public health, genetics & genomics
Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations
Techniques for Assessing Genomic Copy Number Variations
Sarah C.P. Williams | Oct 1, 2016
As the importance of genomic copy number variations for health and disease becomes clearer, researchers are creating new ways to detect these changes in the genome.
DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic
DNA Sequencing: From Tedious to Automatic
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2016
Sequencing has gone from a laborious manual task costing thousands of dollars to a quick and cheap practice that is standard for many laboratories.
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Oct 1, 2016
Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?
Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants
Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants
Karen Zusi | Sep 30, 2016
Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.
Scientists Catch Translation in the Act
Scientists Catch Translation in the Act
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2016
Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 29, 2016
Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes. 
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 29, 2016
Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2016
A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.
Opinion: How Congress Is Failing on Zika
Opinion: How Congress Is Failing on Zika
Ana Santos Rutschman | Sep 19, 2016
Congressional inaction when it comes to extending funding for a major outbreak may endanger the health of thousands of Americans.
Body Fluids Might Explain Unsolved Zika Case
Body Fluids Might Explain Unsolved Zika Case
Kerry Grens | Sep 14, 2016
A government investigation into the cause of a Utah man’s infection comes up short of conclusive results.