Basic Building Blocks

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil teamed up a few years ago to develop biofuels from algae in the hopes of fueling cars and planes. But as MIT's Technology Review points out, things don't appear to have gone as planned.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.