global warming, genetics & genomics, disease & medicine
Wrangling Retrotransposons
Wrangling Retrotransposons
Andrei Seluanov, Michael Van Meter, Vera Gorbunova | Mar 1, 2015
These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.
Evolutionary Rewiring
Evolutionary Rewiring
Ruth Williams | Feb 26, 2015
Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.
FDA OKs 23andMe Test
FDA OKs 23andMe Test
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2015
The US Food and Drug Administration will allow the personal genomics company to resume a disease-risk analysis.
USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apples
USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apples
Jef Akst | Feb 16, 2015
Apples genetically modified to resist browning can be commercially planted in the U.S., the government ruled last week.
Finch Findings
Finch Findings
Jenny Rood | Feb 12, 2015
Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.
Methylation Predicts Mortality
Methylation Predicts Mortality
Kerry Grens | Feb 3, 2015
A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.
Nibbled? No Problem
Nibbled? No Problem
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2015
Making extra copies of their genomes allows some plants to better withstand damage.
Centennial <em>Shigella</em>
Centennial Shigella
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2015
A strain of the dysentery-causing bacterium isolated in 1915 tells the story of a young soldier who died of the disease in the early days of World War I.
Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk
Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk
Kerry Grens | Jan 22, 2015
In a mouse model of a rare disease, scientists have figured out how to reduce the elevated cancer risk tied to a gene therapy treatment.
GMO “Kill Switches”
GMO “Kill Switches”
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2015
Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.