Smallest Bit Possible

Genomes are messy things with genes involved in translation in one spot and ones needed for cell replication in another, the J. Craig Venter Institute's Hamilton Smith tells the New Scientist in a Q&A.

Smith, who was part of the team that made the first synthetic genome, is trying to reduce a bacterial genome so that it contains the barest necessities for life.

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Women with breast or ovarian cancer living in medically underserved regions of the US are less likely to get recommended BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, according to a new study.

Three immunology researchers are to receive this year's Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the Albany Times-Union reports.

In Genome Research this week: clonal evolution analysis of acute myeloid leukemia, computational pipeline to examine relationships between bacterial pathogens, and more.

Elephants may have "re-animated" a pseudogene to help stave off cancer, according to the New York Times.