immunology, genetics & genomics
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2018
The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
Kerry Grens | Mar 6, 2018
The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 6, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations
New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations
Sandeep Ravindran | Mar 1, 2018
Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | Mar 1, 2018
New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.
Study Finds Epigenetic Differences Between Hatchery-Raised and Wild-Born Salmon
Study Finds Epigenetic Differences Between Hatchery-Raised and Wild-Born Salmon
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018
The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.
Environment, Not Genetics, Primarily Shapes Microbiome Composition
Environment, Not Genetics, Primarily Shapes Microbiome Composition
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Jim Daley | Feb 27, 2018
Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.