ecology, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Viruses of the Human Body
Viruses of the Human Body
Eric Delwart | Nov 1, 2016
Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.
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.
HIV Spread from Haiti to NYC in 1970, “Patient Zero” Not to Blame
HIV Spread from Haiti to NYC in 1970, “Patient Zero” Not to Blame
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 26, 2016
Whole-genome sequencing of preserved blood samples provides the clearest picture to date of the virus’s arrival and spread in the U.S.
DNA as an Artistic Medium
DNA as an Artistic Medium
Kate Yandell | Oct 26, 2016
An artist creates images on electrophoresis gels using exhibition visitors’ pooled genetic material.
Q&A: Sequencing Newborns
Q&A: Sequencing Newborns
Tracy Vence | Oct 21, 2016
Members of the BabySeq Project discuss trial enrollment, preliminary findings.
Common STD May Have Come from Neanderthals
Common STD May Have Come from Neanderthals
Bob Grant | Oct 19, 2016
Cross-species trysts likely spread human papillomavirus (HPV) to Homo sapiens, according to new research.
Exome Dataset Expands to Whole Genome
Exome Dataset Expands to Whole Genome
Tracy Vence | Oct 19, 2016
Members of the Exome Aggregation Consortium launch the Genome Aggregation Database.
Promiscuous Mice Have Extra-Fast Sperm
Promiscuous Mice Have Extra-Fast Sperm
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2016
The tails of polygamous deer mice sperm have longer midsections than the sperm tails of monogamous individuals of a similar species, and this correlates with improved swimming and competitive ability.
Cellular Cartography
Cellular Cartography
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2016
Researchers launch an initiative to generate a complete atlas of all cells in the human body.