histology, genetics & genomics, microbiology
Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity
Sabrina Richards | Apr 3, 2012
A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.
How Predictive are Genomes?
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 3, 2012
Researchers put the predictive power of whole genome sequencing to the test.
A Brighter Beacon
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 1, 2012
A novel liquid laser set-up can detect single nucleotide mutations in a cancer gene.
Finding Phenotypes
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 1, 2012
Genes shared across species that produce different phenotypes – deafness in humans and directional growth in plants – may reveal new models of disease.
Courts Re-Examining Gene Patents
Sabrina Richards | Mar 28, 2012
The US Supreme Court ordered patents held by Myriad Genetics to be reviewed further by the Federal Circuit Court.
More Oversight for Omics Tests
N/A | Mar 27, 2012
A new report outlines ways in which omics-based technologies can be shuttled more safely and effectively from the bench to the clinic.
My DNA, My Results
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 22, 2012
Are donors of biological material privy to research results that stem from their donation?
Debate over RNA Transcription
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 19, 2012
Researchers question earlier findings of a new mechanism for gene regulation.
High Tumor Heterogeneity Confirmed
Sabrina Richards | Mar 9, 2012
One biopsy may not provide enough information about the array of mutations in cancer to devise treatments based on a tumor’s genetic profile.
New Type of DNA Discovered?
Sabrina Richards | Mar 8, 2012
Small circles of extrachromosomal DNA appear to be widespread in mammals, and may be byproducts of small deletions in the nuclear DNA of somatic cells.