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Cellular Origins of Giant Viruses?
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 16, 2011
The largest virus to be sequenced prompts researchers to consider whether giant viruses were once full-fledged living organisms.
Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2011
Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.
New Way to Make Embryonic Stem Cells
Amy Coombs | Oct 5, 2011
A breakthrough in somatic cell nuclear transfer opens the possibility of producing human embryonic stem cells with a patient’s own genes.
Next Generation: Microfluidics for the Dish
Kerry Grens | Oct 4, 2011
A new device for directing fluids is designed to deliver chemical cues directly to petri dishes without disturbing cells.
Genetic Alarm Clock
Jef Akst | Oct 4, 2011
Researchers identify a gene that wakes people up from sleep each day.
A Mouse Model of Autism?
Tia Ghose | Oct 3, 2011
Deletions or duplications of a certain genomic region implicated in autism can induce autism-like brain and behavior changes in mice.
Immunologists Take Home Nobel
Rachel Nuwer | Oct 3, 2011
The Nobel Assembly announced today that three researchers in the field of immunology will share the 2011 Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Three Share 2011 Medicine Nobel
Rachel Nuwer | Oct 3, 2011
The Nobel Assembly reveals three winners of this year's prize in Physiology of Medicine.
Omics
Stephen Friend, Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2011
Early sequencing evolved into the publication of genomes for myriad species, including our own, within the span of two and a half decades. Bioinformatician Stephen Friend opines on what's in store as the next quarter century of omics takes shape.
Opinion: Synthesizing Life
J. Craig Venter | Oct 1, 2011
Designing genomes from scratch will be the next revolution in biology.