germ cells, genetics & genomics
Year of the Fetus
Year of the Fetus
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 18, 2012
2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 
New Biological Pacemaker
New Biological Pacemaker
Dan Cossins | Dec 18, 2012
In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.
Puerto Rico's Native Bird
Puerto Rico's Native Bird
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2012
The Carribean island, with the help of researchers using creative ways of getting the message out, has rallied behind sequencing the genome of an endemic parrot.
Smoking, Taxes, and Genes
Smoking, Taxes, and Genes
Bob Grant | Dec 14, 2012
New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.
GM Rice Researchers Sacked
GM Rice Researchers Sacked
Dan Cossins | Dec 13, 2012
An official investigation into a controversial GM rice study carried out with Chinese schoolchildren has resulted in the removal of three China-based researchers.
100,000 British Genomes
100,000 British Genomes
Jef Akst | Dec 10, 2012
A new initiative lead by the UK’s National Health Service aims to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 patients, a project that will cost £100 million.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | Dec 7, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Feds Scrutinize Genomics Merger
Feds Scrutinize Genomics Merger
Bob Grant | Dec 6, 2012
A Chinese biotech company is angling to buy California-based Complete Genomics, but federal regulators are expressing security concerns and may scuttle the deal.
Should Human Genes be Patented?
Should Human Genes be Patented?
Edyta Zielinska | Dec 3, 2012
The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case deciding if two cancer genes should continue to be protected by patent.
The Plastic Genome
The Plastic Genome
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 1, 2012
The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.