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How Multicellularity Arose
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2016
Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms.
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Jef Akst | Nov 12, 2015
Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres.
The Origins of Oversized Chromosomes
Molly Sharlach | Nov 12, 2014
Researchers reconstruct the formation of the giant neochromosomes that contribute to some cancers.
Circular Chromosomes Straightened
Kerry Grens | Nov 6, 2014
A newly described method linearizes circular chromosomes in yeast and caps them with telomeres to mimic natural chromosomes.
Synthetic Yeast Chromosome
Ed Yong | Mar 27, 2014
A heavily edited version of yeast shows just how flexible eukaryotic chromosomes can be.
Tracy Vence | Jan 2, 2014
Scientists present the first major human genome assembly update since 2009.
Cancer Pioneer Dies
Jef Akst | Dec 20, 2013
Janet Rowley, who earned fame for linking chromosomal abnormalities to cancer in the 1970s, has passed away at age 88 from ovarian cancer.
Depression Speeds Aging
Bob Grant | Nov 12, 2013
Cells in the bodies of depressed people appear older and contain chromosomes with shorter telomeres.
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Dan Cossins | Sep 1, 2013
In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.
“Social” Chromosome Discovered
Sabrina Richards | Jan 16, 2013
Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.