Scientists say California's Proposition 37 would send a misguided message to the public about genetically modified foods.
An experimental evolution study in bacteria in this week's issue shows that at least some genes take another route besides duplication to giving an organism new functions.
In science news around the world this week, an Indian government advisory panel advocated wider acceptance of genetic engineering and biotechnology, a Japanese researcher's groundbreaking stem cell experiment has been questioned, a U.S. bioethics commission made recommendations for protecting patient privacy while allowing genome data to be used in research, a set of values and practices to promote responsible research conduct has been put forward, GlaxoSmithKline has announced a new policy for sharing clinical trial data, and a Texas cancer research agency has lost its peer reviewers.
A geneticist and a former consultant whose son has a rare metabolic disease have formed a company to predict disease risk in hypothetical children based on the DNA of prospective parents.
Computational biologists have come up with a tree that outdoes all trees, allowing users to drill down the tree's trunks, branches, and tips to view ever-finer details.
When the balance of branched-chain amino acids transported into the brain goes awry, neurological deficits can ensue.
Cutting-edge genomic approaches test hypotheses about the roots of human history in southern African indigenous populations.