digital PCR, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Genetics-Poverty Link Questioned
Genetics-Poverty Link Questioned
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 3, 2013
Harvard geneticists and anthropologists challenge the work of two economists who say there’s a link between genetic diversity and wealth.
Why Mice Like Massages
Why Mice Like Massages
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 1, 2013
Researchers pinpoint a gene marker for neurons sensitive to gentle touch such as grooming.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Annie Gottlieb | Feb 1, 2013
The Science of Love, Bad Pharma, Genes, Cells and Brains, and Nature Wars
The Sound of Salt
The Sound of Salt
Sabrina Richards | Jan 30, 2013
A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.
Humans Adapt to Icy Life
Humans Adapt to Icy Life
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 30, 2013
A genetic analysis of Siberians finds three genes that have evolved to help the populations weather the frigid winters.
Review Retracted for Plagiarism
Review Retracted for Plagiarism
Dan Cossins | Jan 29, 2013
The authors of a review article on genome-wide association studies have retracted the paper due to “substantial textual overlap” with other sources.
Pfizer Scientist Dies
Pfizer Scientist Dies
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 25, 2013
Genetics researcher and senior vice president of the pharmaceutical giant, David Cox, has passed away unexpectedly at age 66.
Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer
Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer
Dan Cossins | Jan 24, 2013
The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.
Dogs Adapted to Agriculture
Dogs Adapted to Agriculture
Ed Yong | Jan 23, 2013
As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 23, 2013
Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.