The monumental Earth Biogenome Project has galvanised hundreds of geneticists and bioinformaticists from all over the world.
After a nose swab tests positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use the sample’s genetic sequence to figure out where and when the pathogen emerged and how fast it’s changing.
Analyzing the genes that determine hair colour can shed light on other conditions that are affected by melanin production, like vitiligo.
Nigeria must increase its testing capacity and do more genomic studies to deal effectively with the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Scientists have been eager to edit genomes to eliminate certain diseases. New WHO reports outlines ethical approaches to research and treatment.
We must recognize and understand the harms that malnutrition and nutrition experiments on Indigenous people caused and the legacy they have left.
Solutions to some of the globe’s most daunting environmental challenges may be closer than you think. Scientists are harnessing nature to clean up toxic chemicals and mining waste.
The Delta variant: What it is, where it came from, why it’s different and whether COVID-19 vaccines can prevent it.
Gain-of-function studies make a natural virus more dangerous or transmissible to humans. Could the Wuhan Institute of Virology be the source of SARS-CoV-2?
A study of viral variants finds Piscine orthoreovirus continuously spills over from farmed salmon to wild salmon.
A curious kid asks: Can dogs catch COVID-19?
By merging genomics with classical epidemiology, researchers are able to predict new disease outbreaks based on which viral variants are on the rise.
The first full human genome was sequenced 20 years ago. Now, a project is underway to sequence 1 million genomes to better understand the complex relationship between genetics, diversity and disease.
We studied the genomes of African and Asian leopards using specimens from natural history museums.
Genetic ancestry tests may sound like a bit of fun, but in an era marked by increasing xenophobia, it’s important to be aware of the interplay between genetics and ideas of race.
Medical education has not kept up with genetic discoveries — primary care physicians require more genetics and genomics training.
The US lags in testing coronavirus samples from COVID-19 patients, which can help track the spread of the virus and the emergence of new variants. But labs are ramping up this crucial surveillance.
A detailed map of the koala genome is vital to understanding their susceptibility to disease, their genetic diversity, and how they may respond to new environmental pressures.
Multiple COVID-19 variants are circulating around the world and becoming more common. These mutations can alter the ability of the virus to take hold and replicate within our cells.
All your questions about the new coronavirus variant, answered by a microbial genomics researcher.