digital PCR, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
New DNA-based Prenatal Test
New DNA-based Prenatal Test
Dan Cossins | Mar 1, 2013
Another company has launched a non-invasive DNA screen for genetic disorders in unborn babies, adding to the competition in an emerging market.
Bacterial Buddies
Bacterial Buddies
Sabrina Richards | Mar 1, 2013
A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.
Circular RNA Surprise
Circular RNA Surprise
Dan Cossins | Feb 28, 2013
Previously enigmatic circular RNAs have been found to influence gene expression by binding to and blocking another class of regulatory RNA, the microRNAs.
Language Gene More Active in Girls
Language Gene More Active in Girls
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 21, 2013
One gene involved in speech produces more of its protein in the brains of young girls than boys.
Lucrative Prize for Life Scientists
Lucrative Prize for Life Scientists
Dan Cossins | Feb 21, 2013
Three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are offering $3 million to scientists demonstrating excellence in biology and medical research.
Mitochondria Versus Nucleus
Mitochondria Versus Nucleus
Juliet Ash | Feb 15, 2013
Disruptions in the interaction between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA can lead to deficiencies in the mitochondrial energy-generating process, affecting fitness.
Bigfoot DNA is Bunk
Bigfoot DNA is Bunk
Dan Cossins | Feb 15, 2013
The group that last year claimed to have sequenced the Sasquatch genome has finally published its data in a brand new “journal,” and geneticists are not impressed.
 
Genetic Privacy for Suspects?
Genetic Privacy for Suspects?
Dan Cossins | Feb 12, 2013
In an upcoming hearing, the US Supreme Court will decide on whether police can take DNA samples from suspects who have not been convicted.
Do Mice Make Bad Models?
Do Mice Make Bad Models?
Dan Cossins | Feb 11, 2013
A study suggests that some mouse models do not accurately mimic human molecular mechanisms of inflammatory response, but other mouse strains may fare better.
Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps
Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps
Ruth Williams | Feb 7, 2013
Protein aggregates in the brains of some people with dementia or motor neuron disease have a surprising origin.