics & genomics
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2018
A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.  
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Diana Kwon | Apr 5, 2018
The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
Diana Kwon | Apr 2, 2018
Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.
Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 1, 2018
Motivated by his father’s cancer diagnosis, the Francis Crick Institute cancer geneticist has been revealing the ways tumors evolve and why they are so difficult to treat.
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Catherine Offord | Mar 29, 2018
Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.
Study Finds Inaccuracies in 40 Percent of DTC Genetic Testing Results
Study Finds Inaccuracies in 40 Percent of DTC Genetic Testing Results
Shawna Williams | Mar 28, 2018
An analysis of 49 patient samples finds high proportions of false positives and misinterpretation.
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Mar 28, 2018
Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.
Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results
Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 21, 2018
Two studies examining the effects of parents’ ages on their offsprings’ telomere lengths come to opposite conclusions.  
Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.