Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

So Punk

Do-it-yourself biology has its band of followers and, soon, a book recounting some of its exploits. Marcus Wohlsen's Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life is to come out next month and it details projects going on in people's kitchens and basements that tackle cancer and aging, but also how projects could go wrong. "In Biopunk, I chronicle a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information," Wohlsen says at his blog.

The Scan

Wolf Howl Responses Offer Look at Vocal Behavior-Related Selection in Dogs

In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.