germ cells, genetics & genomics, disease & medicine
Funders Fight Re-Identification
Funders Fight Re-Identification
Tracy Vence | Mar 25, 2014
Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.
DNA Bends Control Gene Activation
DNA Bends Control Gene Activation
Kerry Grens | Mar 25, 2014
Genomic structures called i-motifs signal DNA activation, while hairpin loops signal gene suppression.  
DNA Mugshots
DNA Mugshots
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 24, 2014
Variants of 20 genes can predict the shape of a person’s face, a study finds.
Week in Review: March 17–21
Week in Review: March 17–21
Tracy Vence | Mar 21, 2014
Protein appears to protect stressed neurons; vitamin A’s lifelong effects on immunity; stem cells influenced by substrates; supercharged photosynthesis through nanotechnology
Watson Challenges Cancer
Watson Challenges Cancer
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2014
The IBM supercomputer, famous for its game show performance, will aid in cloud-based analyses of genomic data.  
<em>BRCA1</em> Linked to Brain Size
BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 20, 2014
The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Tracy Vence | Mar 20, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Engineered Microbes Act as Sensors
Engineered Microbes Act as Sensors
Tracy Vence | Mar 18, 2014
Souped-up E. coli can detect an antibiotic within the guts of live mice, researchers show.
Week in Review: March 10–14
Week in Review: March 10–14
Tracy Vence | Mar 14, 2014
Whole-genome sequencing in the clinic; blood-based biomarkers predict future cognitive problems; how some pain meds inhibit bacterial growth; ResearchGate launches Open Review
Origins of Lactase Persistence in Africa
Origins of Lactase Persistence in Africa
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 13, 2014
Large-scale sequencing effort confirms several mutations that confer lactase persistence in Africans, while haplotype analysis sheds light on the trait’s origins.