hearing, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Week in Review: July 21–25
Week in Review: July 21–25
Tracy Vence | Jul 25, 2014
Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle
The Genetics of Menarche
The Genetics of Menarche
Kerry Grens | Jul 24, 2014
Hundreds of loci in the genome are associated with the age at which a girl starts menstruating.
Autism in the Genes
Autism in the Genes
Jef Akst | Jul 22, 2014
Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.
Week in Review: July 14–18
Week in Review: July 14–18
Tracy Vence | Jul 18, 2014
Converting heart muscle to pacemaker cells in pigs; alternative splicing and the human proteome; questioning a reported yogurt mold-illness link; H. pylori swiftly find mouse stomach injuries
The Genetics of Friendship
The Genetics of Friendship
Jef Akst | Jul 16, 2014
People tend to choose friends who share their genes, a study suggests.
Week in Review: July 7–11
Week in Review: July 7–11
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014
Assessing mtDNA mutations among healthy people; heritability of intelligence; epigenetic inheritance of maternal malnutrition markers; consumers buy into DNA ancestry
Gestational Malnutrition Affects Offspring’s Sperm
Gestational Malnutrition Affects Offspring’s Sperm
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 10, 2014
Mice undernourished during pregnancy can transmit the effects of such nutritional stress to their sons’ germ cells, epigenetically.  
Inherited Intelligence
Inherited Intelligence
Ruth Williams | Jul 10, 2014
Cognitive testing in chimpanzee pedigrees reveals a genetic basis for intelligence.
DNA Ancestry for All
DNA Ancestry for All
Tracy Vence | Jul 10, 2014
Big ad campaigns and celebrity involvement have helped increase public interest in genetic genealogy, but helping consumers understand their DNA ancestry testing results remains difficult.
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 9, 2014
An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million.