quantitative PCR, evolution, genetics & genomics
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Karen Zusi | Oct 21, 2015
Man’s best friend was domesticated near Nepal and Mongolia at least 15,000 years ago, according to a genetic analysis.
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2015
A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.
Tethering Transposons
Tethering Transposons
Ruth Williams | Oct 15, 2015
Panoramix, a newly identified transcription repressor, takes the bounce out of jumping genes.
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Bob Grant | Oct 13, 2015
A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.
Stem Cell Therapy In Utero
Stem Cell Therapy In Utero
Kerry Grens | Oct 13, 2015
An upcoming clinical trial aims to correct for a disease of fragile bones in affected babies before they are born.
Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality
Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality
Kerry Grens | Oct 8, 2015
In a small study of male twins, nine methylation sites helped researchers predict a person’s sexual orientation.
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2015
The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.
Gene-Edited Pets
Gene-Edited Pets
Karen Zusi | Oct 2, 2015
Genomics giant BGI announces plans to sell “micro-pigs” it originally developed for research.
New Way to Edit Genes
New Way to Edit Genes
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers develop a more-efficient method for rewriting DNA that could hold therapeutic value for HIV and other diseases.
Lefties, Language, and Lateralization
Lefties, Language, and Lateralization
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2015
The long-sought genetic link between handedness and language lateralization patterns in the brain is turning out to be illusory.