culture Friday, genetics & genomics
Decoding Human Accelerated Regions
Decoding Human Accelerated Regions
Katherine S. Pollard | Aug 1, 2016
Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?
The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus
The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus
Megan Scudellari | Aug 1, 2016
As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Moving Toward Personalized Autism Treatment
Moving Toward Personalized Autism Treatment
Megan Scudellari | Jul 31, 2016
Researchers aim to leverage new insights into the underlying causes of the disorder to better help patients. 
Understanding Human Accelerated Regions
Understanding Human Accelerated Regions
Katherine S. Pollard | Jul 31, 2016
Fast-evolving regions of the human genome differentiate our species from all other mammals.
Nailing Down HAR Function
Nailing Down HAR Function
Katherine S. Pollard | Jul 31, 2016
A remaining challenge in the study of human accelerated regions (HARs) is establishing their specific functions during development and other biological processes.
Wolf Species Are Part Coyote
Wolf Species Are Part Coyote
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 28, 2016
Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.
Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs
Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs
Jef Akst | Jul 28, 2016
Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.
23andMe Markets Genome Kits to Researchers
23andMe Markets Genome Kits to Researchers
Kerry Grens | Jul 14, 2016
Scientists can now buy the direct-to-consumer sequencing product, and research participants can join 23andMe’s database.
Considering Gene Editing
Considering Gene Editing
Jef Akst | Jul 12, 2016
An international committee continues its investigation into the ethical and social considerations of precision DNA editing technology with a public meeting held this morning in Washington, DC.