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Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2017
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Geoffrey E. Hill | Mar 10, 2017
Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.
Protecting Patients from Genetic Discrimination
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 2, 2017
Despite laws meant to protect US citizens from insurance discrimination due to their DNA, some still fear such judgment, while others claim they have experienced it.
Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 1, 2017
Newton’s rainbow forms the familiar ROYGBIV because he thought the range of visible colors should be analogous to the seven-note musical scale.
Duplicated Genes May Reduce Resilience in Yeast
Diana Kwon | Feb 13, 2017
Researchers find that some duplicated yeast genes develop dependency—the loss of one copy leads to the failure of the other.
Astronaut Twin Study Reveals How Space Impacts the Body
Diana Kwon | Feb 6, 2017
Preliminary results suggest a major shift in one astronaut’s microbiome.
The Genetics of Human Height
Jef Akst | Feb 2, 2017
Researchers can now explain more than a quarter of the variability in human stature.
19th Century Experiments Explained How Trees Lift Water
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
A maple branch and shattered equipment led to the cohesion-tension theory, the counterintuitive claim that water’s movement against gravity involves no action by trees.
Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2017
These millimeter-size sea creatures lived 540 million years ago.
The Sled Dogs that Stopped an Outbreak
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
Balto, Togo, and other huskies famously delivered life-saving serum to a remote Alaskan town in 1925—but newspapers didn’t tell the whole story.