microscope, genetics & genomics, immunology
Rare Alleles Rise with Population
Megan Scudellari | May 11, 2012
As the human population expands, the number of rare genetic variants has dramatically increased.
Rural Teens Have Fewer Allergies
Megan Scudellari | May 8, 2012
The diversity of microbes in the great outdoors may protect against inflammatory disorders.
Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power
Sabrina Richards | May 7, 2012
Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.
Six Threats to Chromosomes
Ed Yong | May 3, 2012
Researchers identify two new DNA repair systems, in addition to four that were already known, that can attack unprotected telomeres.
Pure Pursuits
Katherine Bagley | May 1, 2012
Techniques for simpler, cheaper, and better antibody purification
Tumor Turnabout
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2012
A cytokine involved in suppressing the immune system may actually activate it to kill cancer cells.
Burgers and Flies
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2012
Inspired by Darwin, Mohamed Noor has uncovered the molecular dance by which a single species becomes two.
The Sugar Lnc
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism
Illegal Genes
Bob Grant | Apr 30, 2012
California mulls a state law that would criminalize the unauthorized sharing, storing, or analyzing of genetic data.
Anti-inflammatory Factors Fight Bugs
Megan Scudellari | Apr 25, 2012
A combination of antibiotics and the body’s own defensive metabolites clears bacterial infections faster than antibiotics alone.