biodiversity, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Week in Review: March 3–7
Week in Review: March 3–7
Tracy Vence | Mar 7, 2014
The gene behind a butterfly’s mimicry; the evolution of adipose fins; bacteria and bowel cancer; plants lacking plastid genomes
Venter's New Venture
Venter's New Venture
Jef Akst | Mar 5, 2014
The genomics pioneer is starting a new company that aims to tackle the mysteries of human aging.
Supergene Discovered in Lookalike Butterflies
Supergene Discovered in Lookalike Butterflies
Ed Yong | Mar 5, 2014
A butterfly’s varied disguises are controlled by variants of a single gene, partially confirming—and refuting—a decades-old hypothesis.
Crop Coalescence
Crop Coalescence
Tracy Vence | Mar 5, 2014
While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.
More Mutations in Girls with Autism
More Mutations in Girls with Autism
Kerry Grens | Mar 4, 2014
A greater number of genetic mutations among autistic girls, compared to their male counterparts, suggests that the female brain can better handle such variations.  
Viruses Reconsidered
Viruses Reconsidered
Didier Raoult | Mar 1, 2014
The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.
 
Dad’s Contribution
Dad’s Contribution
Abby Olena | Feb 28, 2014
Older fathers may have children with higher risk of psychiatric disorders, according to a study.
Week in Review: February 24–28
Week in Review: February 24–28
Tracy Vence | Feb 28, 2014
New PLOS data sharing rules; mouse cortical connectome published; reprogramming astrocytes into neurons and fibroblasts into hepatocytes
Plants Without Plastid Genomes
Plants Without Plastid Genomes
Ed Yong | Feb 28, 2014
Two independent teams point to different plants that may have lost their plastid genomes.
Genomenclature?
Genomenclature?
Tracy Vence | Feb 24, 2014
Researchers propose a naming system based on genomic information for all Earth’s life.