DNA sequencing, genetics & genomics, evolution
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Abby Olena | Apr 11, 2018
Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2018
A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.  
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Diana Kwon | Apr 5, 2018
The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.
Image of the Day: Four Eyes
Image of the Day: Four Eyes
The Scientist Staff | Apr 3, 2018
Ancient monitor lizards had an extra set of “eyes” on top of their heads.
Image of the Day: Original Fin
Image of the Day: Original Fin
The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2018
Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
Diana Kwon | Apr 2, 2018
Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.
Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 1, 2018
Motivated by his father’s cancer diagnosis, the Francis Crick Institute cancer geneticist has been revealing the ways tumors evolve and why they are so difficult to treat.
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Catherine Offord | Mar 29, 2018
Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.
Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack
Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack
Ruth Williams | Mar 29, 2018
A decade after chytridiomycosis killed scores of amphibians in Panama, some species are recovering. New research indicates why.