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New technologies track genome’s shapeshifting over time

Sarah Schwartz | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Researchers have long realized ...

Should human germline gene editing even be considered for future use?

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Rumors about human germline editing experiments prompted scientists to gather in January in Napa, Calif. Discussions there led two groups ...

No, a single hormone cannot turn mice gay

Bethany Brookshire | 
In 2011, a group of scientists “turned mice gay.” The only issue is, of course, they didn’t. Rather, Yi Rao ...
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Did dogs team up with humans to drive Neanderthals to extinction?

Ancient humans drove Neanderthals to extinction around 40,000 years ago with the help of dogs soon after canines diverged from ...

Genetic variants altering key brain structures identified

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
In the animal kingdom, humans are known for our big brains. But not all brains are created equal, and now ...

Twin study suggests environment influences immune system more than genetics

Emily Conover | 
Why did you get the flu this winter, but your co-workers didn’t? The answer, according to a new study of ...

Dog’s genes provide clues to treating muscular dystrophy

Tina Hesman Saey | 
A Golden retriever that inherited a genetic defect that causes muscular dystrophy doesn't have the disease, giving scientists clues to ...

Bat brains help tell us how processing works in our own

Bethany Brookshire | 
When you’re driving a car, you pass by people, places, colors and shapes. Suddenly, you see one particular combination of ...
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Evolution created obesity epidemic? Theory of calorie-hoarding genes challenged

Laura Beil | 
The obesity crisis has given prehistoric dining a stardom not known since Fred Flintstone introduced the Bronto Burger. Last year, ...

Rethinking addiction and the brain on drugs

Bethany Brookshire | 
Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction ...

Chorus of neurons, singing together transfers messages in the brain

Bethany Brookshire | 
When a cartoon character gets an idea, you know it. A lightbulb goes on over Wile E. Coyote’s head, or ...

Blondness carried in a single allele that enhances known hair color genes

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Some Europeans have enhancers that make them blond. In this case, the enhancer isn’t a hair dye, but a genetic ...

Staph may have acquired resistance genes for common antimicbrobial hand sanitizers

Beth Mole | 
Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap. Triclosan, an omnipresent antimicrobial ...

Researchers say Y chromosome traces back to the time of Mitochondrial Eve or before

Erin Wayman | 
The largest analyses to date of the human Y chromosome suggest that modern men can trace their family tree further ...

Nail stem cells regrow fingertips

Cristy Gelling | 
The following is an excerpt. Doctors could one day use nail stem cells to treat malformed nails or even amputated ...
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Head for numbers? Brain anatomy best predictor of math aptitude

Meghan Rosen | 
Children who are good at math may literally have a brain for numbers. New research indicates that the physical structure ...

Genetic fossils betray hepatitis B’s ancient roots

Tina Hesman Saey | 
The following is an excerpt. A virus that causes liver diseases in people may have infected birds that shared the ...

New separation process advances stem cell therapies

The following is an excerpt. A new separation process that depends on an easily-distinguished physical difference in adhesive forces among ...

Reports of junk DNA’s ‘demise’ were based on junky logic and dubious definitions

Tom Siegfried | 
The following is an excerpt. Magnificent organisms capable of composing symphonies, calculating quantum energy levels and dunking basketballs are built ...

Privacy flap forces withdrawal of DNA data on cancer cell line

John Travis | 
The following is an excerpt. On 11 March, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) issued a press release proudly announcing ...

Switzerland creates secure test site for GM crops

Jop de Vrieze | 
The following is an edited excerpt. The Swiss government will create a permanently protected area on federal land for experiments ...

Depression gene search disappoints

Laura Sanders | 
A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed. By combing through the DNA of 34,549 volunteers, ...

Human genetic diversity exploded in recent millennia

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Most of the genetic quirks people carry today popped up within the last 5,000 years or so, researchers report online ...

Rare genetic variants may not as influential in common disease as once thought

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Rare tweaks in single letters of DNA are not as powerful a force in health and in common diseases as ...
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