artificial selection, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2016
A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.
Facebook CEO’s Donation a Boon to Basic Science
Facebook CEO’s Donation a Boon to Basic Science
Kerry Grens | Sep 25, 2016
But can $3 billion dollars meet the lofty goals of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative?
Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice
Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice
Jef Akst | Sep 14, 2016
An endogenous retrovirus that supports placenta formation in females also helps male mice build muscle, according to a study.
Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch
Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch
Kerry Grens | Sep 12, 2016
Researchers design a Cas9 enzyme that cuts DNA only in the presence of particular drug.
The Evolution of Beer Yeast
The Evolution of Beer Yeast
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 12, 2016
Sequencing more than 150 yeast genomes, scientists describe distinct lineages cultivated by humans for making beer and wine.
Week in Review: September 5–9
Week in Review: September 5–9
Jef Akst | Sep 9, 2016
Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2016
Ancestries of nearly two dozen indigenous groups in the region reveal a close link between the genetic clustering of populations and the Kalahari Desert’s ecogeography.
Zika Update
Zika Update
Bob Grant | Sep 7, 2016
Virus’s genome to aid in diagnoses; bees caught in crossfire of mosquito sprays; Zika spreads in Asia; US Congress revisits Zika funding
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Kelly Rae Chi | Sep 1, 2016
Tips on how to surmount the challenges of working with CRISPR to manipulate genes in human stems cells to study their function in specific diseases or to correct genetic defects in patient cells.
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
Sandeep Ravindran | Sep 1, 2016
Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.