germ cells, genetics & genomics
Ocean Floor Holds Ancient DNA
Ocean Floor Holds Ancient DNA
Dan Cossins | May 8, 2013
Genetic material recovered from sediment beneath the sea floor reveals ancient species not contained in the fossil record and could shed light on climate change.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | May 7, 2013
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Ed Yong | May 5, 2013
As telomeres shorten with age, genes as far as 1,000 kilobases away could be affected, including one responsible for an inherited muscle disease.
“Anonymous” Genomes Identified
“Anonymous” Genomes Identified
Dan Cossins | May 3, 2013
The names and addresses of people participating in the Personal Genome Project can be easily tracked down despite such data being left off their online profiles.
IDing War Victims
IDing War Victims
Jef Akst | May 1, 2013
Libyan scientists, soon to be trained in countries around the world, are undertaking a massive search mission to find missing loved ones among thousands of dead bodies, casualties of the country’s recent popular revolution.
The Genes Underlying Prematurity
The Genes Underlying Prematurity
Bob Grant | May 1, 2013
NIH researcher Roberto Romero describes the recent discovery of genetic elemetns that contribute to the risk of preterm birth.
Week in Review: April 22–26
Week in Review: April 22–26
Jef Akst | Apr 26, 2013
Double helix celebrates 60; detecting calories without taste; bacteria vs. tumor; perceptual consciousness in babies
Celebrating 60 Years of the Double Helix
Celebrating 60 Years of the Double Helix
Dan Cossins | Apr 25, 2013
Genome Biology speaks to a scientist involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA, and asks modern geneticists to highlight the key advances that have followed.
Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules
Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules
Dan Cossins | Apr 24, 2013
By engineering the genome of E. coli with genes from several sources, scientists have coaxed the microbe to produce diesel-replica hydrocarbons.
Virus Versus Bacteria
Virus Versus Bacteria
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 17, 2013
A newly developed drug, modeled after a bacteria-infecting virus, is less likely to become antibiotic resistant.