transcription factors, genetics & genomics, disease & medicine
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 9, 2014
An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 
Human Gene Set Shrinks Again
Human Gene Set Shrinks Again
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 8, 2014
Proteomic data suggest the human genome may encode fewer than 20,000 genes.
Mutations Pervade Mitochondrial DNA
Mutations Pervade Mitochondrial DNA
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 7, 2014
Pathogenic mutations in mitochondrial DNA are common in healthy people, according to a new study.
Week in Review: June 30–July 4
Week in Review: June 30–July 4
Tracy Vence | Jul 4, 2014
STAP retractions; comparing SCNT-derived stem cells with iPSCs; malaria-infected mice more attractive to mosquitoes; stem cell banks face business challenges
NIH Expands Undiagnosed Diseases Program
NIH Expands Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Tracy Vence | Jul 3, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is funding six extramural medical centers to help identify the causes of mysterious diseases.
Ancient North American Infant Reburied
Ancient North American Infant Reburied
Tracy Vence | Jul 1, 2014
Tribal members and scientists gather to honor Anzick-1, the 12,600-year-old remains of an infant found in central Montana, whose DNA was sequenced earlier this year.
Going Beyond the Lab
Going Beyond the Lab
Dean Hamer | Jul 1, 2014
Scientists who study the biological roots of sexual orientation should continue working with educators, policy-makers, and the public to put their data to good use.
To Study Unfettered
To Study Unfettered
Michael Bailey | Jul 1, 2014
Researching the causes of sexual orientation should be guided by scientific, not social, concerns.
Searching for Gay Genes
Searching for Gay Genes
Dean Hamer | Jul 1, 2014
Watch NIH researcher and Critic at Large Dean Hamer describe the nuances of his research into the genetics of sexual orientation.
Week in Review: June 23–27
Week in Review: June 23–27
Tracy Vence | Jun 27, 2014
Tracking chikungunya virus; reconsidering wood decay-based fungal classification; ASC specks spread inflammation; antibiotic tolerance in E. coli; RIKEN review yields corrections