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Genetics

  • All Eyes on RNA

    The list of RNA-binding proteins linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is growing; RNA may also explain why a common mutation causes this fatal motor neuron disease—and a dementia.

  • From Farmyard to the Lab

    Chinese biologist Jianlin Han is attempting to breed better red jungle fowl to benefit the rural poor and gather a massive data set to understand the genetic underpinnings of the domestic chicken.

  • In Search of the Wild Chicken

    Researchers are melding genetics and archaeology to close in on the origin of the world's most common bird—and potentially help protect a major source of animal protein.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, a highly unpopular proposed merger between the celebrated British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre has been halted, India's new science minister has taken a skeptical stance on genetically modified crops, Laos has given builders a green light to finish work on a controversial megadam on the Mekong River, and papers will no longer be considered for publication in BMJ unless authors agree to share raw clinical information.

  • Healing Through Heredity

    Exploring the roots of medical genetics, Comfort illuminates neglected connections between eugenics and medicine during the first half of the 20th century.

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