cancer, ecology, genetics & genomics
BRCA1 Further Elucidated
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 27, 2011
Researchers have pinpointed the region of a key cancer gene that’s involved in tumor suppression.
Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2011
Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.
Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011
Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.
Battle Over Gene Patenting Rages On
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 18, 2011
The case challenging the right of a healthcare company to patent cancer genes may make it all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2011
Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.
Drug Shortages Plague Research
Rachel Nuwer | Oct 5, 2011
Dwindling stocks in more than a dozen cancer drugs are delaying clinical trials.
Opinion: A New Global Health Agenda
Edward E. Partridge, Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, and Ralph L. Sacco | Oct 4, 2011
After a historic UN meeting, global efforts must be coordinated against noncommunicable diseases to thwart the world’s leading causes of death and disability.
A Mouse Model of Autism?
Tia Ghose | Oct 3, 2011
Deletions or duplications of a certain genomic region implicated in autism can induce autism-like brain and behavior changes in mice.
Omics
Stephen Friend, Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2011
Early sequencing evolved into the publication of genomes for myriad species, including our own, within the span of two and a half decades. Bioinformatician Stephen Friend opines on what's in store as the next quarter century of omics takes shape.