data mining, genetics & genomics
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Jef Akst | Jun 19, 2017
A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 14, 2017
The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.
Making Public Data Public
Making Public Data Public
Ruth Williams | Jun 8, 2017
Computational scientists develop a system for spotting data overdue for public release, and end up getting hundreds of open-access datasets corrected.
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Claire Asher | Jun 7, 2017
A study of off-target effects that sparked fear among investors of genome-editing companies receives methodological criticisms.
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2017
Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2017
Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.
Microbiome Racer
Microbiome Racer
The Scientist Staff | May 31, 2017
Genomicist Lauren Petersen wins a mountain bike race after she altered her own gut microbial communities.
Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet
Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet
Ruth Williams | May 31, 2017
See how scientists designed food with amino acid compositions based on protein-coding regions in the genomes of mice and fruit flies.