genetics & genomics, microbiology
Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2011
Non-African people carry remnants of the Neanderthal X chromosome, suggesting interbreeding with early human ancestors.
Tailor-Made Genome
Tia Ghose | Jul 18, 2011
A method for rapidly replacing stop codons throughout the genetic code of E. coli paves the way for biomanufacturing designer proteins.
Zinc Fingers Bear Fruit
Bob Grant | Jul 18, 2011
A method for precise gene editing is able to change disease-causing point mutations in human stem cell DNA.
Genome Digest
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 13, 2011
Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.
Embryos Right Genetic Wrongs?
Amy Maxmen | Jul 8, 2011
New evidence supports an old idea that embryos with genetic abnormalities can somehow fix themselves early in development.
New Suspect in E. coli Deaths
Jessica P. Johnson | Jul 6, 2011
Fenugreek seeds are banned in Europe after authorities point the finger at them as a potential source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.
RNAs regulate cell death
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 5, 2011
Three RNAs expressed in the nucleolus mediate death in cells exposed to too much fat.
C-ing with the Lights Out
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
I the dark Arctic shallows one research finds heterotrophic marine bacteria doing a surprising amount of carbon fixing.
Probiotic Protection
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
Editor’s choice in microbiology
Trading Pelts for Pestilence
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2011
When European explorers and fishermen began to frequent Canada’s shores in the 16th century, they brought with them a plethora of tools and trinkets, including knives, axes, kettles, and blankets.