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Genetics & Molecular Biology

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For the past few months, the shake-up that began with Next Generation DNA Sequencing has been forcing me to adjust to a whole new view of things going on inside of a cell. We’ve been learning things these past two years that are completely changing our understanding of the genome and how it works and…

What do the missing Romanov children, genetically engineered humans, financial risk taking, and poop have in common? You can read about all these topics from this month’s Gene Genie carnival at Mary Meets Dolly. Who would have thought that mutations could be so much fun?

A long-sought goal in genetics has been to develop therapies that can use correctly functioning genes to replace genes with defects. If we had the technology to predictably modify our genomes, we would have the ability to cure many diseases instead of having to place people on medications for their entire lives. For a long…

My garden at home is looking a bit bleak after all the snow, Mendel’s Garden is blooming wonderfully at Jeremy Cherfas’ blog Another Blasted Weblog. Jeremy has prepared a nice collection of perennial favorites. I especially like the story about pea breeding and, if you view the post, there are several interesting pictures of peas.…

The New York Times had a great article a couple of days ago on the need for personalized medicine to become more than a catchy phrase. As we’re learning more about the interaction between genes and drug metabolism, we’re also learning that large numbers of people are either taking the wrong drug or taking drugs…

Mosquito-borne diseases, like Dengue and Malaria, are serious problems in many parts of the world. While some people are working on treatments for mosquito-carried disease, others are looking at ways to treat the mosquitoes. Figure 1. Image of Aedes aegypti from the Public Health Library tags: tropical disease, yellow fever, dengue, insect control, malaria

Masha Gessen was faced with a terrifying choice: cut off her breasts, and possibly save herself from cancer, or use them to feed her child.

Why should professional scientists have all the fun? Researchers have been engineering glowing cats, and selling glowing fish at pet stores. High school kids can do genetic engineering too, if they have the right equipment. And you can help them get the equipment by contributing to our DonorsChoose fund drive. If you’re willing to help…

Maybe you did it for the extra cash. Maybe you wanted to be part of the sperm cube public art project. Whatever the reason, it’s possible, just possible, your sperm took on a life of it’s own, once you left it. And now that a genome is no longer an entirely personal bit of information,…

One of the holy grails of modern medicine is the development of a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDs. An obstacle to attaining this goal has been the difficulty in stimulating the immune system to make it produce the right kinds of antibodies. A recent finding in Science describes a gene that controls…