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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.

Eventually, data accumulated to further convince others that Avery was correct. Still, Avery did not receive the accolades Cobb says he deserved. "Avery himself remained in relative obscurity until his death in 1955: scandalously, he never won a Nobel prize, and his work was not cited by Watson and Crick, Franklin or Wilkins," he writes. "None of the three 1953 papers on the structure of DNA bothered to refer to the man who had made it all possible."

The Scan

ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.