race, genetics & genomics, immunology
Real-time Outbreak Sequencing
Real-time Outbreak Sequencing
Dan Cossins | Dec 19, 2012
Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.
Year of the Fetus
Year of the Fetus
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 18, 2012
2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 
New Biological Pacemaker
New Biological Pacemaker
Dan Cossins | Dec 18, 2012
In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.
Puerto Rico's Native Bird
Puerto Rico's Native Bird
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2012
The Carribean island, with the help of researchers using creative ways of getting the message out, has rallied behind sequencing the genome of an endemic parrot.
Smoking, Taxes, and Genes
Smoking, Taxes, and Genes
Bob Grant | Dec 14, 2012
New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.
GM Rice Researchers Sacked
GM Rice Researchers Sacked
Dan Cossins | Dec 13, 2012
An official investigation into a controversial GM rice study carried out with Chinese schoolchildren has resulted in the removal of three China-based researchers.
Adipose Tissue Metabolism in the Obese
Adipose Tissue Metabolism in the Obese
Justin Odegaard and Ajay Chawla | Dec 12, 2012
Fat cells behave differently in obese individuals, causing inflammation and insulin resitance.
100,000 British Genomes
100,000 British Genomes
Jef Akst | Dec 10, 2012
A new initiative lead by the UK’s National Health Service aims to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 patients, a project that will cost £100 million.
Maggot Medicine
Maggot Medicine
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 10, 2012
The healing powers of maggots may lie in their secreted proteins, which restrain the human immune response.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | Dec 7, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes