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Mitochondrial DNA Sneaks into Nuclear Genome
Genetic material pilfered from mitochondria may seal cracks in our genetic code, a study suggests.
Mitochondrial DNA Sneaks into Nuclear Genome
Mitochondrial DNA Sneaks into Nuclear Genome

Genetic material pilfered from mitochondria may seal cracks in our genetic code, a study suggests.

Genetic material pilfered from mitochondria may seal cracks in our genetic code, a study suggests.

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Infographic: How the Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genomes Interact
Viviane Callier | Nov 1, 2019 | 3 min read
From regulating each other’s gene expression to encoding different parts of the same proteins, the two genome types in every eukaryotic cell are far from independent.
The Two Genomes in Every Eukaryotic Cell
Viviane Callier | Nov 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
Interactions between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes have further-reaching effects on physiological function, adaptation, and speciation than previously appreciated.
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
John D. Loike | Dec 12, 2018 | 3 min read
The recent discovery of 17 people who have inherited maternal and paternal lines of mitochondrial DNA has major ramifications for medical and ancestry research.
Mitochondrial Isolation System
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2018 | 3 min read
A transgenic approach allows researchers to collect the organelles from specific cells in nematodes with unprecedented efficiency.
Infographic: Isolating mitochondria from specific cell types
Ruth Williams | Apr 30, 2018 | 1 min read
Adding a fusion gene to certain mitochondria in C. elegans enables researchers to collect and analyze them.
Birds With Older Fathers Have Shorter Telomeres, Lifespans
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 14, 2018 | 3 min read
The findings contradict what has been observed in humans.  
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018 | 2 min read
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start
Shawna Williams | Jul 5, 2017 | 1 min read
Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Improving Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 8, 2016 | 3 min read
Pronuclear transfer can reduce the risk of transferring defective mitochondria, a study shows.  
Revered Biologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 26, 2016 | 2 min read
Rick Harrison, an evolutionary biologist known for his research on speciation, has passed away at age 70.
IOM: Mitochondrial Replacement “Ethically Permissible”
Tracy Vence | Feb 4, 2016 | 2 min read
Experts from the US National Institute of Medicine outline their conditional approval of clinical research on mitochondrial replacement techniques.
Opinion: Too Many Mitochondrial Genome Papers
David R. Smith | Jun 29, 2015 | 3 min read
And too few insights gleaned from them
Week in Review: July 7–11
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014 | 3 min read
Assessing mtDNA mutations among healthy people; heritability of intelligence; epigenetic inheritance of maternal malnutrition markers; consumers buy into DNA ancestry
Unsinkable Evidence
Jef Akst | May 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Genetic testing disproves one woman’s claims to have been a survivor of the Titanic disaster.
The Mummy Code
Dan Cossins | Aug 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Ancient-DNA researchers have long clashed over work on Egyptian mummies, but next-gen sequencing might resolve their debates.
Sequencing Mummies
Dan Cossins | Jul 31, 2013 | 1 min read
Peek inside the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy, where researchers are unravelling the DNA of centuries-old mummies.
Giant Squid Are a Single Species
Kate Yandell | Mar 20, 2013 | 2 min read
Arciteuthis from disparate locations around the world are genetically similar.
Koala Time Machine
Dan Cossins | Jan 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Old koala pelts from museum collections are helping researchers to learn more about the retroviral invasion that may be endangering the Australian marsupial.
Half-Life of DNA Revealed
Dan Cossins | Oct 10, 2012 | 1 min read
Researchers measure how long it takes for DNA from bone to degrade, confirming that genetic information from dinosaurs could not last to the present day.
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