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  • Newsmakers

    This week's Newsmakers are pediatric neurologist and geneticist Huda Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine, who has won this year's Gruber Prize in Neuroscience; materials scientist, applied physicist, and entrepreneur John Rogers of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who has won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for 2011; and six Iowa Girl Scouts who have been awarded $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation to help obtain a patent on their original design for a prosthetic hand device.

  • Newsmakers

    This week's Newsmakers are neglected diseases expert Peter Hotez, who is leaving George Washington University to set up the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Ronald Davis of Stanford University, who has won the 2011 Gruber Prize in genetics for his groundbreaking work on recombinant DNA techniques.

  • Green Genomes

    With about 30 plant genomes in hand, researchers trace the evolution of our flora and discover that plant DNA is unusually dynamic.

  • Next Step: DNA Robots?

    After years of trying—and failing—to use DNA's ability to store and manipulate information to build a DNA computer, the field is finally advancing by going back to DNA's biochemical roots.

  • DNA Nanotechnology Grows Up

    Once dismissed as molecular parlor tricks, techniques for piecing ultrasmall structures together with DNA are starting to prove their worth in serious research.

  • On the Trail of Brain Domestication Genes

    Researchers have found that the activity of a group of genes in the prefrontal cortex of bonobos was clearly "domesticated" compared with that of chimps, they reported at the Biology of Genomes meeting.

  • DNA Circles Cause Cow Coat Color Changes

    At the Biology of Genomes meeting, a geneticist reported what seems to be a new way that a cell shuffles its genes around: by forming a loop of DNA that then breaks apart in a different place before inserting into a different chromosome.

  • Disease Risk Links to Gene Regulation

    Two teams at the Biology of Genomes meeting reported that gene regulatory sites surprisingly often are the spots where single-nucleotide polymorphisms identified by genome-wide association studies fall.

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