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Rethinking Pre-Agricultural Humans
Rethinking Pre-Agricultural Humans
Tracy Vence | Jan 28, 2014
Analysis of a 7,000-year-old human genome suggests that Mesolithic people had relatively dark skin and had begun to evolve pathogen resistance characteristic of modern Europeans. 
New River Dolphin
New River Dolphin
Abby Olena | Jan 27, 2014
DNA sequencing study reveals a new river dolphin species in South America.
Week in Review: January 20–24
Week in Review: January 20–24
Tracy Vence | Jan 24, 2014
Mistimed sleep disrupts human transcriptome; canine tumor genome; de novo Drosophila genes; UVA light lowers blood pressure; aquatic microfauna fight frog-killing fungus
<em>Drosophila</em>’s New Genes
Drosophila’s New Genes
Jef Akst | Jan 23, 2014
An analysis of the transcriptomes of several fruit fly strains reveals dozens of possible de novo genes in each.
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Abby Olena | Jan 23, 2014
Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is.
Visualizing X Chromosome Inactivation
Visualizing X Chromosome Inactivation
Abby Olena | Jan 21, 2014
Researchers develop mouse lines to help them see whether the maternal or paternal X chromosome is inactivated.
Daytime Sleep Alters Human Transcriptome
Daytime Sleep Alters Human Transcriptome
Jef Akst | Jan 20, 2014
A mistimed sleep cycle drastically reduces the number of genes that are expressed in a 24-hour rhythm.
Dog-Wolf Split
Dog-Wolf Split
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2014
Yet another genetic study of modern canines, both wild and domestic, supports the notion that humans domesticated dogs before growing crops.
Week in Review: January 13–17
Week in Review: January 13–17
Tracy Vence | Jan 17, 2014
Debating the origins of placental mammals; H. pylori-human coevolution; ant, bee, and wasp queens emit similar pheromones; profiling protein expression in single cancer cells
Toxin Evolution
Toxin Evolution
Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2014
Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.