genetics & genomics, culture
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.
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Jef Akst | Oct 12, 2016
In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.
Q&A: Confirming Next-Gen Sequencing Results with Sanger
Q&A: Confirming Next-Gen Sequencing Results with Sanger
Tracy Vence | Oct 11, 2016
Ambry Genetics CEO Aaron Elliott discusses his team’s recent analysis of 20,000 clinical next-generation sequencing panels.
Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies
Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 6, 2016
Allen Roses, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine, has passed away at age 73.
When Nobel Laureates Earn Their Awards
When Nobel Laureates Earn Their Awards
Jef Akst | Oct 3, 2016
Winners in the Physiology or Medicine category are trending older, even though they’re completing their award-winning research when they are about the same age, according to an analysis.
Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons
Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons
Karen Zusi | Oct 1, 2016
Some ciliates use the same trio of nucleotides to code for an amino acid and to stop translation.
Some Human Cancers Exhibit Low-grade Inflammation
Some Human Cancers Exhibit Low-grade Inflammation
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 1, 2016
NSAIDs reduce this "parainflammation," hinting at how they help lower cancer risk.