quantitative PCR, genetics & genomics, evolution
Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up
Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2017
An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Abby Olena | Mar 22, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Abby Olena | Mar 16, 2017
Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2017
This 3-D model of the mouse genome depicts the interactions between chromosomes within an embryonic stem cell.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2017
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians
Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 14, 2017
Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.
House Bill Could Help Employers Dodge GINA
House Bill Could Help Employers Dodge GINA
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 13, 2017
HR 1313 could circumvent protections offered by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, enabling employers to incentivize employee sharing of genetic and other medical information.
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Geoffrey E. Hill | Mar 10, 2017
Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2017
Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch. 
Vision Helped Ancestral Fish Adapt to Life on Land
Vision Helped Ancestral Fish Adapt to Life on Land
Diana Kwon | Mar 8, 2017
“Buena vista” hypothesis suggests that changes in the sizes of eyes, rather than a shift from fins to limbs, led fish to transition to land more than 300 million years ago.