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Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Jef Akst | Jun 19, 2017
A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.
Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?
Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2017
A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 14, 2017
The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Claire Asher | Jun 7, 2017
A study of off-target effects that sparked fear among investors of genome-editing companies receives methodological criticisms.
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2017
Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2017
Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.
Microbiome Racer
Microbiome Racer
The Scientist Staff | May 31, 2017
Genomicist Lauren Petersen wins a mountain bike race after she altered her own gut microbial communities.