conservation, genetics & genomics
Passing On Stress
Cristina Luiggi | May 22, 2012
Exposure to an environmental toxin can affect future generations’ ability to handle stressful conditions.
Genome Digest
Cristina Luiggi | May 22, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Opinion: Saving Species through Economics
Kristen Steele | May 21, 2012
Successful conservation depends on an economy that doesn’t incentivize destruction of species and habitats.
Climate Change Threatens Mammals
Sabrina Richards | May 16, 2012
Almost 10 percent of mammals in the Western Hemisphere won’t be able to shift their territories in time to avoid the consequences of climate change.
Can Fish Eco-Labeling be Trusted?
Jef Akst and Edyta Zielinska | May 14, 2012
Programs that provide sustainable certification for fisheries may be too generous with their accreditation.
Rare Alleles Rise with Population
Megan Scudellari | May 11, 2012
As the human population expands, the number of rare genetic variants has dramatically increased.
Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power
Sabrina Richards | May 7, 2012
Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.
Six Threats to Chromosomes
Ed Yong | May 3, 2012
Researchers identify two new DNA repair systems, in addition to four that were already known, that can attack unprotected telomeres.
Burgers and Flies
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2012
Inspired by Darwin, Mohamed Noor has uncovered the molecular dance by which a single species becomes two.
The Sugar Lnc
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism