The first high-quality Australian dingo genome gives a multi-thousand-year-old snapshot into the evolutionary history of dogs.
The National Institutes of Health estimates the existence of 7,000 rare diseases, with some affecting only a handful of people.
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Deciphering the biological pathways behind rare genetic diseases often involves assembling a team of specialists to work closely with the family members of those affected.
For patients, often children, with rare diseases, getting a diagnosis is difficult and time-consuming.
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Record-breaking technology can sequence an entire human genome in a matter of hours. The work could be a lifeline for people suffering from the more than 5,000 known rare genetic diseases.
The subtleties of how genes are transcribed into RNA molecules like the one depicted here are key to understanding the inner workings of cells.
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Machine learning is great at finding patterns but doesn’t know what those patterns mean. Combine it with knowledge gained from genetic research and you have a powerful view into the workings of cells.
After more than 300 years of effort, scientists have documented fewer than one-third of Australia’s species. The remaining 70% are unknown, and essentially invisible, to science.
We studied the genomes of African and Asian leopards using specimens from natural history museums.
The achievement didn’t live up to the hype, but it has illuminated new areas of ‘genetic dark matter’.
The stench was once thought to originate from plants, but scientists have now pin-pointed its true origin.
Spider glue is actually a specialized silk protein.
The glue that gives spider webs their stickiness is a form of spider silk protein. Researchers can imagine cool uses for a synthetic version – but had to wait for the tricky glue gene to be sequenced.
The genome is becoming the unit of currency for all kinds of genetic testing.
Do you own your own genetic data? The future of genomic databases is almost here, and now is the time to figure out how we are going to allow this information to be used.
The California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides, has distinctive blue ‘eye’ spots on either side of its head.
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A peek inside the genome of the octopus gives some hints as to what makes it such a remarkable creature is so many ways.
While many of the fruits of the human genome project could be decades away, DNA sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria has been striding forwards
The discovery of the genes that influence the beak shape in the famous Galapagos finches highlight the underlying unity of all life.
Darwin’s finches are known to be a paragon of evolution by natural selection, but a recent genetic discovery relating to their beaks highlights the evolutionary connectedness of all life.
Finding the mutations.
Genomics is increasingly hailed by many as the turning point in modern medicine. Advances in technology now mean we’re able to make out the full DNA sequence of an organism and decipher its entire hereditary…
One genome at a time.
An ambitious project has been launched that will involve sequencing genomes of 100,000 individuals to improve our understanding of a range of diseases and – hopefully – eventually find new treatments for…
Welcome to nowhere, says FDA.
Genetic testing is a powerful tool. Two years ago, with the help of my colleagues, it was this tool that helped us identify a new disease. The disease, called Ogden Syndrome, caused the death of a four-month…
Algal genes are introduced into tobacco cells that grow into plants.
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Tobacco doesn’t immediately conjure up ideas of fuel for cars and planes. But that’s precisely what a three-year, $4.8m project from the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E PETRO (Plants Engineered to Replace…
This Yellow Wagtail is a fugitive in flight, but forensic technology will track him down.
The extinction of an animal is no longer the end of our opportunity to learn new things about its ecology and biology. The same technology that recently reconstructed the genome of the Neanderthal man…
University of Adelaide researchers have developed a simple and cost-effective DNA test to identify kangaroo species from…
Researchers have found that a single change in genetic sequence of the fat mass and obesity-associated FTO gene has a significant…