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A study led by UCL scientist Helen Donoghue has used genetic analysis of skeletons 9,000 years old to find that they were infected with tuberculosis. They are the earliest known cases of TB to be confirmed with DNA testing, and make the case for TB occurring 3,000 years earlier than thought and not having evolved from the first domesticated cattle, reports this Discover blog post.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.