Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
An Israeli lunar lander carrying the tiny animals crashed into the moon in April, and now scientists are trying to determine if the creatures are still alive.
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon

An Israeli lunar lander carrying the tiny animals crashed into the moon in April, and now scientists are trying to determine if the creatures are still alive.

An Israeli lunar lander carrying the tiny animals crashed into the moon in April, and now scientists are trying to determine if the creatures are still alive.

genetics & genomics
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Aug 7, 2019
An Israeli lunar lander carrying the tiny animals crashed into the moon in April, and now scientists are trying to determine if the creatures are still alive.
Some Data Backing Novartis Gene-Therapy Approval Manipulated: FDA
Some Data Backing Novartis Gene-Therapy Approval Manipulated: FDA
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 7, 2019
The agency is now evaluating the implications of the corrupted data behind Zolgensma and whether to “take action” against the pharmaceutical company.
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 6, 2019
Neither the maternal microbiome nor housing conditions appear to permanently alter which microbes remain in the animals.
Geneticist Liane Russell Dies
Geneticist Liane Russell Dies
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019
She conducted innovative research in mutagenesis and teratogenesis related to radiation and chemical exposures, identifying risks to fetuses.
Pufferfish Spines Shaped by Same Genes as Feathers and Fish Scales
Pufferfish Spines Shaped by Same Genes as Feathers and Fish Scales
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019
To see if the spiky fish shares signaling pathways found in other organisms, scientists scooped up specimens during a mating frenzy on the shores of Japan.
Genetics Articles Retracted at Higher Rate than Other Disciplines
Genetics Articles Retracted at Higher Rate than Other Disciplines
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 26, 2019
A study estimates that 0.15 percent of genetics articles are retracted, most commonly for duplication and plagiarism.
Accuracy of Genotyping Chips Called into Question
Accuracy of Genotyping Chips Called into Question
Grace Browne | Jul 24, 2019
Chips used by some direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms display a false positive rate of upwards of 85 percent when screening for rare variants, a new study finds.  
Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger
Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 23, 2019
The unborn chicks translate auditory alarms from adult birds into quaking vibrations.
Gene Mutation Could Explain Humans’ High Risk of Heart Attack
Gene Mutation Could Explain Humans’ High Risk of Heart Attack
Shawna Williams | Jul 23, 2019
Mutating a gene called CMAH in mice so it’s nonfunctional, as in humans, upped the animals’ chances of developing heart disease, a study finds.
University of Adelaide Investigates Ancient DNA Lab
University of Adelaide Investigates Ancient DNA Lab
Ashley Yeager | Jul 23, 2019
An external consultant will review the work environment of the institution’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, led by evolutionary molecular biologist Alan Cooper.