chromosomes
Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion
Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
By observing the activity of a protein complex in real time, researchers have uncovered new evidence for a long-standing theory.
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2018
The Stanford University human geneticist identified the genes and genomic abnormalities underlying numerous rare diseases, including Rett  syndrome, and advanced the field of molecular diagnostics. 
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Jim Daley | Mar 31, 2018
Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.
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.  
Birds With Older Fathers Have Shorter Telomeres, Lifespans
Birds With Older Fathers Have Shorter Telomeres, Lifespans
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 14, 2018
The findings contradict what has been observed in humans.  
Image of the Day: DNA Knitter
Image of the Day: DNA Knitter
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 27, 2018
Researchers show how condensin complexes organize DNA in real time.
A Brush with Inheritance, 1878
A Brush with Inheritance, 1878
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2018
Lampbrush chromosomes, first observed in the 19th century, still offer an unparalleled glimpse into how genetic information is organized in the cell.
Captivated by Chromosomes
Captivated by Chromosomes
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2017
Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.
Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA
Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA
Bob Grant | Jul 20, 2017
Researchers pinpoint the genes that make pooches so dang affable.