DNA

A Christmas Present for Geneticists

January 4, 2011

On Christmas morning this year, most people hoped to find an iPad, a puppy, or a luxury car wrapped in a giant red bow under their tree. But geneticists received their present a day early, in the form of two landmark papers published on Christmas [Read more]

Breaking Genomic Bottlenecks

November 2, 2010

In its 13-year history, the National Human Genome Research Institute has had three directors. The first was James D. Watson, who had the small résumé advantage of being the co-discoverer of DNA. Watson was replaced by Francis Collins, who merely [Read more]

Parasitic Editors Win the Genome

August 31, 2010

In biology, fitness can be crudely measured by a simple method: counting. If a particular species is well represented in a particular ecosystem, one can conclude that evolution has treated them well, with circumstances allowing them to thrive. [Read more]