nicotine, neuroscience, genetics & genomics
Watson Opposes Gene Patents
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2012
James Watson files a brief in the ongoing legal case over Myriad Genetics’ right to hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Early Epigenetic Influence
Sabrina Richards | Jul 16, 2012
Random chance, plus small differences in uterine environments, give rise to divergent epigenetic patterns in identical twins.
Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 12, 2012
Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.
Genetic Shift in Salmon
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 12, 2012
A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.
Natural Alzheimer’s Protection
Sabrina Richards | Jul 11, 2012
Researchers identify a gene variant that reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
New Genome Resource
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 11, 2012
Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.
Filling in the Missing Letters
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 3, 2012
A new algorithm brings together data from second - and third - generation genome sequencers.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2012
Evolving, The Moral Molecule, Aping Mankind, and Experiment Eleven
Book Excerpt from The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean | Jul 1, 2012
In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.
DNA Truth or Dare
Sam Kean | Jul 1, 2012
Learning the intricacies of your own genetic profile is a double-edged sword.