germ cells, genetics & genomics
Pfizer Scientist Dies
Pfizer Scientist Dies
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 25, 2013
Genetics researcher and senior vice president of the pharmaceutical giant, David Cox, has passed away unexpectedly at age 66.
Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer
Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer
Dan Cossins | Jan 24, 2013
The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.
Dogs Adapted to Agriculture
Dogs Adapted to Agriculture
Ed Yong | Jan 23, 2013
As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 23, 2013
Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.
Double DNA
Double DNA
Bob Grant | Jan 22, 2013
Scientists provide evidence for the existence of four-stranded human DNA, which has previously only been theorized and synthesized.
Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?
Will GM Insects Help Stop Disease?
Sabrina Richards | Jan 21, 2013
A variety of genetic strategies to counter insect-borne diseases are close to maturity.
Genetic Deodorant
Genetic Deodorant
Jef Akst | Jan 18, 2013
People carrying a certain gene variant that dictates fresh underarms are less likely to wear antiperspirant.
Anonymity Under Threat
Anonymity Under Threat
Ruth Williams | Jan 17, 2013
Scientists uncover the identities of anonymous DNA donors using freely available web searches.
DNA Reveals Ancient Looks
DNA Reveals Ancient Looks
Dan Cossins | Jan 17, 2013
By analyzing a collection of 24 genetic variations, researchers are able to predict the hair and eye color of long-dead humans.
“Social” Chromosome Discovered
“Social” Chromosome Discovered
Sabrina Richards | Jan 16, 2013
Researchers identify a chromosome in ants that influences colony social structure and, much like the mammalian Y sex chromosome, doesn’t recombine.