DNA, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
Mutation vs. Mutation
Mutation vs. Mutation
Kerry Grens | Nov 3, 2016
Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.
Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped
Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 3, 2016
Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 
How These Rodents Got Their Stripes
How These Rodents Got Their Stripes
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 2, 2016
The African striped mouse and the chipmunk develop dorsal stripes through a newly identified mechanism of coat color variation.
Genotyping “Surrogates” Misdiagnoses Deadly Heart Condition
Genotyping “Surrogates” Misdiagnoses Deadly Heart Condition
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2016
Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.
Social Media Accelerates Science
Social Media Accelerates Science
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 1, 2016
How researchers are taking advantage of Twitter and other forums to do, share, and discuss research
Neuron Signaling Persists, Faintly, Even When Key Presynaptic Proteins Are Absent
Neuron Signaling Persists, Faintly, Even When Key Presynaptic Proteins Are Absent
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 1, 2016
Results from experiments in mice revise a long-held hypothesis that certain protein scaffolds are needed for synaptic activity.
Regularly Whiffing Essential Oils Can Retrain Lost Sense of Smell
Regularly Whiffing Essential Oils Can Retrain Lost Sense of Smell
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2016
The simple therapy likely exploits the neural plasticity of the olfactory system.
The Human Virome
The Human Virome
Eric Delwart | Oct 31, 2016
Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.
Protein Folding Pioneer Dies
Protein Folding Pioneer Dies
Kerry Grens | Oct 28, 2016
Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.
Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed
Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2016
The ribosome-associated organelle consists of tightly packed tubes, not flat sheets as previously believed, according to new super-resolution microscopy images.