hearing, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Week in Review: May 19–23
Week in Review: May 19–23
Tracy Vence | May 23, 2014
Sperm-sex–sensing sows; blocking a pain receptor extends lifespan in mice; stop codons can code for amino acids; exploring the tumor exome
When Stop Means Go
When Stop Means Go
Ruth Williams | May 22, 2014
A survey of trillions of base pairs of microbial DNA reveals a considerable degree of stop codon reassignment.
Birds of a Genome
Birds of a Genome
Jef Akst | May 21, 2014
Married couples have more similar DNA than random pairs of people, a study shows.
Making Sense of the Tumor Exome
Making Sense of the Tumor Exome
Kerry Grens | May 18, 2014
An algorithm can pick out biologically and clinically meaningful variants from whole-exome sequences of tumors.
Week in Review: May 12–16
Week in Review: May 12–16
Tracy Vence | May 16, 2014
Antidepressant could prevent Alzheimer’s plaques; 12,000-year-old human skeleton sequenced; disentangling the mystery of octopus arms; taking a look at the ocular microbiome
Ancient Skeleton Sheds Light on Native American Roots
Ancient Skeleton Sheds Light on Native American Roots
Anna Azvolinsky | May 15, 2014
Analysis of approximately 12,000-year-old human remains supports the idea that modern Native Americans evolved from ancestors who migrated out of Asia.
Second Confirmed U.S. MERS Case
Second Confirmed U.S. MERS Case
Tracy Vence | May 12, 2014
Health officials report that a patient in a Florida hospital has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
Metabolism Mapped
Metabolism Mapped
Bob Grant | May 12, 2014
Researchers unveil the most comprehensive atlas of genes underlying human metabolic pathways, paving the way for improved understanding and treatment of metabolic diseases.
Week in Review: May 5–9
Week in Review: May 5–9
Tracy Vence | May 9, 2014
Synthetic base pairs replicated in vivo; cardiac stem cells questioned; miniature neurotransmissions and synaptic development; neurogenesis and memory loss; STAP saga continues
Augmenting the Genetic Alphabet
Augmenting the Genetic Alphabet
Kate Yandell | May 7, 2014
For the first time, synthetic DNA base pairs are replicated within living bacteria.