pleasant touch, genetics & genomics
Blue Rush: One Company Leads the Race to Own Marine Genetic Sequences
Blue Rush: One Company Leads the Race to Own Marine Genetic Sequences
Ruth Williams | Jun 6, 2018
Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  
Image of the Day: That Toad Is Poison
Image of the Day: That Toad Is Poison
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 5, 2018
The introduction of the poisonous Duttaphrynus melanostictus into Madagascar could be fatally risky for the island’s native predators.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018
Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  
Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon
Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon
Rob DeSalle, Ian Tattersall | Jun 1, 2018
Rather, DNA sequencing can help us parse our ancestry, a subtle but important distinction.
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to develop and defend itself.
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2018
The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.
Contributors
Contributors
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018
Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.