extinct, genetics & genomics, microbiology
Microbial Perfume
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 23, 2012
Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.
Watson Opposes Gene Patents
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2012
James Watson files a brief in the ongoing legal case over Myriad Genetics’ right to hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Early Epigenetic Influence
Sabrina Richards | Jul 16, 2012
Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.
Genetic Shift in Salmon
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 12, 2012
A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.
Natural Alzheimer’s Protection
Sabrina Richards | Jul 11, 2012
Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
New Genome Resource
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 11, 2012
Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.
Opinion: One Microbe’s 15 Minutes
David Smith | Jul 3, 2012
The recently hyped amoeba-flagellate Collodictyon has many secrets to tell about early eukaryotic evolution.
Filling in the Missing Letters
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 3, 2012
A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.
Book Excerpt from The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean | Jul 1, 2012
In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.
DNA Truth or Dare
Sam Kean | Jul 1, 2012
Learning the intricacies of your own genetic profile is a double-edged sword.