global warming, genetics & genomics, disease & medicine
RNA-based Sex Determination?
RNA-based Sex Determination?
Bob Grant | Aug 20, 2014
Researchers find that microRNAs may play a role some of the sexual differences seen in fruit flies.
Interspecies RNA Shuffle
Interspecies RNA Shuffle
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 14, 2014
Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 
WHO OKs Experimental Ebola Drugs
WHO OKs Experimental Ebola Drugs
Tracy Vence | Aug 13, 2014
But biotech firms’ supplies are dwindling.
Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations
Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 7, 2014
The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 
Light-Tolerant Tomatoes
Light-Tolerant Tomatoes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 7, 2014
Upping the expression of a single gene improves the plant’s ability to withstand light and increases yields. 
FDA Gets Into the Lab Test Game
FDA Gets Into the Lab Test Game
Bob Grant | Aug 4, 2014
So-called laboratory-developed tests will eventually face regulations similar to those that currently govern diagnostic tests or kits that are sold to hospitals.
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Week in Review: July 28–August 1
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2014
See-through organs and animals; distinguishing white from brown and beige fat cells; chipping away at genetic mosaicism; catching up with the blogger behind Street Anatomy
Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods
Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods
Kerry Grens | Aug 1, 2014
Core Member, Broad Institute; Investigator, McGovern Institute; Assistant Professor, MIT. Age: 32
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2014
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.
A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?
A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 31, 2014
Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.