Lost Colony, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Evolutionary Rewiring
Evolutionary Rewiring
Ruth Williams | Feb 26, 2015
Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.
FDA OKs 23andMe Test
FDA OKs 23andMe Test
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2015
The US Food and Drug Administration will allow the personal genomics company to resume a disease-risk analysis.
USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apples
USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apples
Jef Akst | Feb 16, 2015
Apples genetically modified to resist browning can be commercially planted in the U.S., the government ruled last week.
Finch Findings
Finch Findings
Jenny Rood | Feb 12, 2015
Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.
Methylation Predicts Mortality
Methylation Predicts Mortality
Kerry Grens | Feb 3, 2015
A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.
Centennial <em>Shigella</em>
Centennial Shigella
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2015
A strain of the dysentery-causing bacterium isolated in 1915 tells the story of a young soldier who died of the disease in the early days of World War I.
Nibbled? No Problem
Nibbled? No Problem
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2015
Making extra copies of their genomes allows some plants to better withstand damage.
Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk
Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk
Kerry Grens | Jan 22, 2015
In a mouse model of a rare disease, scientists have figured out how to reduce the elevated cancer risk tied to a gene therapy treatment.
GMO “Kill Switches”
GMO “Kill Switches”
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2015
Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.
Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness
Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2015
A point mutation analysis of the entire human genome finds that alterations to as many as 7.5 percent of nucleotides may have contributed to humans’ evolutionary split from chimpanzees.