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  • Cancer Gene Data Casts Doubt on Popular Research Method

    Researchers argue that most work on Myc, a gene linked to aggressive cancers, needs to be reevaluated. They say that Myc's cancerous effects are actually much broader, and that a flawed experimental method may have thrown off previous research.

  • 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.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, NOAA wants to limit public access to fisheries data to protect confidential business information, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity has struck its first deal on how to pay for its goals, a scientific panel called for a 10-year moratorium on field trials of genetically modified crops in India, questions swirl around what critics call a rogue geoengineering experiment in international waters off the coast of British Columbia, the European Space Agency has signed off on a new mission to study extrasolar planets orbiting nearby bright stars, and two French agencies have each concluded that a rodent study linking ingestion of genetically modified corn to tumors is inconclusive.

  • Worries of a Genomic Futurist

    Believing that we will eventually reengineer the human species, Mehlman considers the implications of doing so and some of the mistakes we may make.

  • New Way to Look at Life

    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.

  • Genomic Variation in Seven Khoe-San Groups Reveals Adaptation and Complex African History

    Cutting-edge genomic approaches test hypotheses about the roots of human history in southern African indigenous populations.

  • Mutations in BCKD-kinase Lead to a Potentially Treatable Form of Autism with Epilepsy

    When the balance of branched-chain amino acids transported into the brain goes awry, neurological deficits can ensue.

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