germ cells, genetics & genomics
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.
2012 Labbies Honorable Mentions
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2012
Check out other memorable images and videos that were submitted to this year’s Labby Multimedia Awards.
BGI Saves Genomics Technology
Jef Akst | Sep 26, 2012
A large Chinese sequencing center’s purchase of Complete Genomics, a California-based DNA services company, ensures the valued technology will remain on the market.
Forensic Law Turns to Epigenetics
Edyta Zielinska | Sep 25, 2012
Privacy advocates are arguing that collecting genetic data upon arrest is an invasion of privacy, given recent evidence that 80 percent of the human genome is functional.
Proteinaceous Cassava Lacks Protein
Jef Akst | Sep 19, 2012
A PLOS ONE study claiming to have jacked up the essential crop with a gene to allow the plant to produce protein is retracted.
DNA with a Twist
Sabrina Richards | Sep 13, 2012
Researchers show that DNA supercoils are dynamic structures that can “hop” long distances, a phenomenon that could affect gene regulation.