The Gene Father

Oswald Avery and his colleagues discovered that genes take the form of DNA about 70 years ago, but as the University of Manchester's Matthew Cobb writes in a blog post at the Guardian, not everyone was immediately convinced. DNA was thought to be "boring" and proteins were favored as the candidate for genes.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.