health care, genetics & genomics
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2017
By spreading a poison and hoarding the remedy, wtf4 improves its chances of being inherited. 
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Jef Akst | Jun 19, 2017
A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 14, 2017
The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Claire Asher | Jun 7, 2017
A study of off-target effects that sparked fear among investors of genome-editing companies receives methodological criticisms.
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2017
Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2017
Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.