Synthetic Futures

The synthetic biology game is starting to heat up.

Its Own Strain

A genetic analysis of the Ebola virus causing the West African outbreak indicates it evolved in parallel to nearby strains.

Stress of the Father

Mice that experience trauma have altered microRNA expression that is passed on to their progeny.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Down's syndrome analysis, and more.

Systemic Overhaul Needed

Researchers argue that the US biomedical research system is broken and needs to be fixed.

DNA or Pap?

Some women's health groups are urging FDA to shrug off committee's advice and not approve HPV test.

The Insurance Question

The New York Times asks whether life, disability, and long-term care insurance companies should be prohibited from seeing genetic testing results.

This Week in Nucleic Acids Research

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: web server for predicting, profiling protein backbone movements; multiplexed direct genomic selection; and more.

Varying Risk

The APOE4 allele may confer a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease on women.

Living on Mars?

Could genome tinkering help humans survive voyages in space, or even life on other planets?

Different View of Biofuels

Biofuels face hurdles and potential, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: evolution of a pathogenic Streptococcus strain, horizontal gene transfer in ferns, and more.

Short End of the Telomere

Social stresses appear to affect telomere length, according to a study.