A tubifer cardinalfish
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)
These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.
ABOVE: Tim Wong, California Academy of Sciences
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)

These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.

These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.

ABOVE: Tim Wong, California Academy of Sciences

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A scientific illustration of a Christmas Island rat
Genome Spotlight: Christmas Island Rat (Rattus macleari)
Christie Wilcox | Mar 24, 2022
The near-complete genome of a recently extinct rodent elucidates the potential—and difficulties—of resurrecting species.
A fresh, peeled lychee fruit held above a harvest of fresh lychees
Genome Spotlight: Lychee (Litchi chinensis)
Christie Wilcox | Jan 27, 2022
Whole genome sequences reveal multiple domestications of this agriculturally important tree and may hold the secrets to producing the sweet fruit year round.
Invasive <em>Phragmites australis</em> in North Carolina's Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Genome Spotlight: Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
Christie Wilcox | Dec 23, 2021
The first reference-quality genome for this grass species could aid managers in understanding and eradicating this highly invasive plant.
a smiling woman standing between a much taller man and woman
Protein Size Matters
David Adam | Sep 23, 2021
A study probes how genetic duplications that can swell protein length influence human traits such as height and kidney function.
Blue-toned illustration of the DNA double helix, with additional DNA strands in the background
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2021
In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.
Image of the Day: Seaweed Sequence
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 17, 2018
The genome of Ulva mutabilis is the first of a green seaweed to be sequenced.
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
The Genetics of Human Height
Jef Akst | Feb 2, 2017
Researchers can now explain more than a quarter of the variability in human stature.
iPSCs and Cancer Risk
Catherine Offord | Feb 24, 2016
Reprogramming adult human cells into stem cells in vitro does not generate harmful mutations, scientists report.
Online Platforms to Share Medical Data Launch
Jenny Rood | Apr 1, 2015
The “Genes for Good” Facebook app and the Open Humans Network plan to recruit large numbers of volunteers for medical studies using social media.
360-Degree View of the Tomato
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 12, 2014
Researchers have sequenced 360 varieties of the tomato plant to create a comprehensive map of the evolution of the fruit from its wild form to the modern varieties. 
Genome Digest
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 28, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Sequencing the Tree of Life
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 24, 2014
Charting the progress of the various large-scale genome-sequencing projects as researchers working separately on their chosen species begin to pool analytical resources
Dog-Wolf Split
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2014
Yet another genetic study of modern canines, both wild and domestic, supports the notion that humans domesticated dogs before growing crops.
Consent at Last
Erin Weeks | Sep 18, 2013
A working group including members of the Lacks family approves the first projects to use the HeLa genome.
Sequenced at Birth
Erin Weeks | Sep 5, 2013
An NIH program will study the promises and pitfalls of sequencing newborns’ genomes.
Opinion: Restoring Tomato Flavor
Nancy Stamp | Aug 28, 2013
Commercial tomatoes rarely have that fresh vine-ripened flavor that everyone loves, but the ideal recipe for tomato taste is now known. Will growers embrace the new cultivars?
Q&A: NIH Brokers HeLa Genome Deal
Bob Grant | Aug 6, 2013
Officials at the government agency hammer out an agreement with the Lacks family to provide restricted access to genomes of their relative’s unwittingly donated cells.