genetics & genomics, culture
Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations
Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations
Sarah C.P. Williams | Oct 1, 2016
As the importance of genomic copy number variations for health and disease becomes clearer, researchers are creating new ways to detect these changes in the genome.
DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic
DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2016
Sequencing has gone from a laborious manual task costing thousands of dollars to a quick and cheap practice that is standard for many laboratories.
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Oct 1, 2016
Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?
Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants
Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants
Karen Zusi | Sep 30, 2016
Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.
Church on the Late Show
Church on the Late Show
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2016
Harvard biologist George Church talks gene therapy, aging, and reviving the woolly mammoth with Stephen Colbert.
Book Excerpt from <em>An Essay on Science and Narcissism</em>
Book Excerpt from An Essay on Science and Narcissism
Bruno Lemaitre | Sep 30, 2016
In Chapter 3, "Determining Narcissism in Science with Real-Life Examples," author Bruno Lemaitre considers Niels Jerne.
Scientists Catch Translation in the Act
Scientists Catch Translation in the Act
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2016
Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 29, 2016
Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes. 
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 29, 2016
Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.
Does Productivity Diminish Research Quality?
Does Productivity Diminish Research Quality?
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2016
More papers correlate with top-cited research for more-established academics, but not newly minted professors, according to a study.