Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization

A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.

A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.

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Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
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First Report of Horizontal Gene Transfer Between Plant and Animal
Emma Yasinski | Mar 25, 2021
Whiteflies overcome a toxin in plants they eat through the use of the plant’s own genetic protection, likely ferried from plant to insect millions of years ago by a virus.
Q&A: Data Gaps Hinder Monitoring of SARS-COV-2 Variants
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2021
Martha Nelson of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about the need to balance data sharing and patient privacy concerns when tracking the spread of variants.
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Genome Reveals Clues to Giraffes’ “Blatantly Strange” Body Shape
Amanda Heidt | Mar 19, 2021
The physiological demands of that long neck get support from a gene involved in strengthening bones and blood vessels, researchers find after inserting the sequence in mice.
Lab-Grown Mouse Embryos Form Limbs and Organs
Lisa Winter | Mar 19, 2021
The embryos completed one-third of their total gestation outside of a uterus.
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Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Asher Jones | Mar 18, 2021
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
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Researchers Develop Standards for Reporting Polygenic Risk Scores
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 17, 2021
Current reporting about the contribution of genetic variations to a person’s risk of disease is often incomplete and hard to interpret, according to the authors of a set of best practices for presenting such information.
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Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Originated from Past Epidemic
Asher Jones | Mar 15, 2021
Genetic analyses suggest that the virus came from a patient who survived the 2013–2016 West African outbreak.
Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Not Linked to Cancer, Bluebird Finds
Lisa Winter | Mar 11, 2021
Clinical trials were halted after the treatment’s vector that ferries in the healthy genetic sequence was identified in the genome of a patient’s cancer cells.
Interim Report on Origin of SARS-CoV-2 Scrapped by WHO
Lisa Winter | Mar 5, 2021
Instead, the full report will be available in mid-March.
Variant Found in Brazil Could Evade Immunity from Past Infection
Lisa Winter | Mar 2, 2021
The P.1 variant, which has also been detected in five US states, could be responsible for cases of reinfection, according to a preprint.
Long-Lived Trees’ Epigenetic Mutations Serve as a Molecular Clock
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021
Cells found in different branches of a tree have different patterns of DNA methylation, changes in which accumulate over time.
Derek Applewhite’s Actin Research Inspires the Next Generation
Lisa Winter | Mar 1, 2021
The biologist’s undergraduate-centered lab allows students to play a meaningful role in research.
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Lisa Winter | Feb 25, 2021
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.
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“Silent” Mutation Linked to Worse Kidney Cancer Outcome
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 17, 2021
A synonymous mutation in the tumor suppressor gene BAP1 can result in loss of function of the protein without altering its amino acid sequence.
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Another Potentially Immunity-Evading SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected
Asher Jones | Feb 16, 2021
B.1.525 shares a mutation with the B.1.351 variant first detected in South Africa that seems to allow the virus to dodge the immune system.
SARS-CoV-2 with Genomic Deletions Escapes an Antibody
Abby Olena | Feb 16, 2021
Researchers identify deletions in the N-terminal domain of the spike protein that allow the coronavirus to avoid antibody neutralization and that may contribute to the emergence of new variants.
Gene-Edited Organoids Explore Neanderthal Brain Function
Jef Akst | Feb 12, 2021
Using CRISPR to swap an archaic variant of the NOVA1 gene into human stem cells, researchers create organoids with neurodevelopmental differences from those carrying modern DNA.
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May Be Inherited Epigenetically
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 9, 2021
Female mice modeling the hormonal disorder can pass symptoms down for several generations, likely via changes in genome methylation that are similarly observed in women with PCOS.