Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event
Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event
Officials had initially linked 97 cases to a single conference held by Biogen in February in Boston, but a new study tracking viral genomes suggests the number may be as high as 20,000.
Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event
Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event

Officials had initially linked 97 cases to a single conference held by Biogen in February in Boston, but a new study tracking viral genomes suggests the number may be as high as 20,000.

Officials had initially linked 97 cases to a single conference held by Biogen in February in Boston, but a new study tracking viral genomes suggests the number may be as high as 20,000.

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DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
Diana Kwon | Aug 6, 2020
Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.
Accuracy of Genotyping Chips Called into Question
Accuracy of Genotyping Chips Called into Question
Grace Browne | Jul 24, 2019
Chips used by some direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms display a false positive rate of upwards of 85 percent when screening for rare variants, a new study finds.  
MyHeritage Launches Health-Related Genetic Test, Ignites Debate
MyHeritage Launches Health-Related Genetic Test, Ignites Debate
Catherine Offord | Jul 9, 2019
Its screen for selected variants of some disease-linked genes gives customers an incomplete picture of their risk—do they know?
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2017
A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 
Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified
Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 23, 2017
Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.
A Database of Genetic Differences Among Lab Mice
A Database of Genetic Differences Among Lab Mice
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 7, 2017
Researchers have catalogued mutations in the coding regions of 36 of the most important mouse strains.
Mutation vs. Mutation
Mutation vs. Mutation
Kerry Grens | Nov 3, 2016
Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.
CRISPR Corrects Sickle Cell-Causing Gene in Human Cells
CRISPR Corrects Sickle Cell-Causing Gene in Human Cells
Kerry Grens | Oct 13, 2016
Once implanted in mice, the edited stem cells produced normal hemoglobin.
Genetic Connections Among Human Traits
Genetic Connections Among Human Traits
Anna Azvolinsky | May 16, 2016
A study identifies genetic variants that are linked to multiple phenotypes.
GWAS IDs “Morning People”
GWAS IDs “Morning People”
Catherine Offord | Feb 3, 2016
In a large genome-wide association study, researchers from 23andMe locate 15 DNA regions associated with people’s preferences for early morning starts.
Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness
Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2015
A point mutation analysis of the entire human genome finds that alterations to as many as 7.5 percent of nucleotides may have contributed to humans’ evolutionary split from chimpanzees.
Reduced Risk?
Reduced Risk?
Molly Sharlach | Oct 22, 2014
A genome-wide association study identifies a SNP that could help explain the relatively low rates of breast cancer among Latina women.
Java Genes?
Java Genes?
Molly Sharlach | Oct 8, 2014
Eight genetic loci could partially explain why some people drink more coffee than others.
The Genetics of Friendship
The Genetics of Friendship
Jef Akst | Jul 16, 2014
People tend to choose friends who share their genes, a study suggests.
Common Lab Mice Differ
Common Lab Mice Differ
Jef Akst | Jan 8, 2014
Related substrains of the Black 6 lab mouse carry key genetic polymorphisms, including one that has a dramatic effect on the rodents’ responses to cocaine.
It’s in the Genes
It’s in the Genes
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2013
Researchers find strong correlations between the composition of the human microbiome and genetic variation in immune-related pathways.
Testicular-Skin Cancer Tradeoff
Testicular-Skin Cancer Tradeoff
Bob Grant | Oct 14, 2013
A genetic mutation tied to risk of developing testicular cancer may be more prevalent in white men because it also confers a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.