germ cells, genetics & genomics
Frankenlympics?
Bob Grant | Jul 26, 2012
Allowing athletes to enhance their performance by using genetic engineering to manipulate their DNA may become a reality of future Olympic Games.
Surprising Sperm Diversity
Hayley Dunning | Jul 23, 2012
The first genetic comparison of one man’s individual sperm cells uncovers unique genetic shuffling representative of a much bigger population.
Modeling the Cell
Jef Akst | Jul 23, 2012
The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.
Microbial Perfume
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 23, 2012
Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.
Watson Opposes Gene Patents
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2012
James Watson files a brief in the ongoing legal case over Myriad Genetics’ right to hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Early Epigenetic Influence
Sabrina Richards | Jul 16, 2012
Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.
Genetic Shift in Salmon
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 12, 2012
A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.
Natural Alzheimer’s Protection
Sabrina Richards | Jul 11, 2012
Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
New Genome Resource
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 11, 2012
Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.
Filling in the Missing Letters
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 3, 2012
A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.