Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Must Have Been the Wrong Season for the Pyre

Researchers led by the University of Copenhagen's Jørgen Dissing report that they have isolated 1,000-year-old DNA from 10 Viking skeletons found at a burial site on the Danish island Funen. In PLoS ONE, Dissing and his colleagues describe how they removed the tooth samples with protective equipment -- before any archaeologists and anthropologists handled the remains -- and then carried out the pre-PCR steps in a clean lab. "The present work provides further evidence that retrieval of authentic DNA from ancient humans is indeed a possible undertaking provided adequate precautions are observed," write the authors.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.