biodiversity, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Designer Livestock
Designer Livestock
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2014
New technologies will make it easier to manipulate animal genomes, but food products from genetically engineered animals face a long road to market.
Opinion: GM Salmon: Just the Beginning
Opinion: GM Salmon: Just the Beginning
Darek Moreau | Jun 1, 2014
Sound risk management concerning genetically engineered food animals is critical. 
Opinion: Sizing Up GM Salmon
Opinion: Sizing Up GM Salmon
Tillmann Benfey | Jun 1, 2014
On the potential benefits and risks of genetically modified fish entering the marketplace 
Week in Review: May 26–30
Week in Review: May 26–30
Tracy Vence | May 30, 2014
Human proteome cataloged; island-separated crickets evolved silence; molecule shows promise for combatting coronaviruses; study replication etiquette; another call for STAP retraction
Parsing the Penis Microbiome
Parsing the Penis Microbiome
Tracy Vence | May 29, 2014
Circumcision and sexual activity are but two factors that can influence the bacterial communities that inhabit male genitalia.
Top 10 New Species
Top 10 New Species
Jef Akst | May 23, 2014
The International Institute for Species Exploration announces its picks of novel species discovered in the past year, including a carnivorous mammal, a tiny shrimp, and a fungus.
Week in Review: May 19–23
Week in Review: May 19–23
Tracy Vence | May 23, 2014
Sperm-sex–sensing sows; blocking a pain receptor extends lifespan in mice; stop codons can code for amino acids; exploring the tumor exome
When Stop Means Go
When Stop Means Go
Ruth Williams | May 22, 2014
A survey of trillions of base pairs of microbial DNA reveals a considerable degree of stop codon reassignment.
Birds of a Genome
Birds of a Genome
Jef Akst | May 21, 2014
Married couples have more similar DNA than random pairs of people, a study shows.
Making Sense of the Tumor Exome
Making Sense of the Tumor Exome
Kerry Grens | May 18, 2014
An algorithm can pick out biologically and clinically meaningful variants from whole-exome sequences of tumors.