history, genetics, Human Genome Project
Art’s Diagnosticians
Art’s Diagnosticians
Abby Olena | Jun 12, 2017
Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | Jun 1, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
Developer of Amniocentesis Dies
Developer of Amniocentesis Dies
Aggie Mika | May 4, 2017
John Littlefield pioneered the use of the prenatal testing method in diagnosing genetic disorders in the womb.
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2017
By analyzing the genomes of 161 dog breeds, scientists discover how and when certain canine breeds emerged.
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Diana Kwon | Apr 9, 2017
Scientists identify a mutation in the CRY1 gene in people with abnormal sleeping patterns.
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017
In the middle of the 20th century, the National Cancer Institute began testing plant extracts for chemotherapeutic potential—helping to discover some drugs still in use today.
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2017
This 3-D model of the mouse genome depicts the interactions between chromosomes within an embryonic stem cell.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2017
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes