germ cells, genetics & genomics
Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched
Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched
Dan Cossins | Oct 30, 2012
A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.
mRNA Not Equal in All Cells
mRNA Not Equal in All Cells
Dan Cossins | Oct 26, 2012
Scientists identify a false assumption of standard gene expression analyses that could lead to the reappraisal of many prior studies.
Eggs Trade Genes
Eggs Trade Genes
Ruth Williams | Oct 24, 2012
Swapping chromosomes from one human egg to another could eliminate mitochondrial DNA mutations that cause disease.
Searching for Alien Genomes
Searching for Alien Genomes
Jef Akst | Oct 22, 2012
J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.
Mouse Eggs Made with Stem Cells
Mouse Eggs Made with Stem Cells
Dan Cossins | Oct 4, 2012
Researchers claim to have successfully transformed stem cells into viable mouse oocytes that produced healthy, fertile pups.
Analyzing a Genome per Day
Bob Grant | Oct 2, 2012
Technology company Knome unveils a machine it says will "break the bottleneck" in the interpretation of human genome data.
Pioneer DNA Researcher Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 2, 2012
Leonard Lerman, who helped elucidate the process from gene to protein, passed away last month at age 87.
Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV
Dan Cossins | Oct 1, 2012
Researchers find that a deadly bacterial disease hitchhikes in people infected with the virus that causes AIDS to spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
The Epigenetic Lnc
Kevin V. Morris | Oct 1, 2012
Long non-protein-coding RNA (lncRNA) sequences are often transcribed from the opposite, or antisense, strand of a protein coding gene. In the past few years, research has shown that these lncRNAs play a number of regulatory roles in the cell. For exa
Lamarck and the Missing Lnc
Kevin V. Morris | Oct 1, 2012
Epigenetic changes accrued over an organism’s lifetime may leave a permanent heritable mark on the genome, through the help of long noncoding RNAs.