Finding Your Name

The Genetic Genealogist has been discussing how DNA testing, particularly of the Y-chromosome, can tell men their surname. He refers to research from Mark Jobling's lab at the University of Leicester that says two men who share the same surname have a 24 percent chance of sharing a common ancestor; that chance increases if the last name is rare.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.