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a black wolf and a gray wolf follow a third gray wolf, whose head is tilted back to watch, as they trot through a snowy background, with light colored, barren trees in the background.
Black and Gray Wolf Pairings Stem Disease, Stabilize Population: Study
The black fur allele has fitness costs but also confers higher immunity against canine distemper virus, making mix-and-match mating key to population survival.
Black and Gray Wolf Pairings Stem Disease, Stabilize Population: Study
Black and Gray Wolf Pairings Stem Disease, Stabilize Population: Study

The black fur allele has fitness costs but also confers higher immunity against canine distemper virus, making mix-and-match mating key to population survival.

The black fur allele has fitness costs but also confers higher immunity against canine distemper virus, making mix-and-match mating key to population survival.

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White mice in a clear plastic cage
Different Genes Influence Lifespan in Male and Female Mice
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Sep 29, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers say there may be similar, human genes whose effects on lifespan vary by sex.
A white deer mouse on sand surrounded by plants
Are We In the Midst of a Silent Mass Extinction?
Andy Carstens | Sep 22, 2022 | 7 min read
A new modeling technique aims to help scientists and policymakers detect declines in genetic diversity based on habitat loss.
A Little Help From My Friends: Lessons Learned From Microbiome Metagenomics
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Heather Jordan and Jennifer Wargo will discuss how metagenomics studies help uncover new and medically relevant functions of the human microbiome.
Brown coral in shallow water branching upward with blue fish in front. 
Corals Upend Longstanding Idea About Genetic Inheritance
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Sep 1, 2022 | 4 min read
Most animals can’t pass on mutations that arise spontaneously throughout their lives—but Elkhorn corals can.
genome sequence text on screen 
Q&A: Whole Genomes of 150,000 Britons Reveal Novel Genetic Variants
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Aug 5, 2022 | 5 min read
Height and onset of menarche are among traits linked to previously unidentified genetic variants in noncoding regions of the human genome.
Ribbon weed meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia
World’s Largest Organism Discovered Underwater
Andy Carstens | Jun 2, 2022 | 2 min read
Off the western Australian coast, in Shark Bay, a field of seagrass big enough to cover Washington, DC, has flourished for more than four millennia, a new study finds.
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Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Lisa Winter | May 6, 2022 | 2 min read
Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.
Deborah Nickerson
Genome Pioneer Deborah Nickerson Dies at 67
Amanda Heidt | Feb 9, 2022 | 3 min read
The University of Washington researcher leveraged data from the Human Genome Project to identify genes underlying various health conditions and advance precision medicine.
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Researchers Identify 14 New Shrew Species 
Chloe Tenn | Jan 5, 2022 | 2 min read
The discovery, made on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, constitutes an exceptionally high number of new mammals to be described in a single paper.
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Cell Diversity Could Spell Trouble for Animal Models of Cancer
David Adam | Nov 19, 2021 | 3 min read
Tracking human cancers in mice shows some unexpected cell changes that could undermine translational research.  
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Protein Size Matters
David Adam | Sep 23, 2021 | 3 min read
A study probes how genetic duplications that can swell protein length influence human traits such as height and kidney function.
Humans Domesticated Yeast Through Bread-Making: Study
Max Kozlov | Dec 11, 2020 | 4 min read
Over centuries of cultivating Saccharomyces cerevisiae to make dough, bakers have put selective pressure on the species, causing it to diverge into two distinct groups, according to the authors.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020 | 4 min read
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2019 | 2 min read
An analysis of more than 400 human genomes from residents of 13 African countries presented at this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics greatly expands our species’ cataloged genetic diversity.
Opinion: Greater Diversity Is Needed in Human Genomic Data
Charles Lee | Sep 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Researchers must ensure that the inequality seen in most of today’s genomic studies and databases is corrected.
Does Our DNA Make Us All Unique or All the Same?
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2019 | 3 min read
A better understanding of the genetic diversity among humans could motivate an appreciation of both our similarities and our differences.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2019 issue of The Scientist.
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Moving Towards Individualized Medicine For All
Bob Grant | Jul 15, 2019 | 3 min read
How we talk about the coming revolution in clinical care matters as much as the need to involve all types of people in the process.
Lack of Diversity in Genetic Datasets is Risky for Treating Disease
Ashley Yeager | Mar 21, 2019 | 6 min read
Certain populations have been historically underrepresented in genome sequencing studies, but the NIH, private clinics, and 23andMe and other companies are trying to fix that.
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