microscope, genetics & genomics, immunology
Finding Phenotypes
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 1, 2012
Genes shared across species that produce different phenotypes – deafness in humans and directional growth in plants – may reveal new models of disease.
Courts Re-Examining Gene Patents
Sabrina Richards | Mar 28, 2012
The US Supreme Court ordered patents held by Myriad Genetics to be reviewed further by the Federal Circuit Court.
More Oversight for Omics Tests
N/A | Mar 27, 2012
A new report outlines ways in which omics-based technologies can be shuttled more safely and effectively from the bench to the clinic.
Let Them Eat Dirt
Megan Scudellari | Mar 22, 2012
Early exposure to microbes shapes the mammalian immune system by subduing inflammatory T cells.
My DNA, My Results
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 22, 2012
Are donors of biological material privy to research results that stem from their donation?
Immune Role in Brain Disorder?
Hannah Waters | Mar 19, 2012
Replacing immune cells in a mouse model of Rett syndrome, a developmental brain disorder, improved symptoms, suggesting a new target for treatment.
Debate over RNA Transcription
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 19, 2012
Researchers question earlier findings of a new mechanism for gene regulation.
High Tumor Heterogeneity Confirmed
Sabrina Richards | Mar 9, 2012
One biopsy may not provide enough information about the array of mutations in cancer to devise treatments based on a tumor’s genetic profile.
New Type of DNA Discovered?
Sabrina Richards | Mar 8, 2012
Small circles of extrachromosomal DNA appear to be widespread in mammals, and may be byproducts of small deletions in the nuclear DNA of somatic cells.
Transplant Without Drugs?
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 8, 2012
A new method for transplanting immunologically mismatched organs may remove the need for life-long immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection.