evolution of altruism, developmental biology, genetics & genomics
From Bones to Brains
Hannah Waters | Jun 1, 2012
With the help of a mother, one researcher uncovered a common link between autism and a devastating bone disease.
Famed Geneticist Dies
Jef Akst | May 31, 2012
David Rimoin, a medical geneticist and the founding president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, passes away at age 75.
Defining a Tasty Tomato
Sabrina Richards | May 29, 2012
Scientists harness the power of metabolomics to characterize what makes tomatoes taste good.
DNA to Nab Illegal Fishers
Cristina Luiggi | May 24, 2012
A new SNP assay can determine the geographical origin of commonly overexploited fish species.
Passing On Stress
Cristina Luiggi | May 22, 2012
Exposure to an environmental toxin can affect future generations’ ability to handle stressful conditions.
Genome Digest
Cristina Luiggi | May 22, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Rare Alleles Rise with Population
Megan Scudellari | May 11, 2012
As the human population expands, the number of rare genetic variants has dramatically increased.
Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power
Sabrina Richards | May 7, 2012
Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.
Six Threats to Chromosomes
Ed Yong | May 3, 2012
Researchers identify two new DNA repair systems, in addition to four that were already known, that can attack unprotected telomeres.
Stem Cell Suicide Switch
Megan Scudellari | May 3, 2012
Human embryonic stem cells swiftly kill themselves in response to DNA damage.